Construction Health and Safety

Construction Health and Safety

Please find below the core services associated with our Construction Health and Safety offering. We also offer several additional ancillary services not listed which we are happy to discuss more after understanding your needs.

The monitoring and reporting of health and safety performance and compliance is essential and integral to the success of any construction project and to the development of your workforce. Lessons learned and the identification of trends which in turn define training needs are all born out of site inspections. Regular Site Inspections are also a requirement of your own Health and Safety Management System and the need to continually improve as well as the construction contracts which you (Principal Contractors and Contractors) have entered into committed to with those who have appointed you.

Stonewells carry out independent Construction Site Health and Safety Inspections on behalf of Clients, Principal Contractors and their supply chain of Contractors. Our Construction Site Health and Safety Inspections assess whether work activities are being undertaken safely with no unsafe working practices being displayed which put the operative or those around them in harm’s way. We also ensure all works are being carried out in accordance with Risk Assessments, Method Statements and wider Safe System of Work procedures, processes and protocols as well as all statutory Health and Safety legislation.

The findings of our Inspections are provided to our Client and their Senior Leadership / Management Team.

Having a Construction Phase Plan (CPP) in place is a statutory requirement under the CDM 2015 Regulations. The responsibility to produce the plan rests with the Principal Contractor.

The aim of a CPP is to set out (in response to the Pre-Construction Information which identifies all known site constraints and their associated hazards and risks) how the works and site will be set up to mitigate and manage all known constraints and their associated hazards and risks. It must detail the management arrangements the Principal Contractor will implement in order to ensure all construction tasks, activities and works are planned appropriately, executed safely and managed competently.

Stonewells work with Principal Contractors in the tender period, mobilisation phase, and, once appointed, at regular intervals throughout the duration of the construction phase, to ensure the CPP produced remains relevant and fit for purpose at all times. Following a review of the project and Pre-Construction Information and existing inhouse CDM management arrangements, processes and procedures, we draft the first iteration of a CPP for review and comment. Once the CPP has been reviewed and agreed by various levels and functions within the Principal Contracting organisation, but especially by the Project Director, Project Management, Site Manager and Site Supervisor, we then produce a final version that can be submitted (to their Client) for review and comment.

Whilst often referred to collectively, and both risk assessments and method statements work to reduce the risks associated with dangerous tasks. There are key differences between the two requirements, and they are not interchangeable.

They are both key documents for communicating health and safety procedures to workers, and they are vitally important in high risk industries like manufacturing and construction.

  • Risk assessments identify and assess the hazards and risks involved in projects and suggest control measures.
  • Method statements: should expand on the control measures outlined in the risk assessment, detailing how, when and why you should implement measures.

It is a legal requirement to complete a risk assessment before starting a work project. This is due to The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which states that employers must:

“Assess risks to self, employees, and any other people who have contact with the workplace or work processes”.

Risk assessments should be completed for all projects, from small works to complex operations. They detail every task on a project and assign them a risk score before detailing any necessary precautions to mitigate the risk described.

You should also complete a new risk assessment every time a project changes or the on-site workers change. For construction projects, in particular, risk assessments are vital for ensuring the safety of all the workers and can also help make a job run more smoothly and more quickly.

Unlike risk assessments, method statements do not have a specific mention in the MHSWR. However, the MHSWR does state that employers must make “arrangements as are appropriate… for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventative and protective measures.”

Risk assessments are normally completed first, as a method statement is typically only written once all potential hazards have been identified.

You will typically write more risk assessments than method statements. This is because you will always need to complete a risk assessment to identify and evaluate the potential risks of a project or activity. Method statements, on the other hand, might only be needed for specific tasks.

Stonewells provide consultancy or full provision of creating compliant risk assessment and method statement documents as well as SSOW (Safe Systems of Work). SSOW are a set of procedures that, when followed properly, allows otherwise high risk tasks to be completed safely. A method statement is often derived from a Safe System of Work (SSOW) and a risk assessment.