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.

Fire safety in design, guidelines for architects

ARB launches safety and sustainability guidelines for architects

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has published new guidelines for all architects on fire and life safety design and sustainability.
northwest plumbing supplier, Daniel Georghiou,

Construction companies fined £46,000 after working platform fails

Two construction companies have been fined £46,000 after a bricklayer was injured when a working platform failed.
northwest plumbing supplier, Daniel Georghiou,

Plant hire company fined after worker fatally injured

Plant hire company, Ruislip Plant has been fined £99,000 after a worker was fatally injured whilst undertaking maintenance at a construction site in West Street, Maidenhead.
Adam Habane,

Bristol landlord fined after concerns over safety of residents

A Bristol landlord and agent have been handed a £330,000 sanction after being found guilty of poor management of a house in multiple occupation (HMO) that raised concerns for the safety of 18 residents, including six children.
Walden builders,

Construction company fined £42,000 after worker burned

Construction company Walden Builders has been fined £42,000 after a worker suffered multiple burns when he was struck by a heated sheet of tin.
HAVS

Saint-Gobain fined £500k after workers exposed to HAVS

Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK Limited has been £500,000 fined after a number of its workers were diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).
mjl contractors

Construction company fined after worker undergoes amputation

MJL Contractors Limited has been sentenced after a self-employed ground worker sustained injuries while using a petrol disc cutter.
R4 Industrial Roofing Cladding

Roofing company fined £165k after worker sustains fatal injuries in fall

R4 Industrial Roofing Cladding Systems has been fined £165,000 after an employee fell through an industrial roof light and sustained fatal injuries.
mjl contractors

Contractor sentenced for dangerous demolition work

A contractor has been handed a 10 month suspended sentence after disturbing asbestos during demolition works and damaging underground cables.
chief inspector of buildings

HSE appoints first chief inspector of buildings

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has appointed Peter Baker as chief inspector of buildings to lead the new Building Safety Regulator.
gas network, high-rise multiple occupancy buildings

National Grid Gas fined £4m over missing gas network records

National Grid Gas has been fined £4m for failing to ensure its gas risers records in some high-rise multiple occupancy buildings were up to date.
Railway track worker

Railway track worker tragically killed by train

A railway track worker was struck and tragically killed by a train on Tuesday (9 February) morning close to Surbiton Station on the South Western Railway.
R4 Industrial Roofing Cladding

Building owner fined after roofer falls to his death

A roofer tragically died when he fell whilst working on a replacement roof at a property in Kirkdale, Liverpool.
falls from height

Two companies fined after worker falls from height

A construction company and plastering firm have been fined £166,700 after a worker sustained serious injuries by falling from height.
UK construction output

Kier wins Hounslow fire safety contract

Kier has secured a £14.5m contract with The London Borough of Hounslow to upgrade over 7,600 fire doors across its housing stock over the next three years.
scaffolding collapse

Company fined £15,000 after scaffolding collapses

A scaffolding company has been fined £15,000 after scaffolding collapsed across the entrance to the car park of Coventry Skydome.
Construction regulator, Grenfell Inquiry

Roundtable: New national construction regulator launched

The government has launched a new national construction regulator to ensure safe building materials are used in new homes following “deeply disturbing allegations of malpractice” by some construction product manufacturers at the Grenfell Inquiry.
metal balcony, steel company

Steel company fined after worker fatally injured by 400kg balcony frame

A steel company has been fined £50,000 after a worker was fatally crushed by a 400kg metal balcony frame.
Roofing supplies

Roofing supplies firm fined £20,000 after workers fall from height

A roofing supplies firm and its director have been handed fines after two workers fell from a tower scaffold, sustaining serious injuries.
subcontractors

Construction director sentenced after subcontractor injured

The director of a construction company has been handed a suspended sentenced after a subcontractor suffered severe injuries when a stack of plasterboards fell on him.
regulator for construction products

New regulator to ensure construction products are safe

A new regulator for construction products has been established to ensure materials used to build homes are made safely.
Blue Monday

Blue Monday: CHAS urges construction to take action on mental health

On Blue Monday (18 January), supply chain risk management experts CHAS urge construction companies to take positive action around mental health.
Legal rights, worker safety, safe at work, construction,

Health and safety: Legal rights and responsibilities in a Covid world

As we start 2021 with the UK in lockdown 3.0 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and with the number of recorded cases now even higher than the first peak on account of the new strain of the virus, it is more important than ever that construction staff are safe at work.
Safe Operating Guidance, Covid-19 guidance

Construction industry urged to comply with safe operating guidance

The construction sector has been urged to follow updated Covid-19 guidance after industry leaders issued new Safe Operating Guidance.
Covid testing

Construction workers to get rapid asymptomatic Covid testing

Construction workers are among those set to receive regular rapid Covid testing, as the government targets people without coronavirus symptoms.
fire safety, fire safety certificate, building safety

CIOB launches fire safety certification

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is set to launch a certificate in fire safety for construction, due to begin on 17 February 2021.

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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.