Safety features for operatives working by rivers

When planning a project, the site needs to carefully consider any risks posed by the location and local environment.

Sites need to identify any potential barriers that may hinder the successful running of their work, and develop measures to effectively counter these problems.

Some sites may be based close to fast flowing rivers, for a considerable amount of time.

Below is an example of how a site identified the risks associated with a river, which ran through the centre of the site:

  • A suitable feature to assist any operative who fell in the water was devised;
  • This included a double rope stretched between two floating pontoons that would rise and fall on two steel columns, which catered for floods;
  • Steps down to a boat and life buoys were also made available to ensure workers safety.

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Monitor Report, I & H Brown Ltd, West Yorkshire, March 2015


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