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.

Construction firm fined for employee death

Construction firm fined for employee death

A construction and joinery firm has been fined following the fatal accident of one of its employees… A firm has been fined £10,000, with costs of £19,000 after failing to maintain the safety of one of its employees. Peter Wright, who was trading as PW Joinery and Building Services, is based...
Principle Designer

Who did you say could be the Principal Designer?

Andrew Leslie, Technical and Standards Manager at The Association for Project Safety provides clear guidelines as to who can be the Principal Designer to satisfy the CDM2015 Regulations… The amount of incorrect information regarding the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM2015) in circulation is really quite worrying. The regulation’s...
The FIA new CEO outlines how he will meet the latest challenges

The Fire Industry Association – meeting the challenges

The Fire Industry Association outline how their new CEO, Ian Moore, will deliver the strategy set by the Association’s Board of Directors… The Fire Industry Association (FIA) is the largest fire protection trade association in the UK with over 650 members and whose main focus is to promote, improve and...
Landlords required by law to install smoke detecors

Landlords required by law to protect tenants

From today, landlords will be required by law to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, under new government measures that have come into force. According to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis, the new fire safety measures will help save the lives of tenants and ensure all rented property...

CDM2015 & the homeowner

Louise Hosking, Director at Hosking Associates Ltd sheds light on how CDM2015 affects the homeowner and what they need to do to remain compliant… The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) came into force on 6th April 2015 and has implications for anyone organising work on their home. Previously, the...
Heating engineer guilty of asbestos failings

Heating engineer guilty of asbestos failings

A self-employed heating engineer has been fined for failing to protect homeowners from the risk of asbestos… Karl Locher, a self-employed heating engineer, has been fined after removing asbestos lagged pipework without taking the necessary precautions. The case, which was brought before Trafford Magistrates’ Court, outlined how Locher had removed pipework...
Gavel

Cheshire building contractor fined for serious breaches

A building contractor has been fined for failing to implement sufficient welfare facilities on a building site in Culcheth, Warrington… Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a Warrington-based building contractor has been fined for serious failings. Charges were brought against Phillip Affleck after a member of...
Scaffolder prosecuted after member of the public captured safety failings

Scaffolder prosecuted after member of the public captured safety failings

Major safety failings captured by a member of the public on film have led to the prosecution of a scaffold firm… Pearsons Scaffolding was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a member of the public caught safety failings on camera. The work, which was being carried out at Tavistock...
Occupational cancers initiative launched

Occupational cancers initiative launched

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has published a new initiative focusing on occupational cancers caused by working in the construction sector… A new ‘Spotlight on…’ series will raise awareness of cancers caused by working within the industry. The Considerate Constructors Scheme, which launched the initiative, is a non-profit organisation set up...
Firm calls on the construction sector to learn from their mistakes

Firm calls on the construction sector to learn from their mistakes

A national interior fit-out company is calling for those in the sector to act now to improve standards and reduce the number of deaths or injuries… Newman Scott, a national interior fit-out company, has urged those in the construction sector to improve standards and reduce the number of health and...
Swindon-based construction firm wins health and safety awards

Swindon-based construction firm wins health and safety awards

A prestigious health and safety award has been granted to construction company Beard for the second consecutive year… The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has awarded Swindon-based construction firm Beard the prestigious Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety. It is the second year on the run...
Student electrical safety campaign underway

Student electrical safety campaign underway

Electrical Safety First’s campaign to make university students in Scotland aware of the risks of electrical fires gets underway as the new academic term starts… As Fire Safety Door week gets underway, Electrical Safety First has ramped up its campaign to make students in Scotland aware of the risks of...
CDM for maintenance work and self-build projects

CDM for maintenance work and self-build projects

An Association for Project Safety spokesperson defines how the CDM2015 Regulations apply in both maintenance work and self-build projects… The HSE recently passed us some CDM2015 questions and answers that they are using to ensure their inspectors are giving out the right messages when asked about interpretations on the new...
Hundreds of Shropshire buildings plagued by asbestos

Hundreds of Shropshire buildings contain asbestos

Figures released by local authorities have revealed hundreds of buildings still in use across Shropshire contain asbestos… Schools, libraries, fire stations, and day care centres are among the buildings in Shropshire said to contain asbestos. The substance was often used in building projects prior to 2000 and is only dangerous if...

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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.