We welcome the increased attention that is being focused on best working practices when on-site and in the use of high quality well maintained hire equipment which is fit for purpose.
Working on show and event sites is challenging and the changing locations and weather conditions pose new safety situations on a daily basis, challenges which our skilled and experienced Site Foremen and their crews deal with in a measured yet determined way to ensure your project install or dismantle is completed safely and on-time.
Set out below is a synopsis of the current Construction and Design Management (“CDM”) 2015 Regulations drawn for the HSE documentation and from other recent industry prepared guidance. CDM 2015 is targeted at reducing accidents, injuries and ultimately fatalities across all fields of construction, commercial, domestic and our industry sector, the short term shows, events and live concerts, a goal which Woodhouse supports unconditionally.
The legal obligations of Temporary Demountable Structure (TDS) companies are set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and its associated regulations including the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015, the Work at Height Regulations 2005, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Advice should be sought from a range of other sources; these include the HSE.gov.uk and the EIF Purple Guide and IStructE Guidance on Procurement, Design & Use of Temporary Demountable Structures.
Under CDM 2015 it is the Client / Event Organiser’s legal responsibility to ensure that a full and sufficient safety file & safety plan is produced for each show and event. Responsibility for the monitoring of temporary structures now includes the HSE on all install and dismantle (construction & deconstruction) phases as well as the local authority under licensing conditions.
Responsibility for the integrity of the structure remains with the company who builds it. They have duties in law to ensure it is fit for purpose, that install and dismantle (construction and deconstruction) are planned and coordinated and that it is properly maintained during use. They have a duty to ensure all imposed loads do not adversely impact on the integrity of the structure. They also have responsibilities for the health, safety and welfare of their own staff, and that of all other workers involved in the construction area.
It is recommended that records, plans and designs are kept readily available and that sign off records are completed by each contractor for each and every structure or group. Final responsibility must remain with the client to ensure that these are maintained and that any subsequent changes are identified and shared with all show and event duty holders.
CDM defines the roles of key ‘Duty Holders’ whose responsibilities are outlined by law. Every duty holder involved in the show and event supply chain has legal duties and is responsible for informing themselves of those duties.
The Client / Event Organiser:
Holds overall responsibility for managing the project / show or event and for the selection and appointment of Principal Designer (PD) and Principal Contractor (PC) with appropriate experience, training, resources and organisation to support the safe delivery of the project / show or event.
The Principal Designer (PD):
Key duties are liaising with the client and other duty holders. This includes being responsible for planning, managing, monitoring & coordinating the health & safety of the project, and for the production of an event safety plan for the purposes of identifying, eliminating or controlling foreseeable risks. This role may be allocated to or assumed by an individual or organisation, or may be carried out by the client.
Principal Contractor (PC):
Key duties are liaising with the Client & PD, and preparing the TDS management plan. Responsible for planning, managing, monitoring and coordinating all phases of the build and use of TDS on site, and for organising co-operation between contractors and coordinating their work. The PC is responsible for preparing the Construction Phase Plan (“CPP”) and for it’s regular monitoring and updating to show all principal and subcontractor site activities. This role may be allocated to or assumed by an individual, or may be carried out by the client.
Key responsibilities are the planning, managing and monitoring of install and dismantle (construction and deconstruction) of all TDS under their control so that it is carried out without risks to health and safety.
All those engaged in the install and dismantle (construction and deconstruction) of TDS must:
Planning and Coordination:
It is the responsibility of the client, and or their appointed PD & PC, to prepare the Construction Phase Plan (CPP) and for it’s regular monitoring and updating to show all site activities.
Any subsequent variation to design must be supported by new/amended documentation
It is the responsibility of the client, and or their appointed PD & PC, to provide and maintain safe working areas, and to provide for the welfare of all contractors they engage.
Traffic Management Plan (TMP):
The TMP needs to be established within, and as part of, creating a safe working area. This is not just about getting the trucks to site in the right order, but ensuring their unloading is planned and managed to ensure safety. The TMP may include:-
Safety Briefing and Tool Box Talk:
The aim of this is to ensure that safe working practices are established on site.
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