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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.

community building

Could community building be the answer to loneliness?

It’s mental health week for 2022! SWPA enjoy taking this time to take stock of the last year and see what we can do better for our team over the coming year.
construction mental health awareness

Tilbury Douglas completes skydive for construction mental health awareness

Two members of Tilbury Douglas braved a charity skydive for construction mental health awareness, raising £1,230 for The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SamH).
safety culture in construction

Five steps to achieving a safety culture in construction

As construction activity continues to increase, it is vital that safety practices keep pace. Matthew King, safety and health manager for Burns & McDonnell explains how to achieve a positive health and safety culture in construction.
Re-flow co-founder

Re-flow co-founder & MD completes 400-mile charity run for PAPYRUS

Re-flow co-founder & managing director, Michael Saunders, has completed his 400-mile run to raise money for the prevention charity, PAPYRUS.
roof fire

Roof fire breaks out at Deptford block of flats

The London Fire Brigade were called out to a roof fire at a block of flats on Creek Road in Deptford yesterday (26 April).
mandatory electrical safety checks

An end to the tenure lottery in mandatory electrical safety checks?

Electricity causes around half of the domestic fires in the UK, yet electrical safety regulations have, until recently, lagged behind those covering gas.
rospa gold award

Henry Brothers awarded RoSPA Gold Award for health and safety practices

Henry Brothers have been awarded the RoSPA Gold Award for its health and safety practices while delivering the Sherwood Lodge project.
long-COVID in construction

What are the legal implications of long-COVID in construction?

Employment lawyer, Rebecca Mahon, and Health and safety consultant, Mark Littlejohns, give their take on the legal implications of long-COVID in construction workplaces.
unsafe excavation work

Contractor sentenced following unsafe excavation work in Denton

A principal contractor has been sentenced after it was discovered that he had supervised unsafe excavation work on a site in Denton.
mental wellbeing in construction

Prioritising mental wellbeing in construction will save lives

Male construction workers suffer with mental health issues and so it is vitally important that mental wellbeing in construction is taken seriously.
risk assessment app, AI

Kier Highways begins trial of new risk assessment app

Kier Highways have begun trails on a new innovative risk assessment app 'FYLD', which conducts digital risk assessments which will save time, increase safety, and boost collaborative working practices.
construction worker's mental health

How to safeguard construction worker’s mental health

Caring for our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health, but it can often go by the wayside when busy at work. In this article, Kelly Friel from Zoro explains how the industry can better safeguard construction worker's mental health to ensure happier and more productive workers.
working with long covid

Working with long covid in construction

Barry Stanton, head of employment at Boyes Turner explores the impact of working with long covid in the construction industry, where absences could compound the existing skills shortage.
worker falls from height

Roofing company fined after young worker falls from height

Infiniti Roofing and Construction Ltd has been fined for breaches of safety regulations after a worker falls from height and sustained multiple injuries whilst working on a building at Havers Hill, Eastfield, Scarborough.
third-party certification

The importance of third-party certification

PBC Today interviewed Chris Miles, the business director of UL’s Built Environment Group, about the importance of third-party certification.
construction site safety

Construction site safety rules and regulations during wet weather

Construction site safety is of high importance, especially during inclement weather when wet conditions can cause a number of hazards. Here, Barry Eagle, managing director, GripClad, highlights a number of ways construction sites can be made safer.
pas 24 and secured by design

PAS 24 and Secured by Design for Building Envelope explained

PBC Today interviewed Engineering Leader of UL’s Built Environment Group Mark Swanborough about PAS 24 and Secured by Design.
construction suicide

Tech boss runs 400 miles for construction suicide awareness

Michael Saunders, the co-founder and managing director of award-winning software company, Re-flow, prepares to undertake an ambitious fundraising effort for the suicide prevention charity, PAPYRUS, and to raise awareness for construction suicide.
oil platform collapse

Oil platform collapse leaves worker with life threatening injuries

A North-East civil engineering company has been fined after an oil platform collapse resulted in a worker falling 15 metres and sustaining life-threatening injuries.
voice-operated risk assessment app

Gallagher introduces voice-operated risk assessment app

The first of its kind in the UK - a voice-operated risk assessment app called RiskTalk - has been introduced for construction businesses by Gallagher.
sentenced for safety breaches

J Murphy Aggregates fined after two workers sustain severe injuries

J Murphy Aggregates Ltd, Shaun Murphy, and James Duggan have been sentenced for safety breaches on two separate occasions, after a worker was struck by a falling excavator.
crushed to death

Manufacturing company fined after employee crushed to death

Fine of £18,000 issued to manufacturing company after an employee was crushed to death under the forks of a side-loader lift truck.
toxic metal

Study finds that construction workers are at a higher risk of toxic metal contamination

A recent study led by Boston University School of Public Health has found that construction workers are at a higher risk of exposing their families to toxic metals in their homes due to various work and home related factors.
the dangers of asbestos

The dangers of asbestos in the construction industry

JMW Solicitors, a law firm that provides legal representation for those affected by asbestos-related illnesses, details the dangers of asbestos in the workplace and how to detect and remove it, including the most common places it can be found.
apprentice's finger crushed

R.Briggs Sheetmetal Fabrication Ltd fined after apprentice’s finger crushed

R.Briggs Sheetmetal Fabrication Ltd, a company specialising in manufacturing canopies and ventilation ducting, has been fined after an apprentice's finger was crushed in the rotating parts of a machine.
asbestos awareness training

UKATA urges employers to provide apprentices with asbestos awareness training

UKATA, a leading authority for asbestos training, is urging construction employers to ensure asbestos awareness training is provided to all apprentices.

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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.