The UK’s Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new construction advisory network, with the aim of helping firms in the sector share examples of good practice.
Named the Construction Industry Advisory Network (CONIAN), it brings together representatives and stakeholders from across the industry. The hope is that as well as sharing good practice and behaviour with a wider pool of firms, it will enable the HSE to reach businesses that may need support to improve their health and safety practices.
As it is an online network, it’s accessible to anyone working in the industry in the UK and the HSE hopes that the platform has the potential to make a real difference.
Peter Baker, Director of HSE’s construction division and Chief Inspector of construction, explained that there are many benefits to CONIAN. In addition to highlighting good practice, it will enable the organisation to “understand the reasons for poor health and safety performance and behaviours within our communities and reach those who need help”.
Making sure you regularly review and update your emergency response plans is just one element of operating high levels of site-based safety, when you have the responsibilities for running a construction site.
Last month, the HSE released the latest data on injuries and ill health among workers in the construction sector. It showed that there were 30 fatal injuries in this industry in 2016/17, the majority of which were caused by falls from height.
The most common cause of non-fatal injuries in the workplace was slips, trips and falls on the same level, closely followed by injuries caused by handling, lifting or carrying.