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ISSUE 14 JUNE 2019

Safer Sphere Today National Award winning CDM Consultants!

Demolition Safety We look at how planing ahead can help avoid the pitfalls of a demolition going wrong

Project Updates See the latest contract wins and completed projects from Safer Sphere

Safer Sphere News We take a look at the latest Safer Sphere news including exciting awards wins!



What's Inside Forward Managing Directors welcome

Project Updates Discover our latest contract wins & completions

Demolitions Avoid a tumble by planning ahead

HSE Business Plan We look at the main highlights of the HSE's 2019/2020 Business Plan

Industry News All the latest news in construction

Safer Sphere News We take a look at the latest news at Safer Sphere

Page Guide 03 Forward 04 Demolition Safety 08 Health and Safety News 09 HSE Business Plan Highlights 10 Safer Sphere News 12 Welcome our newest team member! 13 Case Study 14 Project Updates

Welcome . . .

Welcome to the latest edition of Safer Sphere Today. In this issue, we take a look at the latest health and safety news as well as providing an insight into our business. This month we explore the world of demolitions and how planning ahead can make all the difference to a safe demolition in our main feature. We also take a look at our new and completed projects in our project updates section. Also, in this edition, we delve deeper into one of our projects in our featured case study, we welcome our new company Director, Jonathan King and we have some exciting company news. Safer Sphere operates nationally from our headquarters in St Helens, with additional offices in Liverpool and Reading providing clients with support under CDM 2015.  If you have a need for any business or project support please contact our team. Kindest regards

Mike Forsyth

T: 01744 343011 E: info@safersphere.co.uk W: safersphere.co.uk






Main Feature

Demolitions are sometimes a necessary part of a development project but how can we ensure that all goes to plan when deconstructing a structure? A recent TV documentary that was aired about demolitions and what can happen if they go wrong has prompted the HSE to remind demolition and construction firms of the need to review their processes. The article focusses on thorough planning, management and control of demolition and refurbishment work.

because of a lack of planning of construction and demolition work.

Demolishing large, complex structures is a particularly highhazard activity. Doing it safely is highly complex and technical, and relevant expertise is vital. These jobs require careful planning and execution by contractors who are Sarah Jardine, HSE’s Head of competent in the full range of Construction Operations in the demolition techniques, and who Midlands and North West, says: have access to designers and “Structural instability can be a engineers with the right problem in buildings that are old, knowledge, skills, and experience decayed, poorly maintained, and in in this area" newer buildings that have been badly designed and constructed or Mrs Jardine moves to say that abused in use. Even sound businesses that properly plan, structures can become unstable organise, manage and monitor  5

their work, and use competent people, are not only avoiding accidents and ill health to their workers but are also more efficient. She added: “Accidents caused by poor planning and risks management can have substantial human costs that are felt for many years by the victims and their families. In addition to the impact on people’s lives, accidents can also lead to substantial remediation costs, higher insurance premiums, and, if HSE investigates, court fines and prison sentences, with the inevitable impact on an individual’s and a firm’s reputations. As well as being morally right, it is simply common safersphere.co.uk

sense and good business to ensure rigorous planning, organising, managing and monitoring of the whole project.” The HSE sets out what those involved in demolition need to know, and recognises that a systematic approach to demolition projects is a team effort between many people including the client, Principal Designer, Principal Contractor, Designers and engineers, who all have responsibilities in relation to ensuring the demolition works are completed safely. Clients need to understand the work to be undertaken and to provide suitable pre-construction/demolition information to designers and contractors. This includes building plans (including as-built drawings), structural assessments, along with environmental, contaminant and ground surveys.  Design and planning based on hard facts result in confident costing and reduced contingency funding. It’s important to investigate contractors’ competence and the questions that need to be asked include: Do they have experience of the type of work they are bidding to undertake? Can they demonstrate a tight system for planning and organising work? Are they being honest about their actual role in previous similar work? Do they have the ability to understand what is required of them to carry out the project safely and successfully? 6

Regulation 8 of the CDM Regulations 2015 refers to the Skills, knowledge, experience and training (SKET) of the induvial or if an organisation their capability. There are a number of ways to demonstrate competency including Safety Schemes in Procurement and PAS 91 assessments, both of which help assess a worker or businesses competence to the task, in this case, to undertake a demolition project safely. Careful planning is a key element to any demolition and if you follow the relevant guidance, ensure the project has adequate training and experience then the demolition of any building should be safe and run smoothly.

