Project Value £135,000
Duration 8 weeks
Dates Jul 2017 to Sep 2017
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust appointed Emchia Asbestos Solutions to undertake the asbestos abatement works at Harrop House, one of the largest buildings at Prestwich Mental Health Hospital.
The Trust had plans to refurbish the ground floor area to turn it in to a HQ and offices for the hospital management and administrative teams. Asbestos was identified in the sub-floor voids and basements in the form of insulation debris to the floors, walls and pipework. As part of the refurbishment works, mechanical and electrical contractors would need to enter these areas to complete their works.
Following a stringent risk assessment, we identified a variety of hazards including confined spaces and ‘live’ services. After careful planning and consideration, suitable and sufficient control measures were put in place to reduce the risks associated.
Temporary isolations of pipework were organised and managed by Emchia’s site management team, who worked closely with the NHS estates team to make sure other building occupiers on the first and second floors were not affected by our works.
Floor joists and floor boards had to be carefully cut and propped before operatives could enter the voids in each room beneath the ground floor. Gas monitors and rescue equipment were held on site in the event of an emergency, and all operatives undertook Confined Spaces training. A rescue plan was written up, and operatives had to sign in and out each time they entered or exited a confined space. The supervisor controlled this externally and CCTV was used to monitor the operatives from outside of the asbestos enclosure throughout the works.
The project was split in to 4 individual phases, to ensure continuity of the ongoing refurbishment works undertaken by other contractors. Each phase was completed on time and within budget to allow the overall scheme to maintain programme.