VEHICLE LIFT CHECKS – 48 OUT OF 55 FOUND FAULTY IN NORTHERN IRELAND

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The MOT testing of cars operates differently in Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK. In Northern Ireland tests are required for cars from 4 years old, the system is run by the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) and tests can only be carried out at state operated testing centres. In January 2020 following routine tests faults were found … Read More

DRIVING GIG GUIDE LAUNCHED

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The term “gig economy” is generally used to refer to people working on a less formal basis than the traditional full-time 9 to 5 job. Typically, this can involve someone working on a task by task basis for several providers, often with the work arranged through an online platform. This may be the sole source of income for some individuals … Read More

NEW CHEMICAL EXPOSURE LIMITS NOW IN FORCE

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Last year we reported how the EU was in the process of introducing new lower workplace exposure for certain substances that have been identified as being either carcinogenic or mutagenic (capable of causing permanent change in an organism’s genes). EU member states were given until 17th January 2020 to implement these changes into national legislation. Exposure limits are based on … Read More

PROSECUTION UPDATE – COMMERCIAL VEHICLE HAZARDS

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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 & Sons fell almost 3 meters from the trailer to the ground and suffered severe injuries. The company was prosecuted for health … Read More

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

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Snow and Ice

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, every floor and traffic route in a workplace should be kept free from obstructions and from any article or substance which may cause a … Read More

NEW GUIDANCE CONSTRUCTION HOISTS AND MAST CLIMBERS

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Construction Hoists

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 taking the loads imposed on it by the equipment and the load carried. When free standing most equipment can only move … Read More

METAL FABRICATION INSPECTIONS

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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 particular welding fume and metalworking fluids. In February 2019 the HSE issued a safety alert following the publication of scientific evidence that exposure to all welding … Read More

GLASS BALUSTRADE SAFETY ALERT

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Glass Balustrade Safety

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 staircase. Any barrier in a building that is not designed and built to an appropriate standard may pose a serious risk … Read More

CORONER URGES THEME PARKS TO CONSIDER WATER SAFETY

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Water Safety

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 requesting that they review safety at similar rides and respond with an action plan details what steps … Read More

WISE UP, SIZE UP AND MIND THAT BRIDGE

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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. Network Rail recently reported research that found 52% of lorry drivers do not take low bridges into account when planning routes, … Read More