By Dermot Carey, Head of Safety Services Construction

We often concentrate on the tragic fatalities when we imagine workplace accidents. However, there are about 600 serious workplace accidents reported to the HSA every year. What’s often overlooked is the impact of these accidents on the lives of those who experience them.

As Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Authority, I welcome the initiative of the construction industry in its promotion of Construction Safety Week from September 12th – 16th.

The sector is of huge importance to the Irish economy but it is also a hazardous industry which requires continuous risk management. The Authority will support Construction Safety Week through a number of initiatives. Our inspectors will work closely with contractors that week while carrying out an enhanced inspection campaign and we will also amplify the message through targeted awareness raising campaigns.

Supporting Construction Safety Week 2016

By Edel Lambe, Fundraising Manager, NRH Foundation, National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH), Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Did you ever take a minute out to think about turning points in your life - how a single point in time directed your life’s journey down a certain path you never imagined travelling. None of us know what the future holds and the individual roller coasters we will each travel.

Construction safety week 2016 is about taking that time to just think and evaluate – think about safety on site, doing a refresher with staff and colleagues. This time taken might actually save lives or at the very least will prevent possible future accidents in the workplace.

By Gillian Ross - CIF Specialist Contracting Executive

Many small to medium sized contractors are unaware of important changes in the industry which could effect their businesses. Changes in the Constuction Industry designed to improve contractual processes and satisfy increasing compliance has led to an increase in the adoption of more formal and structured contract management procedures.

In the Construction Industry, those changes include your contract, Building Control Amendment Regulations 2014 and the Construction Contracts Act 2013.

Frank Kelly, Construction Director, Walls Construction

At Walls Construction, we take accident and incident prevention seriously. Maintaining our safety culture requires the commitment of management and staff, subcontractors and other third parties and is a continuous process. Our OHSAS 18001 health and safety management system sets out the minimum standards to be followed on our construction projects to assist with the prevention of workplace accidents and incidents and our approach to managing safety demands the full-time application of these procedures and standards.