Safety Services we offer:
- Risk Assessments
- On-Site Safety Checks & Inspections
- Site Specific SWMS (Safe Work Method Statements) for necessary Trades
- In the Commercial Construction
- Residential Construction
- Speciality Industries
- Safe Operating Procedures on Plant
- Both mobile machines on your sites and
- Workshop based Tools & Plant.
- “If it’s not documented- it hasn’t happened!”
- — What we are aiming for here is Service Assurance- where we check the completed work to see if job steps are completed to Site-Specific documentation to what you have contracted to do – for your Client.
- This is Jay’s speciality!
In 2023 new Codes of Practice were introduced across Australia. The most significant new C.O.P. relates to your management of Silica Dust. [RCS-construction-manufacturing-construction-elements-COP-2022]
Like many Regulatory Documents, the name of this Code doesn’t clearly help with how serios this issue is at workplace-such as:-
- Dust while simply drilling into Concrete or Gyprock walls.
- Chasing /cutting of brick or concrete structures for conduits & cables.
- Sanding down as part of a pre-paint.
- Demolition of Brick; Block & Concrete buildings.
- The Concrete Recycling Industry.
- Cutting of expansion joints in Driveways.
- Water Suppression of dust- we can show you the correct way.
Jay Powell – Certified ISO 45001 Occupational, Health & Safety Auditor
I’m a dedicated health & safety professional with 20 years of progressive experience. I believe in creating a culture of safety through education and deep, collaborative communication at all levels of the organization. I’ve designed safety programs from scratch, successfully lead organizations through audit certifications, and significantly reduced lost time through expert risk reduction programs.
Codes of Practice as issued under State Regulation and watched by the ‘Regulator’ need to be clearly understood and applied to your worksites. Think of the Team at HRB Consulting as a resource for you to apply the codes in your SWMS and on-site work practices. For example :
|Managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace Code of Practice 2021||From 1 January 2023, codes of practice that deal with hazardous chemicals will include updated content for GHS 7. What is the ‘Globally Harmonised System’?|
|Hazardous manual tasks Code of Practice 2021||No exemptions! This applies to all work sites; fabricating in workshops and includes Office based Workers.|
|Managing the risk of falls at workplaces Code of Practice 2021||Is this just about ladders? – Notice it doesn’t mention heights in the name? We can help to explain to your Team Members on site.|
|Tilt-up-pre-cast-COP-2003||This is a very high-risk activity; this Code is due for an update (as the Codes follow the Australian Standards such as AS3850- we will update your SWMS when it happens).|
|RCS-construction-manufacturing-construction-elements-COP-2022||As mentioned, this issue for everyone is as serious as Asbestos exposure – we can advise on Site Management for the protection of your Team.|
(Safety) –Risks in your Business
Most Building & Construction businesses in Australia think of ‘Business Risk’ as Bad News!
We at HRB Consulting certainly can help you work through those Risky Jobs or Contracts that are causing you concern-particularly where incidents just ruin your timescale for an easy completion.
Not my fault Boss!
- Who’s really in charge of this job – anybody ?
- I’m only a subbie-I don’t need this safety rubbish!
- Who ordered the Mix?
- Whoa – nobody said there were 30 cubes to put down?
- We should’ve started the pour when it was cooler – it’s going off already!
What if we were to think of Risks not being all BAD?
From a Quality Perspective- think of a Pendulum.
Let HRB Consulting get you into the BLUE ZONE
- Having your Team Trained
- Having their Skills & Competencies documented.
- Your Supervisors know how to plan a project.
- Job steps in a project clearly understood
- At the end of a good job, a satisfactory report sent back up the line.
- On time & on budget & no injuries!
Review of a specific High-Risk site:
Installing a Communications tower (base) on a 300 Sq m block in northern N.S.W.
- Was the site secure?
- Mobile Plant?
- Bulky steel frames?
- Pre-survey completed.
- Pre-start Meeting?
- Safety WHSO on-site?
- SWMS completed?
- Plant used:
- Kenworth & Trailer
- Kobelco 330- 35 Tonne
- Power Hammer-large
- 1.8m Core Drills
- Oxy Set + Welder
Contact Ross to get your quote “across the line”.
High Risks to monitor on a Busy Site
Environment: Managing Spoils
When using the ‘Big Hammer’ – stay in visual contact with the Operator. (Note the use of Spirit Levels for Quality Monitoring.)
Full PPE when using the Oxy Cutting Set.
Murphy’s Law: “What Can Go Wrong – Will Go Wrong – One Day.”
Time Log: 6am, two Riggers & Crane Operator arrived 2 DAYS early & started to unload extended load of steel. Sadly- one of the Riggers was ‘bumped’ off the top of the Load- fell 2.6m to bitumen and broke both legs according to the Paramedic & Ambos attending. – The Safety Inspector found that: – ‘as Workers they had not been inducted onto the Site: -had climbed the fence to get access to the Site-crane: – The Riggers should not have been on the Trailer during the attempted lift. (apparently trying to separate poorly stacked steel with some timber dunnage – pictured).