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November 2, 2010

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Olympics workers all set for winter

The body responsible for the construction of venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic Games has announced the achievement of 15 sets of a million hours worked on the Olympic Park project without a reportable accident.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) passed the milestone in October, having taken possession of the site in summer 2007. As the project heads into the winter months, the Authority has reinforced its commitment to maintain a “first-class health and safety record”.
Head of health and safety for the ODA, Lawrence Waterman, said: “This is one of the largest and most challenging construction sites in Europe. With the hard work of the contractors on the Olympic Park, we have succeeded in making this project one of the safest in the UK and raising the bar for the industry. This milestone is a tribute to the professionalism of the entire workforce.
“But we are not complacent, and the toughest months are still ahead of us. Work on the site is now at its peak and safety will continue to be our first priority as we enter the winter months and working conditions get tougher, with colder weather and reduced light.”
As stated in its annual report, the ODA has a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the 10,000 workers on the Olympic Park and Village. The on-site medical centres – Park Health and Village Health – were set up to offer the likes of health assessments, screening, and treatment for minor injuries, as well as providing wider health-care advice and education.

Currently, around 1400 workers a month have an appointment at one of the medical centres, and around 80,000 workers have been assessed, or treated to date.

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