A new amendment to the Construction Regulations was signed on April 2nd. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many operators within the construction industry have found it impossible to have Safe Pass cards renewed. The amendment extends the validity of current cards.

The full amendment text can be accessed at https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Legislation/SI-No-102-of-2020.html

Site shutdowns prompted by health and safety legislation, lawyer says

By Tom Lowe27 March 2020

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Health and Safety Act trumps government advice, Fenwick Elliott partner adds

This week’s widespread shutdown of building sites across the UK has probably triggered by contractors realising their insurance does not cover claims for breaches of health and safety law, a leading construction lawyer has said.

Jon Miller, a partner at law firm Fenwick Elliott, said firms were more concerned with complying with the Health And Safety At Work Act than the government’s social distancing advice to keep sites open as long as workers could keep 2m apart at all times.

https://www.building.co.uk/news/site-shutdowns-prompted-by-health-and-safety-legislation-lawyer-says/5105225.article

Construction deaths increased by 140%.

In a year when 46 people died in workplace incidents

  • Construction workplace deaths have more than doubled in the last year from five to 12 in 2019
  • Falls from heights are the leading cause of construction worker deaths
  • Fatalities are more common in smaller construction companies with fewer than 10 employees
  • Agriculture remains the most dangerous sector in which to work with 18 deaths, and older farmers are most at risk
  • Vehicles, falls from heights, drowning, and getting trapped or crushed, were the main cause of fatal injuries
  • Wexford had the highest number of fatalities with seven deaths in 2019
  • Cavan, Longford, Leitrim, Laois, Meath, Offaly, Sligo and Westmeath had no workplace deaths
  • April was the most dangerous month with six deaths, while November had no fatalities reported www.hsa.ie