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Starting a conversation about mental health in the construction industry

Craig Sanders, joint managing director of Protrade, explores the topic of mental health in the construction industry, startling suicide statistics, and discusses the Lighthouse Club’s new ‘Help Inside The Hard Hat’ initiative.
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How to keep site workers safe in hot weather

Construction workers are at a far greater risk from the associated dangers of too much sun exposure and it is vital that control measures are revised to ensure site workers are kept safe in hot weather. Sophie McCormick, a solicitor at Gateley Legal, explains how.
Two construction workers are on top of a tall building wearing safety harnesses that are attached to lifelines to protect them from injury if they fall off the building.

How to prevent construction site injuries and when can compensation be...

Jonathan White, legal and compliance director at National Accident Helpline, explains how/when industry workers can claim compensation for construction site injuries, and how employers can avoid incidences in the first place.
Blackpool is one of the local councils to receive £6m of funding to boost housing and support for vulnerable tenants from the Government’s Supported Housing Improvement Programme

Councils given £6m in funding to enhance housing and support for...

£6m of funding has been announced to boost housing and support for vulnerable tenants from the Government’s Supported Housing Improvement Programme.
Balfour Beatty has announced the appointment of Lee Hewitt as UK Health, Safety and Environment Director, following Heather Bryant’s retirement

New UK Health, Safety and Environment Director appointed by Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty has announced the appointment of Lee Hewitt as UK Health, Safety and Environment Director, following Heather Bryant’s retirement.
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Civil engineering firm fined after child dies on construction site

Howard Civil Engineering Ltd has been fined £600K after seven-year-old child dies on construction site.
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Time for change: Will the Grenfell Tower fire prove construction’s Piper...

The Building Safety Act is a welcome recognition that making safe buildings is a highly skilled operation, says Hywel Davies of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.
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Protecting construction workers from silica dust: The “new asbestos”

As the intense focus on silica dust continues, Tim Turney from air monitoring equipment specialist Casella shares his insights on protecting construction workers.
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New fire testing facilities support safety requirements for manufacturers

Chris Miles, business director at UL Solutions, explores the role of the new fire testing facilities being opened in the UK to drive industry change.
New BSI standards update competence requirements for building safety management

New BSI standards update competence requirements for building safety management

New BSI standards published this week have set out competence requirements for building safety management, supporting industry reform in tandem with the DLUHC.
An Liverpool electrician suffered serious burns in warehouse explosion

HSE issues fines after electrician suffers serious burns in warehouse explosion

HSE has issued fines after an electrician suffered serious burns in a warehouse explosion in Liverpool, requiring several skin grafts.
Making changes in the built environment is necessary after finding weaknesses exposed by COVID-19

How can we build a healthier built environment post Covid-19?

Professor Peter Guthrie OBE FREng, vice-president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, discusses its call for transformational changes across the built environment and its underlying regulatory framework in response to the weaknesses uncovered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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MPA releases new Safe Working at Height resources

MPA's Health & Safety Committee has launched a series of new resources that support Safe Working at Height, after identifying working at height as one of 'the fatal 6'.
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UK Heatwave: How to keep your property cool in hot weather

As extreme temperatures continue across the country, properties in Britain are not suitable for the UK heatwave. In this article, PBC Today explains how to keep your property cool in hot weather.
construction worker too hot to work in heatwave

Too hot to work: Working safely on a construction site during...

During a heatwave, there are a number of health and safety hazards that construction workers need to be aware of - but when does it become too hot to work and how can we protect the wellbeing of employees?
construction worker pouring water on himself during a heatwave when it is too hot to work

HSE guidance: What are your employee rights when there is no...

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) there is no min or max temp to work, but employers are required to ensure workplaces are at a reasonable temperature during a heatwave.
Indoor air quality can be improved by installing high quality ventilation technology, as well as more vegetation in the home

Too much talk, not enough action on indoor air quality

Despite the extra focus on indoor air quality (IAQ) prompted by the pandemic, lots of people are still talking about making buildings healthier, safer and more efficient but only a few are doing anything about it, says Nathan Wood from the Building Engineering Services Association.
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HS2 celebrates work site health and safety

HS2 is celebrating innovations to improve work site health and safety across Britain's largest construction project.
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How housebuilders can tackle the growing issue of noise in homes

Acoustics should be a non-negotiable consideration for our buildings, says Ben Hancock of Oscar Acoustics. Here he explores how housebuilders can tackle the growing issues of noise in homes.
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HSE publishes workplace fatality figures in 2021/2022

Workplace fatality figures have been published by the Health and Safety Executive(HSE), reporting that a hundred and twenty-three workers were killed in work-related accidents in Great Britain in the last year.
construction managers Building Minds poor mental health

How construction managers can help workers with poor mental health

Despite the on-going mental health crisis, recent talk around how builders are “going woke” is now reversing the small progress the industry had made in tackling its high suicide rates and cases of poor mental health. Lee Mills of Citation discusses the Building Minds campaign, which aims to equip construction managers with the tools to help the struggling workforce.
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How does the construction industry tackle hazardous waste?

Nathan Gray of Reconomy explores how the construction industry currently tackles hazardous waste and considers whether a circular approach is the solution for a sustainable future.
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Preventing legionella with IoT, automation and digital processes

Organisations across the UK are responsible under health and safety legislation for preventing legionella and other known pathogens in freshwater systems – but the process can require a lot of time, effort and expense. Automation, digitisation and the internet of things could help drive effective change, says Chris Potts, marketing director of ANT Telecom.
the Building Safety Act 2022 offers leaseholder protections from cladding costs

Building Safety Act 2022: leaseholder protections from cladding costs

The latest update from the Building Safety Act offers leaseholder protections from cladding related costs and limits future liability for repairing other historical defects.
Roofing contractor falls 30 feet through skylight

Warehouse owner fined after roofing contractor employee falls 30 feet through...

A Blackburn based warehouse owner has been fined after an employee of a roofing contractor Nizamuddin Gorji suffered severe life changing injuries after falling approximately 30 feet through a glass skylight on a warehouse roof.
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How can field management software protect against costly HSE violations?

Find out how Re-flow Field Management Software features, such as its digital forms, can protect the railway industry against costly HSE violations.

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