Dewatering is most commonly needed in order to provide a dry working area to allow construction to be carried out safely, and therefore necessitates working on busy construction sites and next to open excavations, where serious dangers are posed from falling objects, working at heights and excavation collapses. The latter of these can in fact directly result from poorly monitored dewatering processes, and can therefore be considered a niche health and safety concern for the dewatering industry. Inadequate dewatering system contingency measures can lead to sudden unstable excavations and rapid flooding, with potential for asset damage, associated programme delays, additional costs and, most importantly, risks to the health and safety of team members. By putting a robust dewatering design in place, and utilising sophisticated real-time telemetry, monitoring and automatic back-up systems (including standby power), these risks can be minimised to an acceptable level. All dewatering processes are in fact fraught with potential hazards, and the health and safety of our employees and of other sub-contractors working alongside us is therefore taken into the highest consideration at the very beginning of all of our projects.
Project Dewatering believes that making sure its staff have the very best health and safety training under their belts is the best way to go about mitigating chances of an injury occurring during a project. As such, our staff take manual handling courses, and receive extensive site supervisor safety and tele-handler operator training, in addition to undergoing CSCS (Construction Scheme Certification Skills) tests. Providing them with national-standard first aid training not only gives them the confidence needed to handle any workplace injuries that do occur, but also highlights any high-risk factors that they may encounter during a project, allowing them to carry out a full risk assessment and put necessary health and safety regulations in place.
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) – the non-departmental public body created by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which is responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare – should always be your first port of call when it comes to learning more about occupational health and safety. You can find out more about the HSE by visiting their website, or keep up to date with the latest health and safety developments by following the HSE Twitter feed. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us via 01473 658 807 or firstname.lastname@example.org to hear from our seasoned experts directly about just how seriously Project Dewatering takes health and safety, and the procedures and risk assessments we adhere to in order to ensure the safety of our team and the sub-contractors we work alongside.