Safer Sphere is pleased to share the news of our latest project appointment at Wythenshawe Hospital. The project will see works to the hospitals external lighting and updates to the hospital’s Nurse call system. We are acting in the role of Prinicpal Designer on the project supporting Prinicpal Contractor Novus and CDM Client Advisor to the NHS Trust.
Safer Sphere is pleased to announce that the business has appointed a new Director to assist Managing Director Mike Forsyth with the day to day running of the business.
Jonathan King formerly Head of Safety Management at WYG and Head of Project Safety at Edmond Shipway has been brought into the business to help with its growth strategy from our North West HQ, operating nationally across our three offices.
Jonathan has a wealth of experience in CDM and Construction Health and Safety having worked on projects ranging from £20m to £750m across the UK.
Jonathan said “I am delighted to be joining Safer Sphere, especially at such an exciting time. The business has seen growth year on year and what Mike and the team have achieved in this time has been exceptional. The company has started to get noticed not only in the industry but as a successful business which has been proven by the multiple award wins and nominations and by the key projects the business is working on. I am looking forward to working with Mike and the team and using my knowledge and experience from previous roles, I hope to help the business grow and further succeed.”
Mike Forsyth, Managing Director, Safer Sphere said “We are delighted to have Jonathan on board with us. He is an excellent fit for our business and brings with him the knowledge, experience as well as the skill set to help us achieve our growth and office expansion plans. Jonathan will not only be assisting me with the day to day running of the business but will also be hands-on to support our clients with discharging their CDM duties. We have seen a period of change and growth for the business from winning prestigious awards to implementing new systems. We are always striving for improvements as a business and for our clients and we want to ensure that we step up to mark as a leader in construction health and safety.”
Angel Meadows Development
Last year we brought you a series of blogs on the Archaeological dig at the Angel Meadows development site which saw various cellars and pavements unearthed as well as advertising, bottles and vials relating to medicine, shoes, and part of a pram frame.
Principal Contractors Westfield Construction is now on site working on behalf of Far East Consortium and the development is now progressing well.
History of the site
It was during the Irish Famine in 1845 that saw many people who could not afford the long sea journey to America and the colonies settle in in England, mainly in the larger cities where there was at least a prospect of finding work. In Manchester, most of the migrants ended up in Angel Meadows. There was purpose-built housing constructed across 33 acres close to the city centre which housed between 20,000 and 30,000 people. The dark streets, passageways and alleys that linked the housing, were dangerous places frequented by gangs and the area was known to be filthy, unhealthy and had a very high crime rate.
Today Angel Meadows dominates part of the Manchester skyline with cranes as the area is transformed into modern and trendy accommodation schemes.
We will continue to bring you progress images and updates on this dynamic development as it progresses. Safer Sphere is supporting the project in the roles of Principal Designer Advisor and CDM Client Advisor.
This article follows on from our previous blog post, Asbestos the silent killer
Asbestos is the UK’s biggest cause of work-related deaths. In fact, Asbestos has claimed the lives of 50,000+ people in the last 3 decades. While Asbestos can take some time to develop it can cause Mesothelioma, asbestos is and lung cancer. These diseases don’t just affect workers, they can also affect their families if they have inadvertently come into contact with it.
It can take up to 30 years for someone to show symptoms of Mesothelioma and the other diseases that Asbestos can cause. This is why it’s often hard to work out what is causing the symptoms. Some people may not have realised they were working in a building that contained Asbestos or even realised that they had come into contact with Asbestos. This is usually why many people are shocked that they are suffering from Mesothelioma, asbestos is or lung cancer.
What Exactly is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral that was once quite widely used during the 1960s and 1970s. The reason behind its use comes down to the fact that it was considered to be a very versatile material in the building industry. While the use of Asbestos has been banned for many years it can still be found in some buildings. This is because some older buildings still stand and are considered to be structurally safe. While many old buildings have been torn down and replaced with something new, there are still old ones located all over the UK that contain Asbestos.
This material was once used in shipbuilding, insulation, textiles and fireproofing. Unfortunately, this means that thousands of people who worked in these industries were potentially exposed to it.
The Risk of Exposure Today
As we have already seen, Asbestos is no longer used due to its disease-causing properties. However, there is still a risk of exposure, especially in the construction industry. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advice on Asbestos is that there is still a high risk of exposure to people with certain job roles, in particular, those work as:
- Construction Worker
- Computer installation engineers
- Demolition workers
- Fire and burglar alarm installers
- Gas Fitters
- General maintenance workers
- Heating and ventilating engineers
- Painters and Decorators
- Roofing Contractors
- Telephone engineers
- Architects, Building Surveyors and other such professsionals
How Can Workers Stay Safe?
In our last blog on Asbestos, we looked at the training required to deal with the discovery of the substance along with what to do if Asbestos is uncovered. Here we look at the regulations that mean that the duty holder needs to manage workers’ exposure to Asbestos.
