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.

Contractor receives prison sentence for trench collapse death

A contractor has been given a six months prison sentence following the death of an employee after a trench collapsed… Contractor William Ryan Evans, of Carmarthenshire was found guilty of breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after an employee was killed while under...

Metalwork firm fined for unsafe practices

A firm specialising in metalwork casting and machining has been fined after a worker nearly fell through a fragile roof… MJ Allen Holdings Limited, based in Kent, has been fined for unsafe work practices. The case was brought before Canterbury Crown Court after a worker slipped and almost fell through the...

Crane collapse firm prosecuted for deaths

A national crane hire company has been prosecuted for the deaths of two men following an incident on a London housing development… Falcon Crane Hire Ltd has been fined £750,000 following the collapse of a tower crane in 2006. The incident, which occurred at a housing development in London, led...

Scottish construction safety inspections drop by over 50 per cent

Budget cuts have seen a drop in the number of safety inspections undertaken at construction sites across Scotland… Employees face greater risks from serious injuries as safety inspections on Scottish construction sides drop by over 50 per cent. Cuts made in Westminster have led to the reduction in health and safety...

Builders told to remain vigilant as CDM 2015 commemorates first anniversary

Joanna Mulgrew, Marketing & Product Development Director at HBXL Building Software reminds builders to maintain their hold on their health and safety obligations as CDM 2015 reaches its year milestone... 29 February 2016: One year on since its introduction, builders are being reminded about maintaining a firm grip on their health and...

Construction union reveals failings in prosecution system

Union UCATT has warned there are a number of failings in the prosecution system when it comes to dealing with workplace accidents… Delays in justice are reportedly on the rise as convictions for construction-related fatalities have declined. Construction trade union UCATT revealed the results of parliamentary questions by Stephen Hepburn Jarrow...

Fall through roof leaves man with life changing injuries

A scaffolder who fell through a fragile roof has suffered significant life changing injuries that left him unable to talk or move… Hemel Hempstead Scaffolding Limited has been fined after a worker fell and sustained life changing injuries. The accident occurred in July 2013 when the man was carrying out scaffolding...

Second accident at Persimmon Homes site in 48 hours

A man has fallen from a ladder in the second accident to occur within a 48 hour period at a Persimmon Homes building site in Scotland… A Persimmon Homes development has reported a second accident occurred within a 48 hour period. The building site, located in Kelty, Fife, was the scene...

CDM 2015: what do you need to do?

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM2015) received Parliamentary approval on 29th January 2015, and came into force on 6th April 2015. The question that must be asked of construction client organisations and the persons such as facilities managers is, are you ready? The aim of the CDM2015 Regulations...

Firm fined for bricklayer death

A Cheshire construction company has been fined following the death of a bricklayer in 2011… Edgemere Projects Ltd of Tarporley, Cheshire, has been fined £397,500 in fines and costs following an incident that led to the death of a worker. The accident occurred on 7 January 2011 at a site in...

Management of fire safety

The Chief Fire Officers Association give an overview of how fire safety management is integral to reducing fire hazards within public buildings…  Many of us take our safety in case of fire for granted. Few of us ever witness a severe fire, our high streets are not filled with burned...
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Sharing good health and safety practices can empower employers

The British Safety Council will host an event highlighting the importance of sharing good health and safety practices, and how this can empower employers… A half-day conference in Manchester will highlight the key challenges facing the construction sector as it continues to improve its health and safety record. Undoubtedly, the industry...

Managing fire safety in hospitals

Adjacent Government highlights the problem of failing fire alarm systems in hospitals around the UK and how the Department of Health guidance document aims to help to tackle the issue…  When it comes to public buildings such as hospitals and schools, fire safety is one of the key issues that...
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Carillion fined for rail death

Major contractor Carillion Construction has been fined and ordered to pay costs after a railway worker was killed on a job… A major contractor has been fined for breaching health and safety laws, which led to the death of an employee. Scott Dobson was carrying out maintenance work on the railway...
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Construction drivers named as the safest

New data from insurance firm Aviva has revealed construction drivers are rated the safest… Insurance firm Aviva has rated construction workers as the safest drivers out of a number of professions. The results were compiled from data collected from more than 20,000 drivers, across a variation of occupations. The app, which...

CIP releases health and safety catalogue

Construction companies require useful and pragmatic tools to help them comply with their legal duties and to improve overall health and safety issues ensuring they are managed throughout the construction process. One such tool is the bestselling Construction Health and Safety Manual written by Construction Industry Publications Ltd. All...

Meeting the Challenge: Compliance and CDM 2015

Building Safety Group MD Paul Kimpton considers the challenges to companies complying with the recently updated Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations… CDM 2015 is now in full force. Significant changes to these regulations promise a better framework for improving health and safety within the construction industry. They also promise...

Fire alarm power efficiency

The Fire Industry Association’s CEO Ian Moore, explains the importance of ensuring efficient power for fire and security alarm systems in line with environmental concerns… Environmental friendliness is second nature to us all now. Going further than moral responsibility, the EU sets much publicised carbon targets to insist we improve...
Ensuring fire safety

Ensuring fire safety

Association for Specialist Fire Protection CEO Wilf Butcher explains the vital role played by passive fire protection within buildings, and outlines issues that must be considered… Passive fire protection is critically important in ensuring safety in buildings. It is used to protect escape routes from fire and smoke and to...
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Scaffolding firm fined for collapse

A scaffolding firm has been fined after untied and sheeted scaffolding fell, hitting a bus and pedestrians earlier this year… Emperor Scaffolding Ltd has received a significant fine after the firm failed to secure scaffolding correctly. The structure then fell, striking a bus, a van, and pedestrians during the dismantling...
CDM2015 and commercial projects

CDM2015 and commercial projects

James Ritchie, Architect and RIBA Specialist Practice Consultant for CDM, provides some key points of advice for clients and professionals involved with commercial projects… There appears to still be a degree of uncertainty amongst some clients and designers regarding the new CDM Regulations and what exactly the implications are for...
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Asbestos management = competent decisions

Stuart Goodman of Lucion Environmental looks at the responsibilities associated with reducing the risks of asbestos management… A previous HSE asbestos safety campaign highlighted the very serious risks to tradespeople posed by asbestos exposure in buildings. For example, as part of the campaign, the HSE said that on average, every...
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Construction firm fined for removing asbestos from a school

A construction firm has been fined for removing an asbestos ceiling in a school despite not being legally approved to do so… A firm has been fined for carrying out work it was not approved to do. Clarks Construction Limited were contracted by the Board of Governors of Caddington Village...
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Demolition firm fined for fall

A Glasgow-based demolition firm has been fined after a worker fell from a mobile scaffolding platform, sustaining serious injuries … DSR Demolition Limited has been sentenced for safety failings relating to working at height. The incident, which occurred at Hillington Industrial Estate in Glasgow, involved a 50-year-old worker. On the 30...
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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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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.