Safety Carr

Health & Safety consultant James Carr gives his Top 5 Tips:

  1. Use reputable contractors with a good safety record and strict controls
  2. Obtain copies of the contractors public & employers liability insurance certificates
  3. Obtain risk assessments and method statements (RAMS) for work being undertaken
  4. Request evidence of qualifications to ensure subcontractors have the correct training and accreditations for the work which is being undertaken (i.e. Gas Safe registered, NICEIC certified etc.)
  5. Where high risk work is being undertaken (e.g. working at height, hot works etc.) it’s advised that a permit to work system is implemented to control and mitigate the risk

View from the ground

Live Trackway, a division of A-Plant, has adapted its business model to account for H&S demands. Dale Robinson, MD of Live says: “From our market intelligence, timescales are shorter, H&S is tighter and flexibility is the key to customer satisfaction. In response to reducing timescales, contractors have to look into time and motion studies and their operations, and innovate their flooring products to enable them to be installed and recovered more rapidly, without compromising on safety.”

A venue’s take

Steve Jones, operations director at Wyboston Lakes Resort, says: “Now in to the third year of working with Leisuresafe we have benefited from the various checks and balances along with daily, weekly and monthly routines that their approach instils. We have always taken our responsibilities in this area very seriously and by combining our existing skill and knowledge with their systematic approach, unannounced audits of our venues and ongoing consultancy

Our primary objective was to raise the standards through the whole team, not to just a few, making this cultural and we have most definitely achieved this. We are focused now in the coming years on keep moving forwards at a similar rate.’

Redefining the language

Andrew Grove, president, National Outdoor Events Association says: “All too often we hear horror stories of events that take on a ‘it couldn’t happen to me’ attitude – incidentally the subject of our convention in November this year – and then find themselves in horrible difficulty. Much of this is down to the negative language associated with the subject and we’re working with ACT National, a Futures Sponsor​ of NOEA, on proactive steps to change this language from one that says ‘no’, to one that looks for ways to say ‘yes’. This is really important in both engaging event organisers, but also creating the right platforms that let their creativity run wild and empower great events to do what they want – safely.”