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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Contractor sentenced for dangerous demolition work

A contractor has been handed a 10 month suspended sentence after disturbing asbestos during demolition works and damaging underground cables.
chief inspector of buildings

HSE appoints first chief inspector of buildings

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has appointed Peter Baker as chief inspector of buildings to lead the new Building Safety Regulator.
gas network, high-rise multiple occupancy buildings

National Grid Gas fined £4m over missing gas network records

National Grid Gas has been fined £4m for failing to ensure its gas risers records in some high-rise multiple occupancy buildings were up to date.
Railway track worker

Railway track worker tragically killed by train

A railway track worker was struck and tragically killed by a train on Tuesday (9 February) morning close to Surbiton Station on the South Western Railway.
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Building owner fined after roofer falls to his death

A roofer tragically died when he fell whilst working on a replacement roof at a property in Kirkdale, Liverpool.
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Two companies fined after worker falls from height

A construction company and plastering firm have been fined £166,700 after a worker sustained serious injuries by falling from height.
UK construction output

Kier wins Hounslow fire safety contract

Kier has secured a £14.5m contract with The London Borough of Hounslow to upgrade over 7,600 fire doors across its housing stock over the next three years.
scaffolding collapse

Company fined £15,000 after scaffolding collapses

A scaffolding company has been fined £15,000 after scaffolding collapsed across the entrance to the car park of Coventry Skydome.
Construction regulator, Grenfell Inquiry

Roundtable: New national construction regulator launched

The government has launched a new national construction regulator to ensure safe building materials are used in new homes following “deeply disturbing allegations of malpractice” by some construction product manufacturers at the Grenfell Inquiry.
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Steel company fined after worker fatally injured by 400kg balcony frame

A steel company has been fined £50,000 after a worker was fatally crushed by a 400kg metal balcony frame.
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.
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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.
masks, face coverings,  CICV Forum

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.

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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.