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									                                                                                                                                              Safety on
Disciplinary Procedures                                                                                                                       Construction
Procedures for dealing with breaches                • Failure to use Collective Protective         The Joint Safety Council has also agreed
of employee safety duties                             Equipment or Personal Protective
                                                                                                   and provided:
Apart from any enforcement action by the              Equipment where such failure endangered
Health and Safety Authority relating to breach        one’s own or another’s safety.               • Guide to Site Welfare Facilities
of employee duties, any employee who fails to       • Reporting for work whilst under the
adhere to the requirements of the relevant
statutory regulations and /or site safety rules
                                                      influence of alcohol or drugs.
                                                                                                   • Site Inspection Checklist
                                                                                                   • Guide to using Consultation to
                                                    • Interfering     with    safety  measures,
may be liable to disciplinary action in line with
the employers disciplinary procedure up to
                                                      equipment, warning signs and notices.
                                                                                                     Improve Safety on Construction
                                                                                                     Sites.                                      of Workers’
and including dismissal.                            These examples could be considered as acts
                                                    of gross misconduct warranting summary
Breaches of safety procedures are very              dismissal, however, all allegations of such
serious matters, however, some breaches are         breaches will be fully investigated and will                                              A Joint Safety Council Guide as
more serious than others and may warrant            comply with recognised procedures and                                                     provided for in the Construction
summary dismissal. The following list,              natural justice.                                                                           Safety Partnership Plan ’03-05’
although not exhaustive, outlines examples of
serious breaches of safety procedures.                          ‘Your continued                    Further Information from:
• Using plant, equipment or tools in a manner                   compliance will                    ICTU
   that would cause harm to yourself or                           make a real
   others.                                                                                         31/32 Parnell Square
                                                                   difference’                     Dublin 1
                                                                                                   Tel: 01 8897777
                                                                                                   Fax: 01 8872012

                                                                                                   CIF Safety Services
                                                                                                   Construction house
                                                                                                   Canal Road, Dublin 6
                                                                                                   Tel: 01 4066000
                                                                                                   Fax: 01 4966953
Introduction                                                                                        Duties of Workers
The aim of this guide is to explain legal duties   for ourselves’ we must not put others on the     It is your duty to:                                          Accept reasonable offers of training and
and operational compliance arrangements for        site or members of the public at risk.                                                                        assessment without loss of remuneration, made
                                                                                                    Take reasonable care for your own safety,
workers in the construction industry.                                                                                                                            by your employer.
                                                   If you are unclear about any safety procedures   health and welfare and that of any other person
The Joint Safety Council guide is intended to      or you can assist in some way, talk to your      who may be affected by your acts or omissions                In applying for a registration card as specified
assist workers and management to                   employer, Safety Officer and Site Safety         while at work.                                               from FÁS or another competent authority, do not
understand the duties of workers, compliance       Representative.                                                                                               make a false statement with intent to deceive,
                                                                                                    Co-operate with your employer and any other
                                                                                                                                                                 forge or alter a registration card, or with intent to
requirements and disciplinary procedures for       The Joint Safety Council’s objective is to       person to such extent as will enable your
                                                                                                                                                                 deceive, make or possess any document closely
non-compliance.                                    encourage and facilitate co-operation and        employer or other person to comply with any of
                                                                                                                                                                 resembling a registration card
                                                                                                    the relevant statutory provisions.
The Construction Safety Partnership included       compliance and avoid confrontation.                                                                           When requested by your employer or the
                                                                                                    Present yourself for work in a fit and sober state
in the CSP Plan 03-05 a requirement to             We hope this Workers Safety Compliance                                                                        Project Supervisor appointed for the
                                                                                                    and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
provide guidelines on Compliance of                Guide will clarify matters and assist in our                                                                  Construction Stage to show relevant Safe Pass
Workers.                                           common aim to continuously improve safety        Co-operate in any agreed medical screening                   Card and/or Construction Skills cards
                                                   standards in the Irish Construction Industry.    system for assessment by a competent person.                 (Scaffolders, Plant Operators, Roofers) or other
The Joint Safety Council (ICTU/CIF) was                                                                                                                          approved cards
                                                                                                    Comply with company or site specific safety rules
assigned the responsibility to develop             The Joint Safety Council has also produced a
                                                                                                    and procedures including: smoking restrictions, use of       Make correct use of machinery, apparatus,
appropriate guidelines.                            site poster as a reminder of key duties and to   site welfare facilities, controlled entry to site, permits   tools, dangerous substances, transport equipment
The Joint Safety Council recognises that           avoid complacency.                               to work, fire safety, emergency procedures, accident         and other means of production, and
overall responsibility for safety rests with                                                        investigation.
                                                                                                                                                                 No person shall intentionally or recklessly
employers and those who design and control                                                          Comply with any safety signs on site and                     interfere with or misuse any appliance, protective
places of work.                                                                                     instruction on safe working practice.                        clothing, convenience, equipment or other means
                                                                                                                                                                 or thing provided in pursuance of any of the
In labour intensive, high-risk sectors the need                                                     Show respect for all site personnel and
                                                                                                    members of the public in the vicinity of the                 relevant statutory provisions or otherwise, for
for consultation, co-operation and compliance
                                                                                                    workplace and do not engage in any forms of                  securing the safety, health or welfare of persons
of employees is of critical importance in the                                                                                                                    arising out of work activities
drive to further improve accident prevention.                                                       bullying or racism.
                                                                                                    Make full and proper use of safety helmets,                  Report to your employer or your immediate
Much emphasis to date has been on ‘unsafe                                                                                                                        supervisor, without unreasonable delay, any
                                                                                                    protective clothing, harness or other protective
conditions’ on sites but ‘unsafe acts’ also have                                                                                                                 defects in plant, equipment, place of work or
                                                                                                    equipment provided.
to be dealt with.                                                                                                                                                system of work, which might endanger safety,
                                                                                                    Use such equipment in accordance with the                    health or welfare, of which he becomes aware
Our behaviour as workers in terms of                                                                instructions provided.
consistent compliance has a major                                                                                                                                co-operate with any accident investigation at your
                                                                                                    Take all reasonable steps to ensure that such                workplace and provide any appropriate
contribution to make and apart from ‘caring
                                                                                                    equipment is returned to storage after use.                  information

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