Friday, 23rd October
In an emergency, people may react differently, and sometimes irrationally. There is a risk of poor judgement, panic, or confusion. It is for such reasons that situational training is to be encouraged. In an emergency it can be difficult to think clearly. Time is precious and prior preparation is strongly advised through contingency planning.
Mark Murphy of Wm. O’Brien Crane Hire has kindly developed a presentation to outline guidance for calling and preparing for an emergency ambulance call to site: Click here to download
Pre-planning is essential to ensure that appropriate resources are allocated and to identify any potential deficiencies in procedures or plans. Plans should outline clear roles and responsibilities, be subject to regular reviews and shared with appropriate persons. Recommendations include:
- Learn the emergency numbers 112 and 999
- Know your full address, including Eircode and be able to provide clear directions to your premise/site
- Retain useful phone numbers to hand and make visible to relevant others
- Undertake training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)and First Aid Response
- Have a first aid app on your phone
- Maintain site drawings
- Undertake evacuation drills
- Provide appropriate training to appropriate persons.
All rescue planning and operations should address the following issues:
- The need for rescue in good time
- Taking account of lone worker issues and procedures
- Communication requirements
- The safety of the persons carrying out or assisting with the rescue
- Means of access to the casualty
- The medical needs that the casualty may have with respect to injury or the effects of suspension
- The anchor points to be used for any equipment
- The suitability of equipment (anchors, harnesses, attachments, and connectors) that has already arrested the fall of the casualty for use during the rescue
- Rescuers are shown the actual provision for rescue (i.e. anchor points) on the site crane(s) and familiarised with the rescue techniques to be used on these cranes
- The method that will be used to attach the casualty to the recovery system
- The direction that the casualty needs to be moved to get them to the point of safety (i.e. raising, lowering or lateral)
- The possible needs of the casualty following the rescue.
Contacting the Emergency Services
Step 1: Phone number: 112 or 999 (Republic of Ireland)
Step 2: When calling the emergency services, you will be asked for the service you require (i.e. Ambulance, Garda, Fire Services, Coast Guard) and to provide the following information:
- The exact address of the incident or emergency and/or any noticeable landmarks nearby. Include postcode if known.
- Directions to the scene of the emergency.
- The telephone number you are calling from – PLEASE STATE CLEARLY THE NUMBER!
Step 3: Details on the incident itself, the number of persons involved, any visible injuries, knowledge of any pre-existing medical conditions and the surroundings.
It is very important give as much information as you can. If the incident is a work at height emergency (Fire Services have a trained heights rescue crew) please advise this during your call.
Step 4: Try to stay calm, remain on the line and listen to the call taker’s instructions.
Step 5: Keep your own phone on and the line free. The emergency services may need to contact you for further information.
1850 372 999
Gas Networks Ireland
1850 20 50 50
1850 278 278
Contractors are responsible for managing the risks associated with work near overhead electricity wires and underground cables. Competent persons need to review past site records and utility drawings in advance of works and to liaise with the respective utility providers.
Construction Work: Avoid Danger when working near overhead electricity wires and underground cables
Remember: There are no second chances with electricity. Don’t put yourself or others at risk of electrocution!
Arthur Byrne, Public Safety Manager, ESB Networks is asking everyone involved in construction to take the opportunity of Safety Week to take the time to recognise the dangers before starting work near overhead electricity wires and underground cables. The specific themes of Plant & Pedestrian Safety, Working at Heights and Emergency Preparedness are all very relevant.
Take the time to understand the risk of electrocution and remember these important safety times.
KEY SAFETY TIPS
1. Watch out for overhead wires and keep a safe distance. Implement the Code of Practice for Overhead Lines.
2. Avoid hitting buried cables and always check that you are following safe digging practice. Implement the Code of Practice for Underground Services.
3.Contact ESB Networks for information and advice.
- Remember – electricity wires and cables are always live; never touch fallen wires or handle cables.
- Contact ESB Networks for the records of overhead and underground cables by:
- Email to [email protected]
- Phone: 1800 928 960 for Map Records and Advice.
4. Watch out for overhead wires:
- Remember to implement the safety controls and comply with the Code of Practice for Overhead Electricity Lines.
- Know what the required safety zones are by contacting ESB Networks in advance
- Erect goal posts to restrict access for tall machinery.
5. Keep clear of underground cables:
- Remember to implement the safety controls and comply with the Code of Practice for Underground Cables.
- Identify the location of underground cables
- Use competent staff and calibrated equipment
- Implement safe digging practices.
