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Michael O’Connor: ‘Increased focus needed on temporary works during design process’
Author: Cormac Byrne  /  22nd Jun, 2022  /  News, Environmental, Health & Safety

Michael O’Connor, Group QEHSS Director, recently gave insight into how an increased focus on temporary works and safety critical anchors during the design process can contribute to safer project delivery across the construction industry.

Michael was speaking as part of a comprehensive and practical IOSH construction safety talk, highlighting the dangers and controls associated with temporary works and safety critical anchors.

Temporary works are elements of a construction project that are required to enable the completion of permanent works or structures. Temporary works are usually removed after use, although can sometimes by incorporated into the design of permanent works.

As an industry leader in Environmental, Health and Safety, performance, Michael spoke in detail about how Mercury reviews design risk assessments on our projects throughout Europe, to ensure our people return home safely from work, every day.

Michael specified how design risk assessments may be the ‘weakest link’ in identifying where temporary construction works may occur, and stated that temporary work designers should be involved in inspecting whether temporary works are constructed as per their expectations and specification, recommends an industry expert

Speaking about lessons learned, from his own expertise in temporary works, Michael strongly recommends that temporary work designers should be involved in inspecting that these works are constructed as per expectations and specifications.

You can read Michael’s full insight by clicking here.

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