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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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Insurance provider calls for thermal cameras to handle ‘hot work’ fires

Zurich is calling for contractors to adopt thermal imaging cameras to help reduce the number of fires started by 'hot work'.
SPIE,

SPIE fined £160k after boy crushed between power pole and fence

Building services company, SPIE Ltd has been fined £160,000 after a schoolboy was crushed when he was trapped between an unsecured pole and a fence.
Fascel Group,

Company fined £36k after 700kg water pump falls on worker

Construction company, Fascel Group has been fined £36,000 after an employee was injured when water pump set weighing over 700kg fell on him.
mobile elevating work platforms,

Investigation launched into MEWP collision in Rochford

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into the collision of two mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) on a rail maintenance job in Essex.
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Fire safety knowledge remains ‘inadequate’ post-Grenfell, study shows

A third of construction professionals believe the industry still has ‘inadequate’ knowledge and training around fire safety, according to a study carried out by a quantity surveying student at Birmingham City University.
dermatitis, metalworking fluid

Engineering company fined £20k for failing to control dermatitis risk

Lymington Precision Engineers Co. has been fined after failing to control the risk of its employees developing dermatitis following exposure to metalworking fluid.
Greens Property Developments,

Construction firm fined £18k after worker takes a tumble

Construction company, Greens Property Developments, has been fined £18,000 after a worker fell from a platform and broke his wrist.
Asbestos, Asbestos guide,

Asbestos in post-2000 buildings: Course of action

HSE guidelines state that no asbestos fibrous minerals should be contained within commercial and non-domestic buildings constructed after the year 2000. But what is the recommended course of action when asbestos is discovered within post-2000 buildings?

Saint-Gobain fined £400k after workers loses an arm

Construction materials company, Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK has been fined £400,000 after a worker was seriously injured, resulting in his left arm being amputated.
Working at height,

Bedfordshire Council sentenced after worker falls from height

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the Bedfordshire Council did not have a risk assessment or safe system for working at height in place to retrieve items from the roof.

Demolition boss handed suspended sentence for unsafe asbestos removal

The owner of a demolition company has been handed a suspended sentence for failing to appropriately manage the removal of asbestos during demolition works.
Fire safety, grenfell, competency, building regulations,

Fire safety and competency in the post-Grenfell era

Dr Dave Smith, export manager of the Fire Industry Association, looks at the changing landscape for competency in the wake of the Grenfell disaster and Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of fire safety and the Building Regulations.
outdoor workers, air pollution,

Outdoor workers exposed to 15% more air pollution, says new research

Outdoor workers in London are exposed to 15% more pollution than the average person, new research by the British Safety Council has revealed.
asbestos awareness, Asbestos-related diseases

Employers must make sure apprentices are asbestos aware, says UKATA

In an effort to halt the growing number of tradespeople contracting asbestos-related diseases, UKATA is calling on employers to deliver asbestos awareness training 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.