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

Bouncy castles and play inflatables: are they safe?

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Tragically bouncy castles and play inflatables have been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons, with a 3 year old girl fatally injured in an incident involving an inflatable trampoline at Gorelston in Norfolk and two people being jailed following the death of another young girl when a bouncy castle blew away at a park in Harlow, Essex … Read More