You’re organising an event and need to plan your health and safety strategy. Fences may not be at the top of your list of priorities, but they are one of the most important products you need to order and there are things you must be aware of to remain compliant and to ensure the safety of the crowd.
As a crowd organiser, by law you ‘…must as far as reasonably practicable ensure the safety of visiting crowds’ (HSE, 2015). Failing to do so can ultimately lead to prosecution, a heavy fine or even being sued.
How many fences do I need?
Firstly, the quantity is important. Ordering too many results in an economic loss and ordering too few can have disastrous results. For example, you are planning a concert and are running fences around the perimeter of the venue, there are tens short and you have no time to order any more.
Someone has to then make the decision where to not put them. This could result in concert gate-crashers, resulting in over-capacity; posing a serious safety risk to everyone attending, including crushing and trampling underfoot.
For larger events, such as festivals, under-ordering the wrong quantity when hiring in the hundreds (or even thousands) could be even more of a safety risk.
What type of fences do I need?
The type of fences depend on the density of the crowd at the event. And, this is where you really don’t want to penny-pinch on your budget. The majority of fences are designed around a load-bearing frame and are used where there is perceived risk of crowd-pressure.
At the planning stage, there are questions you need to ask, such as;
• What type of event
The different types of event could determine the type of fence you need. For example, a community fair may only need crowd control barriers, whereas a concert would need a fencing system.
• How many people?
The amount of people is a serious factor to consider. For example, a solid hoarding fence would add extra security and keep the crowd contained.
• What type of people?
This is an important factor. For example, an outdoor rock concert with people dancing and moving about would benefit more from fencing, rather than barriers.
• The culture of the event
Culture would be easy to overlook, but is very important. For example, a football match with a lot of the crowd drinking alcohol would result in increased aggressive behaviour including climbing, throwing objects and surging.
All these things have to be considered in the planning stage of your event.
The following video shows a simulated crowd collapse, showing what can happen in the event of over-crowding:
Poor control of silica dust (Image courtesy of press.hse.gov.uk)
Occupational health is often overlooked by many in the construction industry. ‘It will never happen to me’ or ‘I’m too fit for that’ are statements all too often spoken as workers go about their daily tasks without taking into consideration the risks they face in the workplace.
But, did you know?
Every year, hundreds of workers in the construction industry are dying of occupational-related diseases and illnesses
Around 3% of construction workers suffer from an illness they believe to be work-related
Around 3% have sustained a work-related injury
Whilst 3% may sound like a nominal amount for work-related illness, it equates to approximately 69,000 workers. Of this figure, 20% is stress-related and 64% is musculo-skeletal disorders, with the rest ranging from mild to very serious, even life-threatening conditions.
Similarly, 3% of work-related injuries amounts to approximately 65,000 ‘self-reported, non-fatal workplace injuries.’ Of these, 23% were trips and falls, 22% lifting and handling, 19% falls from height and 11% struck by an object.
A HSE report (key figures for Britain), states that in 2,538 workers died in a single year (2013) from mesothelioma (past exposure to asbestos).
In the year 2014-2015, there were 142 fatal injuries reported, an equivalent of 0.46 to every 100,000 workers. The highest rates of risk are for those that work in the construction, agriculture or waste industries.
In 2014-2015, there were 76,054 non-fatal injuries provisionally reported. However this figure is anomalous as many are injuries are believed to be non-reported.
Loss to the economy
The working days lost due to work-related illness and injuries in the construction industry alone total 1.7 million (1.2 million work related illness and 0.5 million workplace injury).
According to the HSE, in 2012, injuries and new cases of ill health caused by poor working conditions cost society £14.2 billion.
What can you do?
Your personal health and safety is paramount. You should be aware of legislation and laws for your specific industry and your rights as a worker.
Whilst this is a lengthy piece of legislation, it is designed to cover factors such as planning for the pre-construction phase; ensuring that the project is carried out with minimal risks to health and safety.