On non-domestic premises, under the regulations the duty holder must by law:
- Identify materials that may contain Asbestos
- Keep up to date records about the Asbestos
- Assess the risk of exposure
- Plan how any risks will be managed
- Inform anyone who may work on the building
- Inform anyone who may disturb the Asbestos
The Health and Safety Executive has an ‘Asbestos Licensing Unit’ that regulates every company who is working with Asbestos and grants them a licence to carry out any required work.
Asbestos Management Plans
If Asbestos is found to be present, then as the employer you should provide workers with a ‘management plan’ by law. This managment plan should identify the type of Asbestos that has been found, along with the type and level of exposure employees are likely to deal with. The plan will also cover how you plan to eliminate or reduce the exposure and how as the employer you intend to monitor the exposure of your employees.
As the employer i.e. Principal Contractor on a project, you should provide full and complete training along with any relevant information to employees that could be at risk of exposure.
No attempts should ever be made to remove Asbestos unless you have a refurbishment and demolition survey in place. The survey will determine whether the asbestos removal will require a licensed contractor to remove. If so, prior to any removal an asb5 notification should be submitted to the HSE prior to carrying out the works. If the works are non licensed non-notifiable then appropriate removal training should have been received.
Once removal has taken place on the building the duty holder should keep all removal records for 40 years. From this, an updated management plan should be in place to reflect the items removed from the building and those that remain.
There is always a risk when working with older buildings of Asbestos exposure, but employers can minimise the risks by putting in place work plans, appropriate PPE, Face-Fit Testing and the appropriate training. Effective communication of the dangers is key so that workers can carry out their roles with safety in mind and employers will be safe in the knowledge that they are doing everything they can to protect their team.
Asbestos Awareness Training
There is no legal requirement to repeat formal refresher awareness training every 12 months however, some form of refresher awareness as necessary, this may include e-learning or as part of other health and safety updates. If you require asbestos awareness training refresher our accredited e-learning asbestos awareness courses could be the solution. It provides an economical solution to your training needs and can fit around you and your business. For more information please see our training page.
We are delighted to reveal that we have been appointed on the brand new First development in Manchester. Hotel giant, Premier Inn is the first tenant to be announced today taking 160,000 sq ft of the 480,000 sq ft building. The hotel operator will occupy the top five floors of a 16 storey mixed-use development, which secured planning permission in December 2018. With the deal now in place for the hotel, Ban will start construction this summer 2019 with completion due in early 2021
Safer Sphere is pleased to confirm that the refurbishment proposals for 100 Barbirolli Square have been approved by Manchester City Council. The works will include the conversion of a basement car park into a new office floor, office extensions and new roof terraces. The refurbishment will increase the office space to 150, 000 sq ft.
We have previously supported 5Plus Architects on a previous refurbishment at the building as well as providing support on 101 Barbirolli Square. We will be continuing our support on the latest refurbishment in the roles of Principal Designer Advisor and Client CDM Advisor. The project is due to start in spring 2019.
Multi-award winning Construction (Design and Management) Health & Safety specialists Safer Sphere, continue with their growth plans by opening a new office based in Reading.
The move comes off the back of an increase in project appointments and overall growth within the Southern region of the UK and follows the opening of the Liverpool office in May of last year.
The new office in Reading will be headed by the company’s latest hire Richard Procter, who has joined the business this month as Associate Director (South). The office will serve all Safer Sphere commissions in the southern region including London which is less than 30 minutes away.
Mike Forsyth, Managing Director, Safer Sphere said “We have seen an increase in demand for our services across the south region with many clients coming back to us for additional projects. We strategically expanded our offices to Liverpool last year so that we could be closer to our Liverpool projects and clients so, with the growing demand in London, South East & West, we decided that expanding our operation around the Southern region on a full-time basis makes sense. Richard is an experienced Construction Health and Safety professional with a vast amount of experience having previously worked at Capita and Carillion, providing a perfect fit for our business and to lead growth in the area. Once Richard has settled in the plans are to bring on board more experienced CDM Consultants from the local area and develop a highly competent southern team.”
Safer Sphere is pleased to confirm that we have been appointed on a new demolition project on Manton Lane in Bedford. We will be supporting AR Demolition on the project in the role of Principal Designer Advisor and we look forward to providing health and safety assistance on this technical demolition.
Safer Sphere is delighted to reveal that we have made the final of the Pride of St Helens Business Awards in the tough category of Small Business of the Year. This comes fresh off the back of the company’s win at the National Association for Project Safety (APS) awards where the business was crowned CDM Consultant of the year.
The Pride of St Helens Business Awards are a celebration of local businesses and what theses business bring to the town.
Mike Forsyth, Managing Director, Safer Sphere said “We are delighted to have made the final of the Pride of St Helens Business Awards and as a St Helens based growing company, we feel it really highlights the positive impact all the businesses in the final are making to the local economy. All our team are either from St Helens or the local area and this recognition of the business is down to them and hard work they put in.”
The awards take place on Thursday 15th November at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Safer Sphere is pleased to be working on a residential property build on Knutsford Road in Wilmslow. We are providing CDM Client Advisor support to Property Alliance Group and Principal Designer Advisor support to Alderley Edge Building Company during the construction phase. We are also delighted to be working on the project with Cube Architects.