DON’T LET YOUR VEHICLE BE USED AS A WEAPON

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In recent years there have been a number of cases around the world where commercial vehicles have been used as a weapon to injure and kill people. The Department for Transport has now published guidance for drivers and vehicle operators to protect against this threat. The guidance is broken down into three key areas: security culture, measures such as pre-employment … Read More

Highway Code updated – mind that red X

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have updated rule 258 of the Highway code to reflect recent changes in legislation affecting lane closures on SMART motorways. A signal showing a red “X” and flashing red lights indicates that a lane is closed, for example because a vehicle has broken down in that lane and has not been able to reach … Read More

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