CDM Manchester, Principal Designer, 79 Mosley Street

Safer Sphere appointed on 79 Mosley Street

Safer Shere is pleased to continue our support at Mosley Street with a new alterations project at 79 Mosley Street, Manchester. We will be acting as Client CDM Advisor on behalf of the client and Prinicpal Designer Advisor to OBI on the project

Nick Williams Safer Sphere, Nick Williams CDM Consultant, Nick Williams Safety Consultant Reading

Safer Sphere continues growth plan with new hire

Safer Sphere have appointed a new Principal CDM Consultant to expand their operation at their Reading office.  The business has had significant growth in the past year with the latest team member being the third senior hire in just 6 months.

Nick Williams formerly of Kellogg Brown & Root, Rider Levett Bucknall, and TPS Schal (a Carillion Group company), will assist Associate Director Richard Procter with the business’s expansion plans in the Southern region and will be delivering services on new projects and commissions already secured in the area.

Nick has a wealth of experience in Construction Health and Safety advising on projects such as Aspire Defence and King Fahd International Stadium, Saudi Arabia.

Nick said, “I am really excited to be joining Safer Sphere as they are a leader in Health and Safety. They are national safety award winners and are working on some really exciting projects, some of which are based in the southern regions.  I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to business and helping achieve growth in the area.”

Richard Procter, Associate Director Safer Sphere said, “We are delighted to have Nick on board with us. He is an excellent fit for our business and brings with him the skill set we require to provide our clients with the best health and safety solutions. Since the opening of the Reading office, our workload in the area has doubled and we are already ahead of our plans to bring a new team member aboard, which is a great achievement. Safer Sphere is growing in all regions and with the expansion of our services offering, we are set to grow and develop our operation to mirror the success of the Northern business.“

Safer Sphere appointed on I’m a celeb leisure attraction

We reported 2 months ago that we were involved in the new ITV leisure attraction at the Lowry Outlet. We are delighted to now reveal that the project is the first ‘I’m A Celebrity Jungle Challenge’ attraction. Safer Sphere has been supporting the project in the role of CDM Client Advisors to Peel Land & Property and Principal Designer Advisors to Artez Ltd through RIBA stages 1 – 4.

Peel Land & Property and ITV said:

ITV has today confirmed a new multi-million pound entertainment attraction, celebrating TV blockbuster I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will open at The Lowry’s brand new The Watergardens development at MediaCityUK.

The I’m A Celebrity… Jungle Challenge will open later next year as an epic 2500 square metre indoor entertainment feature in Manchester, featuring the iconic Base Camp, Croc Creek and Snake Rock in the ultimate jungle encounter.

The action-packed family entertainment centre promises to take camp mates into the heart of the jungle where you’ll need to navigate a series of obstacles and challenges. Face your fears, test your nerve and agility and venture into the jungle canopy, collecting stars as you go to be crowned king or queen of the jungle!

James Penfold, Controller of Partnerships for ITV said: “The I’m A Celebrity… Jungle Challenge is a one of a kind, multi-sensory adrenaline adventure. It brings together the heart and soul of the hugely celebrated series, and ITV’s expertise in curating fantastic, memorable live brand experiences as a great example of our More than TV strategy.”

Jason Pullen, Managing Director of Lifestyle Outlets added: “Our partnership with ITV is an exciting development in our goal to create a new generation of Outlets by creating unique leisure and shopping destinations with entertainment at their heart.  I am delighted to reveal that “I’m A Celebrity… Jungle Challenge“ opening at The Watergardens, MediaCityUK next year will be the first of its kind in the UK. I am confident that the experience will be a huge draw for people across the North West and beyond as they look to get closer to the action of this iconic TV show”

Today’s announcement is the next exciting chapter in ITV’s expanding portfolio of live events, tours and attractions, which includes Coronation Street The Tour, Emmerdale Village Tour, Emmerdale Studio Experience and the more recently announced, ITV Daytime Studios Tour at Television Centre in London.

Work to transform the space into the thrilling jungle experience is expected to start early 2020 and will open later in the year. Visitors can expect a 90minute action packed challenge through jungle ziplines, parachute drops and vertical climbing walls; the perfect day out for all the family!

Source: https://peellandp.co.uk/news-blog/2019/10/3/itv-to-open-im-a-celebrity-jungle-challenge-in-manchester-next-year

 

CDM Advisor, Proxima Park, Principal Designer Advisor London, CDM London

Safer Sphere appointed on Proxima Park

Safer Sphere is pleased to announce our appointment on the Phase 1 development at Proxima Park in Hampshire. The project sees the construction of 2 new warehouse buildings divided into 13 separate units with offices. Other work includes the construction of a parking area, access roads and drainage installations. Safer Sphere is acting as Principal Designer Advisors to UMC Architects and CDM Client Advisor to the client on the project. The development is due to be completed later this year.
Occupational Health and CDM15

Occupational Health in the Construction Industry

The construction industry can be viewed as a high-risk industry. Although only 7% of employed people work in this sector, last year it was estimated that there were 82,000 work-related ill-health cases in the construction industry, 62% was musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’S) and 25% were stress, anxiety or depression related (HSE 2017/2018 statistics).

Those who work in construction are also more likely to face long term health issues and each year, around 3,000 workers in construction suffer from breathing and lung problems they believe

were caused or made worse by their work in construction.

 

Smaller Construction Sites

In April 2015 the CDM regulations were updated with a key objective to improve worker protection and improve health and safety standards on smaller construction sites and domestic projects were statistically most injuries, illness and fatalities occur.

For health and safety practitioners in construction, it is important to make sure that information about hazards, risks and risk mitigation measures is clearly conveyed taking into account the audience and making sure that key information is not obscured.  For example, highlighting hazards on layout plans.

