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The Construction Industry is a major employer in Northern Ireland but unfortunately has a poor accident record with 46 workers killed in accidents over the last 10 years. This figure is serious and action must be taken by everyone involved in the Industry.  Management influence is essential but the workers can have a major impact on health and safety standards on site.  This will require a change of behaviour.  Workers should insist on proper health and safety.  For example refuse to work at heights unless proper edge protection has been provided.  This change of attitude can be a driver for good.

Reference to the former GB ACoP: L144 – Managing Health and Safety in Construction

This was formerly GB’s ACoP and was approved for use in Northern Ireland. Although it has ceased to have effect in GB, and therefore no longer carries the status of an ACoP in Northern Ireland, HSENI considers this document to be valid guidance, and the standard to which the construction industry should perform, while the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 remain in operation.

Source - HSE (GB)
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Key Messages/Current Issues:

  • Statistics

    Analysis of major injury accidents over the last five years reveals three key causes:

    • ‘falls’;
    • ‘struck by’; and
    • ‘slip or trip’.

    These account for approximately 70 per cent of the major injury accidents.

    Click here for information on Construction Group Statistics

  • Readiness

    Include health and safety considerations when planning construction work.

    Method statements must be fit for purpose.

    Ensure those in supervisory control are competent and up to the job.

  • Planning

    Health and Safety Plans on construction sites should be brief, site specific and user friendly.

    Workers must be given greater involvement when preparing Method Statements so as to encourage ownership.

Key Legislation

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

Work at Height Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

Control of Asbestos Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012

Control of Noise at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006

Control of Vibration at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

Please note that these links are to the original legislation, visitors should verify for themselves whether legislation is in force or whether it has been amended or repealed by subsequent legislation.