Health & Safety Legal Updates ● Personal Injury Claims ● Most Common Causes of Accident in Construction

● Crystalline Silica Dust & Its Harmful Effects on Construction Workers ● Safety Fears Over the Introduction of New Technologies

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 2nd October 2019

Construction health and safety has never been so important in today’s environment with our increasing claims culture. This conference will provide essential updates and information to help you manage Health and safety in construction, save lives and reduce injuries.


Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised

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5 Structured CPD Points

Speakers will offer cutting-edge health and safety advice for senior managers working in construction, use practical examples to illustrate best practice, give you information on new ways to manage health and safety and an update on new regulations and technologies you must be up to speed on. There will also be a focus on key risk areas you need to watch out for and how to minimise these risks on future projects including personal injury claims cases setting a precedent going forward.

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4.30pm

Opening Remarks by conference chairperson

Safety Updates In The Construction Sector

Speaker: Kieran Linehan, MSc, CFIOSH, Ayrton Group

  • Current H.S.A. requirements in the Construction Sector (covering PSDP, PSCS, Client & Designer duties)- what is the Authority looking for?
  • New 2019 Construction Amendment Regulations & Scaffolding requirements
  • New Risk Assessment & Control measures required for silica dust & welding fume.
  • What does the first Irish ‘Custodial Sentence’ for a breach of safety Regulations/ Act mean for the Construction Sector? (A discussion on this case in April 2019 & its likely impact on Construction activities).
  • H.S.A. review of 300 fatal accidents in the Irish Construction Sector from 1989 to 2016.

Personal Injury Claims and Health & Safety Legal Updates

Speaker: Shay Fleming, BSc(Hons), BL, MSc, MInstP, Chartered Physicist, MRSC, Chartered Chemist, Specialist Technical and Regulatory Solicitor, Greg Ryan Solicitors

  • Regulatory prosecutions and sentencing;
  • Personal Injury case law;
  • The Book of Quantum;
  • Expert Reports
  • Insurance Costs;
  • Fraudulent Claims.

Ergonomic Assessment Tools for the Construction Industry

Speaker: Ita Leyden BE MSc CEng CMIOSH Consultant Ergonomist and Forensic Engineer

  • Introduction to Ergonomic Assessment Tools
  • HSE Ergonomic Assessment Tools
  • Practicalities of conducting ergonomic assessments

Managing Ergonomic risk to improve Musculoskeletal Health in the Construction Sector

Speaker: Francis Power, Ergonomist (Inspector), Health and Safety Authority

  • H.S.A. Strategy on addressing Workplace Health
  • Ergonomics and the Legislative Requirements
  • Essential Elements in Managing Ergonomic Risks and reference to useful risk assessment tools
  • Construction Case Study on managing Ergonomic Risks
  • Key Questions to answer in order to demonstrate that ergonomic risk is being managed effectively

The most common causes of accident in the construction sector & how to prevent them

Speaker: Russell Corlett, Group Health & Safety Director, Peninsula

  • Falls from height – why is this still happening
  • Loss of control of vehicles or handling equipment – is training the issue
  • Collapse of objects from above -falling on the victim – how can this be prevented
  • Collapse of objects from below dragging the victim down

ISO 45001 and it’s importance in the Construction Industry

Speaker: Vivienne Murtagh, QEHS Consultant

  • ISO45001 and change tips to the Construction sector.
  • The importance of leadership
  • Demonstration consultation an communication
  • Competence of Workers
  • Procurement and management of Contractors.

Working to reduce accidents, incidents and first aid events

Speaker: Derek Roche, CMIOSH, H&S Manager, Cairn Homes.

  • Typical causes of first aid events
  • The resistance to change.
  • The cost & lost time
  • Initiatives – good, bad and mixed results.
  • The benefits of actively reducing first aid events.

Crystalline Silica Dust & Its harmful effects on construction workers

Safety fears over the introduction of new technologies

This event will be of real interest to all build and design professionals especially those with responsibility for health and safety on site including contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, architects, local authorities, semi-state agencies, government departments, manufacturers, suppliers, universities, health & safety managers and legal consultants.

There will be 5 CPD points awarded to attendees at this conference

Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award

Kieran Linehan

Kieran Linehan

MSc, CFIOSH, Ayrton Group

Kieran established Ayrton Group (formerly Health & Safety Services) in 1993.

