Olympics construction gets top marks for H&S

posted 26.10.2011

The London Olympics has been praised for its excellent health and safety record. The huge project which has taken 66 millions man hours to complete has only had 14 injuries sustained.

A report released today by the Health and Safety Executive found that only eight "dangerous occurrences" had been reported.

It is seen as a marker that the entire UK construction industry should look to achieve.

Stephen Williams, HSE?s director for London 2012, said that the project showed safety could be a priority despite the other challenges faced by Olympics schemes: ?The report shows how strong leadership and worker involvement are key to a safer working environment."

He added that the management was crucial, particularly on issues of blame: ?The ODA?s creation of a no scapegoating culture allowed workers to raise issues without fear of reprisal, learning lessons to apply across the site and reducing the risk in hazardous activities.?

?London 2012 is important because it shows construction doesn?t have to be one of the most hazardous activities out there."

He concluded: ?I want the rest of the construction industry to follow London?s lead.?

Recipro sourced this article from Building Products.co.uk

Category: health and safety, industry, Paul Jones