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Call to keep a firm focus on safety issues


As Scotland moves towards further easing of restrictions, the CICV Forum has issued more timely guidance and sounded a cautionary note, urging the sector to keep its focus on health and safety to protect colleagues, customers and families.


The unique collective says the sector


is “not out of the woods yet” and, with COVID-19 still a very real threat, insists each worker has a vitally important role to play in continuing to maintain good hygiene. With Scotland set to follow England with its own so-called “Freedom Day” on 9 August, the Forum stressed that companies should continue to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP) to ensure maximum focus on health and safety. Rebecca Crosland, Chair of the


Forum’s Health and Safety group, and Head of Health and Safety at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), said: “The past 15 months have been an extremely difficult period for everyone, and we have only come this far by pulling together and following the rules. This


consequence that premium rates have increased, cover has been restricted and, indeed, several insurers have left the market altogether.” Te guide explains that


market attitudes have changed following a number of incidents, including: ●A review of unprofitable insurance classes by Lloyds of London ●Advances in the size and complexity of the design and construction process ●Over-eating, or businesses taking on higher levels of risk


Te new guidance will help ensure safety at work


spirit of collaboration and cooperation must now continue as we prepare for restrictions to be eased further, both in our professional and personal lives. “Make no mistake – COVID-19 is still


a very real threat and we are not out of the woods yet. Vaccinations can only help so much and it is vital that the sector continues to be careful when it comes to health and safety. “We will still have one-metre


distancing and businesses should continue to follow the SOP and domestic guidance issued by the CICV Forum until we meet with Scottish Government to discuss what action will be taken next.”


●Te effects of the Grenfell tragedy, and ●A series of natural disasters globally. Len Bunton, construction


consultant and co-Chair of the Forum’s Pipeline and Commercial Sub-Group, said: “Te issue of PII appears to be a potentially massive problem for the industry. “Tis guide outlines the


nature and likelihood of liability and looks at how businesses can manage their risks by identifying them, evaluating their impact and taking steps to control them.


“It offers advice on


negotiating with insurers and stresses that full disclosure of risk is vital, despite the onus placed on underwriters by the Insurance Act of 2015 to ask the relevant questions of a business. “Demonstrating that you


have a solid risk management culture, robust financial resources and controls, as well as providing insurers with proof and documentation of risk mitigation, internal practices, cashflow and profit margins, will all help to lower your premiums.”


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SELECT also runs a bespoke PII scheme for Members, with preferential rates and sector-specific cover. To find out more, call 0117 325 0967 and ask to speak with Lewis Oliver or email select@brunelpi.co.uk. You can also get an instant quote at select.hccint.com/scheme/32379


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To help further, the Forum has produced a secure site risk assessment template that can be downloaded from www.cicvforum.co.uk to help contractors plan COVID-safe working practices. It has also produced a close working checklist to help construction professionals plan for projects that involve close contact in enclosed conditions. Fiona Hodgson, CEO of SNIPEF,


another leading member of the Forum, said: “Once again, we are keen to do all we can to ensure the sector follows correct protocols to stay safe at this crucial time, and this new guidance will help provide clarity and advice.”


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