Tag - Health and Safety

Safer Sphere turns 7, Safer Sphere Principal Designer, CDM Advisors

Safer Sphere reaches year 7

Safer Sphere is delighted to reach the young old age of 7 today as the business celebrates its 7th year in operation. We cannot believe how far we have come in such a short period of time including watching our team grow, opening more offices, winning numerous awards as well as working on some amazing projects.

A big thank you to our hard-working team and dedicated clients for your support.

Principal Designer, CDM 2015, Nando's safety, Nandos

Safer Sphere appointed on new Nando’s project

Safer Sphere is delighted to confirm that we have been appointed on the fit-out project for Nando’s at Walkden Retail Park. The project consists of the fit-out of the existing retail unit for the purpose of being a restaurant space. We have been appointed by Derwent Estates in the role of Principal Designer on the project which is due to complete at the end of this year.

Principal Designer Advisor, CDM, Lancaster Office Development

Safer Sphere appointed on office development

Safer Sphere is delighted to reveal that we have been appointed on the construction of a new three-storey office building in Lancaster. The development will be composed of a stone build façade, punch windows and will involve a partial fit-out and external works including a new car park. We are supporting Rayner Rowan on the project in the role of Principal Designer Advisor through RIBA stages 2 – 6 with completion planned for August 2020.

Pride of St Helens Business Awards, Safer Sphere Awards, St Helens Awards, Small Business of the Year

Safer Sphere shortlisted for Business Award

We are delighted to reveal that we have been shortlisted for ‘Small Business of the Year’ at this year’s Pride of St Helens Business Awards. The awards are a celebration of local businesses, and we are thrilled to have made it the final of such a competitive category. Safer Sphere was lucky enough to take home the award last year so this year we are defending the title and keeping our fingers crossed that we can do it again.

The Pride of St Helens Business Awards takes place at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Thursday 7th November.

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 Richardson and Ask Real Estate on the development which starts on site next month.

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.“

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.