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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CDM 2015 regulation survey reveals mixed results

A new survey on the recent changes to the Construction Design and Management regulation has shown mixed opinions… A survey carried out by Philip Poynter Construction Safety has revealed a polarised opinion on new health and safety regulation Construction Design and Management (CDM) 2015. The survey, which received more than...
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New guidance launched to manage occupational risk

New guidance has been launched to prevent and reduce the number of construction workers contracting occupational diseases… The Construction Industry Advisory Committee (ConIAC) Health Risks Working Group with assistance from the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) have produced new guidance aimed at managing occupational health risks. Hundreds of workers...
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Contractor fined for unsafe excavations

A Manchester-based building contractor has been fined for putting workers and members of the public at risk… Brierstone Limited has been prosecuted for failing to ensure the safety of workers and the public. The Manchester-based firm received an immediate Prohibition Notice (PN) from a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector and...
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First notices given under new CDM 2015 rules

Health and Safety Executive inspectors have handed out the first set of notices following changes to CDM 2015 regulations… In April this year changes to the Construction (Design and Management) 2015 regulations were introduced. The health and safety law applies to the construction process from conception to completion and outlines...
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Ladder injury sees Nottingham subcontractor prosecuted

A Nottingham subcontractor has been prosecuted after a worker fell from an unsafe ladder and sustained injuries… Subcontractor Hardev Gutheran Singh was prosecuted after 57-year-old Charanjit Singh fell from a ladder. The employee was undertaking refurbishment work at a site in North Somercotes, Louth. He was painting a metal roof...
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Contractor sentenced for ignoring enforcement notices

A building contractor who ignored enforcement notices from the Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted… Meadowdale Homes failed to heed the warning of two Improvement Notices from regulator the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The firm, based in Kingswinford, was set a letter, followed by the notices. These ordered Meadowdale Homes...
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Scaffold collapse sees three companies in court

Three companies have been sentenced after scaffolding collapsed during the construction of residential apartments… Workers narrowly avoided injury after scaffold collapsed on a project in the River Basin, Braintree. The incident occurred on 1 July 2014 and saw workers forced to leap through window openings to avoid falling with it. The...
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Much ado about CDM

Andrew Dixon, Policy Advisor at the Federation of Master Builders provides an easy to understand breakdown of what the new regulations mean, and the impact it has on their members… When important sets of regulations undergo major revisions, representative organisations face particular sets of challenges in both speaking on behalf...
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Construction firm prosecuted over dumper truck injury

A construction firm has been sentenced following an incident that led to a dumper truck overturning and injuring a worker… Turner Construction (Midlands) Ltd has been charged for failing to implement health and safety measures that would have prevented a worker from being injured. The incident involved a 10 tonne dumper...
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BM TRADA launches scaffold board safety scheme

A new inspection scheme for scaffold boards will promote construction site safety and prevent avoidable deaths… Construction is a dangerous field. Working at height is undoubtedly hazardous if safety measures are not in place or if the equipment used is not set up correctly. Contractors can face prosecution and hefty fines...
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Asbestos removal and CDM 2015: Clients legal responsibilities

Steve Sadley, Chief Executive at ARCA details the legal responsibilities of Clients when appointing asbestos contractors under the CDM 2015 regulations… The human cost of asbestos disease is devastating and significant exposures are entirely avoidable. When asbestos is managed well, inadvertent exposure is prevented and asbestos will be dealt with...
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Plans to remove asbestos from buildings put forward

A new report from MPs has called for asbestos to be removed from buildings by 2035… Asbestos can cause a number of fatal respiratory diseases and is linked to thousands of deaths each year in the UK. MPs are now calling for the substance to be removed from buildings by...
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Piling contractor given £16k fine for safety failings

A contractor has been fined for operating a piling rig without a safety guard around the rotating auger… A case was brought against Southern Piling Limited after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported failings. Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court was told HSE inspector Melvyn Stancliffe inspected a site in Maidstone, Kent, in...
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The challenging risks of asbestos in brownfield sites

Alec Hales, contaminated land specialist at Lucion Environmental, examines the responsibilities associated with reducing asbestos risk on brownfield sites… The detection of asbestos in soil is becoming a pivotal point in the redevelopment of brownfield sites and contaminated land projects. However, for many developers, the risks associated with asbestos in...

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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.