HSA Announces Annual Construction Competition for Third Level Construction Undergraduates

Monday 13th October

The Health and Safety Authority has today (Monday 13 September) announced details of its annual Safety and Health in Construction Competition 2014/2015 for undergraduates on Construction-related courses. The aim of the competition is to provide an environment where undergraduate students can collaborate and work together to enhance, develop and embed their knowledge and understanding of safety and health in construction.

The competition will require students to use problem-based learning to address key learning outcomes around safety and health in construction. Colleges are invited to enter a maximum of three teams from within construction-related programmes, such as: Architecture; Civil Engineering; Occupational Health and Safety; Buildings Management; Quantity Surveying and Construction Management.

Entry to the competition is open to all third and fourth year students (or penultimate and final year students) on relevant courses. The competition will involve students (teams of 3) working together on the brief, which is based on a large scale refurbishment scenario. Teams may be formed from a mix of disciplines if desired.

HSA Education Manager, Joanne Harmon, said: "We have invited colleges to register their teams by Friday 17th October and following that, they must work together to address the brief and then make a written submission to the Authority by 15th January 2015. Finalist teams will be short-listed and invited to make a short presentation before a judging panel at the grand final in the RDS on Wednesday 4th March 2015."

HSA Construction Policy Manger, Mike McDonagh said, "This is a great opportunity for construction undergraduates to work together on real-life scenarios and get the kind of experience construction professionals are exposed to in the real world. Working together to find solutions to the kind of safety challenges that construction professionals will come across every day in the workplace will help to keep the construction sites of the future safer places to work in."

Download the information, entry forms and brief here.