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UKCG beefs up safety

The UKCG has beefed up its safety standards, demanding contractors develop a roadmap for implementation.

Under the new protocols, UKCG contractors must implement training programmes to improve health and safety, and ensure leaders are undertaking specific leadership training.

UKCG said it intended to monitor the uptake of this training and require everyone working on UKCG sites in a leadership role to have undertaken training to meet the standard. 

John Morgan, safety director at Kier Group and Chair of the UKCG Competency Working Group, said: “This standard has been put together with support from contractors and their supply chain. It offers employers robust guidance for identifying the most appropriate training for employees at all levels. The challenge is now to cement this training into common industry practice. 

Stephen Ratcliffe, Director UKCG, said “UKCG would like to see all construction employers embrace the standard and begin training their workforce to meet it. Once the level of training has reached a critical mass, UKCG will be mandating this across all their sites.”

Philip White, Chief Inspector for Construction at HSE, commented: “Effective Health & Safety training is a cornerstone of competency. In developing this standard UKCG has laid out a clear path for organisations to follow.”

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  • As the Managing Director of a specialist construction business that has implemented this philosophy for a considerable number of years, my hope is that the UKCG bites the new protocols much harder than they did with the introduction of the CSCS card scheme.
    In addition the message needs to spread down from board to site level where sub-contractors are engaged. The current economic downturn is a boom time for the "one man gangs". We have delivered what UKCG wants, just give us the work.

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