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.

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Unregistered gas engineer pleads guilty to multiple breaches

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Dean Coslett, trading as Dorset Boiler Company, carried out illegal gas work and breached an HSE Prohibition Notice.
Illegal gas work, Dean Mulholland Blues

Unregistered engineer sentenced for illegal gas work  

An unregistered gas fitter has been sentenced after putting lives at risk by carrying out illegal gas work at several properties.
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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.
4D BIM

Health and safety goes 4D

Despite the name, 3D Repo is championing the use of 4D in construction, whether for health and safety, planning, BIM or creating digital twins. Find out more here.
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Construction firm pleads guilty after excavation collapse

Harlands Builders Limited has been fined for safety breaches after a ground worker was trapped having entered a two-metre-deep excavation.
deconstruct uk grenfell

Deconstruct UK to replace Wates on Grenfell Tower contract

Deconstruct UK Ltd will take over from Wates on the Grenfell tower safety and maintenance contract.
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Contractors join ‘Charter Champion’ building safety scheme

The Building a Safer Future (BSF) Charter has launched its 'Charter Champion’ initiative to help companies drive the systemic culture change required to put building safety first.
NMC Surfacing, Fraden Contracts,

Construction worker seriously injured during lifting operation

Two construction companies have been fined after a worker was seriously injured when a part of an air conditioning plant fell on him while it was being lowered from a roof.
excavation

Builder jailed for failing to report serious incident

A builder has been jailed for 24 weeks after he failed to report a serious incident that resulted in a workers leg being amputated.
Wates mental health,

Wates launches training in building personal resilience

Nearly 4,000 Wates Group employees are being offered training in building personal resilience to boost mental health and wellbeing.
construction products mental health

Scheme to test construction products used in mental health facilities

BRE and Design in Mental Health Network have launched a world-first testing scheme for construction products used in mental health care facilities.
excavation

Construction company fined £18k for work at height failings

A Blackpool-based construction company has been fined £18,000 for failing to comply with Work at Height Regulations.
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Nine in 10 project managers believe work harmed their mental health

93% of people managing projects in construction say their mental wellbeing has been negatively impacted by their main project, with 27% strongly agreeing with this statement.
work-related stress

HSE and CLC encourage industry to address work-related stress

The Health & Safety Executive has joined forces with the Construction Leadership Council to encourage the whole industry to start a conversation about employee stress
Excavation collapse

Fines issued after construction worker injured in excavation collapse

Auberne Homes Limited and W & E Lammie have been fined after an employee of W & E Lammie was crushed and severely injured during an excavation collapse.

Work at height breaches soar by 84% on construction sites

Working at height breaches on construction sites have risen by 84% in the first quarter of 2021, according to the Building Safety Group (BSG).
asbestos removal, HSE

Asbestos removal company fined following fatal gas explosion

An asbestos removal contractor has been fined £150,000 after a worker was fatally injured and another worker seriously injured in a gas explosion.
building safety framework

175 suppliers win place on £880m building safety framework

Fusion21 has revealed the successful 175 suppliers to its £880m national Building Safety & Compliance Framework.
excavation

Construction company fined for unsafe work at height practices

Construction company, SSF Construction has been fined £48,000 for breaching work at height regulations and other unsafe site operations during a routine inspection.
Nexus, John Bell

Tyne Wear Metro operator fined £1.5m after death of employee

The Tyne Wear Metro operator, Nexus, has been fined £1.5m after pleading guilty to an offence under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974., for failing to ensure the safety of staff.
air pollution inside, air pollution, ella,

Ella’s law: Calls to tackle dangerous levels of air pollution

Levels of air pollution inside buildings must be part of the new air quality laws proposed in a landmark coroner’s report, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).
excavation

Construction company handed £21,319 fine after apprentice falls

Construction company Greenway Partnership has been fined £21,319 after an apprentice electrician fell from height suffering facial and head injuries.
testing construction products

Experts to review system for testing construction products

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has appointed two experts to lead an independent review of the system for testing construction products.
northwest plumbing supplier, Daniel Georghiou,

Plumbing company and contractor fined after building collapses

A plumbing supply company and its contractor have been fined £75,000 after a building collapsed when they carried out unsafe construction work in Burnley.
Bradley Demolition

Demolition company fined after worker suffers life changing injuries

Bradley Demolition Ltd has been fined after the operator of a cherry picker became trapped between the vehicle platform rail and the roof of an industrial shed.
Stress sick leave, stress-related sick leave, stressed, stress at work

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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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.