In this instance, it would be the designer and head contractor who would need to adhere to this legislation. As a worker, it isn’t necessary to know the contents, however, it is advisable to be aware of it and what should be put in place to protect you during your time on site.
Part 4 of the legislation covers general requirements for all construction sites. It is this part of the legislation that workers should take the time to read as it will affect them directly.
It covers fundamentals such as;
Good order and site security
Stability of structures
Cofferdams and caissons
Reports of inspections
Energy distribution installations
Prevention of drowning
Prevention of risk from fire, flooding or asphyxiation
Emergency routes and exits
Fire detection and fire-fighting
Temperature and weather protection
Whilst it may seem that some of these issues aren’t important. They are. For example, if the construction site you are working on doesn’t have sufficient fresh air where possible, you could be at risks to illnesses of the lungs.
Construction dust contains silica, which is responsible for over 500 deaths in the industry every year. Construction dust can also lead to COPD, responsible for around 4,000 industry-related deaths.
Remember – your employer has a legal duty to protect you as a worker. And it is your right as a worker to be protected at all times.
If you believe that your employer isn’t working within the constraints of the specific construction industry health and safety legislation, you can contact the HSE in confidence for advice.
In the meantime, the HSE have introduced new guidelines for the construction industry.
The guide, Occupational Health Risk Management in Construction, written by the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (ConIAC) Health Risks Working Group, gives advice on what can be perceived as ‘health risks’ specifically for the construction industry and the prevention and control of such risks.
Chair of the ConIAC Health Risks Working Group and HSE Principal Specialist Inspector Ian Strudley, said, “The misunderstanding of occupational health within the construction sector means that whilst the industry focus on managing the more familiar safety issues, serious health risks get ignored. We cannot let this continue.
“When figures show that construction workers are at least 100 times more likely to die from a disease caused or made worse by their work as they are from a fatal accident, the industry must take action.”
Posted November 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized |
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PAL Hire has recently provided all of the equipment for the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park; here our very own Dan Daintry took the film crew down with him to showcase what we have done for them. We have provided the whole infrastructure for the event, from the fencing to the tower lighting, and Â organized all of the deliveries so the event organizers don’t have to!
If you are planning an event, by speaking to our dedicated team you could organize all of the equipment you need in just one phone call! Call us today on 0844 686 9067 to find out how we can help you.
Posted July 30th, 2013 in Uncategorized |
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Inbound Sales Advisor
Salary: Â£15-17,000.00 Basic + Uncapped Commissions/Bonuses (OTE Â£21-Â£30K+ per annum) + Other Benefits
Based in Greater Manchester
WANTED AT PAL HIRE: A Superstar Salesperson
This is an incredible opportunity to join PAL Hire, a fast-growing event and construction hire company. We offer everything from skips for local builders to portable toilets and security fencing for some of the countryâ€™s leading events and festivals. Itâ€™s busy, varied and lots of fun.
Demand for our services is increasing by the day, so we are now in need for inbound telephone sales advisors to join our team, and help provide amazing service to all our customers.
Working from online enquiries and inbound calls, successful applicants will be required to sell, and upsell, all of the products and services offered by PAL Hire.
We are not stereotypical call centre, and believe in encouraging all of our team members to develop themselves, their career and their income. This chance to join PAL Hire will allow you to join a lively and vibrant environment, where the whole team works towards collective goals.
Key responsibilities of the role include:
Making outbound calls to customers submitted through our websites
Answering phone calls and selling the products to the customer
Answering queries regarding the service provided
Selling the service benefits and gaining customer commitment
Inputting orders into the CRM system and taking payments
Key skills and experiences:
Competent levels of IT understanding
Ability to develop intimate customer relationships
Good communication skills both verbally & written
Be able to connect with and build a rapport with a customer
Capable of developing strong client relationships
Confidence to workÂ on own initiative
Good planning and preparation skills
High level of integrity and trust
Ability to work effectively under pressure
Commitment to self-development
History of working to targets effectively
Good work ethic
Please email your CV for an immediate interview to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 482 6211 and use reference PAL1
Posted May 8th, 2013 in Uncategorized |
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