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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Asbestos contractors launch rating app for operatives

The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) has launched a performance rating app for asbestos removal operatives.
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SNIPEF warns of dangers of legionella infection in water systems

As workers in hotels, offices, leisure facilities and other buildings begin the gradual return to work, legionella infection is looming on the horizon which, if left untreated, could have deadly consequences.
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Three companies fined after death of demolition worker

Three construction companies have been fined more than a quarter of a million pounds following the death of a demolition worker on the Isle of Wight.
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Covid report shows construction industry can deliver lasting changes

A new Covid-19 construction industry research report has revealed that despite the pandemic individual and team effectiveness and productivity has increased.

Unite urges HSE to publish Bow crane collapse findings

Unite the union has called on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to publish its initial findings into the causes of the fatal crane collapse in Bow.
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Contractor fined after subcontractor falls from height

Contractor Brebner and Williamson Ltd has been fined £5,000 after a self-employed subcontractor fell 15ft and sustained multiple fractures and a brain injury.
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Construction workers advised to wear face coverings on site

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has proposed that construction employers make face coverings available, as a minimum, where workers are not required to wear RPE.
Collapsed crane,

Collapsed crane in Bow could take six months to remove

Five weeks after a crane collapsed at a building site in Bow, Tower Hamlets Council has revealed the complex job of removing the crane could take up to six months.
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Murphy handed £150k fine after M8 motorway gas leak

John Murphy and Sons has been fined £150,000 after damaging a 10-inch gas pipeline whilst undertaking work on the M8 motorway.

Constructing an edge in safety during the ‘new normal’

Dan Joyce, general manager EMEA, SafetyCulture, explains how construction companies can nail safety in the face of a pandemic.
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Crane operators must be protected against extreme heat, urges Unite

Construction union Unite is urging for action to be taken to support tower crane operators against extreme heat.
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Is your construction supply chain Covid-19 secure?

Despite the easing of some of the restrictions around Covid-19, there is still a strong emphasis on keeping workplaces Covid secure. CHAS discusses what this means for employers and explains what can be done to promote compliance throughout the supply chain.
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Concrete manufacturer fined £285,000 after death of worker

A concrete manufacturer has been sentenced after two separate incidents including the death of an employee and injuries to a second worker.
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Spike in coronavirus cases on Hinkley Point C supply site

Hinkley Point C’s supply site in Avonmouth, which is owned by Balfour Beatty, is temporarily closed as Covid-19 cases rise Hinkley Point C’s supply site has been deep cleaned and the NHS track and trace initiative is being implemented. It is said that the Hinkley Point C site has not been...
power project

Health and safety consultancy appointed to NLHPP

Safer Sphere has been appointed to provide health, safety & wellbeing support on a programme to deliver the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP) at Edmonton EcoPark in North London.
lighthouse annual report

Demand rapidly increases for Lighthouse construction charity

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has published its annual impact report which has highlighted a huge increase in demand for 24/7 construction industry helpline services.
MEWP,

Costain fined £1.2m after workers struck by collapsed cage

Costain has been fined £1.2m after a mobile elevated working platform (MEWP) with two workers inside was struck by a collapsing reinforcement cage during the construction of a road.
plumbing and heating,

Plumber fined £5,000 after gas explosion

A plumbing and heating firm has been fined £5,000 after an employee suffered serious burns following an explosion at a domestic property in Preesall.

Costain-Skanska JV introduces new hearing protection policy 

Costain and Skanska’s joint venture (CSjv) is spearheading industry change with a new hearing protection policy across all of its HS2 enabling works construction sites.
building safety bill,

Building Safety Bill delivers ‘biggest changes’ to safety for 40 years

The government will publish its landmark Building Safety Bill to deliver the biggest changes to safety for nearly 40 years.

Collapsed crane was fully erected day before Bow tragedy

The 20-metre crane that collapsed in Bow, London, killing one person and injuring four was a “tried and tested” crane “reliable in operation worldwide”, according to supplier Wolffkran.
site operating procedures,

New site operating procedures undermine correct use of PPE, says Unite

Construction union Unite has said the latest construction site operating procedures are “inadequate” and undermines the use of the correct PPE.
crane collapse,

Woman killed in Bow crane collapse

Around 40 people have been evacuated from their homes after a 20-metre crane fell from a construction site and crashed into terraced houses in Compton Close, Bow.
Fall protection, SFS Intec

Blending in: How fall protection can do its job while hidden from view

Fall protection solutions can often spoil the aesthetic of buildings and rooftops. However, with innovative fall arrest systems, they can do their job while being hidden to the naked eye, explains James Gooder, Fall Protection Business Unit manager at SFS.
workplace fatality,

Construction largest share of workplace fatalities in 2019

40 construction workers died in 2019-20, as the fatality rate sits around four times higher than the all industry rate, according to HSE’s annual workplace fatality figures.
Active Hearing Protection,

Galliford Try Highways introduces Active Hearing Protection

Galliford Try’s highways arm has adopted a new mandate requiring all of its sites to adopt Active Hearing Protection from July.

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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.