Sub-contractors call for safe ground conditions
The British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA), the Structural Timber Association (STA) and the National Federation of Builders have joined forces to call for safer ground conditions on construction sites.
Sarah McCann-Bartlett, Director General of the BCSA said ‘Ground conditions is an area where a matter of a few inches could be the difference between life and death for site workers. We were very lucky that we had a dry start to Autumn. But those weather conditions did not last and with the rain comes softer ground and danger.’
The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group has published the ‘Good Practice Guide for Ground Conditions for Construction Plant’ that provides guidance for all those working in the construction sector.
‘The aim of the Guide is to prevent accidents and save lives by ensuring that ground conditions are suitable for heavy lifting equipment used by sub contractors on construction sites,’ said Paul Bogle, Head of Policy and Research, National Federation of Builders.
The HSE has also revised its guide ‘The Selection, Management and Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms’ (Series code: GEIS6), which outlines the responsibilities of those in control of the site and the users of the equipment.
The Good Practice Guide for Ground Conditions for Construction Plant can be downloaded from: www.cpa.uk.net/sfpsg/
Download ‘The Selection, Management and Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms’ from: www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/geis6.htm