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MAJOR CONTRACTOR SAFETY BOSS SPEAKS HIS MIND

Industry heavy on paperwork and in danger of overlooking major risks

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Magazine has published an interview with Andy Sneddon who heads up the health and safety team at major contractor Vinci.

Sneddon is responsible for health and safety strategy and policy. He sits on the senior management team with the managing directors of Vinci Facilities, Vinci Construction and the civil engineering arm Taylor Woodrow.

His central team of eight staff undertake monitoring, support and provide health and safety advice to all the Vinci divisions.

Abrogating responsibility to checklists?

The interview covers a range of subjects on which Sneedon expresses his interesting views.

Questions prompted by the interview include:

  • Zero Harm – does this objective set an unrealistic goal and untenable position?
  • Client Objectives – are clients diverting contractor efforts in the wrong direction?
  • Health Surveillance – are we “medicalising” the workforce rather than managing risk?
  • Heavy Paperwork – do management systems abrogate responsibility to checklists?

This frank interview provides food for thought for all involved with construction industry health and safety.

 

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