If you are unsure about demolition project or concerned over competence then please contact us for support and guidance.

"Accidents caused by poor planning and risks management can have substantial human costs that are felt for many years by the victims and their families."


ION T C U R NST O C D N A M D C G INNIN W D ISTS R L A A I W C A E SP Y T YOUR E F A &S H T L A E H Don't just ta ke our word for it, our clients say it all CDM Client

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Safer Sphere have provided clear and pragmatic guidance to Dandara and the project team. They have navigated us through CDM 2007 and the new CDM 2015 Regulations to ensure the PRS scheme achieves best practice compliance. The benefits of this will be evident not only during construction but in the life cycle management of the completed structures.

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Throughout the bascule bridge refurbishment project we encountered a number of health and safety issues. Safer Sphere’s pragmatic and practical approach enabled us to resolve these with little or no fuss.

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Working with Safer Sphere as an external Health and Safety Consultant has helped to raise awareness on some important H & S issues supporting our H & S advisor which is fundamental to the approach of managing our business risks as a Specialist Demolition and Remediation Contractor. I would highly recommend them for their breadth of H & S knowledge and practicality in a challenging construction environment.

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info@safersphere.co.uk Tel: 01744 343011

Latest H&S News

House building company fined after worker struck by steel beam and seriously injured A house building company has been fined after a sub-contracted worker suffered serious facial injuries when struck by a falling beam. Llandudno Magistrates’ Court heard how the self-employed, joinery sub-contractor was injured on 25 November 2015 when he was struck on the head by a steel beam that fell during construction of a timber frame home at a site on Tremeirchion Road, Bodfari, resulting in serious facial injuries. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the principal contractor Williams Homes allowed its joinery subcontractor did not closely supervise the work to ensure it was properly planned, managed and monitored.

breaching Regulation 15 (2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company has been fined £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,233.66 Speaking after the case HSE principal inspector Paul Harvey said “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working. If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the serious injuries sustained by the sub-contractor could have been prevented.”

Williams Homes (Bala) Limited of Eagle House, Severn Street, Welshpool pleaded guilty to

sourceh/ https://press.hse.gov.uk/2019/05/16/house-building-company-fined-after-worker-struck-by-steel-beam-and-seriously-injured/

Building company fined after wall collapse A building company has been sentenced after a wall collapsed on a home owner. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how on 1 May 2018, Stephen Farnell trading as Farnell Building Contractors was demolishing a garage when a wall collapsed at the site in Colne, causing serious injuries to the home owner; his leg was amputated below the knee, he suffered head injuries which resulted in memory loss and a serious shoulder injury. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had failed to provide suitable and sufficient measures to prevent the structure collapsing during demolition. In addition, they failed to prevent other people entering the work area including the nextdoor neighbour. Farnell Building Contractors of Coniston Grove, Colne pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 19(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. 8

Mr Farnell was given 120 hours community service order and ordered to pay costs of £1,500. HSE inspector Jacqueline Western said after the case: “This tragic incident could so easily have been avoided if the appropriate measures were in place to demolish the walls safely and prevent access to the working area. “Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards”.

“This tragic incident could so easily have been avoided if the appropriate measures were in place.." source;https://press.hse.gov.uk/2019/05/21/building-company-fined-after-wall-collapse/


HSE Business Plan

HSE Business Plan - Highlights The HSE recently pubished their 2019/2020 Business Plan which covers multiple safety items and plans. We have looked at their plans and strategy and covered the highlights that could affect you below. The business plan outlines key areas of work for 2019/20 and their commitment to: Lead and engage with others to improve workplace health and safety; Provide an effective regulatory framework; Secure effective management and control of risk; Reduce the likelihood of low-frequency, highimpact catastrophic incidents; Enable improvement through efficient and effective delivery One main focas from the HSE is to reduce workplace harm and will:  Continue to tackle long-standing problems such as work-related ill health and help smaller businesses to manage risks proportionately; Deal with emerging risks such as the decommissioning and dismantling of offshore oil and gas infrastructure; Continue to work collaboratively with other regulators where our interests align; Hold people to account and take enforcement action when they fail to manage work-related risk. A main point mentioned in the plan is to lead and engage with others to improve workplace health and safety by looking at: Overall approach to ill health Musculoskeletal Occupational lung disease Work-related stress

CONSTRUCTION The HSE has set out their key targets for Construction acknowledging that performance has improved bt the levels of incidents and ill health remain high. The HSE inspection activities will focus on: SMEs carrying out refurbishments; Embedding the requirements of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM) through targeted inspections of dutyholders providing principal designer services; Prevention and control of occupational lung disease (especially asbestos and dust) and musculoskeletal disorders.

