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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Method Statement: Warning signs Method Statement: Health and Safety – General precautions Method Statement: Dust control Method Statement: Noise Control Method Statement: Personal Protective Equipment Method Statement: Waste Method statement Delivery of materials Method Statement: Use of site plant Method Statement: Manual handling Method Statement: COSHH assessments and Risk Assessments Method Statement: Working Platforms Method statement: Scaffolding Method statement: Hot Work Method Statement: Discovery of Asbestos based materials

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Bellway Roofing Contractors will ensure that warning signs are displayed at various strategic points around the site whilst work is in progress i.e. DANGER KEEP OUT HARD HATS TO BE WORN NO ENTRY TO UNAUTHORISED PERSONS WORK IN PROGRESS

The senior operative will determine a safe method of handling and specifically instruct nominated individuals. In all instances, these general precautions will be taken: Deliveries and materials handling will be planned to minimise the extent of manual handling of materials. Routes by which materials have to be carried by hand will be constantly checked for, and kept free of, obstructions. Appropriate PPE will be worn to make sure that materials can be handled safely, eg gloves and safety footwear. Two or more operatives will carry larger or heavier items. The site will be deemed a hard hat area at all times both on and around the site whilst work is in progress. For all work on the roof, hard hats and safety footwear will be worn. Gloves and goggles will be used for handling materials in accordance with recommendations on COSHH data sheets. Handling of materials will be in accordance with recommendations on COSHH data sheets.

In general, it is an offence to cause a statutory nuisance from dust arising from the site, which is prejudicial to health or a nuisance. Best practicable means must be taken to prevent any statutory nuisance. In addition, the crushing, grinding or other size reduction of bricks, tiles or concrete using mobile plant will not be permitted on site. The following conditions will be complied with: Avoid emissions of dust by use of water spraying and other dust suppression techniques on stockpiles and vehicles. Vehicles removing dusty materials from site should be adequately sheeted.

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Best practicable means to minimise noise and vibration from the site will be employed at all times and special consideration shall be given to Part 1, Section 5 of British Standard 5228: 1994 Noise Control on Construction and Open Sites, especially: Work programmed to minimise noise at unreasonable hours, e.g., work times will be agreed. No work shall be permitted at any other time (including Bank Holidays) other than with the express written consent of the Planning Supervisor. Noisy plant and equipment shall be sited as far as possible from noise sensitive buildings, use of barriers, e.g., soil mounds, site huts, acoustic partitions, etc, to deflect noise away from noise sensitive buildings shall be employed wherever practicable. Quiet types of plant, vehicles and equipment shall be used where practicable; plant vehicles and equipment shall, where possible, be filled with silencers, acoustic hoods or covers which should be kept in good order and used at all times. Plant, vehicles or equipment used intermittently should be shut down or throttled down to a minimum when not in use. Care should be taken when loading or unloading vehicles, dismantling scaffolding, etc, to minimise impact noise. Access to the site should be so sited to minimise disturbance to persons in noise sensitive buildings by vehicles entering or leaving the site. Any pneumatically operated percussive tools shall be fitted with approved mufflers or silencers, which shall be kept in good repair. Bellway Roofing Contractors will ensure that any sub-contractor complies with the above. No materials are to be burnt on site and the Bellway Roofing Contractors will clear away all debris and rubbish, this is to include any rubbish on site.

The site will be deemed a hard hat area at all times both on and around the site whilst work is in progress. For all work on the roof, hard hats and safety footwear will be worn. Gloves and goggles will be used for handling materials in accordance with recommendations on COSHH data sheets. Handling of materials will be in accordance with recommendations on COSHH data sheets.

Vans will be used to transport rubbish away from site. The site of the skip will be agreed at site meeting. The skip will be surrounded by fencing. Materials to be lowered by construction chute to discharge into skip. No skip will be left on site over weekends unless locked and with no access for the introduction of ignition sources

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Materials are generally delivered once a week in the morning, at a time agreed at the pre-contract meeting. The delivery wagon pulls up into the agreed location. The materials are offloaded by grab. The operatives immediately split each pallet and carry the materials to the site cabin. The board is delivered in bundles of no more than approximately 5 Kg. The rolls of felt and kegs of bitumen each weigh approximately 20 Kg. The materials are carried one at a time to the site cabin for secure storage.

