Austin presented the report. He said that the Kier contract was
taken over by this Council last year. All of the working
arrangements were revisited to ensure that they are all compliant
ensuring public and officer parts of the building are
incident involving a tree felling is still under investigation. A
contractor had been employed by this Council to undertake the work.
Officers are confident that the work was procured correctly.
Councillor Hall said that a report has been prepared following this
incident; he asked for a copy of the report to be sent to all
members of this Committee. Officers said that there may be an
ongoing HSE investigation on the incident but Mr Austin agreed to
look in to this matter.
Austin referred to the statistics in the report. He said that the
more significant figures are the Riddor
incidents, they report to the HSE. He said that the dangerous
occurrences are all Asbestos related and have been referred to the
Councillor Best asked about the Asbestos related incident and
where it was. Mr Austin said that It was not on the asbestos
related register, it relates to a void in the Abbey Manor School.
The work was commissioned, it was not expected that contractors
would go into the void. However, they took it on themselves to go
in to the void. It should not have been entered and investigations
are being undertaken now. Learning good
practice and how to avoid a similar situation in the future, will
be concluded as part of the investigation.
Austin said that Lewisham have an asbestos register and there are
surveys but Lewisham do not pay for intrusive surveys because there
would be high costs for something that may not be
Councillor Hall said with regard to the incident involving the
tree which took place in October 2018. There was an allegation at
the time that there had not been any traffic control. He understood
that the Council commissioned an internal report into the incident.
He asked whether the report will be available to members of this
Committee. Mr Austin is not aware of this report; it could be that
the HSE have not completed their investigation. Ms Der Man said
that the findings could be confidential. Officers agreed to look
into the matter and take a view.
Councillor Hall asked to see a copy of the asbestos register. Mr
Austin agreed to look into the matter.
Councillor Millbank asked where responsibility for schools
begins and ends with regard to Health and Safety. Mr Austin gave a
brief outline of these responsibilities. Mr Cummins had raised
unions concerns that as more schools are not under the control of
local authorities it is becoming more difficult to obtain
information regarding health and safety within these schools. Ms
Der Man said that this subject had been discussed at the last
meeting of this Committee and the minutes had ...
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