The full report is available to download on the HSE website. If you have any concerns regarding site safety or unsure how to discharge your duties under the CDM Regulations 2015 then get in touch.

0.6 Million Non-Fatal injuries to workers in 2017/18

71,062 Non-fatal injuries to employees reported by employers in 2017/18

144 Fatal injuries to workers in 2017/18

15 billion

5.2 billion

Annual costs of work-related imjury and new cases of ill health 2016/17

Annual costs of workplace injury in 2016/17




Safer Sphere takes home Grafter award Last month Safer Sphere was shortlisted for 'Best Health and Safety Consultancy' at the North West Grafters awards. The black-tie ceremony took place at the Mercure in Manchester and was on the same night as the St Helens Chamber Business awards in which we were also shortlisted for an award. We are delighted to report that we took home the award, which was collected by our Associate Director Shaun Brennan. Mike Forsyth, Managing Director said "We are delighted to take home Best Health and Safety Consultancy at the

Safer Sphere News

Grafters as the award describe exactly what we do and what we are all about as a business." The award now sits proudly alongside our National award from the APS for 'CDM Consultant of the Year' and 'Small Business of the Year' from the Pride of St Helens Business awards. It is down to hard work and dedication of our team that we continue to win awards and the support of clients that we continue to grow. Thank you!

Safer Sphere appoints new Director Jonathan King Jonathan said “I am delighted to be joining Safer Sphere is pleased to announce that the business has appointed a new Director to assist Managing Director Mike Forsyth with the day to day running of the business. Jonathan King formerly Head of Safety Management at WYG and Head of Project Safety at Edmond Shipway has been brought into the business to help with its growth strategy from our North West HQ, operating nationally across our three offices. Jonathan has a wealth of experience in CDM and Construction Health and Safety  having worked on projects ranging from £20m to £750m across the UK.

Safer Sphere, especially at such an exciting time. The business has seen growth year on year and what Mike and the team have achieved in this time has been exceptional. The company has started to get noticed not only in the industry but as a successful business which has been proven by the multiple award wins and nominations and by the key projects the business is working on. I am looking forward to working with Mike and the team and using my knowledge and experience from previous roles, I hope to help the business grow and further succeed.”

Safer Sphere 'Highly Commended' for Employer of the Year On the same night as the Grafters awards, Safer Sphere was also shortlisted for 'Employer of the Year' at the St Helens Chamber Business Awards. The black-tie ceremony took place at the Totally Wicked Stadium and was represented by Mike Forsyth and some the Safer Sphere team. Safer Sphere just missed out on taking home the award but did receive a 'Highly Commended' recognition award for Employer of the Year which was the icing on the cake following winning an award at the Grafters that evening. 10

Mike Forsyth received the award from St Helens Rugby legends Paul Sculthorpe and Paul Wellins and said " It was an honour to be highly commended for Employer of the Year at the Chamber awards, as it is our people who make our business great and we are pleased to have been recognised for this. We never take anything for granted and all recognition is truly appreciated and reaffirms that we are doing well as a business.”



New Team Member CV Name: Jonathan King Role: Director Certified Member of the Association for Project Safety (FaPS) Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH)  With a background as a Civil / Structural Engineer and experience in Nuclear Decommissioning, Jonathan has spent over 20 years managing and delivering CDM and H&S consultancy services.  Jonathan has experience in managing multimillion pound businesses and large teams and is experienced across a diverse range of sectors safely delivering £ billions of construction work.   As a Director and head of safety management at a previous company Jonathan built a large fire safety business and provided workplace safety services alongside CDM services.  Jonathan is Fellow and technical advisor for the Association for Project Safety and is also an IRCA certified SSiP assessor for assessing CDM capability of organisations.  As Director at Safer Sphere Jonathan’s role is to support the Managing Director (Mike Forsyth) in the management of the business and to oversee the delivery of CDM and H&S consultancy services across the UK. Professional Qualifications Professional Diploma in Safety Health and 

Professional Memberships Fellow member of the Association of Project Safety

Environmental Management


BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering - Liverpool University

Chartered Member Institution of Occupational

Projects & Clientts

Health & Safety (CMIOSH)

Jonathan has worked on a varierty of projects in multiple sectors across the UK including: Sellafield Box Encapsulation Plant

HM Prisons HMP Ranby and HMP Wymott

Encirc Elton Glass Furnace rebuild

Greater Manchester Police and Sussex Police

Manchester City Council Frameworks, Building Schools

Birmingham Central Station Retail Fit Out,

for the Future and Academies

Network Rail

National Football Museum

Wellesley, Aldershot - £750 million development

Arndale footbridge

Cardiff Living and Havering £100m residential

Town Hall Complex Transformation (Central Library,


Town Hall Ext, St Peters Sq) £160 million project.

