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ODA: 2009 will be bigger safety challenge

2009 could be a bigger health and safety challenge for the Olympic park, the Olympic Delivery Authority has said.

The ODA said today that the workforce has achieved another set of a million hours worked without a reportable accident, for the sixth time since the ODA took possession of the site in July 2007.

Lawrence Waterman, head of health and safety at the ODA, said: “ “Health and safety is our number one priority and our record over the past year has shown the dedication and professionalism of everyone on the site.

“However we are not complacent. The next year will be more challenging as construction activity and site worker numbers increase rapidly across the Park.”

The Olympic Park’s medical team, ‘Park Health’, have carried out 11,000 appointments with workers including health checks, tests and medicals.

A medical centre has been established, with nine nurses on site.

The ODA also surveyed more than 1,500 workers about the site’s attitude to health and safety.

Mr Waterman said: “This will have been the first time that many of the workers have been asked to give their own thoughts on health and safety.

“It is a good way to get an honest opinion from workers in a huge range of jobs and with our contractors, we will use the feedback to ensure the Olympic Park is a safe and healthy place to work.”

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