Unexpected HSE site checks

The HSE has begun to visit sites across the United Kingdom to make sure that sites are following the correct Covid-19 (Coronavirus) guidelines.

Martin McCabe is Head of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality at HGH Groundworks & Civil Engineering, and a member of the CIOB’s education, qualification, standards and practice board and his site was one of those that was checked.

The site was one that had shut down and recently reopened and the HSE visited the site to make sure they the correct guidelines were in place and being followed by all staff.

Martin McCabe on the unexpected visit:

“The HSE’s visit was unannounced. The inspectors were inducted and went through the site’s coronavirus symptoms checks. They interviewed some of our staff and asked what our COVID-19 checks were. They also enquired about our travel arrangements and then looked at our method statements and risk assessments. They completed a full review of our records of symptom checks and re-inductions. Interestingly, they were still keen to focus on plant use and maintenance. They checked plant operator competence and inspection records.

We received no actions from the visit. It’s down to the dedication of each member of the team, strong supervision has been crucial.

This experience has only reinforced my view that site supervisors are the key to getting things right. They’re the people who drive the culture and behaviours on-site. When you have supervisors who lead by example, it gives you the best chance of success”.

View the full article for more information from Martin on the site.

It is likely that these unannounced checks will continue to happen in the construction industry throughout the UK so please make sure that you are doing all you can to keep your sites safe and compliant.

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