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.

Roofing supplies

Roofing supplies firm fined £20,000 after workers fall from height

A roofing supplies firm and its director have been handed fines after two workers fell from a tower scaffold, sustaining serious injuries.
subcontractors

Construction director sentenced after subcontractor injured

The director of a construction company has been handed a suspended sentenced after a subcontractor suffered severe injuries when a stack of plasterboards fell on him.
regulator for construction products

New regulator to ensure construction products are safe

A new regulator for construction products has been established to ensure materials used to build homes are made safely.
Blue Monday

Blue Monday: CHAS urges construction to take action on mental health

On Blue Monday (18 January), supply chain risk management experts CHAS urge construction companies to take positive action around mental health.
Legal rights, worker safety, safe at work, construction,

Health and safety: Legal rights and responsibilities in a Covid world

As we start 2021 with the UK in lockdown 3.0 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and with the number of recorded cases now even higher than the first peak on account of the new strain of the virus, it is more important than ever that construction staff are safe at work.
Safe Operating Guidance, Covid-19 guidance

Construction industry urged to comply with safe operating guidance

The construction sector has been urged to follow updated Covid-19 guidance after industry leaders issued new Safe Operating Guidance.
Covid testing

Construction workers to get rapid asymptomatic Covid testing

Construction workers are among those set to receive regular rapid Covid testing, as the government targets people without coronavirus symptoms.
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CIOB launches fire safety certification

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is set to launch a certificate in fire safety for construction, due to begin on 17 February 2021.
health and safety passport

HS2 implements project-wide digital health and safety passport

HS2 has launched the largest project-wide digital passport system to monitor the health and safety of its workers.
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CICV urges construction workers to wear face coverings correctly

With construction work set to continue during the latest lockdown, the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum is urging operatives to wear masks properly to prevent the spread.
Grenfell Tower Inquiry,

Grenfell inquiry suspended due to latest lockdown

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has been temporarily suspended due to the latest Covid-19 lockdown.
wall collapse

VIDEO: Wall collapses during work on Network Rail viaduct

Footage has surfaced of a wall collapse during work on a Network Rail viaduct in Nine Elms, London which took place on Christmas Day.
Covid-19 construction guide

Unite launches ‘more stringent’ Covid-19 construction guide

Dissatisfied with the CLC’s Site Operating Procedures, Unite has produced its own Covid-19 construction guide to help ensure the safety of construction workers during the pandemic.
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Housing association fined £80k after employees develop HAVS

Housing association, Onward Homes, has been fined £80,000 after four employees developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).

BSG report dust breaches up 23% on construction sites

The Building Safety Group (BSG) has reported a 23% rise in the number of dust breaches occurring on construction sites.
Plant hire

Plant hire company fined £220k after crane narrowly misses apprentice

A plant hire company has been fined £220,000 after an apprentice narrowly avoided a potentially fatal crush injury from a mobile crane.
regulations on sprinklers

Scotland publishes guidance on 2021 sprinkler regulations

The Scottish Government has published guidance for housebuilders ahead of new building regulations on sprinklers coming into effect in 2021.
collapsing wall,

HSE to prosecute after wall collapses killing five workers

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is set to prosecute two companies after five workers were fatally crushed by a collapsing wall at a site in Birmingham.
construction worker,

Director and project manager sentenced after construction worker dies

A company director and project manager have been sentenced after a construction worker was killed when the forward tipping dumper truck he was operating overturned.
Kingspan Industrial Insulation

Kingspan Insulation fined £80,000 after worker loses finger

Kingspan Industrial Insulation has been fined £80,000 after an employee lost a finger and suffered serious injuries to his hand while trying to clear a blockage from a machine.
Building Safety Bill,

Building Safety Bill welcomed but ‘more detail needed’

The government must improve on the detail if it is to prove that its new Building Safety Bill will drive reform in the industry, according to a new report by the HCLG.
damaged viaduct

Network Rail fined £10,000 after trains ran across damaged viaduct

Network Rail has been fined £10,000 for allowing trains to travel at more than 100mph over a badly storm-damaged viaduct in South Lanarkshire.
drug and alcohol test, Scottish Plant Owners Association

Stakeholders urged to handle plant operators drug and alcohol misuse

The Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) has called for stakeholders across the industry to tackle the problem of plant operators failing drug and alcohol tests without any impact on their competence cards.
construction union,

Unite calls for tighter rules to tackle construction Covid transmissions

Construction union, Unite has urged the government and construction employers to enforce stricter rules to tackle rising Covid-19 transmissions in the industry.
roadworkers,

Shocking footage prompts call for road workers to report abuse

To mark Road Safety Week (16 – 22 November 2020) Highways England is urging all road workers to ensure they report any and all incidents of both incursions and abuse.
asbestos survey,

Contractor fined for asbestos failings after gas explosion

A contractor has been fined £2,000 for failing to complete the correct asbestos survey at a domestic property construction project.

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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.