TYRED OUT

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The department for Transport has announced that it will soon be made illegal to fit tyres aged 10 years or older to the front wheels of lorries, buses and coaches and to any wheels of minibuses. Legislation is expected in the autumn. Legislation will also make it mandatory for tyres to show a clearly visible date of manufacture, this will … Read More

RECORD LOW FOR FATAL WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS IN THE UK

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The latest statistics just released by the HSE show that in the year April 2019 to March 2020, 111 workers were killed as a result of accidents at work. This compares to 149 deaths the previous year and is the lowest level on record, however at this stage it is not possible to say what impact the current COVID-19 pandemic … Read More

HSE ISSUE AIR SUSPENSION SAFETY ALERT

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Following investigations into incidents involving vehicle air suspension systems, the HSE have issued a safety alert for anyone carrying out work, including recovery work, on such vehicles whether this is at the roadside, customer premises or in a vehicle repair facility. Various types of commercial vehicle including, buses, coaches, goods vehicles etc are fitted with air suspension. Two common hazards … Read More

HSE ISSUE KN95 FACEMASK WARNING

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The HSE have issued a safety alert warning employers against the use of KN95 facemasks as Personal Protective Equipment. Except where it has been organised by the UK Government for use by NHS or other healthcare workers where assessments have been undertaken by HSE as the Market Surveillance Authority, items can only be sold as Personal protective equipment if they … Read More

WORKING TIME GUIDANCE ISSUED FOR FURLOUGHED DRIVERS

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Professional drivers should not be expected to drive while tired and the Road Transport Working Time Regulations and Driver’s Hours and Tachograph rules are an important part of managing fatigue. The Department of Transport has now issued guidance for employers and drivers on how the requirements for recording a driver’s hours and activities are affected when the driver is furloughed. … Read More

INTERNAL FALLS ARE PREVENTABLE

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The HSE in Northern Ireland (HSENI) have launched a new campaign targeted at falls from height in the construction industry. Of the five fatal construction related accidents reported in Northern Ireland since January 2020, HSENI report that three of these involved falling on the inside of a building under construction. Where possible the need to work at height should be … Read More

MOT TESTING RESTARTING FOR LORRIES, BUSES AND TRAILERS

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have announced that they are looking to restart testing for heavy vehicles from 4th July. Full details can be found on the Gov.UK website This includes the following table showing dates when tests need to be arranged by: Month MOT was originally due / Date your vehicle must pass its MOT by / Reason … Read More

SOCIAL DISTANCING IN THE WORKPLACE

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Except for certain businesses, such as non-essential shops and public venues, which have been instructed to close, other employers can continue to work provided they can do so safely. Of course anyone who is ill with, showing symptoms of or living with someone who is ill with symptoms of coronavirus / COVID-19 should be staying at home in line with … Read More

SCAFFOLDING GUIDANCE NOTES

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The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) have produced a guide giving a broad range of advice scaffolding contractors might wish to adopt to help safeguard the health and welfare of their workforce during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. This is free to download from the NASC’s website at: https://nasc.org.uk/working-on-site/ Many other trade associations have also published their own advice we … Read More

WHEN ARE DISEASES REPORTABLE UNDER RIDDOR?

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Under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) organisations are required to report certain work related accidents, injuries, dangerous occurrences and diseases involving their employees and others. Most organisations are familiar with the requirements for reporting injuries, the regulations also include lists of the types of dangerous occurrence that need to be reported depending on the type … Read More