CDM Coordinators covering the whole of the UK. Renewables specialist; wind, solar, biomass
Experienced and professional CDM Principal Design Consultants
We are experienced construction safety specialists awho provide key support for Principal Designer duties under the CDM Regulations 2015 based in the city of Birmingham and working throughout the UK. We're also proud to say we can now cover CDM projects in Scotland through our new consultant, George. Based just outside of Glasgow we have recently taken on projects in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Peterhead.
Our staff are highly experienced construction safety professionals, MaPS and OSHCR Registered with full corporate membership of IOSH. All of our advice is fully indemnified.
We are experienced in a range of project types including defence (inc. EM385), retail, power renewables (biomass / solar / wind), process industries, logistics, civil engineering and aerospace. We've worked on many types of projects including religious buildings, schools, bridges, renewables and large industrial and infrastructure projects.
Please contact us on 0121 314 4522 to speak to one of our professional CDM Principal Design Consultants and receive a fast, no obligation quote or our framework agreement for Principal Designer duties.
To receive a detailed fee proposal by return simply fill out our online fee proposal request.
Construction Phase Safety Plans
We can work with you to develop and implement Construction Phase Health and Safety Plans for any type of project. We have worked within the following sectors to develop specific health and safety documentation for CDM projects;
- NHS and Healthcare including Primary Care;
- Defence and other industries;
- Education (University, Higher and Further Education plus schools);
- Renewables (wind, biomass, solar PV, wave);
- Museums (we have specific sector experience);
- Logistics and distribution;
- Public sector;
- Agriculture and food distribution;
- Luxury home developments £1m - £7m.
Project sizes range from under £250k to £500m, call us today to find out more or check out our CDM fee calculator
Other Safety Services
We also offer the following related services:
- Health and safety policy development;
- Competent person scheme (retained safety consultants);
- Site safety audits & toolbox talks;
- Air and noise sampling for construction;
- Development of construction phase safety plans;
- Specific risk assessments and method statements;
- Representation at meetings with main contractors;
- Accident investigation and liability management;
- Safety packages for installations;
- On site assistance with contractor approvals and PQQ's (pre qualification questionnaires) such as CHAS, SMAS, EXOR, Constructionline, NICIEC, SafeContractor Achilles and so on - any member of the SSIP;
- Training courses and toolbox talks;
- Managers and Directors safety briefings and safety training.
Choosing a Principal Design Consultant
Principal Designer Consultants - not all are made equal
Under the CDM Regulations you must appoint a Principal Designer (e support this role through acting as a Principal Design Consultant) this is a clear duty and one that cannot be avoided but, how do you ensure that you receive value for money and the right advice?
Not everyone should be a Principal Designer / Principal Design Consultant
One of the key factors in our experience is to have the right blend of practical construction experience and to be comfortable to interpret all existing health and safety regulations. This is quite a rare blend of attributes. It is easy to appoint a person who has skills in either construction (a contractor), design (an architect) or perhaps both. What is more difficult is to appoint someone who knows the health and safety regulations well enough to give appropriate and proportional advice - someone who is able to say how much is enough.
Skills in health and safety
The key issue is often related to health and safety. Many people understand the building process but few also understand the regulations to the extent that they are comfortable to advise you on a course of action - its your risk assessment they cry as your heart sinks.
But you're the expert!
The answer is to employ a Principal Design Consultant who know the regulations well enough to offer clear advice to everyone involved in the process. Clients, Designers, Principal Contractors and specialist sub contractors can all manage their own risk but should be able to rely on the guidance and advice of the Principal Design Consultant. They should be able to give support and advice to all parties to ensure that the project can run smoothly as well as safely.
We offer just this type of service. We understand construction and we also understand what must be done to keep people safe on the project. If you would like to find out how easy it is to comply please contact us to speak with an experienced and practical Principal Design Consultants or click here to request a fee proposal by filling out our short and simple online form.
CDM Coordinator prosecuted
CDM Coordinator (acting as Planning Supervisor under earlier CDM Regulations) prosecuted alongside contractor over 2006 cable strike
DSM Demolition Ltd and Gould Singleton Architects Ltd were fined after a demolition worker was engulfed in flames whilst cutting through an 11,000 volt cable at an electricity substation in Worcester in July 2006.
Worcester Crown Court heard that DSM was demolishing a metal casting foundry when the workman cut through a live cable connected to a switching unit on a substation. He was engulfed by flames and suffered 20 per cent burns leaving him with permanent disabilities. HSE investigators found that appointed Planning Supervisor (Gould Singleton Architects Ltd) and the demolition contractor (DSM) had failed to make adequate checks to ensure that the power supply had been disconnected.
Gould Singleton Architects Ltd told DSM that all services to the site had been terminated when the power supply remained live. DSM failed to ensure the electrical services had been disconnected before starting demolition. Gould Singleton Architects Ltd acted as Planning Supervisor and failed in their duty as CDM co-ordinators (as Planning Supervisors are known under the CM 2007 Regulations) must pass on ‘correct’ information
DSM Demolition Ltd of Birmingham breached Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £100,000 costs.
Gould Singleton Architects Ltd of Halesowen breached Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 15(3)(e) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994. The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £20,872 costs.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Tariq Khan said:
“Neither of the two companies prosecuted today had made adequate checks to ensure that the power supply to the cable required to be cut by Mr Harris had been terminated. Had they done so then this incident would never have happened and Mr Harris would not have suffered such serious injuries. Construction, design and management co-ordinators must ensure that the information they pass on to contractors which could affect the safety of their workers is correct. Likewise, demolition contractors must follow safe systems of work at all times and ensure they check information provided to them about services on site with independent, competent sources.”
We understand construction and we also understand what must be done to keep people safe on the project. If you would like to find out how easy it is to comply please contact us or call 0121 314 4522 to speak with an experienced and practical CDM Coordinator or click here to request a fee proposal by filling out our short and simple online form.
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