Compliance Flies High in Scotland
National HSQE Compliance Manager, Mark Curry, has been up in Scotland carrying out various inspections on a monthly basis, both in the lead up to works beginning and on existing live sites, at some of Scotland’s most beautiful locations.
Mark was joined by Construction Manager, Jon Churchill for two of the four inspections, attending sites in Alford, and Aberdeen at the Osprey Heights Campus. Another two inspections took place in Falkirk and Ayrshire, joined by Construction Manager Graeme McAllister visiting sites at Helix Park and the Barony A Frame.
Usually inspecting sites when ‘live’, Mark noted that attending and completing the HSQE inspections prior to works commencing proved to be beneficial as Mark and Construction Managers were able to agree on all levels of compliance; from pre-work, initial mobilisation and works in progress, right through to de-mobilisation, all of which are equally important.
With construction works set to begin at some particularly high profile and complex sites, it is important to raise any issues before work starts, especially if sites are close to public accessible areas.
The HSE provides good guidance working in such areas: HSG151 – Protecting the Public: Your next move, which focuses on the reality that hazardous construction work can be a fatal danger not only for those within the industry but the wider public too. This provides practical advice, especially for those designing, planning, maintaining or conducting on-site work, to prevent risks to those off-site. It also gives detail on Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM), and covers the broad spectrum of pertinent issues, most notably legalities, perimeter and boundary matters and premises requiring special attention.
Mark is pleased with the continued improved compliance in Scotland and will to continue working closely with Construction Managers to achieve such results. With regards to this, he has thoughts for improvements moving forward:
“Meeting with both Jon Churchill and Graeme McAllister at different sites gave insight into how good a crossover it may be for managers to visit each other’s sites. It is definitely something to consider, enabling our managers to share ideas and provide constructive feedback on how one may see another site. Compliance is flying high in Scotland, and with an increase in sites, it is important for me to get around the country wherever the work is.”
As an ongoing programme of drug and alcohol education, toolbox talks/ briefings are being completed around the country raising the awareness of random drug and alcohol testing. We are pleased with the increased results, all of which is filtering through to all different business streams, ensuring all operatives are complying with our requirements and taking safe actions at work.