We are pleased to share the following from the Construction Health & Safety Group (CHSG) by lead author Martin Lovegrove, CONIAC Managing Risk Well Working Group, Berkeley Group, and CHSG Vice Chairman, with the assistance of the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) Managing Well Working Group.
They have published industry guidance for the Planning, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Tall Buildings. This new document is aimed at all parties in the construction supply chain that are involved with the procurement, design, planning, construction and maintenance of tall buildings – and is free to download.
The guidance is specific to tall buildings; addressing specifically issues around “significant and foreseeable risks” associated with design, construction, in-use and maintenance phases in the life of a tall building, rather than addressing the “normal or routine risks” with all these phases under the CDM Regulations, planning legislation, normative Building Regulations or the Building Safety Act.
This document follows a risk management approach to identify hazards and provide solutions to enable design and safe construction of tall buildings. Solutions are presented in the form of case studies that show how the topic has been approached and dealt with by those experienced in this field. Although this document does not tell you what to do, as each situation must be assessed on its own merits, it does give examples of planning, systems and controls that have been adopted by others who are experienced in this work.
The Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) Managing Risk Well Working Group assisted with production of this guidance, alongside many other professionals from the industry and industry bodies, including HSE. Clive Johnson, Head of Health & Safety Derwent London Plc and Chair of CONIAC Managing Risk Well Working Group commented, “the publication of this document has clearly demonstrated how collaborative the construction industry can be in its quest to make construction activities safer and without risk to health.”
“The construction of tall buildings creates additional health and safety issues to those encountered during construction of lower rise and lower risk structures. While many of the hazards may be similar, the risks and challenges can change with the increasing height and complexity of the building.
With the number of tall buildings within Great Britain increasing rapidly and construction techniques developing all the time, there is concern that clients (such as developers) may not have access to sufficient quality knowledge specific to the planning, design, construction and its future maintenance and use of such structures. Clients may also not have ready access to advisors, designers and contractors with the skills, experience, and knowledge to help them.
It assumes those using it have a general knowledge and understanding of the health and safety system within Great Britain and of how to plan, manage and monitor health and safety during conventional lower rise and lower risk construction work.”
This guidance has been published by the Construction Industry Publications and can be downloaded for FREE through this link » https://www.cip-books.com/product/tall-buildings/