When advising clients, designers and contractors, the approach must be proportionate otherwise advice is likely to be missed or ignored.

The focus should be on identifying, designing out and managing issues (especially relating to health) that are not likely to be obvious, are unusual or difficult to manage effectively.  This is especially true on smaller projects where there is likely to be less awareness of health issues in general.

 

Ill Health

Occupational health is a very important issue for those who work in construction and the sector as a whole. Last year there were 51,000 work-related musculoskeletal injuries and 3,000 who suffer from breathing and lung issue.

Health and safety consultants have an important role to play in raising awareness of less obvious health issues to consider.  Long-term ill health issues are often overlooked with the focus on more immediate safety issues. Greater focus is required from the outset of projects to consider health issues in the design and planning stages of projects.

The HSE has rolled out numerous initiatives to combat illness in the workplace including their #Workright and #Dustbuster campaigns. These initiatives help to raise awareness of the issues and highlight the importance of considering and avoiding work-related ill-health including lung disease, MSDs and stress.

 

Disease in the Construction Industry

One of the biggest causes of disease in the industry is exposure to dust. ‘Dust’ includes wood dust, crystalline silica and other components. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) cover activities which may expose workers to construction dust.

There are three key things you need to do:

  • Assess (the risks)
  • Control (the risks)
  • Review (the controls).

The products, activities and risks associated with dust must be tackled at all levels of a project.

Designers should specify products and processes to minimise the requirement for on-site cutting, scabbling and other activities that will generate dust on site.  Can services be surface mounted rather than cutting channels? Can regular-shaped paving be used to reduce the need for cutting on-site?

Those who manufacture and supply tools and materials have a key role in making changes to the industry too. For example building in dust extract and damping into equipment likely to generate dust.

There is industry-wide recognition of the risks of asbestos with specific legislation being put in place to ban and manage asbestos.  Similar risks are posed by silica dust e.g. from cutting block paving but are less widely known.

 

Mental Health in the Construction Industry

It is not just physical health issues that are affecting people who work in construction but mental health plays a massive part in health and safety. Last year there was an estimated 14,000 work-related cases of stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing) which equates to one-sixth of all ill health in the construction industry.

Suicide is still the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 and as the construction industry is predominantly male then there is a high-risk factor of stress and depression. The industry is well known for being highly stressful with risk to injury, long hours, often working away from home and of course, job security being some of the main pressure points.

It is known that certain job types come attached to stigma and unfortunately, this has led to construction workers, again predominately men not being able to talk about how they are feeling and bottling it up due them not wanting to appear weak.

There is a lot of work still to do in the industry to try and cut through this stigma and encourage workers to talk. When putting together an occupational health strategy, wellbeing should also be taken into account, especially when it comes to mental health. As an employer good communication with the workforce on health, safety and wellbeing is key and there are things that can be done to help alleviate stress in the workplace such as regular breaks and support from colleagues and management. Encouraging workers to talk about potential problems before they become a wider issue should be widely encouraged too, for example, if there is a staff shortage causing a worker to work longer hours, which in turn is causing tiredness and stress then this should be discussed and the worker should feel comfortable addressing this with the employers support.

For support and guidance on putting together an occupational health policy for your business then get in touch with us today.

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First Panettoni, Warehouse, UMC, Principal Designer Advisor London, CDM London

Safer Sphere appointed on First Panettoni project

Safer Sphere is pleased to be part of the First Panettoni project in Basildon. The development includes demolition works of the existing buildings and slab and the construction of a new steel portal framed building. The construction takes place on the former Kongsberg Plant site and Safer Sphere is supporting the development in the role of Principal Designer Advisor to UMC Architects through RIBA stages 1-4.
CDM Services, Principal Designer Advisor, London CDM, Principal Designer London

Safer Sphere appointed on Old Bailey Refurb

We are delighted to share our appointment on a refurbishment project at 20 Old Bailey in London. The project will see the fit-out and associated works to part of the 5th floor of the building to provide serviced office accommodation and facilities. We are pleased to be supporting Consensus Workspace Ltd on the project providing Principal Designer Advisor support and contactor support.

UCLAN, SCUS, Principal Designer Advisor, CDM Services, University

Safer Sphere appointed on UCLAN scheme

Safer Sphere delighted to reveal that we have been appointed as Principal Designer Advisor on the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLAN) Student Centre and University Squares (SCUS) schemes. The £60 million transformation plan for the Preston Campus will see the 5-year vision to transform the site to become a welcoming and sustainable campus to enhance the experience for those who visit the University. We are supporting Bowmer and Kirkland on the development through RIBA stages 4 – 6 on the project which should the university become one of the largest in the UK.

Liverpool Central Library, CDM, Principal Designer Liverpool, CDM Liverpool

Safer Sphere appointed on Central Library Refurbishment

Safer Sphere is pleased to share our appointment on the interior maintenance project at the Central Library in Liverpool. We have been working on the project over the past few weeks which is due for completion at the end of August.

The project involves refreshing the interior of the Picton Reading Room inside the library and plaster repairs. Safer Sphere is supporting ENGIE on the project in the roles of Principal Designer Advisors and Temporary Works Coordinator.

Tower Works, PRS Scheme Leeds, CDM Advisor, Principal Designer, CDM

Safer Sphere appointed on Tower Works Scheme

Safer Sphere is delighted to reveal that we have been appointed on the new Tower Works PRS scheme in Leeds. This new build project will see the construction of 245 apartments set within the distinctive waterside development. One major aim of the project is to combine the iconic buildings of the area with the new neighbourhood to offer ‘landmark living’. Safer Sphere is acting as CDM Client Advisors to Ask Real Estate on the development which starts on site next month.