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OLYMPICS PARK HITS SAFETY TARGETS

Workforce achieves another million hours without a reportable injury

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has announced a further period of 1 million hours worked on the Olympic Park without a reportable injury. Seven sets of such million hour periods have now been clocked up since the ODA gained possession of the site in the summer of 2007.

Lawrence Waterman, ODA Head of H&S said: ‘We are now in the ‘big build’ phase with larger numbers of workers, vehicles and work being carried out across the site, and we are not complacent about the challenges this will bring. There can be no compromise. The safety and well-being of the workers on the Olympic Park site will always be the number one priority for everyone on this project.’

Lord McKenzie, Department for Work and Pensions Minister with responsibility for Health and Safety, said: ‘The ODA is to be congratulated for their commitment to their workers’ health and safety at the Olympic Park.  What the figures prove is that health and safety does not need to be compromised when undertaking large contracts with demanding deadlines.’

Meanwhile, there will be a series of Health and Safety workshops for children living near the sites of London 2012 venues. The workshops use drama to communicate the importance of staying safe when living or going to school near to a construction site.

Comment: The ODA produced a Health, Safety and Environment Standard for the Olympics project. The results reported above suggest it may contain a strategy that is worth considering for other major projects.

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