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Safety on the Construction Site and Why It's Important
May 20, 2009   
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Artur Stala, Safety Director at Bovis Lend Lease Poland (Project/Construction Management and Management Contracting Services), talks to Beata Gołębiewska-Chęciak.

How would you evaluate the level of safety on construction sites in Poland?
There has been noticeable progress in recent years, but there is still much that needs to be done in this area.

All too often we hear that safety costs money. Although more and more companies understand that well-planned safety management results in a safe work environment and the fulfillment of legal requirements, and that it has a positive impact on quality and the work schedule, few businesses would decide to halt their projects if that were needed to ensure a high level of safety.

What are most common consequences of improper safety management on the construction site? Can it affect the budget and schedule of an investment project?
If safety is not taken into account at an early stage of a project, we miss the chance for good planning. Ad hoc solutions aimed at adhering to legal requirements are usually not as effective as they could be if they were planned and put in place in a consistent manner, as part of a more comprehensive approach. The most serious consequence of such a superficial approach to rules and regulations is an accident on a construction site. That impacts people's health and the project, and delays work in progress resulting from the need to investigate the case. This usually costs time and money, which is why it's crucial to understand that making small economies on safety management and underplaying its importance can be very costly.

What does Bovis Lend Lease do to ensure a high level of safety on construction sites?
Good planning and a comprehensive approach to safety management are crucial. Bovis Lend Lease is a global company with extensive experience in the management of a vast range of projects. Due to the experience and knowledge of our employees, we have developed global solutions that are adapted to local conditions. The Project Planning and Delivery Global Minimum Requirements and Physical Global Minimum Requirements manuals are examples of such solutions. These provide guidance on how to plan and manage safety from the earliest stages of a project, which means its concept phase. Our goal is to help investors complete their investment projects ensuring that they are not only built safely but are also safe to operate and maintain.

How can construction site safety be improved further?
Our most recent project involves setting up an association of companies interested in improving safety on our building sites. Cooperation is of key importance. The more we care about safety and work to improve it, the better results we can achieve.
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