Building the venues, Athletes' Village and infrastructure for London 2012 was one of the largest construction projects inrope. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) made a strong commitment to health and safety, describing it as its "number one priority".
The main construction project - 'big build' - was completed in July 2011, on time, within budget and with an exemplary health and safety record. HSE was involved right from the start. We set objectives and made our expectations clear, publishing an Intervention Strategy for the ODA. We provided advice and input to the ODA, its designers and contractors, to ensure that key risks were identified and robust control measures put in place. We conducted targeted inspections of high risk activities to check that standards were being met.
This productive working relationship supported the ODA in its exercise of leadership on health and safety, setting high standards which were implemented throughout the supply chain. The results speak for themselves.
With a total workforce of 46,000 working on the Olympic Park over the duration of the project and over 80 million man-hours worked:
- 30 periods of one million hours worked without a reportable injury, plus five periods of two million hours and two periods of three million hours
- Accident frequency rate of 0.16 - well below the average for the UK construction industry and comparable with the UK all-industry average
- 126 RIDDOR-reportable injury accidents (ODA-recorded figure)
- No work-related fatalities
The good practice and lessons learned have been captured in a series of research reports funded by HSE as part of the ODA's Learning Legacy programme. We have also published case studies demonstrating some of the practical solutions used to manage health and safety.