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CDM 2015 Designer duties - designing for maintenance.

CDM 2015 Regulation 9 requires designers to eliminate or reduce risks to those involved in maintenance so far as reasonably practical or, if that isn't possible, to provide information on significant residual risks.  

Designers may not be aware of the guidance available to help them.  To address that, this article provides an overview of the issues and highlights the guidance available to civil and structural engineers on contemporary industry practice.

http://mpwrandr.co.uk/cdm-2015-designer-duties-maintenance/
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CDM 2015 Designer duties - designing for maintenance.

CDM 2015 Regulation 9 requires designers to eliminate or reduce risks to those involved in maintenance so far as reasonably practical or, if that isn't possible, to provide information on significant residual risks.  

Designers may not be aware of the guidance available to help them.  To address that, this article provides an overview of the issues and highlights the guidance available to civil and structural engineers on contemporary industry practice.

http://mpwrandr.co.uk/cdm-2015-designer-duties-maintenance/

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Understanding CDM 2015 Designer Duties - Video & Slides

I gave a 25-minute presentation at the Institution of Structural Engineers Small Practitioners Conference on 26 June 2018. It focused on understanding the CDM 2015 Designer Duties as they relate to civil and structural engineers.

If you would like to watch the IStructE video of my presentation and / or download the accompanying slides, they are available on the link below.

http://mpwrandr.co.uk/understanding-cdm-2015-designer-duties/

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Understanding CDM 2015 Designer Duties - Video & Slides

I gave a 25-minute presentation at the Institution of Structural Engineers Small Practitioners Conference on 26 June 2018. It focused on understanding the CDM 2015 Designer Duties as they relate to civil and structural engineers.

If you would like to watch the IStructE video of my presentation and / or download the accompanying slides, they are available on the link below.

http://mpwrandr.co.uk/understanding-cdm-2015-designer-duties/
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HSE improvement and prohibition notices - what do they tell us about CDM 2015 and construction health and safety?

I’ve just analysed the improvement and prohibition notice data provided on HSE's web site and thought you may be interested in the findings.

The notice data provide a good overview of the areas where HSE had concerns on construction projects in 2016/17, the first full year where CDM 2015 was in force on its own without a CDM 2007 transition period.

The analyses showed that in 2016/17, HSE inspectors issued 3,155 notices to construction duty holders. Of the 3,155 notices, 1,362 were improvement notices, whilst 1,793 were prohibition notices. Within these notices, 7,993 potential breaches of acts or regulations were identified.

The potential breaches identified most frequently were of the Health and Safety at Work Act (3,391). The Work at Height Regulations followed with 1,790 potential breaches, whilst CDM 2015 had the third largest number of potential breaches with1,669.

Of the 1,669 potential breaches of CDM 2015, Principal Contractor (489) and Contractor duties (278) were by far the most frequent. There were 99 potential breaches of Client duties, but only 5 potential breaches of Principal Designer duties and 2 of Designer duties.

http://mpwrandr.co.uk/hse-enforcement-notices-cdm-2015-construction-health-safety/

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HSE improvement and prohibition notices - what do they tell us about CDM 2015 and construction health and safety?

I’ve just analysed the improvement and prohibition notice data provided on HSE's web site and thought you may be interested in the findings.

The notice data provide a good overview of the areas where HSE had concerns on construction projects in 2016/17, the first full year where CDM 2015 was in force on its own without a CDM 2007 transition period.

The analyses showed that in 2016/17, HSE inspectors issued 3,155 notices to construction duty holders. Of the 3,155 notices, 1,362 were improvement notices, whilst 1,793 were prohibition notices. Within these notices, 7,993 potential breaches of acts or regulations were identified.

The potential breaches identified most frequently were of the Health and Safety at Work Act (3,391). The Work at Height Regulations followed with 1,790 potential breaches, whilst CDM 2015 had the third largest number of potential breaches with1,669.

Of the 1,669 potential breaches of CDM 2015, Principal Contractor (489) and Contractor duties (278) were by far the most frequent. There were 99 potential breaches of Client duties, but only 5 potential breaches of Principal Designer duties and 2 of Designer duties.

http://mpwrandr.co.uk/hse-enforcement-notices-cdm-2015-construction-health-safety/
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The new Sentencing Guidelines one year on: Their impact on the Construction industry

The conviction data available on HSE’s web site has been analysed to assess the impact of the first year of the new Sentencing Guidelines on organisations and individuals working in the construction industry who have been convicted of breaches of health and safety legislation. Comparisons have been made with the last year of the old Guidelines.


These analyses showed that the median fine per construction organisation increased from £13.4k under the old Sentencing Guidelines to £20k under the new Guidelines. The largest fine imposed on a construction organisation increased from £1m to £2.6m.

The proportion of individuals receiving prison or suspended prison sentences rose from around 1 in 3 (31%) to nearly 1 in 2 (47%) in the first year of the new Sentencing Guidelines. The proportion of individuals receiving fines reduced from 57% to 40% with the new Sentencing Guidelines.

http://mpwrandr.co.uk/the-new-sentencing-guidelines-one-year-on-their-impact-on-the-construction-industry/
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The new Sentencing Guidelines one year on: Their impact on the Construction industry

The conviction data available on HSE’s web site has been analysed to assess the impact of the first year of the new Sentencing Guidelines on organisations and individuals working in the construction industry who have been convicted of breaches of health and safety legislation. Comparisons have been made with the last year of the old Guidelines.


These analyses showed that the median fine per construction organisation increased from £13.4k under the old Sentencing Guidelines to £20k under the new Guidelines. The largest fine imposed on a construction organisation increased from £1m to £2.6m.

The proportion of individuals receiving prison or suspended prison sentences rose from around 1 in 3 (31%) to nearly 1 in 2 (47%) in the first year of the new Sentencing Guidelines. The proportion of individuals receiving fines reduced from 57% to 40% with the new Sentencing Guidelines.

http://mpwrandr.co.uk/the-new-sentencing-guidelines-one-year-on-their-impact-on-the-construction-industry/

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The new Sentencing Guidelines one year on: Their impact on the Construction industry

The conviction data available on HSE’s web site has been analysed to assess the impact of the first year of the new Sentencing Guidelines on organisations and individuals working in the construction industry who have been convicted of breaches of health and safety legislation. Comparisons have been made with the last year of the old Guidelines.


These analyses showed that the median fine per construction organisation increased from £13.4k under the old Sentencing Guidelines to £20k under the new Guidelines. The largest fine imposed on a construction organisation increased from £1m to £2.6m.

The proportion of individuals receiving prison or suspended prison sentences rose from around 1 in 3 (31%) to nearly 1 in 2 (47%) in the first year of the new Sentencing Guidelines. The proportion of individuals receiving fines reduced from 57% to 40% with the new Sentencing Guidelines.

http://mpwrandr.co.uk/the-new-sentencing-guidelines-one-year-on-their-impact-on-the-construction-industry/

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Impact of deterioration on the safety of concrete structures – what can designers do to minimise risk?

This article discusses the impact of deterioration on the safety of concrete structures. This is illustrated by examples where deterioration has led concrete structures to collapse. The article suggests steps that designers can take to minimise the risks of deterioration to safety and discharge their duties under the CDM 2015 Regulations.

http://mpwrandr.co.uk/impact-of-deterioration-on-the-safety-of-concrete-structures-designers/
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