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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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New app launched to tackle mental ill health in construction

A pioneering new app, called Ownminder, has been launched to help the construction industry address its stark mental illness situation.
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Standards to be improved for social housing residents

Social housing residents will be better protected and listened to, assures Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing Eddie Hughes.
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Construction worker has died after falling from height

Peter Saunders Builders Ltd has been fined £16,000 for breaching Work at Height Regulations, after an employee has died after falling from height.
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Government suspends smart motorway rollout in response to safety concerns

The government has announced that the rollout of smart motorways will be paused until a full 5 years’ of safety data is available, as the Department for Transport invests £900m to improve safety on existing all-lane running motorways.
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Can automated tapers improve safety on the National Highways network?

Kier will soon trial automated tapers with the ability to close lanes in minutes, removing the need for a person to install a cone taper next to live oncoming traffic.
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Water management company fined after worker injured by water valve

A contractor and water management company have been fined after a worker was found injured when he was hit by a 1.5-tonne water valve.
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Top five health and safety tips for construction industry

Although non-fatal accidents are less frequent, there is still a way for the construction industry to go - here are five health and safety tips.
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HSE urges construction firms to ‘double-down’ on demolition safety

HSE is urging demolition and construction firms to ‘double-down’ on demolition safety measures, to avoid incidents and ill health amongst their workers and the public.
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Contractor is injured severely in roof collapse

A self-employed builder has been fined after a contractor is injured whilst working for him on a roof that collapsed on a construction site in Cobham, Surrey.
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Report findings warn of ‘burnout build-up’ due to workplace stress

Experts warn that we’re seeing a ‘burnout build-up’ in the UK’s workforce, as reports show that nearly half of construction workers have suffered from excessive workplace stress over the past year, leading one in 10 employees to leave their jobs.
Building a Safer Future (BSF)

CCS and Scape adopt Building a Safer Future (BSF)

Construction procurement bodies, Crown Commercial Service and SCAPE, have adopted the Building a Safer Future (BSF) initiative to their frameworks.
Asbestos claims

Asbestos claims are once again at the centre of litigation

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, co-founding partner, Signature Litigation, explores the statistics contained in the latest FIVA report to highlight that asbestos claims are again at the centre of litigation.
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Ibstock Brick Ltd faces enforcement action and fine after worker loses hand

UK brick manufacturer Ibstock Brick Ltd fined after worker’s hand becomes entangled and wrapped around rotating shaft on a lathe.
The Building Safety Bill

The Building Safety Bill – the road to compliance

Start your compliance journey today and be ready for the Building Safety Bill, with UL's Building Safety Management (BSM) Certification Scheme.
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Aspen Woolf donate 10% of revenue to vaccine roll out in deprived countries

Leeds-based property firm Aspen Woolf has started donating 10% of its service fees to the COVID-19 vaccine roll out in deprived countries.
building safety bill

HSE urges building designers to prepare for safety reform

HSE is urging designers of high-rise buildings to prepare now for upcoming changes ahead of the new Building Safety Bill, as work goes ahead to reform the building safety system.
mental wellbeing on construction sites

Building effective support for mental wellbeing on construction sites

Risk of suicide among site-based workers is three times the national average. Orbit Homes tells us about their partnership with Mates in Mind to provide support for mental wellbeing on construction sites.
construction mental health

A third of construction workers suffer with elevated anxiety

According to a new study, high levels of stress and a reluctance to seek professional help is leading to increased alcohol consumption, non-prescription drug use, and self-harm among UK construction workers.
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Belfast construction company fined over health and safety breaches

A construction company has been fined following an inspection by HSE, after poor welfare standards, dangerous electrical systems, and inadequate health and safety provision were found on site.
drug testing

Hayfield uses fingerprint drug testing across its construction sites

Hayfield uses fingerprint technology to screen for recent drug use across its construction sites, supporting health and safety.
COVID-19 health and safety

CICV Forum issues COVID-19 health and safety warning ahead of winter

Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has issued a winter warning to the construction industry urging them to follow COVID-19 health and safety measures.
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Construction company fined for unsafe asbestos removal at Wiltshire pub

A construction company has been fined after disturbing asbestos and removing it without adequate precautions at a pub in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, reports HSE.
sewage pollution fine

Thames Water Utilities issued £4m raw sewage pollution fine

Thames Water has been issued a £4m pollution fine for discharging an estimated half a million litres of raw sewage into the Seacourt and Hinksey streams in Oxford in 2016.
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Two companies fined after security guard dies of hypothermia

Contractor Farrans and Corporate Service Management have been fined a combined £868,800 after a security guard died of hypothermia at a windfarm in Ayrshire.
mental wellbeing

HSE launches campaign to promote mental wellbeing in construction

HSE has warned work-related stress and poor mental health are becoming a health and safety crisis in workplaces, as two in five employees report worsened mental health in the wake of Covid-19.
amey rail fined

Amey Rail fined £600k for health and safety failings

Amey Rail has been fined £600,000 for failing to ensure lifting operations were properly planned, supervised, and carried out in a safe manner.

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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.