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My office is in a Business Park but on of my windows looks out on to some
houses. Last week I was treated to an exhibition of all the things that builders
Let me explain, the householder has sensibly decided to have cavity wall
insulation installed but the workmen who arrived to do the job were rather
cavalier in their attitude to health and safety. At one point one of them was
standing on the apex of the attached garage leaning precariously out while
holding a masonry drill; as he attempted to drill holes in the outer wall he
kept losing his balance and I am amazed that he didn't fall. Some of the places
he needed to drill were too high even for him and he proceeded to get a ladder
from his van. Instead of using a scaffold tower, as required by law; he climbed
up the ladder using one hand while dragging the electric drill with the other. I
expected that, at the very least, his partner would have held the bottom of the
ladder but no, he was preparing the equipment for injecting the foam insulation.
I am fairly sure that these two were not operating their company health and
safety policies but were just lazy.
I had to go out to visit a client so I do not know how it all ended. I hope
that it did not end in tears.
It is hardly surprising to know that the majority of industrial accidents
occur on building sites and most involve some sort of powered tool.
I wish these two lads a long and healthy life but if their performance
recently was anything to go by, I think that very optimistic. While I realise
that youth seem to think they are totally invulnerable, I was young once myself
after all, the safeguards offered by the modern health and safety legislation
are not designed to restrict personal freedom, they can, and often do, save
Before undertaking any work of this type they should have carried out a risk
assessment, not a huge job given then task in hand. Then they should have used
the correct protective equipment and safe working practices.
About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director of Quality Matters Limited an
established independent management consultancy based in Essex, UK which
BS OHSAS 18001:2007 - Health & Safety Management consultancy.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-12-09 14:04:15 in Employee Articles