Safety and welfare of the Team Aquatics site

Safety and welfare of the Team Aquatics site


I’m a construction inspector with the Health and Safety Executive There’s a lot of responsibilities there’s inspecting investigating accidents There’s occasionally taking enforcement action when that’s necessary I work in the Borough of Brent as well
as part of the City of Westminster After the successful Olympic bid I came to be working on the team aquatic sights from the summer of 2008 The team aquatic building contains swimming pools and diving pool as well it’s where all the diving and swimming activities to be carried out in the Olympics After the Olympics there’s also going to be a legacy project were the centre will be used in the future for future competitions training and other activities I’ve worked on projects were swimming pools are being refurbished and worked around but in terms of the scale of
constructing swimming pools a fantastic proof you know that was something that was new to me certainly the process materials were new to me on this has been unique in that way the
team aquatic building is located on the main Olympic site it is contained within the main Olympic site which is the size of Hyde Park actually the final year the project is about snagging and making sure that everything is perfect for the games The approach that HSE took to the team aquatic project was to plan a structured intervention of the construction work This meant that meetings and inspections or organised to coincide with key stages of the work particularly at the planning and the design levels HSE specials inspectors were involved
and there were meetings up front at the design stage At that point they were available to contribute their expertise to the planning and design work and I think that this no doubt has benefited the project because we have been able to comment on things at a very early stage obviously HSE has also had a very
more traditional inspection role occasionally throughout the project The approach to the Aquatic Centre and I think the overall Olympics project has not been a tick box approach to health and safety it has very much been a process at which we became involved at an early stage at the design stage in the planning stage and through this approach when the
construction phase came and is still going on we’ve been able to be more confident in the approach that’s been taken to dealing with risks on-site because this approach is designed many of them at the outset One thing that I was impressed with on the sight which I hadn’t seen previously was be commitment the genuine commitment that Balfour Beatty had to worker consultation on the site I saw couple of what I thought were pretty innovative ways of gaining the commitment of every single worker manager at all levels on site to adopt an embrace the safety culture and
I was impressed with what I saw as some real professionalism commitment from everyone on that site to improving safety on an ongoing basis There have been a few things that I’ve
seen on that on the team aquatic site which have been on
to my mind revolutionary or certainly new to me one of them is a safety car and by which every single employees subcontractor manager everybody at all levels of the
workforce would have to right down how they were going to
improve safety on the site and it had to be something innovative or new something that they wouldn’t be doing anyway I think any reaching out to employees
in this way or operatives in this way people who are
self-employed and grasping them and bringing them into the safety culture has certainly benefited the project I think the attitude on site is is certainly very positive and very proactive Another thing that they’re doing is they have a usual scheme where workers might record a concern that they have a health and safety concern or maybe even good practice and drop it in a box anonymously now on
this site they they have that box but if you report a
concern on site your actively encouraged to get involved
in solving a problem and enclosing on the problem which goes somewhat beyond just reporting what you think might be a might be an issue in getting people involved in solving issues rather than just reporting them anonymously in
forgetting about them I think HSE’s legacy from the
Olympics has been that we have gained a lot of information we’ve learned a lot of lessons about construction work with seen a lot
of improvements a lot of innovation and what we want
to do is take that forward and introduce that or expand that into
the general construction industry in this country

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