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.

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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...
construction drivers

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...
scaffold

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...
asbestos

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...
asbestos

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...
scaffold

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...
construction health care

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...
construction

Contractor fined for unsafe excavations

A Manchester-based building contractor has been fined for putting workers and members of the public at risk… Brierstone Limited has been prosecuted for failing to ensure the safety of workers and the public. The Manchester-based firm received an immediate Prohibition Notice (PN) from a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector and...

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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.