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CDM legislation aims to reduce accidents during construction projects, but also specifies legal requirements for onsite safety standards

Leading construction providers, The Site Book, have commented on the recent news regarding the regulation changes that will be coming into force in the coming weeks. The changes could affect the sale of properties that have had work carried out by builders who did not comply with the New Construction Design and Management (CDM) rules.

CDM legislation aims to reduce accidents during construction projects, but also specifies legal requirements for onsite safety standards, including work that is carried out for home owners who live in the property after the work is completed. The legislation recognises that large construction sites are no longer the places where the most construction injuries and accident occur. The CMD focus is shifting towards smaller projects, including those within the domestic sector.

A report released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last year shows that very few home owners consider safety as a factor when they choose their contractor. The new rules, which will be implemented in April, state that all builders working in the domestic sector will have to create a construction phase safety plan for all building projects and all domestic projects. These will have to meet the same basic standards for the provision of welfare facilities as commercial projects.

Louise Hosking, managing director of Hoskins Associates, stated: “I would anticipate the HSE will start visiting home improvement sites more routinely and it will probably focus on the provision of welfare facilities and safe working practices initially. If home owners make it very difficult for their contractor or designer to comply, they could become responsible if this leads to an accident. Health and safety offences that lead to death or significant personal harm can result in unlimited fines and imprisonment for those who made the decisions or failed to make the decisions that led to this. Home owners should therefore choose their contractors wisely, and push for the health and safety file.”

As experts in construction health and safety, The Site Book takes a keen interest in relevant industry news. A spokesperson from the company made the following statement upon hearing the news. “It is imperative that new rules regulations are properly enforced during domestic construction projects. Irresponsible builders may be tempted to cut corners and save as much as 5 per cent to 20 per cent by not operating safely. This will make it difficult for responsible builders who are complying with the regulations to compete.

“With frequent visits from HSE, construction professionals will make the effort to invest in sufficient scaffolding, high quality canteen and welfare equipment, and protective clothing. This will also encourage them to complete a project specific Construction Phase Plan. With any luck, the new legislation will help to catch out unscrupulous builders and cut down on domestic construction accidents and injuries.”

The Site Book supply UK businesses with a selection of products for each stage of construction. This includes erosion control, water proofing products along with external window and brickwork protection. Their holding company Swiftec Group provide temporary protection on a range of surfaces in an environmentally friendly manner.

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