Sorry about the delay.
I was involved with the CDM regs about 10 years ago, not in archaeology, but
the Electricity Supply Industry and, from my recollection, I am sure that
archaeology was never specifically mentioned but that does not mean that it
is not affected.
CDM then stood for Construction (Design and Management), and I believe that
the message was that the Client had first line responsibility, and had to
appoint a Planning Supervisor and Principal Contractor, to whom that
responsibility would devolve.
I would have thought that, especially for development work where the
archaeologists are working alongside the contractors, there would be an
over-riding case to be made for the archaeological work to be planned in to
the project, with all due consideration to Health and Safety at Work for
safe access and egress, precautions to be taken against any chemical or
other hazards, defining safe working areas etc etc. I would think that the
Archaeological Unit or contractor would be a sub-contractor in this case and
once site work was started the Principal Contractor would be responsible for
overall site safety and the Archaeological Contractor, would, having been
made aware of the necessary precautions, if he had not actually contributed
to their being included, would ensure that his staff complied.
I am sure that if there was a major accident or fatality involving an
archaeologist on a major construction site that the paperwork would be gone
through with a fine-tooth comb to satisfy the H&SE that all the procedures
had been followed from the planning stage through. In this sort of case the
archaeologist is just another sub-contractor and must surely comply.
I do not think the CDM regulations would apply in the case where the
archaeological contractor was in sole occupancy of a site doing a
pre-construction evaluation, but there will be H&S at W requirements,
fencing and shoring excavations etc etc that would still be unavoidable.
I believe that at the time the construction industry held an unenviable
reputation for accidents, and the CDM regulations were designed to plan out
the possibility of accidents as far as possible ( 'you can legislate against
the fool, but not the b****y fool' was an expression used) and that the
project should be designed and managed throughout with this as its aim, and
that the design should ensure that not only was construction safely
achieved, but that maintenance and final end-of-life de-commissioning could
also be done safely.
I hope this still applies and that this is helpful.
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From: "Andrew Townsend" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2008 10:57 AM
Subject: [BRITARCH] CDM Regs (2007) & Archaeology
Dear List Members,
I am undertaking some research regarding the Construction (Design and
Management) Regulations (2007), particularly with regard to their
applicability to archaeological work.
If any other list-members have had dealings with the CDM Regs in the course
of their archaeological work I should appreciate hearing from them.
A key aim of the research is to establish when, and when not, the 2007
regulations apply to archaeological projects.
Thanks in advance,
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