With the Summer holidays looming and many constructions sites situated near to where children play and have access to, extra care needs to be adhered to, to ensure all safety measures are in place. Children are often attracted to the noise, trucks and materials on a building site but are unaware of the dangers that await them. Correct signage and following the relevant health & safety procedures are prevalent and would prevent unfortunate incidents involving children occurring.
Our work supporting the Working Well Together Campaign is something we’re very committed to. Our MD serves as Treasurer for the Southwest Region and attends meetings with HSE representatives and key members of the Health and Safety Executive and we help drive the safety message out to many small builders who would otherwise miss key safety messages like those around RCS and dust control. Check out their new safety video aimed at primary aged school children here and feel free to distribute and use it as much as you can.
Take for example the case of Westdale Services Ltd; the failure to provide an adequate ladder guard, resulted in a young boy gaining access and climbing to the top platform of the scaffold, then climbing to the uppermost ladder to a height of approximately 10 metres. Regrettably, the boy fell causing life-changing injuries; he now has no bowel or bladder control and is unable to walk any distance.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the security arrangements for preventing access to the scaffolding, especially by children from a nearby school, were inadequate.
Westdale Services Limited of Doncaster Road, Askern, Doncaster pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £160,000 and ordered to pay £22,310 in costs.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Michael Batt commented: “The death or injury of a child is particularly tragic and a lot of thought must go into securing construction sites. Children do not perceive danger as adults do. The potential for unauthorized access to construction sites must be carefully risk assessed and effective controls put in place.
“This incident could have been prevented by removal of the ladder completely or installing an appropriately sized ladder guard to cover the full width of the rungs.”
At Outsource Safety we work with construction and industry across the UK. We provide outsourced and interim support for every sector with our experienced professionals always on hand for expert advice. If you’d like to support Working Well Together or would like to know about future events please contact us or email directly: firstname.lastname@example.org