The Health and Safety Forum is introducing new data recording on a quarterly basis – measures will include mental health support and campaigns, innovations around undertaking tasks more safely and including identifying better or modified equipment. The number of visits to site by senior managers will be recorded, which is known to have a positive effect, and the number of ‘tool box talks’ and ‘safety stand downs’ where whole site teams come together to be briefed about particular issues or safe working initiatives. This sort of positive intervention is shown to have a beneficial effect on site safety and the well-being of operatives and creates safer sites where accidents are less likely to occur.
As reported previously SCF sites now all adopt the CLOCS* standard, and in June the CLOCS Forum is hosting a session about the safe loading and unloading of vehicles at the request of SCF Health & Safety Forum. The forum identified a potential issue around the efficacy of edge protection on some types of flatbed trucks so members of the Health & Safety Forum will discuss with CLOCS and fleet operators the best way to overcome this.