Greater London Authority

Leeds City College

Peel Ports

Butlins Splash Waterworld

Defence Infrastructure Organisation projects

YO! Sushi and McDonalds Restaurants Personally Jonathan is married to Beatriz who is originally from Angola. He likes to run when he can and watch sport (Liverpool FC).  At weekends Jonathan enjoys spending time with his 2 Children - Cruz (8) who plays Rugby League for Newton Storm and with Jennifer (11) who does musical theatre, sings at festivals/charity events and was on the Voice Kids last year.

Welcome to the Safer Sphere Team Jonathan!



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Case Study



Interserve Construction Ltd

March 2018 - March 2019



Principal Designer Advisor

Rotherham Interchange

"Safer Sphere supported Interserve on the Rotherham Interchance project in the role of Principal Designer Advisor. The The advice and documentation they put together helped us deliver the project safely and the joint approach worked well and the knowledge and support they provided was fantastic" Simon Dovener, Contracts Manager Interserve

Service Description

Service Challenges

Safer Sphere was appointed on the refurbishment of the Rotherham Bus Interchange in the role of Prinicpal Designer Advisor. The project consisted of major repair works and the refurbishment of the concrete-framed multi-storey car park situated directly above the Interchange. Under the CDM regulations 2015, the scope of services includes:

Whilst the client and design team have led the design with best practice CDM principles, some of the key challenges included:-

Principal Designer Advisor services in line with CDM 2015 Assisting with H&S in designs, buildability and programme to reduce risk profiles Assisting the Client in discharging their duties under CDM Pre-Contract reviews with sub-contractors and packages


The site is located within a congested city centre location with access through a series of one-way traffic management. With limited space for a welfare and storage compound. The existing structure of the car park was deteriorating and activities required careful planning.  An Asbestos Refurbishment survey report identifies areas of works where Asbestos containing materials have been identified and safety precautions put in place for workers to minimise exposure safersphere.co.uk

Project Updates

New & Completed Projects

Take a look at all of Safer Sphere's new project wins and project completions since our last issue.

Client: Interserve Project: Rotherham Bus Interchange Service: Principal Designer Advisor

Client: Jehu Group Project: Kingsmere Retail Park Service: Prinicpal Designer Advisor (RIBA Stages 5 - 7)


Client: Timpson University & Recom Solutions Project: Timpson University Training Centre Service: CDM Client Advisor & Principal Designer Advior

Client: Peel LLP & Artez Project: Watergardens, Lowry Outlet Service: Principal Designer Advisor & CDM Client Advisor

Client: Derwent's Group Project: Retail Unit for Savers, Walkden Town Centre Service: CDM Client Advisor

Client: Novus Property Solutions & NHS Trust Project: Wythenshawe various works Service: Principal Designer & CDM Client Advisor safersphere.co.uk

Project Updates

Client:Â Altin Homes Project: Holmes Chapel Housing Development Service: Health and Safety Advisors & Support

Client: Manchester University NHS Trust Project: Peter Mount Building Refurbishment Service: Principal Designer & CDM Client Advisor

Client: Consensus Workspace Project: 5 Chancery Lane, London fit-out ) Service: Principal Designer Advisor & Contractor Safety Support (RIBA stages 5 - 7

ATTENTION CLIENTS: Profile Opportunity We work with some many wonderful clients and as a way of showing our support to your business and our appreciation, we would like to feature your business in the next edition of Safer Sphere Today. This can be a small profile on your business, your news or maybe even how we have helped support you on a project. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please contact our Marketing Manager direct on lisa.mitchell@safersphere.co.uk

A note from our editor



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Safer Sphere Today June 2019  

Welcome to the latest edition of Safer Sphere Today. In this issue, we take a look at the latest health and safety news as well as providing...

Safer Sphere Today June 2019  

Welcome to the latest edition of Safer Sphere Today. In this issue, we take a look at the latest health and safety news as well as providing...