Seamus Doyle SHEQ Manager
Chair for the Training & Communication
Cutting any concrete or stone products can create hazards that can cause respiratory disease. The hazards can be
eliminated or controlled and through this project we aim to identify a range of practical interventions to achieve this
for all kerb, paving and block cutting activities. To deliver this goal we require:
• A supply chain solution that works for all
• All stakeholders to help devise and take ownership of the solutions
In line with HSE strategy to address Occupational Health issues (through its Disease Reduction Programme), this
working group has been established to facilitate identification of interventions and lead on their implementation.
The group consists of representatives from:
• Hire Companies & Associations
• Local Authorities
• Highways Agency
• Subject Experts
• Training Bodies
A HSE web site has been established for stakeholders, to allow stakeholders to discuss issues with
each other and directly with the working group members and communicate progress. We welcome
your contribution to this work. Feel free to
• Invite a colleague to the site by clicking on invite
• View the sites documents
• Start a discussion
Rob Ellis (Project Manager) HSE
Seamus Doyle - Daniel Contractors Limited (National Joint Utilities Group)
Denis Doody - Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians
Tony O’Mara - Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians
Ian Evans - Association of Public Service Excellence/ Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Hans Fairley - Andrea Stihl Ltd
John Howe - Interpave
Tony McCormack - Paving Expert
Sam Over - Flintshire County Council
David Rhodes - Costain (Highways)/Civil Engineering Contractors Association and Major Contractors Group
Phil Sutton - Durakerb
Andrew Bowden - European Power Tool Association/Makita
Rebecca Ward - Construction Confederation
David Pierre - Hire Association Europe
Steve Williams - Highways Agency
Kevin Fear - Construction Skills
Keith Harwood - Surface Transport Streets (Transport for London)
There are and will still be problems……..
Not everyone will comply overnight there will still be operatives who think they will not be affected.
There will still be operatives who take a chance saying ‘well, I only have one cut left, it won’t
happen to me’
From time to time there will be problems with the components on the suppression kits.
Some operatives complain that sometimes water suppression is a 2 man job.
2nd Quarter 2009
1.Agree Best Options
1st Working Group
2. Formulate Action
Feb 07 Mar 08 Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Inputs Outputs Outcomes
Activities Participati Short Medium Long
on Term Term Term
Specific training Training material Workers on all major
Construction introduced to widely available contractor sites
Stakeholder industry training courses trained and
WG input providers implement good
Money Develop Contractor programme
Research material endorse new
on Contractor audited for
Trade Union’s competence in handling and
maintenance against training
Need to encourage strong collaborative relationships throughout the supply chain
The need to make construction healthier (Clearwater 2010).
I cannot over-emphasise the importance of getting key health risk messages through
To SMEs. There were an estimated 4.3 Million business in the UK at the start 2005
and, of these 99.3% were less than 49 employees.
The construction industry employs around 2.1 million people, of which 849,000 are
Estimated to be self-employed contractors. Those working for the smaller companies
face a disproportionately high-risk (roughly double) of injury and ill health compared to
Those working for larger employers.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use
To change the world.
Silicosis has been known about for over 500 years
The Principal Contractor should be engaging with:
• Product manufacturers
• Plant Hire Company’s
• Supply Chain
Types of Contract:
• Early Contractor Involvement (ECI)
• Private Finance Initiative (PFI)
• Public Private Partnership (PPP)
• Design, Build, Finance & Operate (DBFO)
health effects of silicosis and COPD
In respect of suffering from silicosis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease COPD what does
this all really mean for you? For thosewho are exposed to the hazards a great deal. If we take
exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust as an example and say exposure to RCS above
the exposure limit over a long period, say from the age of 20 to 40, this could mean:
At the early stage of lung disease you may notice some occasional breathing difficulties, occasional
breathlessness when running for the bus and possibly bouts of persistent coughing
Later on as the disease progresses you may need an inhaler and find that you cannot sleep properly
through the night. You cannot play sport and walking long distances may also be difficult.
By the time you are 60 you could be housebound in need of regular portable oxygen from a cylinder
via a mask. Your doctor may be advising you that you could soon need a wheel chair.
If we cannot
eliminate the risk,
then we must put
measures in place
To summarise the key points…………………………………..
• The importance of consulting and engaging the workforce in the procurement of RPE and PPE is
• Educating and raising awareness of the potential hazards if water suppression is not used.
• Accurate and meaningful risk assessments/method statements that are reviewed on a regular basis
• Tool Box Talks given on a regular basis to reinforce Risk Assessments and training
• Ensure that operators are competent and confident through training
He shortens his life and he hastens his death
Tally hi-o, the grinder
Will drink silica dust in every breath….
Won’t use a fan as he turns his wheel
Won’t wash his hands before he eats his meal
But dies as he lives as hard as steel
Where rests the heavier weight of shame?
On the famine-price contractor’s head
Or the workman’s under-taught and fed
Who grinds his own bones and his child’s for bread