A UK firm has been recognised for bringing European quality health and safety to Azerbaijan.
Harrier UK’s work at the 2015 European Games in Baku has been recognised with an International Safety Award from the British Safety Council.
Smooth and safe operation
Working in partnership with RDHS Management Consultants, Harrier oversaw health and safety at the 68,000 capacity Baku Olympic Stadium.
The firms helped to make sure the opening and closing ceremonies of the games ran smoothly and safely.
The event included over 6,000 athletes along with crowds of over 25,000 attending throughout the 16-day duration of the games.
Instead of being given 5 years to complete the planning, the teams were only allowed 6 months.
Added to this was the fact that the country was still developing its own health and safety standards.
This meant Harrier found a number of areas where there was no overarching legislation in place. Therefore, it introduced European standards and employed Health and Safety Executive best practice.
Where there were gaps, Harrier had to develop procedures from scratch.
Battling weather conditions
On top of the short time scale and lack of legislation, the team also had to monitor weather conditions.
Baku often has very high winds to contend with. This meant temporary structures and banners were a concern.
The extreme heat was also an issue, requiring adequate protection and water for the games’ workforce.
British Safety Council Chairman, Mike Robinson, said Harrier was an example of dedication and hard work that ensured “the risk of injury and ill health is prevented”.
Source: Harrier UK
Date Published: April 22, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown