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.

Demolition boss handed suspended sentence for unsafe asbestos removal

The owner of a demolition company has been handed a suspended sentence for failing to appropriately manage the removal of asbestos during demolition works.
Fire safety, grenfell, competency, building regulations,

Fire safety and competency in the post-Grenfell era

Dr Dave Smith, export manager of the Fire Industry Association, looks at the changing landscape for competency in the wake of the Grenfell disaster and Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of fire safety and the Building Regulations.
outdoor workers, air pollution,

Outdoor workers exposed to 15% more air pollution, says new research

Outdoor workers in London are exposed to 15% more pollution than the average person, new research by the British Safety Council has revealed.
asbestos awareness, Asbestos-related diseases

Employers must make sure apprentices are asbestos aware, says UKATA

In an effort to halt the growing number of tradespeople contracting asbestos-related diseases, UKATA is calling on employers to deliver asbestos awareness training to all apprentices.
Fell six metres, fell from height, Lane Roofing Contractors

Roofing contractor fined £60,000 after employee falls from height

Lane Roofing Contractors has been fined £60,000 after one of its workers fell six metres from the open edge of a roof to the concrete floor below.
Trinity Halls, fire safety,

Trio handed £670k fines over fire safety failings at Leeds student block

Trinity Developments, Niche Homes and APP Construction have been fined £670,000 over ‘potentially catastrophic’ fire safety failings at the Trinity Halls student accommodation in Leeds.
indoor air pollution,

Indoor air pollution linked to respiratory problems in children

Indoor air pollution in homes, schools and nurseries has been linked to respiratory problems among children, according to a joint report.
illegal gas work,

Plumbing and heating contractor sentenced for illegal gas work

An unregistered plumbing and heating contractor has been fined for putting a number of homes at risk when he carried out illegal gas work.
refurbishment works,

Newnham College fined £12,000 for asbestos failings

Newnham College has been fined £12,000 for failings that exposed employees and subcontractors to asbestos during refurbishment works on a flat owned by the college.
hot works, construction industry,

79% of fires in Scottish construction caused by hot works

A Freedom of Information request submitted to the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service has revealed that of 180 fires in the construction industry in 2018/19, 143 were the result of hot works.
Dainius Rupsys, McGee Group,

McGee Group fined £500k after labourer killed during demolition

McGee Group has been fined £500k after a labourer was killed when a re-enforced concrete slab collapsed during a demolition project.
NASC, Mental health first aid,

NASC launches £30,000 mental health first aid training fund

The £30,000 fund gives NASC members the ability to claim up to £125 towards the cost of completing a mental health first aid course.
Mark Francis Bray, Kenneth Drake,

Contract manager jailed after employee fell to his death

Mark Francis Bray has been sentenced to two years in prison after one of his employees fell through a fragile roof and sadly died.
Bescot Yard, Electric shock at Bescot Yard, DB Cargo,

Company fined £1.2m after teenager suffers life-changing injuries

DB Cargo has been fined £1.2m after a teenager endured life-changing injuries from a 25,000-volt electric shock at Bescot Yard.

Related Guides & Reviews

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.