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.

£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...
Following on from the HSE’s CDM 2007 consultation, Olswang LLP have submitted an umbrella response to the proposed changes.

CDM 2007 revision: An industry reaction

Following on from the HSE’s CDM 2007 consultation, Olswang LLP have submitted an umbrella response to the proposed changes. Here, Senior Associate Alexandra Lavery outlines the concerns raised by their respondents… The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is required to regularly review the effectiveness of the Construction (Design and Management)...

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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.