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.

Industry body issues warning over counterfeit wiring guides

Industry body issues warning over counterfeit wiring guides

Electrical contractors have been warned to be aware of fake wiring guides being distributed… The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) has warned electrical contractors to be aware of fake wiring guides. The organisation reported 800 bogus guides were smuggled into Dover from Latvia. Books have also produced in China and...
Insecure site leads to construction firm receiving fine

Insecure site leads to construction firm receiving fine

A construction company has been fined for failing to secure a development, which allowed a two-year old boy to access the site… The principal contractor for a new housing development has been fined after leaving the site unsecured. The firm 360 Property Limited pleaded guilty to the charges against its...
Responsible person duty of care for fire protection

Responsible person duty of care for fire protection

It is the responsibility of public and commercial property owners to ensure that fire protection is suitable to protect staff, clients and property...
Safety fears see housing developer banned from own site

Safety fears see housing developer banned from own site

Workers have been banned from taking vehicles on to a development site after residents raised concerns about safety… Richmond Homes has had access to a site it is developing withdrawn by the City of Edinburgh Council amid safety fears. The firm is building seven high-class townhouses in Colinton and was issued...
Housing firm prosecuted for breaching safety regulations

Housing firm prosecuted for breaching safety regulations

A South-West housing company has been brought to court after failing to adhere to safety rules... An investigation was launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after North Devon Homes Ltd capped off a chimney at a property, despite it being in use at the time. The case was brought...
Fine for timber manufacturer after worker loses fingers

Fine for timber manufacturer after worker loses fingers

A timber gate manufacturer in Daventry has been fined after an employee lost two fingers while using machinery... Main Line Timber Limited has been fined after a 27-year old employee lost two fingers on his left hand. The employee was pulled into the rotating blade of an inadequately guarded circular...
Health and safety paperwork causes fear, anxiety or irritation

Health and safety paperwork causes fear, anxiety or irritation

Chair of the Health and Safety Executive said paperwork has become a bugbear for those undertaking risk assessments and does not fall in line with the HSE's emphasis on managing risks... Paperwork is undoubtedly the worst part of any role, but Health and Safety Executive Chair Judith Hackitt has stressed...
Scaffolding firm fined after worker falls to his death

Scaffolding firm fined after worker falls to his death

A scaffolding firm has been fined £40,000 after a worker fell six metres to his death in 2011... A Glasgow-based scaffolding firm has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee was killed while on a job. The 53-year-old man, James Baillie, fell nearly six metres through...
Building contractor guilty of breaching safety practices

Building contractor guilty of breaching safety practices

A building contractor from Spain has been sentenced over unsafe working practices seen at a Manchester site... Betcat International has been sentenced for failing to maintain the safety of its workers. The firm, which is based in Seville, Spain, has an office in London. The firm was hired to carry...
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...

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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.