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Beaufort Road

R. G. Parkins & Partners Ltd were appointed to act as CDM Co-ordinator for refurbishment and extension of a semi-detached dwelling. The history of the project was rather unorthodox and R. G. Parkins & Partners Ltd were appointed at the request of the HSE.

The house was bought via an online auction by a Developer, a sole trader. No viewing or survey was undertaken prior to purchase and the Developer had no idea of the building’s condition. He procured development plans by a technician in London, no Engineer was appointed and the Developer was also the Contractor.

Works commenced on site under a Building Notice with little implementation of any formal health and safety regime. The project required significant temporary propping and major structural works as a result of historical movement. Following intervention by the Building Inspector a dangerous structure notice was served and the Developer was served an improvement notice by the HSE.

At this point the building was in a precarious condition and the temporary propping works wholly inadequate under the circumstances. It was now time to seek the advice from an expeert and R. G. Parkins & Partners Ltd were consulted. The first priority was to educate and assist the Developer in the most basic health and safety issues, in order to maintain progress and protect the failing structure. In the role of CDM Co-ordinator, R. G. Parkins & Partners Ltd. guided the developer through the methodology, procedures and paperwork necessary to conform to HSE’s ‘Managing Health and Safety In Construction’ 2007 ACoP.

Major CDM issues to address were:

  • First action - ensuring welfare, health and safety signage & fencing were on site.
  • Ensuring an Engineer was appointed to address major structural issues.
  • Explaining duties to the Client / Developer who was also the Principal Contractor.
  • Ensuring the Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan was acceptable and Risk Assessments and Method Statements were submitted and implemented for all site tasks.
  • Ensuring temporary works design was in place to ensure the project could be undertaken safely. The HSE were to approve propping and all temporary works.
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