IMPORTANT RESOURCES TO HELP YOU BE SAFE:
- Phone 1800 928 960 or [email protected] for the electricity network records on your site
- For information on the Codes of Practice, Safety Videos and Safety Advice: visit esbnetworks.ie/stayingsafewww.esbnetworks/stayingsafe/
- In an emergency, phone 1800 372 999.
It is important to note a variance of voltages for overhead electricity lines on ESB Networks distribution and transmission systems, ranging from 230 volts to 400,000 volts. The minimum safe distances for plant and machinery is dictated by the voltage carried. It is always recommended to check the voltage carried and then consult the respective Code of Practice for Avoiding Danger from Overhead Electricity Lines
Always assume utilities as live unless otherwise confirmed; if planning work near overhead electricity wires, contact ESB Networks (1850 928 960 / [email protected]) in advance so that the necessary safety precautions can be evaluated. In the event of emergency, contact ESB Networks immediately on 1850 372 999. Similarly, equivalent precautions must be followed to avoid encountering underground services, as illustrated in the following video:
As the operators of essential national utility services (electricity and gas), Gas Networks Ireland and ESB Networks provide a 24/7 emergency response when incidents take place as a result of construction activities. To help everyone involved in construction to prevent these incidents and to be able to react safely if they do occur, ESB Networks and Gas Networks Ireland will jointly host a webinar on Friday at 2pm on incident prevention and emergency preparedness. Register here.
Colum Costello, HSEQ Manager, Suir Engineering has kindly facilitated a brief video to advise of safe working with live services; this may be accessed here: https://bit.ly/324J8hA
Gas Networks Ireland – Dial Before You Dig
Damaging a gas pipeline could cause major disruption to your work. Or much worse. Always contact Gas Networks Ireland before excavating near gas pipelines.
6 Safety Tips when excavating near Gas Pipelines
These focus mainly around safe digging practices:
- Whilst gas mains located in streets and verges are shown on maps, gas services which supply gas to individual properties are not normally shown. Their presence, however, should be assumed.
- Mechanical excavators pose the biggest risk, in terms of pipe damage, and should not be used within 500 mm of any gas main or within 3 m of a transmission pipeline.
- Hand-held power tools should not be used within 1.5 metres of a gas transmission pipe. The use of power tools presents a high risk to the operatives involved in carrying out the groundwork.
- Hand digging (using shovels and spades) should be used close to a known gas pipe or where the presence of gas pipes is suspected.
- Never cover a damaged gas main or service or attempt to carry out a repair.
- Report any damage, no matter how minor it may appear, to 1850 20 50 50.
Please visit the downloads section below to download the Safety advice booklet
It is recommended to:
- Maintain spill kit(s) at strategic locations, and ensure personnel are suitably trained.
- Maintain an emergency response plan, complete with site layout drawings and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
- Provide appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all workers with chemical handling duties.
- Provide a centralised and dedicated waste storage area for handling, segregation and storage of all hazardous waste generated and collected, such that it is designed to prevent or control accidental releases to air, soil, and water resources.
The HSA has published a very useful guide for ‘Use of Chemicals Safely on Construction Sites’, which is available in the downloads section for quick reference.
Live CIF Webinars
2pm on Friday, 23rd October – Emergency Preparedness
As the operators of essential national utility services (electricity and gas), Gas Networks Ireland and ESB Networks provide a 24/7 emergency response when incidents take place as a result of construction activities.
To help everyone involved in construction to prevent these incidents and to be able to react safely if they do occur, ESB Networks and Gas Networks Ireland will jointly host a webinar on Friday at 2pm on incident prevention and emergency preparedness.
Registration Link: Click here
ESB Networks – Contractor Safety
Gas Networks Ireland – Dial Before You Dig Service
Irish Water – Report a Leak or Damaged Water Lid
Irish Water – Developer Services
About Safety Week
Construction Safety Week is an initiative of the Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (CSPAC). This is a grouping of all the main stakeholders in the construction sector in Ireland – Employers, Unions, State Bodies ( in conjunction with the Health & Safety Authority ) and Professional Bodies.
Our collective objective is to continue to highlight the issues of health and safety in the Irish construction industry and to drive continual improvement.
Good health and safety depend on co-operation between all parties on a project – from client to designers and contractors – everyone’s safety depends on their co-workers or the person working beside you or above you.
The mission for this week is to re-focus on health and safety and it’s a call to action for companies of all sizes to run a safety event this week.