Chapter 8

Today we begin our Health & Safety lesson at Chapter 8 in the manual….

Chapter 8 (2009) of the The Traffic Signs Manual, to be precise.

This states the requirements for Traffic Barriers and Pedestrian Barriers to ensure a safe working area for the workforce, and to prevent unauthorised access to the work area.

Hence, the plastic barriers that you can see in the photo are simply referred to as ‘Chapter 8 Barriers’.

Our photo shows a recent job which we did for ASDA in the North of England.
The work was undertaken out-of-hours on a Sunday, and required two visits to the site –

The first visit saw the removal of the bird-proof netting to allow access to the roof for jet washing.

On the second visit the net was reinstalled. We used 50mm netting to stop pigeons roosting on the roof.

The work was carried out by our operatives, who are all IPAF and CSCS trained, using a Haulotte Cherry Picker which gave them safe access to all areas of the roof.

The IPAF training programme is for platform operators.
Each successful trainee is issued with a IPAF Card, which proves they are competent in the safe use of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms.

The CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) provides proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications.

Here at Contego we insist that our operatives are H&S trained to these levels – and so should you!

Remember, good Health and Safety means never having to say you’re sorry!

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