Construction Health and Safety Consultancy and CDM Adviser Services

Are You Protecting the Public?
Posted by David Cant on December 7, 2011
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The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries to work in. When managing a site not only is it necessary to make sure that all the workers work in a safe manner, the safety of the public is also of paramount importance. Reducing the risks is all part of site management and therefore the rules and regulations need to be followed to the letter to make sure no accidents occur.

A good example of why it is essential to check your site management with health and safety consultants is a recent incident reported earlier this week. A builder was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive and fined £20,000 when they appeared and pleaded guilty for breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Young Child Seriously Injured

A small boy aged just eight years old managed to gain access to a construction site in Linwood. Although the site was almost finished, the house builder, trading under BDW Trading LTD, was finishing off the job while families moved into some of the completed homes.  The boy was living in one of the new homes when he wondered into one of the storage areas which were not secured off from the public along with some friends.

The eight year child was injured when some of the timber fell onto him, and he was trapped.  Some of the neighbours managed to release him but he required hospital treatment.  The boy had damage to his liver and also suffered abdominal bleeding. His injuries were so serious he needed to be transported to Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow where he spent eight days. Since the incident the child has suffered with anxiety related symptoms including nightmares and he finds it hard to concentrate.

Simple Fencing Could Have Prevented the Incident

The HSE investigated the construction site where the accident occurred in 2009. They found that BDW Trading LTD were not aware of the incident and the inspectors served them with an Improvement Notice making demands that the site fencing was improved to ensure no other unauthorised people could gain access to the dangerous site.

After the hearing which was held at Paisley Sherriff Court the inspector said that the accident could have been avoided if BDW Trading LTD had an adequate fence surrounding the site. The company knew there were children in the area and keeping the children safe should have been one of their primary concerns.

Protect Employees and Those Not in Your Employment

Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act is concerning the welfare of people not in employment. It is a sad fact that during 2009 and 2010 there were a total of 31 children aged fifteen or under who were injured on construction sites.

If you would like to discuss any of the health and safety services designed purely for the construction industry call: 0800 1488 677. The health and safety consultants could offer you a number of services such as a health and safety audit or training to ensure that accidents do not harm employees or members of the public.


David Cant is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner extraordinaire. He has a wealth of Industry experience and is the MD of Veritas Consulting. David also Blogs about Health and Safety here Health and Safety Consultants

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This post has been filed in: CDM Regulations, Health and Safety Services, Workplace Safety

One Comment

  1. December 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Sadly, it IS the responsibility of the building form to make sure that things are secure.

    There is no safeguard against the stupidity of hte general public or the inquisitiveness of children (as I presume this was rather than anything more law-breaking)

    This is why health and safety rules are there.

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