Help Your Construction Firm Comply with Legislation

Supervisors need to have appropriate health and safety training to ensure they do their job properly while complying with legislation. The CCNSG Supervisor Passport can provide adequate training that could prevent accidents and incidents and being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.

A recent court case highlights the importance of complying with the law. A construction firm were fined £10,000 after they repeatedly ignored warnings they were given by the HSE inspectors between August and October 2011. Members of the public had been concerned over the working methods and reported the firm to the HSE. The inspectors discovered multiple problems including:

  • Unsafe working at height
  • Lack of edge protection
  • Poorly constructed scaffolding
  • Danger of materials falling from height
  • Workers using mobile elevating platforms without harnesses
  • Lack of fire planning

The inspectors handed the firm seven Prohibition Notices and the company was told to cease work, sadly the Notices were largely ignored and work continued. The firm were prosecuted at Bristol Magistrates Court on November 14 where they pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations and breaching the CDM Regulations, specifically Regulation 38. Along with the £10,000 fine they also have to pay out £4,629 in court costs.

The CCNSG supervisor course is an excellent one day course that could ensure that supervisors know how to work safely and follow legislation. On the training day the candidates will learn about how to spot hazards and risk assessments, communication, roles and responsibilities, planning and time management, how to control the risks and monitor the workplace.

Supervisors Will Receive a Recognised Qualification

At the end of the training, all successful delegates are awarded with the ECITB Safety Passport for supervisors. It is nationally recognised and must be renewed within three months of the passport expiring. The renewal requires a refresher training course which will update the delegate on the current legislation and goes over the areas that were covered on the original course.

Don't risk lives or being prosecuted by failing to uphold the health and safety legislations.

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