Construction Health & Safety – USA Style!

During a recent holiday (vacation as they say in the states) in Annaoplis USA, I witnessed what can only be described as unbelievably relaxed health and safety regulations.

The standard of Health and Safety on the site in question was a total contrast to the standards in the UK.

It had to be seen to be believed.

I was amazed to witness workers ‘surfing’ on fork lift trucks, up to 3 stories high.  I also witnessed workers ‘jumping ladders’, again 3 stories up, to prevent them from climbing down the ladder to move it along the building.

This was not all,  there was no site fencing to keep trespassers out, no welfare facilities on site, no scaffold to access the roof, no edge protection on the roof, building debris was thrown out of windows to the ground below, the list is endless and i could go on.  Oh and the best bit, all of this was taking place 30 yards from somebody’s front door, an area where children were playing with their friends.

The works were taking place on a new build housing development in a sought after location of Annapolis Maryland, the developer (whom i won’t name) was one of the State’s largest and most prestigious, specialising in the building of executive homes. (more…)