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Updated installation guidance targets precast safety

The PFF is set to launch an updated code of practice on safely installing precast concrete flooring and associated components.

The risks associated with the installation of precast flooring components mostly arise from the use of heavy plant, cranes and personnel working at height.

Falls from height, of course, remain the biggest cause of deaths and serious injuries in construction. But if work at height is properly planned, then most accidents involving falls can be prevented.

Addressing rules and minimising harm is the goal of the Precast Flooring Federation (PFF) and its Code of Practice for the Safe Installation of Precast Concrete Flooring and Associated Components.

The Health and Safety Executive reviewed and commented on drafts of the fourth edition of the code, published as a download available from the PFF website, that will be launched along with a pocket-sized abridged edition on 30 November 2017.

The pocket-sized version summarises the key elements of the Code of Practice and is intended for site operatives and supervisors to use as an aide-memoire when installing precast concrete floors.

Whether you are a client, a designer or a contractor, please remember that you can help to ensure safety on your sites by specifying that flooring be installed in accordance with the new edition of the code.

For more information visit http://precastfloors.info/

Nick Gorst is product association manager at the Precast Flooring Federation

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