The objective of CDM 2015 appears to have been to allocate responsibility for health and safety before construction work begins to principal designers, who would hand over this responsibility to principal contractors when construction work started.
A shortage of skilled construction workers is among the main concerns of building industry chiefs around the world, according to the results of a new survey.
Around half of project owners polled by KPMG Admitted they had found it difficult finding skills construction workers. It is just one of number of issues facing the heads of building firms around the world, from failing projects to problems meeting budget estimates.
There were budget problems for many in the survey after just 31% of projects the sample had worked on came within 10% of the original cost estimates.
And 70% said they thought one of the main reasons for this lies in a failure to accurately plan for delays.
Just over 100 senior managers took part in the survey, which was carried out at the end of last year and mainly involved face-to-face interviews.
The Construction Industry Training Board has now published final versions of industry guidance on The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015)
Draft versions were made available shortly before CDM 2015 came into force on 6th April 2015. The published versions now come in printer friendly and web-interactive format.
The guidance includes useful information on the actions required of the new Principal Designer (PD) role and how the PD should coordinate and manage design risk management by others during the project Pre-Construction Phase.
Clients will face greater legal scrutiny over health and safety standards following the introduction of the first new Construction Design and Management regulations for eight years. Among a range of measures, clients must ensure that sufficient time and resources are allocated to dealing with health and safety issues at appropriate stages throughout a project.
With yesterday’s Budget announcement George Osborne has highlighted a series of measures which should potentially benefit the construction industry. Here UK Construction Media takes a look at what people within the industry think of the announcement.
“Relief measures for energy intensive industries will really aid the construction industry.” Says Phil Foster of Love Energy Savings.
Mecsafe are now offering the Fit test operator training as an open course at the main head office in Doncaster.
This is designed to help train people how to conduct fit test, this is ideal for companies wanting to do fit testing themselves.
Mecsafe offers a maximum number of 6 Candidates on the Operators 1/2 day Course.
The training includes:
- Background to Face Fit Testing
- Set-up of Equipment
- The Sensitivity Test
- Fit Test Protocols
- Practical face fit testing
- Troubleshooting & Problem Solving
- Fit Test Failures and Re-Test
For more information on the Operator Training Please contact our us Via Telephone or email.
The New draft regulations and guidance for managing Health and Safety in the construction industry are now available to view for Duty holders and members of the public to familiarise themselves with before going live on the 6th of April 2015.
A number of new changes will come into force under the 2015 CDM regulations. According to HSE, the changes under the guidelines include:
Client – The new regulations recognise the client as the head of the supply chain and as the party best placed to set standards throughout a project. This is a significant change and means you will bare responsibility throughout the project for its safe delivery.
Principal Designer – The CDM co-ordinator role under CDM207 will be replaced by the new PD Role. It means responsibility for coordinating the pre-construction phase will rest with a member of the design team.
Competence – The requirements will be replaced with a more general framework which splits ‘competence’ into component parts of skills, knowledge, training and experience and organisational capability.
Documents of the new Regulations can be found on our Client Portal.
A Lift maintanance company were fined £50,000 after tourtists were left with broken/fractured legs and ankles. The Lift fell from around 3 metres into a service pit after a mechanism fail.
HSE concluded that the uncontrolled fall could have been avoided had more in-depth analysis occurred, and that the fact this had not happened was indicative of wider failings.
The HSE is launching a wave of safety checks on London Basement conversion projects from next week. The focal area’s of inspection will be Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham following a number of fatal incidents over the the recent years.
CITB have been accused off being sly with the new changes to the levy payments.
Around 16% Of Firms will see their levy bills increase in 2017. Contractors are already warning that will start from this April. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this matter;
One construction boss spoke out saying: “The CITB is obviously sensitive about this issue and has been pretty sneaky in the way it has worded all this.”