Health & Safety

The construction of the London 2012 Olympic park has been suggested to have set a new benchmark for health and safety. The HSE funded research into the construction of the park to identify factors which led to the park having a commendable health and safety record, having an accident frequency rate less than the building industry average and no work related fatalities.

The study has now been revealed and the HSE believe that construction sites of all sizes can use the findings and adopt some of the approaches taken. One of the findings is the value of relationships between individuals and organisations. Respect and clarity in the relationship were identified as being critical. It is thought that these characteristics created the ‘preconditions’ for the groundbreaking safety performance.

Lynn Livesey