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HSE PRAISE SCHOOL PROJECT FOR SOUND SAFETY RECORD

Designers invited to learn secrets of success in designing for safety

A special health and safety training event is being held at Highfield Humanities College in Blackpool on Friday 31 May 2013 after more than 500,000 hours of work were carried out on the scheme without a single accident being reported.

The event has been organised as part of the Working Well Together initiative (partnership between HSE and the construction industry) which aims to improve health and safety in the sector.

The £24 million project involved building the new secondary school for more than 1,200 pupils on playing fields next to the old school which was still operational.

The school was designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and has been praised for being carefully planned, using 3D modelling, to prevent last-minute changes which can often lead to workers’ safety being put at risk.

Construction firms, architects and design engineers are being encouraged to visit the school for a one-off event highlighting the success of the scheme. Guest speakers will include the architect and project manager, along with the chief planner at Blackpool Council and the head of construction for HSE in the North West.

Early consideration of issues can resolve contractor safety problems

The Designer Awareness Day at Highfield Humanities College in Blackpool will take place between 9am and 4pm on Friday 31 May, and is part of the nationally-recognised Continuing Personal or Professional Development (CPD) scheme.

For further information contact Bernadette Barrett on 0151 951 4871 or by email Bernadette.Barrett@hse.gsi.gov.uk. Tickets cost £75 and further details are available on the WWT website.

Dorothy Shaw, HSE’s Principal Inspector for Construction in Lancashire, said:

“The project to build Highfield Humanities College is an excellent example of how early consideration of health and safety issues can resolve many of the problems faced by contractors.

Changes cropping up at the last minute during the construction phrase can be expensive, but the cost of failing to plan effectively can also result in workers being injured or suffering ill health.

The event at the school on 31 May will provide essential guidance on planning projects properly so that the lives of workers aren’t put at risk. I’d encourage firms and individuals to sign up for a place and come along.”

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