Any equipment that requires safety checks will be identified. We maintain records that these safety checks have been carried out. In particular, the scaffolding contractor will check the scaffolding and edge protection weekly and these checks will be recorded. The Electricity at Work regulations 1988 insist that all work is carried out on electrical systems when there is no supply and the system is dead. All electrical work will be carried out to comply with the regulations. All plant and power tools shall be inspected at regular intervals by the relevant senior operative and visually inspected each day before work begins. Any faults will be reported to the relevant person and unsafe equipment will be removed from the workplace and labelled to avoid it being used accidentally. When possible, hand tools will be used in preference to power tools. All power tools will be either battery powered or provided with a 110v supply.

We do not expect to handle any items weighing more than 25 kg on the site. If the occasion arises, the senior operative will determine a safe method of handling and specifically instruct nominated individuals. In all instances, these general precautions will be taken: Deliveries and materials handling will be planned to minimise the extent of manual handling of materials. Routes by which materials have to be carried by hand will be constantly checked for, and kept free of, obstructions. Appropriate PPE will be worn to make sure that materials can be handled safely, eg gloves and safety footwear. Two or more operatives will carry larger or heavier items.

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Generally all materials used are traditional building materials. Within this context it is anticipated that Bellway Roofing Contractors and other contractors working on site will have carried out risk assessments on all materials used as per the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994 and the Chemical (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 1994. Where applicable these assessments along with the risk assessments for the controlling of other hazards within the project will need to be associated with Bellway Roofing Contractors’ Health And Safety Method Statements and Safe Systems of Work. The above assessments including all relevant manufacturers/suppliers material data sheets will be required to form part of Bellway Roofing Contractors’ ‘Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan’ and must be available at the pre-start meeting. We will identify any materials that we are using that are covered by the COSHH Regulations and maintain relevant COSHH information on site. We will make sure that the materials are used, handled and stored in accordance with the COSHH information. When materials arrive on site, we will ensure that any hazardous material is accompanied with the appropriate data sheet. Such materials include: bitumen primer/bitumen compound, roofing felts, insulations and building materials, ie cement paints. The operatives on site will be informed of the hazards and instructed to read the data sheets and adhere to the instructions. They will be instructed to wear any safety and personal protective equipment required to avoid any serious accidents and harm to others.

The design of all the working platform(s), their supporting structure(s) and means of protection from falling materials or objects, used on this contract must comply with the Construction Health Safety & Welfare Regulations 1996 Regulations numbers: 5 Safe places of work; 6 Falls; 8 Falling objects; 15 Traffic routes; 28 Training and Schedule 1 Requirements for guard-rails etc; Schedule 2 Requirements for Working Platforms; Schedule 5 Requirements for ladders. In addition to the above Bellway Roofing Contractors must ensure that all working platforms, their supporting structures and edge protection are erected by competent persons who posses the adequate training, knowledge or experience. He must also ensure that the person(s) who have initially erected the working platform/supporting structure/edge protection, and any person who subsequently may alter them issue a handover certificate. Each certificate must specify the following information: that the working platform/supporting structure/edge protection is complete and complies with the Construction (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 and all relevant British Standards; the distributed loads permitted on the working platforms; that guard rails, working platforms, toe boards braces and ties are complete and comply with the Construction (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 and all relevant British Standards; that Bellway Roofing Contractors using the working platform is now responsible for his employees working on it and that he ensures the requirements under regulation 4 of the Construction (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 are complied with.
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All working platforms/supporting structures/edge protection are to be left at the end of each working day in a manner to prevent unauthorised access whilst not in use. Ladders are to be locked away at the end of each working day. Where there is an enhanced risk of children using scaffolds to climb to high levels, access at ground level should be prevented by a barrier at least 1.5 m high (such as chestnut paling) strapped to the base of the supporting structure. If access to working platforms and their supporting structures, is available through windows of occupied parts of the works, occupants should be asked to keep those windows closed, preferably locked shut. The use of brick guards, sheeting or other barriers to supporting structure of the working platforms etc will lessen the chance of children climbing onto the working platform. If working platforms/supporting structures are to be erected on the pavement or footway then the Bellway Roofing Contractors must ensure that the working platforms/supporting structures are clearly visible during the day and at night, this will include the provision of brightly coloured tapes and lights for night time use. The provision and use of any mechanical hoist will be subject to the approval of WMBC's Statutory Engineer and on completion must be operated in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. All relevant statutory documentation, safety certificates and completion certificates must be handed to the Contract Administrator before work commences. Bellway Roofing Contractors will be responsible for all items of protection required throughout the duration of the project both externally and internally.

