CROSS Safety Report
Checking reinforcement before concrete pours
A reporter has learned whilst making inspections to keep quiet and pass on any comments to the site manager who can then relay the information to the subcontractors.
Key Learning Outcomes
For contractors and subcontractors:
- Individuals carrying out site inspections should not be put under pressure to sign works off
- It is desirable to create a safety aware culture whereby everyone on construction sites or other hazardous environments is looking out for risks and looking out for each other
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A reporter comments on checking reinforcement before concrete pours. On one occasion they attended site at short notice and had been pressurised by a contractor to approve the reinforcement as a pour was imminent. The reporter had been met with hostility from the subcontractors if there were any issues to remedy.
The reporter wonders if younger more inexperienced engineers could buckle under this pressure and pass work that is not as per the design? The reporter has learned whilst making inspections to keep quiet and pass on any comments to the site manager who can then relay the information to the subcontractors.
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