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    MAJOR CONTRACTORS LAUNCH H&S ALERT SYSTEM

    Build UK members share information for effective prevention of harm

    The Build UK has launched (July 2017) an Incident Alerts System designed to share information on serious incidents and accidents that have occurred on Build UK member sites. The aim is to prevent similar occurrences on other projects.

    The system relates to three categories of incident alert:

    • Early Warning – Advance notice that an incident has occurred, but full details are subject to an investigation and not yet available (e.g. equipment failure and the consequences).
    • Incident Alert – Information on an incident that has occurred including any findings from an initial investigation (e.g. the reason why the equipment failed and subsequent actions taken).
    • Lessons Learnt – An update on a previously issued Incident Alert setting out any knowledge that has been gained from a full investigation into the incident. Where company procedures have been amended following the incident, these should be specified (e.g. leadership and supervision, attitudes and behaviours, and risk management).

    The Incident Alerts will be anonymised prior being issued to Build UK to prevent any individuals involved being identified with personal data relating to any individual removed, redacted or deleted before the Incident Alert is issued to Build UK.

    There is no requirement to automatically produce an Incident Alert following an incident on site and the system should not be “used for non-compliance with best practice or operational procedures”.

    Comment

    This system should be applauded. Sharing information on incidents helps others take early preventive action.

    It appears the information will only be circulated between Build UK members. However, it is inevitable that the alerts will, and should, be shared widely across the Build UK supply chain and the wider construction community.

     

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