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Department Welcomes New Safety Training Facility 22 August 2005

    The Department of Local Government and the Environment is pleased to announce that a new excavation safety training facility has been opened on the Island at the Isle of Man Business Park, Ballavargher.

    The Department’s Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate has worked with a number of public and private sector organisations to establish an essential foundation for achieving a good standard of safety in excavation work. Heritage Homes Ltd provided land and facilities for the centre. The Department of Trade and Industry’s Training Services team are managing the safety in excavations programme and have engaged a specialist trainer from Sibbald Ltd.

    John Rimington, Minister for Local Government and the Environment, said:

    “The Department is pleased that this facility is open to the construction industry. While any development that will help avoid serious accidents is welcome, I am especially pleased to see Departments working together and working with the industry to provide such a first class facility.”

    Phil Robinson, Director of Health and Safety for Heritage Homes Ltd, stated:

    “As a major construction employer, we recognise the role that good health and safety standards play in running a successful business. We regard Health and Safety and the quality of the finished product as being on a par with one another. Our staff and those of other firms will benefit greatly from this training. Eric Galloway and Ian Alder, for Heritage Homes, have created a number of excavations that show the basic safety requirements and we have been very pleased to work with the Environment Department on this initiative. We have already received a number of positive comments about the training facility.”

    Andy Stewart of DTI’s Training Services team added:

    “We are delighted to be helping local construction firms and public sector Departments with this important initiative. It’s taken a while to get this up and running and we are grateful to Heritage Homes, the Health and Safety Inspectorate and Sibbald Ltd for the part each has played. This facility is helping us to continue to offer good value high quality training.”

    Senior Health & Safety Inspector, Steve Bentham, comments

    “Digging foundations and trenches is one of the first jobs in a construction project and accidents during this sort of work usually have very serious consequences. Many people have been deceived by the appearance of the ground that they are convinced will stand unsupported without any safety measures. The courses planned for the facility are aimed at all those who design projects requiring excavations and for engineers and site managers who are responsible for carrying the work out safely. The courses offer really excellent value for money. I believe anyone undertaking this sort of work would benefit from this training and hope they will get in touch with Andy Stewart at DTI on 687156 to book places on future courses.”

    22nd August 2005

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