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NEWS Steel construction safety improvement beats target No fatal injuries were reported by & Safety Executive targets. the expectation is for less than Safety initiative in 2000, the HSE set steel construction companies in Injury frequency rate has reduced one. “To achieve a frequency a target for reducing accidents by the BCSA’s latest accident survey from 1.9 in 2000 to 0.9 in 2004. This rate of below one is a significant 10% annually by 2010, with progress covering 2004. measures the number of accidents improvement,” said BCSA Health to be monitored in 2004/5. The BCSA In addition the injury frequency to be expected in a working life and Safety Manager Pete Walker. figures comfortably beat this target. rate for steel construction accidents of 100,000 hours, so that whereas “We want to continue to drive that The survey also shows 92% has halved over the past four years, the average worker could have figure lower, with the ultimate target compliance with the SKILL putting the industry’s progress well expected nearly two reportable of zero.” Card scheme exists in the steel ahead of that needed to meet Health injuries in a working lifetime, now In its Revitalising Health and construction industry. Trojan horse lifts safety awareness A second phase of the Tro- assimilated the informa- population jan Horse safety messaging tion. The results were of site op- project is in progress after compared with control eratives.” phase one showed the tech- sites where no messages A wider nique was successful in had been applied. range of raising awareness of safety “The results were very messages issues on site. positive,” said Steel Con- will cover The idea of the project struction Institute princi- more gen- is to apply easily under- pal engineer Viken Chinien. eral issues stood graphically represented “The level of awareness such as ex- safety messages direct to construction compo- and uptake of information were similar to show- posure to nents. Phase one, which was carried out by the ing the message to operatives individually.” noise. Steel Construction Institute and ran for a year Phase one did not test the long-term effec- The re- to October 2004 drew wide support from in- tiveness of the messages or whether the effect search will dustry bodies and trade associations. It tested wears off over time. run till July messages related to steel sections, steel deck- “Phase two will address ways to reduce the 2006 and results will be reported in a high-pro- ing, precast components and trussed rafters. long-term decay of the messages, for example by file seminar. It is being sponsored by the Health For the steel sections the message tested was rotating messages or using different colours,” and Safety Executive, with participation by the ‘Sling safely’. said Dr Chinien. It will also use messages aimed Major Contractors Group, the Construction Face to face interviews tested workers’ at a wider audience. “Slingers are specialist op- Products Association, and a number of special- awareness of the messages and whether they eratives. Phase two will cover a more general ist trade associations including the BCSA. Steel bridge installed safely over live railway Rowecord Engineering has pre-as- sembled and installed a 900 tonne railway viaduct over the London Un- derground Hammersmith and City line at White City. Engineers worked around the clock in a 99-hour rail pos- session to position the new structure with minimum impact on rail services. The structure doubles in size an exist- ing railway bridge, allowing an extra line to be added. The new bridge was built above live railway lines over a crash deck on specially-designed support trestles and the pre-assembled viaduct was moved into position using a hydraulic push-pull system provided by Mam- moet. Main contractor was Costain. NSC October 2005 7


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