News

PROSECUTION UPDATE – COMMERCIAL VEHICLE HAZARDS

January 16, 2020

PROSECUTION UPDATE – COMMERCIAL VEHICLE HAZARDS In this article we look at three recent cases involving commercial vehicles. While securing a load of grain bags on a curtainside trailer in February 2016 an employee of W D Cormack & Son...

Snow and Ice

CLEARING SNOW AND ICE: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

January 6, 2020

Health and safety regulations require employers to assess risks and where necessary take action to reduce those risks, this includes the risks of slips and trips. Specific regulations require that, so far as is reasonably practicable, ev...

Construction Hoists

NEW GUIDANCE CONSTRUCTION HOISTS AND MAST CLIMBERS

January 6, 2020

Hoists and mast climbing work platforms are often used in construction as a convenient way of getting people and materials to and from high workplaces. All such equipment will require a base or foundation which is capable of safely takin...

Welding Fume

METAL FABRICATION INSPECTIONS

January 6, 2020

The HSE have announced that during January, February and March 2020 their inspectors will be targeting metal fabrication workplaces. The inspection programme will be focussing on the control of substances hazardous to health, in particul...

Glass Balustrade Safety

GLASS BALUSTRADE SAFETY ALERT

January 6, 2020

The Standing Committee On Structural Safety (SCOSS) has issued a safety alert regarding the structural safety of glass used in balustrades e.g. where glass panels are used as an infill between the posts and rails around a balcony or stai...

Water Safety

CORONER URGES THEME PARKS TO CONSIDER WATER SAFETY

January 6, 2020

In May 2017 an 11 year old girl died after falling to the water while on the Splash Canyon ride at Drayton Manor theme park. The Coroner carrying out the inquest into the incident has now written to operators of other theme parks request...

Christmas

Pigs In Blankets – Risk Management

December 19, 2019

Christmas is a time for many things, family, tradition, joy, remembrance, food and sharing are just a few, but one thing no-one wants to share is food poisoning. Yes, I know, the health and safety people are being Christmas grumps again,...

Drink Driving

CALL FOR ZERO TOLERANCE DRINK DRIVE LIMIT IN EUROPE

December 19, 2019

A recent report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) looking at progress towards reducing alcohol related road deaths published is calling for EU member states to introduce a zero tolerance level for all road users. Although i...

WISE UP, SIZE UP AND MIND THAT BRIDGE

December 19, 2019

Bridge number BGK/1568 on the A142 Stuntney Road in Ely, Cambridgeshire was the most hit railway bridge in 2018/19 with 32 reported strikes, nine more than the second place bridge on the B109 Stonea Road, Stonea also in Cambridgeshire. N...

Fire Safety

FIRE SAFETY IN HIGH RISE BUILDINGS

December 19, 2019

In May 2019 we reported on how the Scottish Government had launched a consultation on proposed actions to strengthen fire safety for people who live in high rise buildings following the Grenfell tragedy. A draft document was included wit...

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