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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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Can management actually manage stress-related sick leave in construction?

Julie Lock, commercial director at Mitrefinch, explains how poor management in the construction industry is leading to stress-related sick leave and offers solutions for how employers can help to support their staff.
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Pub owner and electrician jailed after boy electrocuted in pub garden

An electrician and pub owner have been jailed following the death of 7-year-old Harvey Tyrrell in a pub garden in September 2018.
4D health and safety tool

4D health and safety tool to replace generic training on HS2

3D Repo, Freeform and Balfour Beatty Vinci JV are developing a new customisable 4D health and safety tool to replace generic training videos with live walkthroughs of site-specific visualisations.
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Is the construction industry suffering from a burnout?

According to new research, the construction industry is facing high levels of burnout during Covid-19, as HSE offers a range of practical support and guidance to combat workplace stress.

Amey forms partnership to support employee wellbeing

Amey has partnered with mental health charity, Mates in Mind, to promote positive mental wellbeing across the business.
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HS2 workers attacked by 30-person mob

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an incident of violent disorder and assault against the HS2 construction workers in Small Dean, Wendover.
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Rapid home testing Covid kits now available to construction companies

In the next major push for the government’s workplace testing programme, construction companies can now order free Covid tests that can be taken at home.
Fire safety in design, guidelines for architects

ARB launches safety and sustainability guidelines for architects

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has published new guidelines for all architects on fire and life safety design and sustainability.
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Construction companies fined £46,000 after working platform fails

Two construction companies have been fined £46,000 after a bricklayer was injured when a working platform failed.
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Plant hire company fined after worker fatally injured

Plant hire company, Ruislip Plant has been fined £99,000 after a worker was fatally injured whilst undertaking maintenance at a construction site in West Street, Maidenhead.
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Bristol landlord fined after concerns over safety of residents

A Bristol landlord and agent have been handed a £330,000 sanction after being found guilty of poor management of a house in multiple occupation (HMO) that raised concerns for the safety of 18 residents, including six children.
Walden builders,

Construction company fined £42,000 after worker burned

Construction company Walden Builders has been fined £42,000 after a worker suffered multiple burns when he was struck by a heated sheet of tin.
HAVS

Saint-Gobain fined £500k after workers exposed to HAVS

Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK Limited has been £500,000 fined after a number of its workers were diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).
mjl contractors

Construction company fined after worker undergoes amputation

MJL Contractors Limited has been sentenced after a self-employed ground worker sustained injuries while using a petrol disc cutter.
mental health, causeway technologies

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.
R4 Industrial Roofing Cladding

Roofing company fined £165k after worker sustains fatal injuries in fall

R4 Industrial Roofing Cladding Systems has been fined £165,000 after an employee fell through an industrial roof light and sustained fatal injuries.
mjl contractors

Contractor sentenced for dangerous demolition work

A contractor has been handed a 10 month suspended sentence after disturbing asbestos during demolition works and damaging underground cables.
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HSE appoints first chief inspector of buildings

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has appointed Peter Baker as chief inspector of buildings to lead the new Building Safety Regulator.
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National Grid Gas fined £4m over missing gas network records

National Grid Gas has been fined £4m for failing to ensure its gas risers records in some high-rise multiple occupancy buildings were up to date.
Railway track worker

Railway track worker tragically killed by train

A railway track worker was struck and tragically killed by a train on Tuesday (9 February) morning close to Surbiton Station on the South Western Railway.
R4 Industrial Roofing Cladding

Building owner fined after roofer falls to his death

A roofer tragically died when he fell whilst working on a replacement roof at a property in Kirkdale, Liverpool.
falls from height

Two companies fined after worker falls from height

A construction company and plastering firm have been fined £166,700 after a worker sustained serious injuries by falling from height.
UK construction output

Kier wins Hounslow fire safety contract

Kier has secured a £14.5m contract with The London Borough of Hounslow to upgrade over 7,600 fire doors across its housing stock over the next three years.
scaffolding collapse

Company fined £15,000 after scaffolding collapses

A scaffolding company has been fined £15,000 after scaffolding collapsed across the entrance to the car park of Coventry Skydome.
Construction regulator, Grenfell Inquiry

Roundtable: New national construction regulator launched

The government has launched a new national construction regulator to ensure safe building materials are used in new homes following “deeply disturbing allegations of malpractice” by some construction product manufacturers at the Grenfell Inquiry.
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Steel company fined after worker fatally injured by 400kg balcony frame

A steel company has been fined £50,000 after a worker was fatally crushed by a 400kg metal balcony frame.

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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.