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Former ODA health and safety chief to bring London 2012 experience to Battersea

The former head of health and safety at the Olympic Delivery Authority has been appointed to lead on health and safety at the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.

Battersea Power Station Development Company has appointed Lawrence Waterman as its new head of health and safety.

Having worked on projects such as Heathrow’s Terminal 5, his work on the London 2012 Olympic Games helped the programme become the first in Olympic history to record zero fatalities.

Health and safety on construction sites came to the fore again at the weekend after two workers died on construction sites for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

One worker died after falling from the roof of a stadium being built in the Amazon region and another worker died of a heart attack at a nearby site hours later.

A court in Brazil has halted construction work at the World Cup stadium in the city of Manaus until contractors Andrade Gutierrez present a detailed report on the site’s safety conditions.

The London 2012 programme received plaudits from around the world for its impressive health and safety record.

Mr Waterman was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours for his efforts.

The company said the appointment reflected shareholders’ “determination to go beyond expectations in every aspect of developing the power station site – including the health, safety and well-being of every individual involved in the delivery of the project”. 

Mr Waterman said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the project, and am looking forward to being part of the exciting regeneration of the Battersea Power Station site.

“This will be a world-class development, both in the end result and also in the way we will create it.”

Among the firms to win work on the scheme to date are Mace, appointed as the construction manager for the £100m Battersea Power Station preliminary works, and Carillion, which won the first phase £400m deal for the station’s redevelopment.

Olympic health and safety

Subscribers: Click here for an interview with the ODA’s health and safety team: Lawrence Waterman; Stephen Williams – the Health and Safety Executive’s head of operational strategy division and lead on the Olympics; and Philip White – the HSE’s former chief inspector of construction.


Battersea Power Station Development Company chief operating officer Philip Gullett said: “We are delighted that Lawrence will be joining the team.

“He has been recognised as a pioneer of best practice in health and safety on major construction and infrastructure projects around the world – most recently the London Olympics.

“Lawrence’s wealth of experience and expertise will be invaluable in ensuring the safe and efficient delivery of the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station site.”

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