Last year, ITV's studios division produced 9,000 hours of programming through more than 50 subsidiary companies in 11 countries and supplied material to more than 200 channels worldwide. Competition for broadcasting eminence has never been so intense but with it comes pressure to increase output - and with the pressure comes risk.The challenge for the network's production arm is to balance the autonomy creatives expect with the management of the OSH risks to cast members, presenters and the film crews operating in situations where workspaces and tasks can change rapidly.
Toyota Motor Europe's specialist in health, safety and ergonomics, Stuart Bassford, recognises the pressure car assembly line workers are under if components do not fit smoothly into place. All the company's plants follow the Toyota Production System, which uses lean manufacturing principles. Fundamental to this system is having a workforce of flexible, skilled and healthy operatives.With many operatives working to as little as a 66-second "takt time" - the time between starting to build one unit and the next - the slightest delay can have repercussions along the line.
There are five key elements to a successful demolition project, says Richard Vann, managing director of UK-based engineering and project management consultancy RVA Group. They are: defining the scope of work with the safety and health plan that underpins it; providing thorough site information; appointing the project team; choosing the right demolition contractor; and managing the execution.
In the 12 months to April 2017, the Office of Rail and Road reported 273 suicides and suspected suicides on the UK’s railways. For Network Rail’s mobile operations managers and other frontline workers who respond to such potentially traumatic events, post-incident support is essential to address the ripple effect, as Dr Richard Peters, the rail infrastructure operator’s chief medical officer, describes it.“[While] someone from our team is going to be a first responder, there are also going to be individuals who are involved indirectly.”
For EPC-UK, a company with a distributed, ageing, mainly male workforce of nearly 250, the management of occupational ill-health risk is vital.As a leading manufacturer and supplier of commercial explosives (see "EPC-UK" box below) for the UK mining, quarrying and aggregate sectors, EPC’s employees are scattered over eight locations from Shetland to Cornwall and their work is demanding.
As one of the UK’s biggest construction clients and the nation’s largest listed commercial property company, Landsec accords asbestos management primary importance.“If there is an asbestos issue on one of our sites, it would be bad news, so it’s in our interest to do the right thing,” says David Tucker, health, safety and security business partner.
In January, the Humber Bridge Board (HBB) brought its first private prosecution against an “urban explorer”, Ryan Taylor, who had scaled the 155.5 m tall Barton Tower on the structure’s south bank without permission. The climber was part of a group that had clambered over a barrier and used the bridge’s suspension wires as handrails to walk up the cables to the tower summit.The group took videos and selfies from the top, posting them on YouTube. They had no harnesses or any other safety equipment.
The infrastructure provider behind the Thames Tideway scheme in London is racking up a first in occupational health (OH) provision. Tideway, the company appointed by Thames Water to build, maintain and operate the 25 km tunnel below the River Thames to relieve the capital of its sewage and rainwater, has mandated an OH service for the entire seven-year project – an arrangement unknown until now in large-scale infrastructure projects.