Everyone can take pride in Great Britain’s world-class reputation for health and safety and promote its success at home and abroad. Creating a world-class system is a goal we can all unite around and benefit from as a source of inspiration and achievement, and can also be pleased to support.
This strategy has largely concerned itself with improving standards in Great Britain. But we should also look to share best practice and the latest thinking and innovation around the world. This can help influence health and safety systems overseas and make it easier for British businesses to expand into new markets and territories. The work can also bring commercial opportunities for selling British health and safety ‘products’ or consultancy.
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games construction project has shown that building projects on time, and within budget, does not mean compromising on the health and safety of workers.
Soon after London was awarded the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, HSE met with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to agree very clear targets of what standards were expected, encouraging strong leadership and sharing of good practice. The top level commitment to health and safety was made clear from the outset and helped create a safe working environment for the thousands of workers on site.
As a result, there were no fatal incidents, a first for an Olympic build, and an impressively low number of injuries and dangerous occurrences during the staggering 66 million hours of work. To ensure others from the construction industry could build on that good work, HSE cooperated with the ODA and others to identify and analyse the health and safety good practice and lessons learned from the London 2012 construction project.
The knowledge and the lessons learned from the construction of the Olympic Park and preparing and staging the Games is now being shared to help raise the bar within construction and event sectors, and act as a showcase for Great Britain.