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November 2017 | Workplace Wellbeing

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In this issue:

♦ Workplace wellbeing
♦ Paris Metro expansion
♦ Stanton Cross geotechnical challenges
♦ Aecom’s small but effective structures teams
♦ BCIA judges on how to win an award

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  • It was welcome to read of the latest focus on health and safety and to see that accident rates are improving. There are some comments about sub-contractors being the most vulnerable and I believe, in fact know that the Specialist Sector (i.e. the companies that provide most of the subcontractors) have addressed this problem relentlessly.
    It is some years now since my active participation in the industry, but in the 1990s I was honoured to chair the NSCC and the Constructors Liaison Group (the voice of Specialist Contractors within the Industry)
    Health and Safety, together with Environmental awareness were some of the main topics of discussion with the rest of the CLG (Main Contractors, Consultants, Clients and Government representatives).
    As a result many companies revised their thoughts on these subjects and adopted policies to reduce accident rates.
    My particular speciality is in the Foundation sector and on retirement (it is 17 years ago now) I developed a Registration system for the Federation of Piling Specialists. I am pleased to say that it is still in use and it is highlighted in their recent updated website https://www.fps.org.uk/homepage, I am sure that other specialists in their sectors have similar systems to ensure their members operate in a safe manner.
    The main point is that Main Contractors and Clients should be totally aware of their responsibilities and therefore to use competent and registered sub-contractors to undertake their work. Beware of those outside of these controlled bodies – they probably will not have the necessary controls in place.
    Peter Shiells OBE FICE peter21shiells@gmail.com

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