During the planning stage of the Broadway project, a number of risk review workshops were undertaken to focus on what will be the main risks during construction and what we can do to improve safety as a team. As work at height was the main risk, the team decided put together a project specific document designed to help everyone working on the project to understand how to keep their workplace safe from the risk of falls and falling objects. The training includes a PowerPoint presentation on the following:
- Mindset and purpose
- Associated hazards, risks and key controls
- Work Areas/ operations requiring WAPE
- The Broadway minimum standards and good practice, site procedures
All persons who were required to undertake work at height near a leading edge attended a training session and were issued with a sticker for their hard hat (which is recorded on a register) before they can undertake any work on site.
All works carried out near the building perimeter edge or other exposed areas (WAPE) MUST have undertaken the following:
- Elimination/ mitigation of the WAPE works where possible, ensuring appropriate coordination has taken place and signage is displayed
- Planning of the WAPE works, including the allocation of trained and competent personnel who follow HSE guidance and good industry practice
- RAMS, lift plans (detailed, specific risk assessments/ lift plans with clear methodology)
Multiplex managers who have been trained to carry out the WAPE training are on a rota. This ensures that all persons are trained to the same standard. Supervisors responsible for an area inspection and fill in a WAPE checklist before any work is undertaken. This ensures that all controls are in place before allowing people to carry out risky work.