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Infrastructure leaders launch ambitious health and safety plan

Leaders from across UK infrastructure are joining forces in 2019 to make an ambitious step change in the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone involved in major infrastructure projects in the UK.

Over the next 12 months representatives from the industry’s major clients, contractors and supply chain have agreed to work together to tackle the causes of illness and injury in the sector.

The initiative has been driven by the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG), which represents some of the country’s largest client organisations. ICG members include EDF Energy, Environment Agency, Heathrow, Highways England, HS2, National Grid, Sellafield Ltd, Tideway, Transport for London, BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald.

The group have committed to initially tackle seven significant areas of risk this year:

  • People & mobile plant
  • Mental health
  • Striking buried services
  • Lifting operations
  • Heavy goods vehicles operations
  • Hand-arm vibration related disease
  • Public safety

By April 2020, the group plans to develop an ambitious and innovative set of actions for each of these seven risk areas. 

These actions will aim to eliminate the illness and injury caused by these risks by 2025, not just reduce it, and will be developed to get industry-wide support and implementation. They will include standardised measures to assess current performance and to demonstrate improvement over time.

ICG members will be supported by suppliers from across the sector, with many already volunteering to support the initiative. Other clients and suppliers are also invited to sign up through the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, which is supporting the project.

Tideway director of health, safety and wellbeing Steve Hails, who also serves as the ICG's health, safety and wellbeing working group chairman, said: "Our research signposts the key health, safety and wellbeing risks that our sector faces.

"We are working collaboratively to make sure we crack down on these risks. If you want to play a part in securing game-changing improvements to the industry, I would strongly encourage you to volunteer your support for this important work."

Interested organisations can get involved by emailing enquiries@ceca.co.uk

Author: Robin Hackett, Deputy Editor, WWT and WET News
Topic: Contractors
Tags: Health & safety , infrastructure , environment agency , HS2 , BAM Nuttall , Mott MacDonald , thames tideway project

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