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Health & Safety are obvious worries across all of the UK’s industries, but it’s of particular significance within the construction industry because it tops the UK industry with a fatality rate four times higher than the rate across all other sectors. A few of the main hazards that are encountered on a typical construction site include: Working at Height, moving objects, slips, Trips & Falls, noise/acoustics, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), and asbestos. Within the Health & Safety news category, you will find a culmination of articles and features centring around health and safety breaches within the construction industry and how the HSE deals with such breaches, you will also discover informative pieces to help ensure your company doesn't have an accident, and many many more stories.

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Construction company fined £30k for work at height breach

A construction company has been fined £30,000 for failing to comply with work at height regulations after a worker fell from a garage roof.
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Engineering bodies step up safety guidance ahead of ‘freedom day’

The BESA and ECA have joined forces to produce guidance for members and the wider industry alongside a warning that the pandemic has ‘still not relaxed’.
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Builder jailed after undertaking illegal gas work

Michael Smithers, a self-employed fitter has been jailed after carrying out gas work at a residential address in the New Forest whilst he was not competent to do so, leaving a gas boiler in an ‘at risk’ condition.
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Falls from height remain most common fatal injury in construction

Over half of fatal injuries to workers in 2020/21 were in the construction sector and agriculture, the number of work-related death in construction was 39, a decrease of 3 from the previous year.
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Utilities company fined after passer-by dies following fall into excavation site

Utility company, M&S Water (Utilities) Ltd has been fined £100,000 after a member of the public suffered fatal injuries after falling into an excavation site.
chainsaw disc angle grinders

Safety alert issued for angle grinder chainsaw discs

The UK’s national product safety regulator, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has issued a safety alert for a chainsaw disc attachment that has been incorrectly sold with angle grinders.

Human safety lookouts replaced with warning technology on Wales railway

Engineering work on the railway in Wales has been made safer with the end of human lookouts which are used to warn the workforce of approaching trains.
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Mental health support may not be reaching construction workers who need it

Mental health initiatives may not be reaching the right people in the construction industry, leading to an increased risk of suicide, researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University have warned.
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Construction firm fined after worker severs hand

A construction company has been fined after a worker’s hand was severed by an inadequately guarded mitre saw on a construction site in Bolney, Sussex.
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Is the economic recovery hiding mental health issues among construction SMEs?

The economic recovery is concealing a growing mental health epidemic among construction SMEs, according to a new online survey by YouGov.
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BAM Nuttall fined £700k after employee dies

BAM Nuttall has been fined £700,000 after an employee sadly died when he was run over by a dumper truck.
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Pimlico Plumbers enforces ‘no jab, no job’ for new recruits

Pimlico Plumbers has become the UK’s largest independent home services company to enforce a ‘no jab, no job’ policy as part of its latest recruitment drive.
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Unregistered gas engineer pleads guilty to multiple breaches

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Dean Coslett, trading as Dorset Boiler Company, carried out illegal gas work and breached an HSE Prohibition Notice.
Illegal gas work, Dean Mulholland Blues

Unregistered engineer sentenced for illegal gas work  

An unregistered gas fitter has been sentenced after putting lives at risk by carrying out illegal gas work at several properties.
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Causeway teams up with Premier League club to tackle mental health

Construction software provider launches strategic partnership with official Everton FC charity to improve mental health in Merseyside and the construction industry.
4D BIM

Health and safety goes 4D

Despite the name, 3D Repo is championing the use of 4D in construction, whether for health and safety, planning, BIM or creating digital twins. Find out more here.
excavation

Construction firm pleads guilty after excavation collapse

Harlands Builders Limited has been fined for safety breaches after a ground worker was trapped having entered a two-metre-deep excavation.
deconstruct uk grenfell

Deconstruct UK to replace Wates on Grenfell Tower contract

Deconstruct UK Ltd will take over from Wates on the Grenfell tower safety and maintenance contract.
bsf charter

Contractors join ‘Charter Champion’ building safety scheme

The Building a Safer Future (BSF) Charter has launched its 'Charter Champion’ initiative to help companies drive the systemic culture change required to put building safety first.
NMC Surfacing, Fraden Contracts,

Construction worker seriously injured during lifting operation

Two construction companies have been fined after a worker was seriously injured when a part of an air conditioning plant fell on him while it was being lowered from a roof.
excavation

Builder jailed for failing to report serious incident

A builder has been jailed for 24 weeks after he failed to report a serious incident that resulted in a workers leg being amputated.
Wates mental health,

Wates launches training in building personal resilience

Nearly 4,000 Wates Group employees are being offered training in building personal resilience to boost mental health and wellbeing.
construction products mental health

Scheme to test construction products used in mental health facilities

BRE and Design in Mental Health Network have launched a world-first testing scheme for construction products used in mental health care facilities.
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Construction company fined £18k for work at height failings

A Blackpool-based construction company has been fined £18,000 for failing to comply with Work at Height Regulations.
mental health week 2021, project managers, construction

Nine in 10 project managers believe work harmed their mental health

93% of people managing projects in construction say their mental wellbeing has been negatively impacted by their main project, with 27% strongly agreeing with this statement.
work-related stress

HSE and CLC encourage industry to address work-related stress

The Health & Safety Executive has joined forces with the Construction Leadership Council to encourage the whole industry to start a conversation about employee stress

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Health & Safety News

Health & Safety are obvious worries across all of the UK’s industries, but it’s of particular significance within the construction industry because it tops the UK industry with a fatality rate four times higher than the rate across all other sectors.

A few of the main hazards that are encountered on a typical construction site include: Working at Height, moving objects, slips, Trips & Falls, noise/acoustics, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), and asbestos.

Within the Health & Safety news category, you will find a culmination of articles and features centring around health and safety breaches within the construction industry and how the HSE deals with such breaches, you will also discover informative pieces to help ensure your company doesn’t have an accident, and many many more stories.