In the construction industry, most fatal injuries occur on smaller building projects involving refurbishment of existing homes and workplaces. Over two thirds of accidents happen on smaller sites, with 60% of deaths involving falls from scaffolds, roof edges, ladders, working platforms and falls through fragile roofs or roof lights.
Other fatal injuries on such projects arise from the collapse of excavations, lifting operations, electricity and mobile plant. Whether working at height or at ground level, it is essential to have your health and safety procedures in place.
The 2015 revision of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations [CDM Regulations], which are intended to ensure health and safety issues are properly considered during a project’s development so the risk of harm to those who have to build, use and maintain structures is reduced, has taken these facts into consideration and domestic clients are no longer exempt from most CDM obligations.
The 2015 CDM Regulations define domestic clients as, ‘…people who have construction work carried out on their own home, or the home of a family member that is not done as part of a business, whether for profit or not.’
Under these regulations, there is a significant emphasis on competence and competent persons, and you should not accept work for which you do not have the necessary health and safety competency.
Safe Track Associates Limited can supply domestic companies with tailor-made CDM compliant packages, producing Risk Assessments, Method Statements, and Construction Phase Plans to ensure that every project is carried out with safety and health as the number one priority.