Case Studies

Integrating health and safety into effective project management

James was asked to join the professional team to bring his unique experience of the Construction Design and Management.

Heron Corn Mill

When I was brought in to work on historic Heron Corn Mill in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, my remit covered just a small element of health and safety in one phase of their restoration process.

All photos by Andy Marsh

However, based on the range of advice I brought to the task, the trustees asked me to manage the project, as well as further health and safety work on site. This led to the development and implementation of a £1.2m Heritage Lottery project, work that encompassed liaising with the local community, education providers, North of England Civic Trust and other nationally recognised conservation organisations.

During construction, I was on site on a weekly basis, talking with the workers and assessing progress. I very much appreciated a comment from the contractor that I earned the respect of all those working on the project.

Millwright Martin Watts – who was repairing the mill and its machinery – said: “James is not like other health and safety people. He is sensible, listens to what we say and understands what we need to do at the site.”

Recently I carried out fire and workplace risk assessments at the fully operational attraction, recommended an update to health and safety policies and gave a presentation of findings. Training sessions for staff and volunteers were given.