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Ayrton group now employ over 100 professionals, in all aspects of construction, as well as other safety roles. His qualifications include an MSc from Loughborough University & Diploma from UCC. Having first joined IOSH in 1995, Kieran is a Chartered Safety Practitioner & became a Chartered Fellow of IOSH (the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health) in 2009. Kieran has been a member of the National Executive of NISO, as well as founder member of the IOSH Committee. With a long established background in the manufacturing & construction sectors, Kieran has a wealth of knowledge regarding Project Management, Design & Safety Management Systems, along with what is required to in- still safe systems of work in all workplaces. He also deals with litigation issues, as well as H.S.A. criminal defences & expert witness. In accepting the roles of PSDP & PSCS as part of project management, it affords us the opportunity to consider the latest developments in ergonomics & the best preventative approaches.

Shay Fleming

Shay Fleming

BSc(Hons), BL, MSc, MInstP, Chartered Physicist, MRSC, Chartered Chemist, Specialist Technical and Regulatory Solicitor, Greg Ryan Solicitors

Shay Fleming is a specialist multi-disciplinary legal practitioner in the highly regulated areas of Health & Safety, Engineering, Fire Safety, Regulatory Compliance, Professional Negligence, Forensic Science, Technology and Personal Injury litigation.

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Prior to commencing practice as a Solicitor in 2015, Shay was a Barrister-at-Law for fifteen years. He had a successful criminal defence practice and specialised in defending regulatory prosecutions brought by the Health & Safety Authority and other regulatory authorities. He also defended personal injury and professional negligence actions on behalf of insurers.

Shay holds professional memberships of the Institute of Physics (Chartered Physicist), and the Royal Society of Chemistry (Chartered Chemist). Before coming to law in 2000, Shay was an Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority where he investigated serious accidents resulting in the successful prosecution of employers, managers and employees. He also spent several years in industry employed as a senior engineer in the microelectronics industry and technical consultant in the print and packaging industry.

Ita Leyden

Ita Leyden

B.E., M.Sc., Dip. Em, C.Eng M.IEI, M.IES, C.MIOSH Consultant Ergonomist and Forensic Engineer

Ita Leyden B.E., M.Sc., Dip. Em, C.Eng M.IEI, M.IES, C.MIOSH is a Consultant Ergonomist and Forensic Engineer.

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Ita is also Managing Director of Leyden Consulting Engineers (LCE) Ltd. – Safety, Training and Ergonomic Consultants.

Ita Leyden is a chartered engineer, ergonomist and a chartered member of the professional body for health and safety, the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) with over 25 years’ experience in the ergonomics, engineering, training and safety fields. She was one of the first in Ireland to qualify with a M.Sc. in Ergonomics, Health, Safety and Hygiene from University College Galway.

Ita’s work experience spans a variety of roles in engineering and health and safety, including at senior management in the pharmaceutical industry. Ita provides expertise to a variety of industry and service sectors, from retail, transport and manufacturing to construction. Consequently, Ita is involved in all areas of safety, from ergonomic design and assessment, provision of expert witness testimony through to process safety and training, implementation of behavioural based safety programmes and development of safety management systems.

Ita is a part time lecturer of ergonomics in University College Dublin (UCD).

Russell CorlettRussell Corlett

Group Health & Safety Director, Peninsula

Russell has over 20 years of experience in the regulatory consultancy industry and is a Chartered Safety Practitioner.

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He is also a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (CMIOSH) as well as a Member of the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (MIIRSM).

Frank Power

Frank Power

Ergonomist (Inspector), Health and Safety Authority

Frank Power works with the Health and Safety Authority in Ireland as an Ergonomist (Inspector).

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Since joining the Authority he has been involved in addressing Ergonomic and Manual Handling issues at a strategic and workplace level and has acted as an Expert Witness in the Courts.

His main areas of work include the development of regulations and guidance, completion of regulatory inspections, representing the HSA on NSAI, EU and National Disability Authority work groups. He developed the Manual Handling and People Handling Training Framework in co-operation with the QQI and the HSA Manual Handling Training Advisory Group.

His main area of work at the present time relates to Ergonomics Risk Management.

He previously worked with Intel Ireland, Medtronic and Nypro Limited.

He graduated with a M.Sc. in Safety and Ergonomics from NUI, Galway, and a B.Sc. in Quality Management from Sligo Institute of Technology. He is a Chartered Member of IOSH, member of the Irish Ergonomics Society and a Member of Engineers Ireland.

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

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