Heatwaves, CDM failings, late payment, fire tests: Readers’ comments
I know from experience what it is to work in high temperatures. However, we just get on with it. That’s the nature of the industry. I suppose the saying “the show must go on” applies.
Yet more UK mollycoddling of workers. What do you think happens in countries where +30 degrees C is the norm? People simply need to use common sense. Don’t make it the employer’s responsibility.
Depending on the work activities and the protective clothing anticipated, the heat stress potential must be considered at ambient temperatures at or above 70 degrees F. When impermeable PPE is worn, physiological monitoring is the recommended method to track heat stress susceptibility in workers.
Why not check what members in other countries do? In Victoria, Australia, we have the rhyme “35 stay alive” – which means: over 35 degrees, stop work.
Try explaining CDM to most SMEs and they look at you like you are from another planet. HSE should take some of the blame due to the fact they do not highlight it to the general public and builders.
I agree, in part, with Graham. Free training should be provided for all SMEs in a local area, not London or Birmingham.
Perhaps local safety groups could provide a day’s training and advertise an article in the local press/radio, maybe even TV.
After receiving 16 enforcement notices and nine HSE inspections, you would think this company could have made some improvements to mitigate the outcome. Or maybe like a lot of SMEs they do not realise the severity of ignoring good health and safety advice!
Well said, Graham. We all need to own health and safety responsibilities on the sites we work on.
The construction industry is being run by accountants who know absolutely nothing about construction. That’s why there are the problems that we have in the industry.
Clearly the likes of Murphy and Kier are taking to heart the statistics showing the low savings rate that prevails in the country – and doing something about it. One must be positive about these things.
When will main contractors realise that cash flow is key - not just theirs, but for their subcontractors as well? Subcontractors will load their quotes when tendering to poor-paying main contractors, plus poor project cash flow leads to more expensive construction. Publishing payment performance is a great move.
I have been trying for over five years to insist that doors are not just assessed but fully tested – no desktop certification.
What a great report. As a site manager, we have to make sure all the fire regulations are met at construction stage but reading this is very disappointing because I don’t get to set a door on fire to make sure it is actually a 30-minute or 60-minute door.
We all thought that fire doors were properly tested before coming on the market. The whole construction industry gets tarred with failures from organisations who do not meet the required standards.