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.

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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.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Chairperson & Opening Remarks:

Michael McDonagh, Senior Inspector & Construction Policy Manager, Health & Safety Authority


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


Q&A Session


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


Q&A session


Lunch and chance to network


ISO 45001 and its 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.


Case Study- Reducing worker exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS)  Dust.

Speaker Kathy O’Leary, CMIOSH FIEI, HSE & Sustainability Manager BAM Ireland

  • Implementation of a pilot study to reduce worker exposure to RCS dust
  • Hierarchy of controls- how these were applied.
  • Findings and recommendations from the case study.


HSA approach to tackling exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS)

Speaker: Michelle McDermott, Occupational Hygiene Inspector, Health & Safety Authority

  • Legislative updates including amendments to the Carcinogens & Mutagen Directive and 2020 HSA Chemical Agents Code of Practice.
  • EU Dangerous Substances campaign & Roadmap on Carcinogens.
  • 2019-2021 Construction Strategy and inspection campaigns tackling RCS.
  • EU enforcement guidance on RCS and national enforcement approach.
  • BeSmart risk assessments addressing construction dust.
  • Useful information sources on RCS .


Q&A session


Conference close

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, CEO 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 is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Safety Professional with over 30 years’ experience in the engineering, training and safety fields.

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Ita has been a practising engineer since 1987, a professional ergonomist since 1991 and has been an Expert Witness in Ireland since 2002.

Since 2007, Ita has been a lecturer of ergonomics in University College Dublin (UCD). Previously for a period of 10 years, Ita lectured in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) on a variety of safety topics including ergonomics, risk assessment and construction. Ita has also worked with WIT in the development of academic curricula in relation to health and safety.

Ita was a past member of the South East Regional Advisory Committee to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), Chair of the professional body for safety practitioners, the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) South East District and a committee member of the IOSH Ireland Branch. From 2008 to 2012 Ita was also member of the HSA expert panel on Construction Safety.

As the Managing Director of Leyden Consulting Engineers Ltd. (LCE) – Safety Engineering, Training and Ergonomic Consultants –  specialising in Ergonomics, Ita is a leading provider of health and safety consultancy services to businesses in Ireland and throughout Europe.

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.

Kathy O'Leary

Kathy O’Leary

CMIOSH FIEI, HSE & Sustainability Manager BAM Ireland

Kathy is the HSE and Sustainability Manager for the BAM Ireland.

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She is a qualified civil engineer who has spent most of her career with BAM having worked in the UK and Australia. Over the years BAM Ireland’s Safety Management System has placed increased focus on the topic of occupational health and wellbeing. When it was confirmed Respirable Silica Dust had been classified as a carcinogen she established a pilot study with the help of the project teams on 2 sites in Dublin-The Aloft Hotel and Mill Street Student accommodation. She chaired the pilot study group over the duration of the study and today will outline the findings and recommendations from the study. The pilot study was recognised by the Construction Safety Partnership in 2018 and won the innovation award. The pilot study has also been entered into the EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces Campaign.

Michael Mc Donagh

Michael Mc Donagh

Senior Inspector & Construction Policy Manager, Health & Safety Authority

Michael Mc Donagh is a Senior Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

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Michael has been involved in construction inspections and accident investigations with the HSA for 14 years. For the past 7 years Michael has managed the Construction, Fire and Work at Height Policy Unit. The unit is responsible for reviewing and developing legislation, Codes of Practice, guidance and other initiatives to help promote safety in the sector. Michael represents the Authority on various national committees including the Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee, the SOLAS Stakeholder Oversight Group and Construction Industry Advisory Group and the HSA/Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland cross border safety committee.

Michael is the Irish co-ordinator for the EU Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) Knowledge Sharing Site (KSS).
Michael is also the nominated Department of Business, Enterprise and Employment’s representative on the Board of the Construction Industry Register of Ireland (CIRI).

Vivienne Murtagh

Vivienne Murtagh

QEHS Consultant

Vivienne holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Safety & Health from the Sligo Institute of Technology and is graduate member of IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) for continuous improvement and commitment to health and safety practice and procedures.

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Vivienne’s prudent approach to her own professional development in the Quality, Environment, and Health & Safety industry is pertinent to the quality of work she produces when implementing ISO management systems for clients.
With considerable experience working across diverse industry sectors, Vivienne has also been involved in the implementation of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems, the coordination of company training plans and manual handling training. Vivienne was also previously appointed Person/Co-ordinator for the safe use of cranes in the construction industry training programme.

Vivienne is fastidious in her approach to QEHS standards and ensures that all employees within an organisation will be meticulous in their knowledge of QEHS requirements.

Michelle Mc Dermott

Michelle Mc Dermott

Occupational Hygiene Inspector, Health & Safety Authority

Michelle Mc Dermott (LFOH, MSc) has worked as an inspector within the Occupational Hygiene Unit of the HSA since 2008.

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The main focus of the Occupational Hygiene Unit (OHU) is on the potential for worker exposure to chemicals, carcinogens, asbestos, biological agents, noise and vibration which may adversely affect workers, resulting in harm or injury. The OHU also focus on key chemical and biological agent exposure controls such as Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV), Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Michelle is a Licentiate member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society. In addition to workplace inspections and investigations, she is a member of the REACH substance evaluation team.

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