HSENI Chairman launches Working at Height Resources from the CEF Health & Safety Committee
The Chairman of the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI), Derek Martin, recently attended the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) Health & Safety Committee to launch a series of resources on Working at Height.
The resources have been produced by the Committee, in conjunction with HSENI, to aid members by reinforcing basic industry practice to make construction sites safer.
Derek commented, “I was delighted to attend the committee meeting recently not only to launch the Working at Height Resources but also to hear about the work the members have been doing in a very important part of the construction industry. It is a great example of collaboration between the CEF, its members and the HSENI.”
The poster can be used on site as a visual reminder of the dangers construction workers face on a daily basis. The resource booklet can be used to assist toolbox talks so members are encouraged to share as widely as possible with health and safety representatives, site supervisors and operatives.
John Armstrong, CEF Managing Director, said “Falls constantly top the HSENI Construction Group statistics as the biggest cause of major injuries. As an industry we have to do more to protect our workers. Our resources provide basic guidance on a number of key areas related to Working at Height that should be used by anyone operating in this area”.
David Wallace, Chair of the CEF Health and Safety Committee, commented “This is the first in a series of resources being produced by the committee. We wanted to start with the area that causes the most concern and will continue to work with HSENI on other topics. Please watch this space for the next set of resources on Mobile Plant and Equipment”.
The Health & Safety Committee was set up to encourage collaboration amongst CEF members leading to regular sharing of best practice in the interests of improving overall health and safety standards in the construction industry.
The committee is chaired by David Wallace from Henry Brothers Limited. The other current committee members are Michael Purkess (Farrans Construction), Anthony Robb (Antrim Construction Company), Eleanor Forrest Reid (Dixons Contractors), Martin McCann (Donaghmore Construction), Caroline Hughes (Heron Brothers) and Declan McLogan (McAleer & Rushe). Representation comes from a wide range of companies operating across the industry from civil engineering to private housebuilding to ensure a breadth of health and safety knowledge.