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  • London 2012: Olympic Park clocks up safe working hours


    The Olympic Park workforce has achieved another set of a million hours worked without a reportable accident, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has announced today.

    This means that the construction project will have clocked up seven sets of a million working hours without a reportable accident since the ODA gained possession of the site in the summer of 2007. There are now over 3,300 workers on site and construction has started on the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Olympic Village as well as the site-wide utilities and infrastructure work.

    Lawrence Waterman, Head of Health and Safety for the ODA said: We are now in the ‘big build’ phase with larger numbers of workers, vehicles and work being carried out across the site, and we are not complacent about the challenges this will bring.

    There can be no compromise. The safety and well-being of the workers on the Olympic Park site will always be the number one priority for everyone on this project.”

    Lord McKenzie, Department for Work and Pensions Minister with responsibility for Health and Safety, said: "The ODA is to be congratulated for their commitment to their workers' health and safety at the Olympic Park.

    What the figures prove is that health and safety does not need to be compromised when undertaking large contracts with demanding deadlines. As we move closer to 2012 and the completion of these important venues and infrastructure that same commitment will be more important than ever."

    The announcement coincides with the latest series of Health and Safety workshops for children living near the sites of London 2012 venues. Ahead of the start of construction work on the Broxbourne site in June, a health and safety educational programme has been launched in ten primary schools in Hertfordshire and Essex.

    The workshops use drama to communicate the importance of staying safe when living or going to school near to a construction site. Using storytelling, props and costumes, the actors will give a theatrical performance to groups of around thirty children at a time. The children will then discuss what they have watched and participate in an interactive drama session.

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