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.

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...
A responsibility for fire safety

A responsibility for fire safety

David Smith, Export Manager and FIRESA Council Secretary at the Fire Industry Association explains the Fire Safety Order and asks if you know who is legally responsible for fire protection in your premises? The Regulatory Reform Order, usually referred to as simply the Fire Safety Order , was enacted...
£100k fine for HAVS inaction

£100k fine for HAVS inaction

A firm has been fined £100,000 for failing to act on warnings about dangers to workers using hand-held power tools... Edinburgh-based firm Alexander Dennis Ltd has been fined for failing to act on multiple warnings relating to the dangers of the overuse of hand-held power tools. The Health and Safety Executive...
Domestic roofline installer prosecuted for fall

Domestic roofline installer prosecuted for fall

A roofline installer has been found guilty for failing to plan work at height after an employee sustained serious injuries from a fall... Roger Smith Installations Limited has received a significant fine after it was found guilty of breaching regulations. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigators found the company guilty...
Firm in court after exposing workers to asbestos

Firm in court after exposing workers to asbestos

A construction firm has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive after it was found guilty of exposing workers to asbestos fibres... Marden Homes Ltd has been fine £50,000 for exposing workers to potentially deadly asbestos fibres. The firm was commissioned to convert an office block in Witham, Essex, into...
Construction company fined £60,000 for roof fall

Construction company fined £60,000 for roof fall

The Health and Safety Executive has fined a construction company £60,000 after an employee fell through a skylight roof... Race Interiors Ltd has been hit with a significant fine after being found guilty of safety failings that led to an employee sustaining life-changing injuries. Petros Pogosyan, an Armenian national, fell through...
Scaffolding training – ensuring best practice

Scaffolding training – ensuring best practice

CISRS announces new requirements for the CISRS Part 1 Scaffolding Training course… CISRS has announced that as of 1st September 2015 it will be a scheme requirement that anyone wishing to attend a CISRS Part 1 Scaffolding Training course must have held a valid CISRS Trainee Scaffolder or Labourer card...
NDTG buys training rooms in Hemel Hempstead

Demolition training facilities to expand

New facilities to increase the number of training places in demolition, health and safety, and construction have been purchase by the National Demolition Training Group and the  National Federation of Demolition Contractors... Vitalia House in Paradise Industrial Estate, Hemel Hempstead, is set to become the new home for the National...
CDM 2015 for Facilities Management

CDM 2015 for Facilities Management

Mike Packham, Partner of Bernard Williams Associates and BIFM member examines how the new CDM regulations are likely to impact the FM sector… Like many Facilities Managers I suspect, my involvement with Construction, Design and Management (CDM) in the past has been fairly limited – essentially to those occasions when...
New private sector regulations miss electrical danger

New regulations miss electrical danger

Phil Buckle, Director General at the campaigning charity Electrical Safety First explains why the government’s response to the review of the Private Rented Sector lost an opportunity to protect both landlords and tenants Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, recently announced that private sector landlords will be required to install smoke alarms...
CDM2015 and domestic projects

CDM2015 and domestic projects

James Ritchie of The Association for Project Safety answers the questions most raised about the new CDM Regulations with regard to domestic projects… The phone line has been red hot since the beginning of the year. Everyone wants to know the implications of the new CDM Regulations; what they mean...
A smoke alarm victory

A smoke alarm victory

Graham Ellicot, CEO of the Fire Industry Association details the long campaign to ensure that smoke alarms are installed in all privately rented homes… In May 2011 I attended a seminar in the Palace of Westminster given by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service (FRS) to the ‘All Party...
CDM2015 – a new era of construction health and safety?

CDM2015 – a new era of construction health and safety?

James Ritchie of The Association for Project Safety highlights some potential issues arising from the new CDM Regulations regarding the client’s duties to ensure proper health and safety in construction projects. By the time you read this, the Health and Safety Executive will have published their final draft of the...
Confidence in managing asbestos

Confidence in managing asbestos

Managing asbestos is a key health and safety concern, but we can have confidence in trained and certified professionals to deal with this hazardous substance say UKAS, the UK’s national accreditation body. Many years ago, asbestos was considered to be the latest wonder material for its high resistance to heat...
asbestos removal

Planning for asbestos removal

The importance of planning for asbestos in construction work cannot be underestimated. Tracey Boyle – Chartered Occupational Hygienist and current Honorary Secretary of BOHS outlines many of the pitfalls in failing to plan for asbestos removal… Often, when acting as an expert witness in civil litigation in relation to asbestos...

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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.