Maintenance and Building Work

What Maintenance and Building Work Takes Place?

It’s easy to overlook these activities because they happen now and again, and it’s often a contractor or service agency doing the work. Sometimes people are in places where no one normally goes, eg the roof or electrical switchboard. They may be fault finding, trying to repair something quickly – often outside the routine. Not surprisingly there are many accidents. Falls from heights, eg ladders, are the most common cause of serious injury.

Did you know that if you are the person responsible for your business, you are also responsible for contractors, service engineers, etc who do work for you?
Does anyone ever have to work on the roof, at a height or on fragile materials?
Does anyone have to fault find and repair machinery or equipment when it breaks down?
Is there a tank, pit, silo or similar confined space into which someone might go– and would you know if they did?
Have you found out whether there is any asbestos in your buildings or plant which could be disturbed during maintenance or alterations?

What law applies?

  • Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 (building work)
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Confined Spaces Regulations 1997
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005