CONSULTANTS ARE to study construction accidents on coastal sites, under a Department of Trade & Industry research project.
HR Wallingford will this month begin investigating how employees working on maritime and coastal projects can be better protected against unpredictable storms, tides and currents.
Sudden storms can quickly submerge plant or construction sites and put employees in danger. Some 65 people were involved in accidents at sites near water in 1999/2000, according to Health & Safety Executive figures. One of them died.
HR Wallingford project manager Stephen Cork this week said that the 18 month study will identify the main causes of accidents by collating injury statistics and consulting with design engineers, clients and contractors.
The consultant will then produce guidance on how to mitigate accident risk, either by adapting design and construction methods or improving personal protective equipment.