PPE Requirements

Safety helmets and boots will be worn at all times during operations. Safety harnesses/fall arrest equipment will be worn at all times whilst erecting, altering and dismantling scaffolding in accordance with NASC Guidance Note SG4. Safety goggles/glasses shall be worn during any drilling operations for tying purposes. High visibility vests will be worn during Traffic Management or during the loading or unloading of vehicles on the highway.
Setting out

On arrival at the works site the scaffold vehicle will be parked close to the site where the scaffold is to be erected. All persons other than scaffold operatives will be kept clear of scaffold operations at all times. Physical borders and safety signs will be employed and placed around the work area if required.
Erection of the Scaffold

When the scaffold vehicle is in place and all other persons have been excluded from the work area, equipment will be removed from the vehicle and strategically placed on the floor around the perimeter of the elevation(s) to be scaffolded.

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Sequence of erection: The scaffold will be erected by a minimum of 2 operatives and will be erected in accordance with BS 5973 in a competent manner as per CITB training. At no time shall the scaffold be left in an unstable condition during the procedures. Base pads and base plates will be placed on the even and stable ground surfaces at a distance appropriate to the standard centres for the weight capacity of the scaffold (e.g. 2.1 cm centres for a general purpose scaffold). The first pair of standards will then be placed on to base plates and pads and right angle double couplers fitted at lift height. The first ledger will then be fitted into the double couplers and levelled, joining the pair of standards together to form a set of goal posts. A set of temporary rakers may then be used to hold the goal post level and safe against the building. An outside standard will then be placed onto a base pad and plate and a transom fixed into place and levelled. Set 4 will then be repeated at the other end of the scaffold. A second ledger tube will then be fixed to the outside set of standards using right angle double couplers. Braces will be attached to each end of the structure and checks made to ensure the structure is plumb and level. Intermediate standards will then be fixed into place. Transoms will then be fixed along the top of the ledgers ensuring that stop end transoms are in place to support the ends of the scaffolding boards. A fleet of scaffolding boards will then be placed on to the transoms to form a boarded platform from which the scaffold operatives can work when erecting the next lift platform.
Erection of remaining lifts

Operatives will then access the boarded lift using a ladder. Scaffold materials will then be passed or hoisted to the boarded platform and then used for the erection of the second and remaining lifts. All scaffold lifts and platforms will be erected as per CITB training and in accordance with BS 5973. Ties will be fixed in accordance with BS 5973 giving stability to the structure.
Completion of the scaffold, final inspection and handover

A final inspection will be undertake on completion of the scaffold to ensure the scaffold structure is in compliance with the relevant standards and codes of practice. A certificate of completion shall be issued after the inspection (if satisfactory). All safety warning signs, physical barriers (if any) and surplus materials will be removed prior to leaving the site.
Customer, contractor routine safety checks

Once the scaffold has been handed over and accepted by the customer/contractor the following safety checks must be made: Each night: Ladders should be boarded up to prevent unathorised access to the scaffold.

