RR941 - London 2012: The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 - Dutyholder roles and impact
This project researched the extent to which CDM helped or hindered the construction of London 2012 by reviewing how CDM duties were put into practice.
The research was based on interviews with ODA Sponsors, Designers, CDM Coordinators, Tier 1 Contractors and CLM Project Managers on nine projects. In addition, a structured workshop was held with a range of dutyholders from a range of projects.
We found that CDM 2007 had been extended and implemented successfully. In particular:
- The Client (ODA/CLM) had a significant impact on health and safety.
- Early and ongoing planning, coordination and Contractor involvement were crucial.
- Principal Contractors shared ideas and lessons learned.
- Worker engagement helped to motivate the workforce and get key messages across.
- When compared with the wider construction industry, London 2012 scored significantly higher in 27 of the 39 Influence Network factors.
Lessons applicable elsewhere in construction include:
- Clients taking the leadership role.
- Engaging workers.
- Initiatives to improve health and safety culture.
- Allowing and encouraging workers to report 'unsafe' activities.
- Integrating teams of Designers, Contractors and CDM Coordinators early and often.
- Focussing on getting the right competences in individuals and organisations.
- Forums for sharing knowledge between organisations and sharing office facilities were more appropriate for other large programmes.
This report, and the work it describes, was commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority and funded by the Health and Safety Executive and the Institution of Civil Engineers. Its contents, including any opinions and/ or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily represent the policy of those commissioning or funding it.
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