3Spires Safety consultants provide building maintenance safety services nationwide. One of the reasons Construction Design & Management Regulations 2015 was introduced in the UK was to ensure that designers and architects alike consider the maintenance and upkeep of a building, and in doing so they consider the safest way that the building can be maintained in the planning phase prior to construction. Despite this legislation it is not always the case that all maintenance eventualities are considered and of course there are various old building designs that currently still stand that require meticulous planning for maintenance issues.
3Spires Safety support various clients by providing building maintenance safety services to the commercial window cleaning companies, roof repair businesses, cladding cleaning companies and gutter clearance firms. The access methods chosen to complete such work scope can represent considerable risk without diligent planning. Depending on the access method chosen there may be specific industry standards, codes of conduct, and governing bodies that need to be followed.
3Spires Safety have gained a sound knowledge in regards to the working at height sector for commercial window cleaning and general building maintenance , having spent considerable time managing and auditing rope access strategies, cradle or building maintenance unit access methods, mobile elevated work platform access methods and reach and wash work scope.
As a business providing a service or even as a building owner you may ask what it is we can provide to support this high risk work? Well to date we provided the following services & advice;
- Site audits & advice based on findings
- Safety managements system audits against the “Plan, Do, Check, Act” business system model, HSE legal requirements and the IRATA code of conduct.
- Risk assessment & method statement review
- Rescue plan reviews
- Accident/Incident Investigation and procedure writing
- Pre-user inspection forms
- Pre-work survey forms
- Pre-work analysis procedures
- Internal monthly site audit forms
- Risk assessment procedures
- Training procedures
- COSHH procedures
- Workplace transport procedures
- Manual handling procedures
- Legionella procedures
- HSE Policy written arrangements review & amendments
- Building owner legal duties in regards to health & safety
Working at height remains one of the UK’s biggest causes for work related lost time injuries, and fatal accidents. Falls from ladders, through unsupported roof’s or unprotected skylights, poor building safety by design, dropped objects, misuse of safety critical PPE, remain some of the identified major hazardous area’s that affect building maintenance.
‘Work at height’ means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury.
When you are nominated for planning high risk work scope at height, pick up the phone and talk to a 3Spires consultant, document your due diligence as a business by allowing us to help and ensure your workforce and the persons affected by their work tasks go home safely.
“3Spires, keeping businesses safe & prepared”