Construction must learn Olympic site safety lessons

Grant Prior 7 years ago
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Safety leaders are calling on the general construction industry to learn from the London 2012 site where only a handful of accidents blighted the huge building programme.

A report released today by the Health and Safety Executive confirms the Olympic site has suffered only 114 injuries and eight dangerous occurrences during the 66 millions hours of work.

The HSE said the 2012 figures show that building projects to tight timescales does not mean skimping on safety.

Stephen Williams, HSE’s Director for London 2012, said: “The report shows how strong leadership and worker involvement are key to a safer working environment.

“The ODA’s creation of a no scapegoating culture allowed workers to raise issues without fear of reprisal, learning lessons to apply across the site and reducing the risk in hazardous activities.

“The construction industry has for many years been one of the most dangerous in which to earn a living.

“London 2012 is important because it shows it doesn’t have to be that way.

“No matter what size your organisation, no matter what size your project, small changes in the way you operate can have a huge impact on the health and safety of your workers.

“I want the rest of the construction industry to follow London’s lead.”

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