Security is provided by one of United Living’s approved specialist contractors. The same individual guards have been maintained on the project since the beginning of 2019 which has assisted greatly with regards to communications between the local community, residents and United Living site management and subcontractors. In normal times the guards are in operation overnight from 4.30pm to 8am Monday to Friday then at weekends it is 24 hours. During the Covid-19 lockdown period, the project set-up and boundaries were guarded 24 hours a day with inspections being executed on a fob system whereby the guards physically walk and inspect all three blocks every 30 minutes and check in at fob stations which is fed back to their head office.
The first lift of all scaffolds to all blocks is alarmed, again by one of United Living’s preferred and approved contractors. The security guards have alarm fobs provided to them which monitor the scaffold and, in the event of a breach or fault, they can contact the alarm company or police immediately. In accordance with the security protocol, the United Living senior site manager for the project is also notified. Since the outset of the project there has only been one incident of attempted break-in and one incident of a resident accessing the scaffold.
Regular audits and health & safety checks
United Living’s Safety, Health, Environmental & Quality (SHEQ) team are directly employed by United Living. They carry out on site audits on a monthly basis, which are circulated to company directors at all levels. In addition, United Living site managers and contract managers are qualified, experienced and competent for the specific tasks on works involving high rise occupied buildings. As part of the requirements of the CPP and in accordance with legislation, items such as scaffolding, plant and lifting equipment are inspected on a weekly basis with proof of inspection by a competent person recorded in writing and filed on site for record purposes.
Robust health & safety plans and procedures
From the outset of the contract ,United Living in accordance with CDM regulations and in conjunction with the principal designer Michael Dyson Associates, have provided a detailed Project Specific Construction Phase Plan (CPP) which details all the mandatory processes and protocols required under CDM and HSE regulations and guidelines for a project of this nature. This is also supplemented by United Living’s procedures and project delivery matrix. This document is provided to all subcontractors within their contract documents to ensure all relevant rules and information is passed down to their workforce on site. In addition to the CPP, each contractor employed on the project must provide a Risk Assessment and Method Statement for each and every task specific to the contract which their operatives must adhere to. These documents are checked by United Living Site Management and SHEQ team and must be approved prior to any works commencing on site. The CPP and the RAMS are complimented by the fact that United Living will only employ contactors from its approved list of those with the required affiliations, experience and insurances.