MOT reminder service extended to lorries and busses

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have announced that their MOT reminder service for cars and bikes has now been extended to include lorries, buses and lorry trailers. To sign up for the service you will need the vehicle’s registration number and a mobile phone number of email address. For cars and bikes you will get a reminder one … Read More

Maintaining buses, coaches and lorries

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have recently published and updated their Guide to maintaining roadworthiness Commercial goods and passenger carrying vehicles. The guide gives advice on It includes guidance on daily checks and inspections, inspection and repair facilities, regular safety inspections, responsibilities for roadworthiness and monitoring. The latest edition has been updated to include a refreshed design, further … Read More

Designing Safe Buildings

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RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) has announced that over the next twelve months they will be developing a new mandatory test for all UK Chartered Members on health and safety and building users life safety. This is, in part, inspired by the Hackitt Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety earlier this year following the Grenfell Tower fire … Read More

Updating Road Safety Laws for Cyclists

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Between 2011 and 2016 there were 2,491 recorded collisions between cyclists and pedestrians that resulted in a pedestrian casualty, of which 20 were fatal and 546 resulted in serious injury. The Government recently announced a consultation on plans to introduce new offences of causing death or serious injury while cycling. The aim of the proposals is to achieve consistency between … Read More

Avoiding Falls From Height

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The consequences of a fall from height can be severe. Figures recently released by the HSE show that while falls from height were the most common type of fatal accident at work typically accounting for around 28% of accidental deaths, they only tend to represent around 7% of non-fatal injuries (see http://www.sigersonassociates.co.uk/news/deaths-in-the-workplace-rise). What can go wrong? Looking at some recent … Read More

New Construction Hoists Guidance

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The Construction Plant Association (CPA) has published a new technical information note that outlines the steps to be taken in assessing appropriate out-of-service wind speeds for construction hoists in the UK. Out of service wind speeds are important as they will have an effect of the stability of a hoist. You can download the new note (TIN302) and other guidance … Read More

There is a hole in the road and the government is looking into it, can you help?

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Earlier this year the AA reported that potholes were estimated to be costing motorists and their insurers £1 million every month in repair bills. Cycling UK has also reported that potholes were a contributory factor in 22 deaths and 368 serious injuries to cyclists since 2007. With this in mind the Government’s Transport Committee recently launched an inquiry into the … Read More

Are you prepared for a flood warning?

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With the current weather conditions, the risk of flooding may not be the highest priority. However, it is important that businesses prepare for likely emergencies and some parts of the country can be at high risk of flooding. Despite the availability of free flood risk warning services, they are not always as widely used as they could be. The Environment … Read More

Scaffolding safety alert

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With the school summer holidays fast approaching the HSE have issued a safety alert reminding contractors and those in charge of construction work of the need to assess the site and ensure suitable measures are in place to prevent members of the public, especially children, from climbing scaffolds and ladders. While it may not be possible to deter the most … Read More

Non-Destructive Testing fraud safety alert

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Non-Destructive Testing is used to check for defects in plant, e.g. pressure equipment, that may have been introduced by the manufacturing process or deterioration caused by the operation of the plant. The HSE has issued a safety alert following the discovery of a fraud involving the issue of Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing (PCN) to people carrying out this work. … Read More