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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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£2m investment to improve noise protection for construction workers

Technology start-up, Eave has secured a £2m investment from Pembroke VCT to improve noise protection standards for construction workers.
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Lighthouse charity and CIF to support Irish construction workers

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is partnering with the CIF to promote better mental health and wellbeing within the Irish construction industry.
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BESA updates safety guidelines for construction sites

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has published new guidance to help engineering and construction firms keep their staff safe in the light of new government restrictions.

Graham launches mental health wellbeing campaign

Graham has launched a mental health wellbeing campaign that aims to help support its construction, engineering and administrative workers.
Mental health in construction,

Improving mental health in construction

Mental health needs to be top of the priority list for UK construction companies, says Julie Lock of Mitrefinch.
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40% of construction worker absence due to poor mental health

Construction and engineering workers are struggling with poor mental wellbeing, with more than a third taking time off due to poor mental health, according to Benenden Health.
Dust-free insulation,

Dust-free insulation could help prevent lung disease, says Actis

Dust-free insulation could help prevent lung disease says insulation specialist Actis, as HSE launches respiratory risk campaign.
inflatable safety barrier,

Inflatable safety barrier to protect Highways England road workers

An inflatable safety barrier is being trialled in the Midlands to help protect road workers on Highways England’s road network.
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CIOB launches mental health construction course

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has launched an open online course, ‘Mental Health in Construction’, which will begin on the 12 October 2020.
MEWP collision

‘Catalogue of errors’ led to railway MEWP collision

Cultural factors and poor working relationships between machine operators and controllers have been identified as significant factors in a railway machinery crash.
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CLC updates construction site face mask guidance

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has updated their statement on the use of face coverings on construction sites in response to Covid-19.
Passport scheme

Passport Scheme boosts safety across Highways England sites

Nearly 600 companies have already signed up for the Passport Scheme which delivers a more efficient and consistent approach to safety and training across all sites.
Asbestos training,

Asbestos training during Covid: A matter of life and death

Asbestos training in the construction industry has dropped sharply during the Covid-19 pandemic to the lowest level in five years. The UK Asbestos Training Association calls for urgent action to avert a serious crisis.
construction site inspections,

Construction inspections to crack down on dust

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is launching its fourth wave of construction site inspections, focusing on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease.
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Contractors urged to use NHS Covid-19 app

Construction companies in the UK are being urged to uptake the NHS Covid-19 app to help tackle coronavirus outbreaks.
addiction awareness programme,

Addiction awareness programme to support construction workers

The addiction treatment specialists UKAT have launched a new addiction awareness programme, aimed at helping those working in the building & construction trade across the country.
hard hat,

Construction workers urged to ‘check your hard hat’

Headway and Centurion are working together to raise awareness of using and maintaining hard hats while on construction sites.
Asbestos training,

Asbestos training sinks to lowest level in 5 years

Asbestos training in the construction industry is at its lowest level for five years, as UKATA urges employers to ensure training is up to date.
facilities management,

Graham begins work on £270k facilities management safety contract

Graham’s facilities management (FM) team has commenced work on a major £270k design and installation programme at Broadoak Academy in Weston-super-Mare.
scaffolding company,

Scaffolding company fined after worker suffers fatal head injury

Wembley Scaffolding Services and its director have been fined after a worker fell five metres and suffered a fatal head injury.
Asbestos removal,

Asbestos removal contractors hit back at app blacklisting claims

The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) has dismissed claims by Unite that an app which rates the performance of asbestos workers could potentially be used to blacklist workers.
Totally Local Company,

Facilities management firm fined £200k after worker is crushed

Totally Local Company Ltd, has been fined £200,000 after an employee suffered serious injuries when he was crushed between a ride-on-roller and shipping container.
take a minute, World Suicide Prevention Day,

Wates launches suicide awareness campaign for workers

Wates is encouraging its colleagues to ‘take a minute’ as the UK suicide rates have soared, with the highest level of male suicides in two decades, and the highest rate of female suicides since 2004 according to ONS figures.
Summit Park,

B+K Summit Park site gets test centre after Covid outbreak

Bowmer & Kirkland has halted work on its Summit Park scheme in Sutton-in-Ashfield to set up a testing centre after 39 construction workers tested positive for Covid-19.
Plasterboard handling, musculoskeletal disorders,

Plasterboard handling guide to reduce musculoskeletal disorders

The Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) has published safety guidance on plasterboard handling in a bid to curb the musculoskeletal disorders and reduce the health risks to construction workers.
Schools in England, fire risk,

Fire risk in schools ‘alarmingly’ higher than other buildings

Schools in England pose a significantly higher fire risk than other types of commercial buildings, according to new research by Zurich Municipal.

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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.