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One million hours worked without a reportable accident at former Olympic village

09 May 2013

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has reinforced its commitment to maintaining its strong health and safety record, as work continues at the site of the former London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Village.

The ODA is working to transform the former athletes' accommodation into the new neighbourhood of East Village, providing 2,818 new homes, including both affordable and market properties.

One million hours of work without a reportable accident have been achieved by the 1,200-strong construction workforce, and the ODA's new management team has visited the site to thank and congratulate the workers and contractor Lend Lease on this significant achievement.  

ODA director of village and commercial Mike Cornelius said: 'Completing East Village is the final piece of the jigsaw for the ODA and we need to keep health and safety at the top of the agenda. The works taking place on the Village are creating a whole new neighbourhood for London, and our workforce can be proud that they are setting the highest standards in health and safety on this unique project.'

ODA chief operating officer Gerry Murphy said: 'We have achieved an excellent safety record on East Village so far through the commitment and hard work of everyone on the site. However, there are still challenges ahead of us as work ramps up over the spring and summer and we cannot afford any complacency. I encourage the teams on site to remain vigilant and continue with the excellent standard they have set so far not only in health and safety, but also in the quality of their work and environmental awareness.'

The bulld for the London 2012 Olympic Games has been the safest in history, with not a single death compared with six people constructing the last Olympics in Beijng, and at least 14 in Athens in 2004.