Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
1 August 2013
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The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
Drawing on two high proﬁle examples, Sean Brady suggests that attitudes toward near-misses can sometimes result in complacency – with catastrophic consequences.
Working on fragile roofs is hazardous. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that falls through roofs and roof lights account for about 20% of all fatal accidents within the category of “falls from height”. These result in about seven deaths a year, with many other serious injuries. Most of these instances occur during roof maintenance. The hazard and risks are foreseeable – and in severe incidents, where employees have not been properly protected, corporate manslaughter charges have been brought. All parties to the project, such as designers, contractors and the owners themselves, have a duty to be aware of the risks and cooperate in preventing accidents. Owners need to be familiar with the condition of their property and ensure that competent contractors are employed for any work required.
An overview of the risks inherent in the design of concrete structures, that can occur during the pouring process and through the removal of supports.