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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Northern Gas Networks Ltd fined after woman dies in gas explosion

Northern Gas Networks Ltd has been fined for safety breaches after a fire and gas explosion killed a woman in Mirfield.
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Burnout is a real issue that the construction industry needs to recognise

Wes Simmons, Non-Executive Chairman of Open ECX and WebContractor Ltd explains to PBC Today the issue of burnout in the construction industry, and how the sector can keep its workers safe.
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Construction workers fear repercussions of claiming for workplace injuries

Recent research from National Accident Helpline has revealed that the fear of repercussions from speaking out is preventing construction workers from making claims after suffering from workplace injuries.
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Breaking burnout in the construction sector

Samuel Hunt co-founder of MaterialsMarket.com, urges construction leaders to look out for common causes of burnout and address it at the earliest opportunity.
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Roofing contractor sentenced after worker falls through skylight

Roofing contractor has been sentenced after an unpaid casual labourer fell through a skylight during the renovation of an old asbestos cement roof on an industrial building in Exeter.
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Owner of Merseyside roofing firm gets suspended sentence

A roofing company owner receives a suspended sentence after a member of the public reported a concern regarding unsafe work at height.
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Construction industry must create psychologically safe workplaces

Dr Lynne Green, chief clinical officer at Kooth, looks at the issues and causes of construction burnout and how employees, employers and colleagues can spot the signs.
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Is technology the solution to burnout in the construction industry?

Stephen McMenzie, account manager at Ed Controls UK, discusses burnout in the construction industry and how technology can alleviate some of those stresses.
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2022 Wellbeing Programme launched by housebuilder Hayfield

Hayfield has launched its 2022 Wellbeing Programme, designed to retain and recruit the very best personnel in the industry.
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Addressing construction burnout with family values at Seddon

Nicola Hodkinson, owner and director at Seddon, shares her views on the concept of ‘construction burnout’, why it’s important to understand and address it and how family values play a part in supporting mental wellbeing at Seddon.
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Fire safety: Examining the cladding crisis

Mark Clinton, national head of construction and engineering at Irwin Mitchell, examines the current state of play following the government’s latest announcements regarding the cladding crisis.
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Construction is the most dangerous job in UK – here’s how to help

Unfortunately construction workers face disproportionate mental and physical risks to their health whilst working. This guide offers advice to those in the industry to prevent accidents and make the construction sector a safer, happier place to work.
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Lived experiences worth more than legislation and guidance

Ian Streets, Managing Director of About Access, explains how you should look close to home for the approach which can set accessibility standards globally.
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Battling mental health issues in the construction industry

We hear from blu-3 about the construction industry's battle with mental health issues and how one app is taking a proactive approach to mitigate the risk of mental illness.
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New app launched to tackle mental ill health in construction

A pioneering new app, called Ownminder, has been launched to help the construction industry address its stark mental illness situation.
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Standards to be improved for social housing residents

Social housing residents will be better protected and listened to, assures Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing Eddie Hughes.
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Construction worker has died after falling from height

Peter Saunders Builders Ltd has been fined £16,000 for breaching Work at Height Regulations, after an employee has died after falling from height.
smart motorway rollout

Government suspends smart motorway rollout in response to safety concerns

The government has announced that the rollout of smart motorways will be paused until a full 5 years’ of safety data is available, as the Department for Transport invests £900m to improve safety on existing all-lane running motorways.
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Can automated tapers improve safety on the National Highways network?

Kier will soon trial automated tapers with the ability to close lanes in minutes, removing the need for a person to install a cone taper next to live oncoming traffic.
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Water management company fined after worker injured by water valve

A contractor and water management company have been fined after a worker was found injured when he was hit by a 1.5-tonne water valve.
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Top five health and safety tips for construction industry

Although non-fatal accidents are less frequent, there is still a way for the construction industry to go - here are five health and safety tips.
demolition safety

HSE urges construction firms to ‘double-down’ on demolition safety

HSE is urging demolition and construction firms to ‘double-down’ on demolition safety measures, to avoid incidents and ill health amongst their workers and the public.
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Contractor is injured severely in roof collapse

A self-employed builder has been fined after a contractor is injured whilst working for him on a roof that collapsed on a construction site in Cobham, Surrey.
workplace stress

Report findings warn of ‘burnout build-up’ due to workplace stress

Experts warn that we’re seeing a ‘burnout build-up’ in the UK’s workforce, as reports show that nearly half of construction workers have suffered from excessive workplace stress over the past year, leading one in 10 employees to leave their jobs.
Building a Safer Future (BSF)

CCS and Scape adopt Building a Safer Future (BSF)

Construction procurement bodies, Crown Commercial Service and SCAPE, have adopted the Building a Safer Future (BSF) initiative to their frameworks.
Asbestos claims

Asbestos claims are once again at the centre of litigation

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, co-founding partner, Signature Litigation, explores the statistics contained in the latest FIVA report to highlight that asbestos claims are again at the centre of litigation.

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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.