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

    HEALTH AND SAFETY IN PUBLIC SECTOR PROCUREMENT

    Report concludes ‘more could be done’ by public sector construction clients

    HSE has published the results of a study which examined health and safety issues in public sector construction procurement.

    The broad aim of the research was to build on earlier research undertaken by Davis Langdon (2007), to provide a sound evidence base on which HSE could design targeted interventions to improve construction health and safety through improved public sector procurement practices.

    The results indicate that between the initial survey and the current research there appears to be have been “little significant improvement in terms of how public sector client’s discharge their health and safety obligations during the procurement of construction projects”.

    The conclusions, drawn from the evidence of the research, suggest that while some public sector clients perform reasonably well in terms of meeting their health and safety obligations during the procurement of construction, there remains more that could be done.

    Report conclusions

    “In the intervening years between the initial survey (2006), concerning health and safety in public sector construction procurement, and the current research there appears to be have been no significant improvement in terms of public sector client’s discharging their health and safety obligations during the procurement of construction projects.

    The conclusions, drawn from the evidence of the research, suggest that while some public sector clients perform reasonably well in terms of meeting their health and safety obligations during the procurement of construction, there remains more that could be done.

    More specifically, public clients could do more during the procurement of construction, to:

    • Consider procurement routes other than the more traditional approaches;
    • Appoint contractors earlier in the procurement process to allow them greater influence on design decisions that may impact health and safety, this is likely to be a function of the procurement method used;
    • Consider the management of health and safety risks more highly when selecting the procurement method;
    • Allow the principal contractor more time for planning and preparation prior to construction work starting on-site;
    • Make more use of pre-qualification schemes when attempting to identify potential contractors for projects;
    • Make it a contractual requirement that that the principal contractor was registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (or some other suitable scheme);
    • Make it a contractual requirement that the principal contractors workforce was registered with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (or some other suitable scheme);
    • Require the lead designer and CDMc to provide information to demonstrate their health and safety record;
    • Provide pre-construction health and safety information earlier in the procurement process to make a significant impact on designing out health and safety hazards;
    • Report data collected on health and safety performance to OGC; and
    • Become more aware of OGC guidance (specifically AE-10 and Common Minimum Standards).

    On a more positive note, the research indicates that the revised CDM Regulations (2007) have generally been well received by clients, although it remains to be seen if the revised guidance has a significant impact on health and safety in public sector construction procurement.”

    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 18th October 2019

    STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

    CROSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th October 2019

    HSE RISK REDUCTION THROUGH DESIGN AWARD

    Regulator seeks to promote hazard avoidance and risk minimisation

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th October 2019

    CLIENT AND CONTRACTOR FINED OVER ASBESTOS RISK

    Checks for presence of asbestos not undertaken prior to refurbishment

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th October 2019

    DIRECTOR PROSECUTED AND JAILED AS EMPLOYEE

    Workman fatally injured when crushed between bucket and wall

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th October 2019

    BUILDING MATERIALS FIRM FINED OVER FATALITY

    Failure to effectively isolated power to machinery caused death of engineer

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th October 2019

    CUSTOM AND PRACTICE CAUSED EXPLOSION DEATHS

    Electrical accumulator explosion claims the lives of two engineers

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th October 2019

    REBAR FELL DURING TANDEM FLT LIFTING OP

    Workman seriously injured during improperly planned and executed lift

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th October 2019

    FIRM FINED AFTER FINGER OF TRAINEE SEVERED

    Young worker injured hand working on unguarded rip saw

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th October 2019

    WORKMAN FELL THROUGH ROOF OPENING

    Contractor failed to provide collective edge protection or fall arrest

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 7th October 2019

    DRIVER UNDER TRAINING CRUSHED BY TELEHANDLER

    Court sentences company director to unpaid work community order

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th September 2019

    DIRECTOR IN DOCK OVER FRAGILE ROOF RISK

    Roofing contractor and director failed to plan and manage falls risk

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th September 2019

    HSE START PROJECT HEALTH RISK INTERVENTIONS

    Regulator set to check health risks assessed and controls in place

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th September 2019

    AIF NATIONAL WORKING AT HEIGHT CONFERENCE

    HSE Construction Head to speak at Access Industry Forum conference

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 23rd September 2019

    NEW HSE HAVS CALCULATOR TO HELP CONTROL RISK

    New calculator includes “cautious estimates” for common tools

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 23rd September 2019

    JAIL TERM FOR DIRECTOR OVER LORRY CRANE DEFECTS

    Operator impaled on dangerous and uninspected lifting appliance

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 23rd September 2019

    STEEL PIPE FALL TRIGGERS FREAK CAUSE OF DEATH

    Wooden bearer sent flying by pipe struck workman on head

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th September 2019

    FATAL FALL FROM INSECURE SCAFFOLD LADDER

    Scaffold erected by unqualified and incompetent person

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th September 2019

    FIRMS FAILED TO MONITOR SAFE SYSTEM OF WORK

    Principal Contractor and specialist fined over fall through roof mesh

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 12th September 2019

    ASSISTANCE FROM THIRD PARTY PROVES COSTLY

    Contractor fined after non-employee loses fingers crushed by dozer

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 12th September 2019

    CUSTODIAL SENTENCES AFTER CAPTURE ON CAMERA

    Roofing business partner failed to properly plan and supervise roofwork

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 12th September 2019

    FIRM FINED OVER FALL FROM LORRY BED

    Serious injury after failure to provide suitable and clear instructions

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th September 2019

    COUNCIL FINED £100k OVER VIBRATION FAILINGS

    Excessive use of power tools uncontrolled and without health surveillance

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th September 2019

    IMPROVING CDM DESIGNER HAZARD AWARENESS

    Research explores power of “multi-media digital tool” for design hazards

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 27th August 2019

    DEMOLITION FEDERATION ON RECENT INCIDENTS

    NFDC ‘statement of awareness’ follows unplanned collapses

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 27th August 2019
    Ethentic Ethentic Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data
  • Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data Ethentic Ethentic