The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has signed an agreement with the Building Control Alliance (BCA), in a proposal to work more closely to improve health and safety standards in the construction industry.
Construction industry has been one of Britain’s most dangerous industries. It has caused some worker serious damage over the past 25 years. To stop this tragedy an agreement was signed to see how HSE and building control professionals can work together by advising the construction industry on health and safety measures. This will help create a working environment where electrical engineers, plumbers and gas fitters can work safely without having to worry about their health.
It is the BCA’s duty to represent those Building Control professionals who are responsible for ensuring compliance with Building Regulations.
HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction, Philip White signing on behalf of HSE stated:
“This agreement clearly sets out how HSE and BCA members can work more closely together. It is a further example of how everyone involved in the construction industry can spread the health and safety message, especially to the hard to reach small sites where the majority of fatal accidents take place.
“Today’s agreement does not change a duty holder’s responsibility to protect workers health and safety but has created another opportunity to get potentially life saving advice to those responsible for health and safety standards on construction sites.”
As jobs in the constructions industry is growing and people are getting onto fast track training programmes to start a new career. Spreading health and safety messages will be a way forward for this progressing industry.
Diane Marshall, Group Head of Building Control at NHBC who signed the agreement as Chair of BCA said:
“Building Control professionals are ideally placed to raise awareness of health & safety issues on construction sites during the course of their inspections. This agreement creates a mechanism for Building Control professionals to discharge their professional duty of care in a simple and straightforward manner by working closely with our HSE colleagues.”
With the concerns regarding health and safety expected to improve in the construction & trade industry, it is like that we are going to see more workers. A wise decision for those people interested in this career is to look into some recognized training programmes and consider the possible jobs in this sector as the opportunities will continue to grow.