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UNDERPINNING BODY TO LIFT BASEMENT SAFETY

ASUC publish new audit regime and plan health and safety guidance

The Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors (ASUC) has announced changes designed to improve health and safety during basement construction projects.

ASUC has drawn up a new set of audit documents for major basement projects. The keys points from the new basement audits include:

  • temporary works design responsibilities – to check a company has an audit trail for a member of staff to supervise this element of the works. This is vital to the installation of basements and a key factor for HSE in a site visit; and
  • permanent works design – the ultimate design must be capable of being safely executed. Responsibility lies with both the designer and the contractor to check.

The health and safety audit will have “due regard to the above matters”.

New H&S guidance for basement construction planned

The ASUC is working on guidance covering Safe and Efficient Basement Construction.

ASUC is concerned that despite the recent rapid growth in the construction of basements, particularly retro-fit, there are no clearly defined industry guidelines on their safe construction. As the trade association representing this specialist sector ASUCplus is now producing a best practice document with the support of ConstructionSkills.

The final document will be available to download from the ASUCplus website and will be formally launched in central London during October 2013. Anyone wishing to attend can register their interest via the website at www.asuc.org.uk

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