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In the third quarter of 2017, 167 such breaches were reported by the construction safety group, which carried out 11,000 independent inspections over a six-month period. It found there were 71 fewer breaches in the second quarter of this year.
The majority of construction transport accidents are caused by the inadequate separation of pedestrians and vehicles. This can usually be avoided by careful planning, particularly at the design stage, and by controlling vehicle operations, said BSG
Paul Kimpton, managing director of BSG, said: "The law says that you must organise a construction site so that vehicles and pedestrians using site routes can move around safely. Routes need to be suitable for the people or vehicles using them, in suitable positions and sufficient in number of size."
According to the Health and Safety Executive, around seven workers die every year in accidents involving vehicles or mobile plant on construction sites. A further 93 are seriously injured.
In 2016-17, almost 23% of the 137 workers killed as a result of a workplace accident were struck by a moving vehicle. It accounted for 31 fatal injuries, compared with 28 in 2015-16 and an annual average of 25 over the past five years.
Kimpton added: "Our message is that vehicle accidents on site can and should be prevented by the effective management of transport operations throughout the construction process."
On 19 October 2015 Samuel Evans, managing director of S. Evans and Sons, was lifting steel girders using a rotator shear attached to an excavator – plant typically used to cut up materials during demolition, Liverpool Crown Court was told. Employee David Whitfield, 63, was assisting Evans with the job. He walked underneath a suspended girder to position some wooden blocks well it fell on him.
On 26 April 2016, a delivery driver had arrived at Savanna Rags International’s site in Nottinghamshire. He drove off a weighbridge and reversed towards the rear yard when he struck an employee. Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told that the injured worker, who was on foot, had crossed over the weighbridge and was walking towards the smoking shelter when the accident happened. She sustained fatal injuries.
Developed with the State Claims Agency, the “Work Positive” tool can be used to carry out confidential psychosocial risk assessments. It has been designed to help employers assess workplace stressors, employee psychological wellbeing and critical incident exposure in the workplace. Intended to cover whole workforces, the HSA said the stress assessment can be carried out over three to six months and be re-used every few years.
The figures, which are drawn from the quarterly Labour Force Survey and other sources and produced by the Office of National Statistics, show that the number of workers who said they experienced stress, depression or anxiety was up 7% on the previous period, from 488,000 (a rate of 1,510 per 100,000 workers) to 526,000. In 2014-15, 440,000 workers reported a mental health problem caused or made worse by employment.
James Hurst, a litter picker for Jack Moody Recycling, was collecting rubbish at the company’s composting site in Redhill, Telford, on 5 December 2014. He was standing next to a brick wall when the driver of a shovel loader drove over him, Shrewsbury Crown Court was told.The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the driver was unaware he had struck someone and just thought he had hit the brick wall. He climbed down from the cab to inspect the damage and found Hurst badly injured on the floor.
The sector’s Joint Industry Board (JIB) run by Unite and the ECA has brokered the free assessments for employees of its member companies covered by the JIB’s benefits scheme. Operatives will be able to receive a funded OHA every three years.Four occupational health providers will provide the assessments: Clarity Healthcare, Express Medicals, RPS Group and Sarsen Health. Companies will be able to choose the most convenient provider and location.