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.

Welsh government must take the lead on asbestos in schools

Welsh government must take the lead on asbestos in schools

Campaigners have called for the Welsh government to take a greater role in addressing the issue of asbestos in schools... Asbestos was widely used in the building industry during the 1960s and 70s, but has been banned in the UK since the 1990s after it was linked to lung diseases. The...
Firm prosecuted for roof worker fall

Firm prosecuted for roof worker fall

A firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for breaching regulations after a worker fell to his death... A Darwen firm has appeared in court after breaching health and safety regulations. Newhey Loft Conversions Limited were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee...
Scaffolding loading bays safety alert published

Scaffolding loading bays safety alert published

The Health and Safety Executive has published a new Safety Alert Bulletin for scaffolding loading bays... A new safety bulletin has been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in relation to extendable scaffolding loading bay gates. The bulletin came about after the HSE became aware that a number...
Fine for construction companies after worker death

Fine for construction companies after worker death

Fines have been issued to a construction company and a glazing contractor after an employee fell to his death... The death of a worker in Exeter has led to two companies receiving fines. Specialist construction company London Fenestration Trades Ltd was contracted by construction firm Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd to...
Asbestos management firm wins Birmingham city contract

Asbestos management firm wins Birmingham city contract

A Wolverhampton environmental specialist firm has won a major contract to provide asbestos management services for a Birmingham city centre project... Lucion Environmental will deliver asbestos management services on a £500m project aimed at transforming Birmingham city centre. The Paradise scheme will combine commercial, retail, and leisure facilities to transform the...
CDM 2015: What’s new?

CDM 2015: What’s new?

The HSE provide an outline of the CDM Regulations 2015 and how they should be interpreted to ensure compliance… On April 2nd, HSE published the new CDM 2015 Regulations and the accompanying L series guide. The guide explains what the law is seeking to achieve and what the regulations mean...
Roofing firm fined over worker death

Roofing firm prosecuted over worker death

A Yorkshire roofing firm has been found guilty of breaching health and safety regulations after a worker fell to his death... Watershed (Roofing) Ltd and one of its Directors Steven John Derham have been prosecuted following an accident that led to the death of a worker. Self-employed bricklayer Barry Tyson suffered...
Brick manufacturer fined after employee seriously injured

Brick manufacturer fined after employee seriously injured

A brick manufacturer has received a significant fine after a 45-year old worker sustained serious injuries... A case has been brought against a manufacturer of bricks for breaching health and safety rules. The incident occurred in February 2014 at Northcot Brick Limited's Station Road site in Gloucester. The charges were brought...
Digital land use planning information service launched

Digital land use planning information service launched

The Health and Safety Executive has launched a new digital service aimed at making it easier for developers to access land use planning information and advice... In a bid to reduce the amount of red tape involved in the planning process the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a...
Builder charged after carrying out dangerous gas work

Builder charged after carrying out dangerous gas work

A Suffolk builder has received a substantial fine after being found guilty of undertaking dangerous gas work at a residence... David Liptrott, Stonham, Suffolk, has been fined after being found guilty of carrying out work he was not registered to do. He was contracted to extend a kitchen and replace an...
Support for regular electrical safety checks for rental homes

Support for regular electrical safety checks for rental homes

The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee in Wales has given support for regular electrical safety checks in the private rented sector... Charity Electrical Safety First has been working with a coalition of stakeholders to highlight the issue of electrical safety and to press the Welsh government to take action....
Construction death rates fall by 22 per cent in the UK

Construction death rates fall by 22 per cent in the UK

According to data from the Health and Safety Executive the number of construction deaths across the UK fell during 2014-15... New data has revealed the number of fatalities in the construction sector stood at 35 during 2014-15. This was a reduction on the year before, which saw 44. The provisional annual...
Who can be the Principal Designer?

Who can be the Principal Designer?

James Ritchie of The Association for Project Safety advises on who can actually take on the role of Principal Designer and the legal responsibility for CDM duties within a construction project… The amount of incorrect information regarding the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM2015) that is being written in...
Scaffolding firm fined for safety breaches

Scaffolding firm fined for safety breaches

A developer and the firm it hired to erect scaffolding have been fined by the Health and Safety Executive for safety breaches... The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued fines to property developer Chart Forte Court (West Ealing) Limited (CFC) and LS Scaffolders for unsafe practices. The scaffolding company was...

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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.