Kier Commits to Health & Safety
Published by Elizabeth Pokorny for Kier Services in Health and also in Housing
Kier’s maintenance arm has appointed Liam Major as asbestos manager for the eastern region.
Liam has 10 years of health & safety experience as a dedicated asbestos consultant/advisor including working for the University of Bradford and as a consultant with Eurosafe UK. He holds a range of British Occupational Health Society (BOHS) credentials as well as supporting professional development qualifications such as IOSH - Managing Safely.
At Kier, Liam will implement a stringent system for managing cases of unsafe asbestos exposure and drive new innovations in its control. Working in partnership with site and project managers in the region, he will embed stringent auditing process and advise on instances involving asbestos, as well as working alongside operatives to identify and manage cases.
Until the dangers of asbestos were discovered, it was often used as an insulation material around pipes and tanks, in tiles and other building materials because of its strength and heat resistance. Any building built before 2000 can contain asbestos which, in good condition, is safe unless fibres become airborne. Asbestos is now banned in the UK and is recognised as a carcinogenic material; the fibres can penetrate the lung tissue and cause a number of serious and terminal diseases.
Liam’s appointment further strengthens Kier’s commitment to promoting health & safety practices among its employees across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire; in July last year Rupert Chambers was appointed as safety, health and environmental (SHE) manager for the region.
Kier regional managing director for maintenance, Simon Bullen, commented: “Health & safety is extremely important to us at Kier. Working in a sector where there is so much potential risk of injury, we must all take responsibility for keeping our employees, our colleagues and our friends safe. The latest research shows that deaths caused by asbestos are still increasing in theUKand we are taking every precaution possible to ensure we send each and every member of our team home safely at the end of the day.”
Liam will be responsible for carrying out audits of asbestos removal, providing technical asbestos support, training and information on key areas of service delivery across the east.
For more information on Kier’s commitment to health & safety visit www.kier.co.uk/maintenance