Ethentic Ethentic Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data
  • Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data Ethentic Ethentic

    INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION SAFETY COMPETENCE

    Major engineering firms launch competence assessment tool for non-UK market

    Atkins, Arup, Halcrow and Mott MacDonald, have launched a computor based “health and safety assessment system” to help reduce risks on international construction sites.

    The four companies established the Consultants H&S Forum to help improve health and safety across the sector and to share good practice. The Forum has worked with ConstructionSkills to develop the assessment which is a software programme suitable for international application. 

    Scheme does not apply in UK

    The computer-based health and safety assessment is to be: “conducted on location in company offices under local invigilation. A certificate will be awarded upon the successful completion of 50 questions randomly selected from a bank of 500. As the UK has the ConstructionSkills health and safety test that is a requirement of many card schemes in the UK including the CPCS and CSCS cards, this new assessment does not apply to the UK.”

    The Forum will co-ordinate international implementation of the assessment with ConstructionSkills with initial focus on the Middle East, followed by India, Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe and North America.

    The international health and safety assessment forms part of a suite of products on offer from ConstructionSkills including UK assessments, training and awards.

    Keith Clarke the Atkins CEO, said:

    “Health and safety should have no boundaries. This is why is it is important that we work together through the Consultants H&S Forum to lead on and work with other stakeholders within the industry to improve health and safety standards globally. Design and engineering organisations can make significant contributions because of our client involvement and ability to reduce safety risk through design.”

    Mott MacDonald, chairman Peter Wickens said:

    “The industry’s major players have come together because the importance of health and safety in their businesses and on every project is paramount. They believe that 360,000 fatalities on construction sites worldwide is 360,000 too many. Accidents at work can be avoided using proactive health and safety management. We hope that this test will help train project managers and designers within our global operations and contribute to avoiding the terrible loss and waste caused by accidents in the construction industry.”

    John Miles, Arup Group Board, Health and Safety director, said:

    “For any engineering firm, not only are people our most important asset, they are our only asset. It is therefore vital that we look after the safety of our staff, in particular those working in countries where potentially standards of occupational health and safety are challenging. With this international assessment as part of our health and safety toolkit, we can establish a competency-based approach to our General Site Safety training which will ensure that we encourage best practice across the industry.”

    Peter Gammie, Halcrow’s chief executive, comments:

    “The application and approach to health and safety varies from region to region. The introduction of the international health and safety test across our business means that we have a real opportunity to save lives and reduce accidents on construction sites across the world. By establishing the test as a basic requirement we hope that other organisations will adopt this system – and in turn help raise international health and safety standards.”

    Braden Connolly, Head of Testing and Card Services at ConstructionSkills, said:

    “CITB-ConstructionSkills has worked with the Consultants Forum over a number of years, to the benefit of all five organisations. When we needed to come together to recreate the progress made in UK Health & Safety Awareness Testing it was natural that all of our organisations should collaborate, and it is this shared knowledge, along with CITB-ConstructionSkills existing, that has helped to make this product a reality.”

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

    HSE ENFORCEMENT DATABASE LATEST UPDATE

    hselogo1View current online register of HSE prosecutions and enforcement notices

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 19th June 2019

    PRISON SENTENCE FOR IGNORING HSE PROHIBITION

    Roofing contractor sentenced over unsafe working at height

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 15th June 2019

    FIRM FAILED ON SILICA RISK MANAGEMENT

    Dust exhaust ventilation, RPE and health surveillance all absent

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th June 2019

    WOMAN DIED TRAPPED IN POWERED ROLLER DOOR

    Firm did not check the operation of the safety sensors

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 12th June 2019

    HSE TO HELP DITCH ‘UNNECESSARY PAPERWORK’

    Board considers forthcoming HSE guidance on navigating H&S rules

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 12th June 2019

    SCAFFOLDER DIED IN FALL THROUGH FRAGILE ROOF

    Contractor given prison term and main contractor fined

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 12th June 2019

    ENERGY BUSINESS FINED OVER LIFTING FATALITY

    Firm failed to train in lorry mounted crane remote control risk

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 12th June 2019

    MAJOR FIRM FINED £800K OVER LIFTING ERRORS

    Workman injured by falling heavy expanded polystyrene block

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 7th June 2019

    NEW APPROACH TO HIGHWAYS HEALTH AND SAFETY

    Highways England launches ‘Home Safe and Well’ strategy

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 5th June 2019

    EXCLUSION ZONE ABSENT DURING LIFTING OPERATION

    Builder given prison term after timber falls on three year old girl

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 5th June 2019

    GAS FITTER JAILED OVER UNSAFE WORK

    Homeowners misled and put at risk by rogue gas fitter

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 5th June 2019

    CDM 2015 CLIENT FINED OVER ASBESTOS FAILINGS

    Homes development company and director fined

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 4th June 2019

    CONSTRUCTION PROJECT FATALITIES FALLING

    HSE fatality records for 2018/19 indicate significant reduction in deaths

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 4th June 2019

    ALERT: REINFORCED AERATED CONCRETE PLANKS

    Structural Safety body issues alert over recent failure

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 3rd June 2019

    HSE CONSTRUCTION HEALTH RISKS INITIATIVE 2019

    Regulator visits to focus on asbestos, RCS, wood and other dusts

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 3rd June 2019

    TWO DEFENDANTS HANDED PRISON TERMS OVER FALL

    Company, two directors and contractor sentenced

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 3rd June 2019

    WORKMAN INJURED WHEN STEEL FELL FROM FORKLIFT

    Lifting not properly planned, supervised and carried out safely

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 1st June 2019

    LOLER INSPECTIONS LATE AND RESULTS IGNORED

    Granite supplier failed to inspect lifting equipment and take action

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 31st May 2019

    SUPPLIER OF FLOORING ADHESIVE FINED £500,000

    Floor layer died after being overcome by dichloromethane vapour

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th May 2019

    WALL COLLAPSED ON DOMESTIC PROJECT CLIENT

    Sole trader builder sentenced to 120 hours community service

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 27th May 2019

    CONCRETE PUMP FLAILING LINE CAUSED DEATH

    Hose whipped violently when blockage cleared under pressure

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 27th May 2019

    FRAGILE ROOF FALL DEATH ATTRACTS NOMINAL FINE

    Volunteer fell through roof of football club stand

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 27th May 2019

    FARMER FINED OVER FATAL FALL THROUGH ROOF

    Valley gutter cleaning from ladder ends in death of contractor

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 20th May 2019

    FIRM FAILED TO ‘ENGAGE’ WITH HSE INSPECTORS

    Company and director omitted to take action on Improvement Notices

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 20th May 2019

    HOME BUILDER FAILED TO MANAGE STEEL INSTALL

    Workman struck by steel beam and seriously injured

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 20th May 2019
    Ethentic Ethentic Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data
  • Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data Ethentic Ethentic