Following a comprehensive review of all the construction site safety inspections undertaken by Eurosafe UK in the first quarter of the year we felt the need to share the findings with the industry.
We are great believers in the adage “if you don’t measure you don’t improve”. Consequently during an inspection we grade the Principal Contractor on numerous site activities by using a transparent scoring system. Each activity commences with a 100% score from which percentage points are deducted according to the level of non-compliance identified by our team.
For example a fixed scaffold would lose points if for examples toe boards were not fitted; but further points would also be lost if there were other issues with the scaffold.
The inspection report is presented to the site manager along with education and advice where improvements are necessary. Further copies are e-mailed from site to other interested parties such as the Client, the Project Manager and the Principal Designer.
We have now collated a master report on all our site inspections. This report makes very interesting reading and clearly identifies the areas where contractors are getting it right, and also where improvements are still necessary.
The report has been created using data from almost 350 site inspections in the 3 month period for January to March 2018. The data has been captured for a cross-section from construction sites across the UK and Ireland. Sites covered include:
- Large housing sites with over 100 plots
- Inner sites in London with numerous restrictions on plant, access, traffic management etc.
- Fit out contracts in shopping centres and high street locations
- Night time refurbishment works
- Asbestos removal works
The inspections clearly identified that the best performing categories were the ones which formed part of the initial establishment on site. These findings are very pleasing as it shows that Principal Contractors are carrying out their duties under CDM 2015 in this area. The top average scores were:
- Access/egress routes including traffic management – 97%
- Welfare and first aid – 96%
- Storage of plant and materials – 96%
In contrast the lowest average scores all relate to what we can deem as “moving targets”. The lowest average scores were:
- Work at height 82%
- Site documentation 86%
- Electricity and lighting 86%
To conclude therefore it is clear that more can be done in several areas. However in the aforementioned timeframe only 8 sites scored under 75% as an overall score, which is a tremendous improvement compared with say two years ago. Client support has been a key factor in this move in the right direction, with Clients now being very aware of their duties under CDM 2015, and also the importance of safety standards to the effective delivery of projects and the protection of their businesses.