Contractors need to share more near miss and accident reports in order to improve safety in the industry, according to Human Approach Risk Management safety consultant Andy Ridings.
Speaking at the Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors (ASUC) annual conference yesterday Ridings said that there was some very good practice observed during a recent safety audit of ASUC members but details of incidents needed to be shared so lessons can be learned.
“Sharing information is important to ensure best practice is transferred within the industry but the sector must find a way to share details of poor practice to that the same mistakes are not repeated,” he said.
From the ASUC safety audit, Ridings has created a league table of results, with details of the identities removed, to allow companies to see where their results fit within the industry. “We used the audits to calculate the likelihood of an accident and also to analyse the liability in court this would create,” he said. “Some companies scored well with only a 2% likelihood of an accident but there is considerable room for improvement in some businesses.”
According to Ridings, some of the highest risks identified during the audit did not actually relate to the work on site but to transport and driving to and from the site. He also highlighted a lack of surveillance and recording of noise and vibration and a need for greater focus on temporary works design.