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Lights (if applicable) should be placed so that the public or other contractors are protected from accidentally damaging either themsleves or the scaffold, eg driving into it. Check the warning signs are in place. Each morning: Make sure that the scaffold has not been interferred with, particulary by other trades or children. Every week: The statutory inspections must be made by a competent person every week and following any adverse weather, storms or any event which is likely to affect the stability of the structure. Inspections must be recorded.
Dismantling of the scaffold

Competent persons only must make alterations to the scaffold or dismantle the scaffold. Prior to dismantling the scaffold operatives will ensure that the scaffold is structurally sound and free from defects. Once the scaffold operatives are satisfied that the scaffold is safe they will commence dismantling the scaffold in an organised and safe manner, lift by lift. The materials will be passed or lowered to the ground and loaded on to the vehicle ready for removal from site. At no time during this procedure will the scaffold be left in an unstable condition.

Bring materials to work areas daily and hoist them to the working areas using a gin wheel. All individual items over 20 kg must be handled by at least two operatives. Safe operation of bitumen boilers
1 Introduction

Bitumen boilers are widely used in work on flat roofs. Two types of risk need to be controlled: fire and explosion risk from storage and use of liquid petroleum gas (LPG); contact with hot bitumen. Providing the right equipment, keeping it in good condition and training workers in basic good practice will help to reduce accidents to workers and the public. Bellway Roofing Contractors operatives will follow this method.
2 Setting up the boiler

When setting up the boiler, a number of basic safety guidelines will be followed: Stand the boiler on a firm level surface, which will be non-combustible and capable of carrying the load. Set up the gas cylinders at least 3 m away from the boiler unless a suitable protective shield is fitted. Do not have more cylinders than you need for that day's work: additional cylinders will be stored safely. Make sure that hoses are of the correct type, are in good condition and properly connected. Check for leaks before use: soapy water is ideal - never use a naked flame.
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Do not smoke or allow others to smoke. Have at least one fire extinguisher close by (9 L foam or 9 kg dry powder). Never leave the boiler unattended when lit or hot. Protect with suitable barriers where other workers or the public may have access. Unless they are safe by location, remove the gas cylinders when the boiler is not in use to prevent unauthorised use or interference. Keep other combustibles such as paper, packaging, etc, well away.
3 Heating the bitumen

While heating the bitumen: Follow the maker's instructions on lighting up. Do not exceed the recommended operating temperature for the particular grade of bitumen used. When heating from cold, keep heating rates low until the bitumen is clearly liquid and any water has been driven off. Add bitumen carefully - avoid splashing. Gas fired bitumen heating boilers will never be used for heating cut-back bitumens. These contain solvents which can be easily ignited by such open-flame heating and a rapidly escalating fire would ensue.
4 Precautions during use:

Keep water away from hot bitumen. Wear suitable eye protection, foot protection and gloves. Wear suitable clothing to avoid skin contact from splashes. Do not heat the bitumen drums unless they are designed for that purpose. Keep the lid on the boiler as much as possible. Regularly check the boiler temperature and level. Carry bitumen in proper containers, eg lidded buckets. Have a clear, safe route from the boiler to where the bitumen is used. Ensure that lifting equipment used, eg pulleys, blocks ropes etc is suitable and in good condition, before and after each job.
5 After use:

Turn off the gas at the cylinders. Prevent build-up of bitumen on the outside of the boiler by regular removal of drips and splashes. Excessive spillages will be dealt with promptly.
6 At all times:

Make sure the boiler does not overheat or run low. Turn the gas off before leaving the boiler unattended, even for a short time. Never apply direct heat to pipes or valves, or to the outside of the boiler. Turn off the burner before towing the boiler on a lorry or trailer. Follow general advice on safe storage and use of LPG.24
7 Training

Workers and supervisors will be trained in first aid procedures for bitumen burns. This will be confirmed by written instructions clearly available on site.

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Should any materials be discovered during the course of any of the works, which are considered that they could possibly contain asbestos fibres, then works in that area will stop immediately. No materials will be disturbed or removed by site personnel at any time. A specialist asbestos removal sub-contractor will be appointed to analyse and remove any asbestos based materials. This contractor will also submit a sitespecific method statement and risk assessments prior to commencing works on site. If asbestos based materials are found to be present on site the relevant notice will need to be issued to the Health and Safety Executive.

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