BRANDON HIRE TACKLING OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH ISSUES IN CONSTRUCTION
Brandon Hire is working in partnership with Redrow – one of the UK’s leading residential property developers – to help raise awareness of health issues within the house building industry.
A key element of the campaign has been pro-active workshops across the county, which have been run by National Technical Manager Dave Arscott. The sessions, attended by Redrow staff and sub-contractors, have focused on the dangers of working with dust and hand arm vibration. To support the workshops, Brandon Hire produced a range of leaflets, which covered the key health issues and highlighted the steps people can take to minimise the risks.
“Our reputation for giving health & safety advice has grown over the years – so much so that we are now viewed as experts in this area,” said Dave. “It was real compliment to be asked by Redrow to support their campaign and it’s another sign that the UK construction industry looks to us for guidance.”
Airborne dusts can present significant respiratory risks on construction sites. They are responsible for a large number of the non-asbestos lung diseases that develop, including cancer, silicosis, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). Every year in Great Britain over 500 construction workers1 are believed to die from lung cancer
caused by silica dust alone. Many construction jobs can create large amounts of dust including sweeping, grit blasting, soft-strip demolition and the hand-sanding of plaster joints. However, the most common involve the use of power tools such as cut-off saws, grinders, breakers and sanders. These can create very high dust levels, especially if the work is indoors or in an enclosed or poorly-ventilated area.
Dust, respiratory risks and ill-health in general are priority areas for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in its dealings with the industry. They also fit into the government’s wider industrial strategy for the sector, Construction 20252.