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When a HSA Inspector Comes Calling, Defective Precast Concrete Blocks and A Case Study on Remedial Works to External Blockwork Cavity Walls of Social Housing Scheme in Letterkenny

  • Date(s)
    Thursday, 14 January 2016
  • Time(s)
    From 7:30 PM
  • Venue
    Radisson Blu Hotel, Paddy Harte Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

About the event

An evening comprising of three presentations brought to you by the Donegal region.

"When a HSA Inspector comes calling"
William Gaffney from the Health and Safety Authority will discuss what to expect and what not to expect when a HSA inspector comes to visit your workplace - the obvious and not so obvious reasons why such a visit might take place and the likely impact on employers and employees.

"Defective Precast Concrete Blocks"
Damien McKay from HD McKay Consulting Engineers will outline the issue of defective precast concrete blocks which is evident in some parts of County Donegal. Based on his own investigations and experience, he will discuss the emergence of the problem, common symptoms and the nature and extent of the defects.  He will then discuss detailed investigations, possible causes, reference to Pyrite and options for remedial works based on individual circumstances. The presentation will include issues that fellow Engineers, Architects and Surveyors face when doing pre-purchase surveys of buildings and will outline suggested reporting mechanisms for their client in suspected cases.  It will be of interest to engineers, architects, building surveyors, quantity surveyors and to solicitors involved in conveyancing and litigation cases.

"Case Study on Remedial Works to External Blockwork Cavity Walls of Social Housing Scheme in Letterkenny"
John McCarron, Housing Engineer with Donegal Donegal County Council, will explain the steps taken to address a chronic dampness issue in a social housing estate in Letterkenny, as result of moisture penetration through the external cavity blockwork walls, including a test programme on the blockwork and the resulting steps taken towards resolving the relevant issues.  This presentation will be of interest to professionals working in the residential construction sector.

About the speakers

William Gaffney - Health and Safety Authority
William has been working with the Health and Safety Authority as a general Inspector since 2007. His role is wide, covering everything from construction to healthcare.  Prior to this appointment, William worked in the gas industry in the UK as an engineer and then as a safety and environment officer.

Damien McKay Chartered Engineer BEng CEng MIEI DipLA HD - McKay Consulting Engineers
Damien is at the forefront of the defective concrete block issue in Donegal and specialises in litigation engineering providing expert opinion and witness services to insurance companies, liability adjusters and solicitors with particular reference to building defects.  He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a diploma in loss adjusting.  He has worked with a range of private and public sector bodies including the Northern Ireland Water Service, Donegal County Council, McLaughlin & Harvey Civil Engineering Contractors and RG Parkins & Partners Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers.  He owns and operates HD McKay Consulting based in Letterkenny.  The company provides structural and civil engineering design services to architects, local authorities and public bodies on a range of residential, commercial and industrial projects. 

John Mc Carron Chartered Engineer - Area Housing Engineer with Donegal County Council
John has been with Donegal County Council for the last 10 years, serving as Letterkenny Town Engineer for 7 years prior to the recent demise of the Town Councils.  Prior to this, he worked as a structural engineer with TS McLaughlin Structural Engineers on a wide range of commercial, residential and retail projects in the North West and was the Project Manager for the first 8 ALDI stores opened in the Republic of Ireland.


Free - all welcome!

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