The construction of London's Olympic Games stadium is being honoured with a safety award after the project was completed without a single fatality.
At a ceremony last night (May 15th) the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) bestowed the accolade on the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) after the successful completion of the Big Build construction of the Games park without any deaths.
The organisation was awarded with the Diamond Jubilee Award as recognition for its outstanding commitment to ensuring the safety of the workers on the site as well as upholding exemplary health and safety standards.
The Big Build operation employed 12,500 staff at its peak and had an Accident Frequency Rate of 0.17 per 100,000 hours which was less than half the rate of the construction average. The building of the Olympic Park and Village has been described as "hugely impressive" and when compared with the construction work at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where the Chinese government confirmed there had been six deaths it shows the high standards involved at the London site.
Tom Mullarkey, chief executive of RoSPA, said: "The ODA's approach to occupational health in particular, provides a shining example that the construction industry at large could learn from and follow. In addition, the fact that the Big Build was completed without an accident-related fatality is tribute to the leadership and organisation of the ODA in the most testing operational conditions."
While the safety elements of the construction of the stadium, park and village have been highly commended the biggest challenge is still ahead with the logistics around the Olympic area during the Games set to be tested.
The Transport for London (TfL) has already announced that there will be an Olympic Road Network (ORN) introduced to ensure that all traffic going to the Games is able to get there on time and with ease. Sections of the road network across the capital will see a lane cordoned off and specifically designated for all freight services and other vehicles needing to get to the Olympic stadium.
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