Are You Prepared?
On Sunday 10th May, the Prime Minister advised those of us who cannot work from home to return to our workplaces. Advice was given to employers on how to protect workers from COVID-19 and we were instructed to remain alert.
Sadly last week, within three days of the PM’s message, we had been called to assist three customers following on–site incidents.
Back in March I commented that COVID-19 is no respecter of workplace safety, and these incidents seem to prove the point. All three sites had adopted the latest government, Construction Leadership Council and Construction Industry Federation advice on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but sadly the hazards that existed before COVID-19 remained, and in two of the three incidents, workers ended up being hospitalised.
The investigation for one of the incidents identified that the changes brought about for social distancing had not been thought through and had in fact contributed to the event and subsequent RIDDOR injury.
I am certainly not advocating that sites roll back their COVID-19 controls, instead I am reminding everyone that, sadly, the hazards that caused injuries and death to our co-workers prior to the pandemic, still need to be eliminated or reduced.
More than ever during these difficult times it is important that you are able to consider the health and safety of your workforce, and that you monitor site conditions to ensure that your actions remain suitable and sufficient.
During the crisis, our consultants have continued to visit sites on behalf of our customers. We have adapted our service, in order to minimise the risk we may present to others from the virus, but to make sure that it and those other hazards are being correctly controlled. We are getting excellent feedback from site managers and company owners, who appreciate the way we have been able to advise them on the practical steps they have taken and might consider to further control risk.
If you would like to make sure that your sites are adequately addressing the current risks, call us on 03456 122144 and book a visit.
Chris Ivey CMIOSH