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The Importance of Health & Safety in the Drainage Industry

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

As you would probably imagine, carrying out work on drainage systems throughout one of the biggest and most congested cities in the world can have its dangers. When employees are working in what is classed as a ‘confined space’, there are certain health and safety precautions that the HSE ask companies to put into place to ensure the safety of employees and the public. These precautions are vital if we are to avoid anyone becoming exposed to various dangers and hazards, including lack of oxygen; poisonous gas, fumes or vapour; hot conditions and many more. Carrying Out Risk Assessments Carrying out risk assessments is crucial when developing a plan for a drainage project. This assessment allows a health and safety professional to determine which safety measures need to be put into place in order to lower the risk of injury. The task itself, the working environment, the materials and tools that will be used in the project are all areas that need to be taken into consideration – we also need to make sure that we have adequate arrangements for emergency rescue should the need arise. Dangers that Can Occur There are many dangers that can occur when contracted for a drainage project. For example, liquids and solids could potentially fill the confined space, or release toxic gases when disturbed. This problem has occurred fairly recently within London’s drains in the form of what has been dubbed as the biggest fatberg London has ever seen! It took drainage workers 3 weeks to clear the 15 tonne fatberg in what was clearly a toxic and stench-filled environment. The Confined Spaces Regulations Act 1997 states that if any of these types of dangers are identified, workers must avoid entry and instead work outside where possible. If this is not possible for the duration of the

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London Drainage Facilities Welcomes New Health & Safety Manager

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

London Drainage Facilities has welcomed a new Health & Safety Manager to its team who will help deliver the company’s mission to ensure the operations of the company are carried out the in the safest manner possible. LONDON, ENGLAND, OCTOBER 2014 Duncan Bewley is a welcome addition to LDF’s influential drainage teams on the road and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. He has more than 10 years of health and safety experience, which he will use to promote the company’s good work in this area and help reduce complications arising from any accidents and injuries which may occur. Duncan, who worked previously as a Fire, Health & Safety specialist on film and TV sets will support LDF’s Managing Director, Danny Fuller. His main focus will be to develop, maintain and promote LDF’s Health & Safety policies, expertise and services in order to deliver the company’s missions. During his career, Duncan, who is also a trained animal handler with snakes and other reptiles, has been responsible for numerous auditing and risk assessments, outlining safe operational procedures which identify and take account of all relevant hazards, and carrying out regular site inspections to check policies and procedures are being properly implemented. He has also delivered health and safety education and training programmes within the public and private sectors and promoted health and safety initiatives. Duncan said: “I am delighted to be joining one of London’s leading drainage companies. My health and safety career spans 10+ years and I am looking forward to using my knowledge and experience to help promote LDF’s work, particularly around developing its excavation side of the business. I am passionate about engineers’ safety and am keen to get stuck in and make a difference to our engineer teams on the road. I am really looking forward to my new role and

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