UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR CONSTRUCTION HOISTS

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Hoists are often used in construction as a convenient way of getting people and materials to and from high workplaces. The consequences if a hoist was to fail while in operation could be serious or even fatal, to ensure safe operation it is vital that these are properly maintained and inspected. The Construction Plant Association (CPA) have recently updated their … Read More

TYRE BAN TEST CLARIFICATION

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New regulations came into place on 1st February 2021 which make it illegal to fit tyres aged 10 years or older to: The front axle of a goods vehicle with a maximum gross weight exceeding 3,500 kg The front axle of a bus or coach – including minibuses The rear axle of a minibus with single rear wheels fitted Following … Read More

SAFE TAIL LIFT DELIVERIES

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Falls of people or goods from vehicles are one of the most common types of accident involving vehicles at work and it is understood that a significant number of these falls involve the use of tail lifts. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) recently published new guidance which aims to reduce the risk when delivering palletised goods using vehicles fitted with … Read More

REVIEWING ASBESTOS REGULATIONS

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When the current Control of Asbestos Regulations came into force in 2012 it was a requirement that from time to time the Secretary of State must carry out a review of regulations and set out and publish the conclusions of the review in a report. The first review was carried out in 2017 and found that overall the regulations had … Read More

MAKING SMART MOTORWAYS SAFER – WHAT PROGRESS?

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In March 2020 the Government published the findings of a review of safety on SMART motorways and an action plan to improve safety. Plans included: Abolishing the Dynamic Hard Shoulder type of motorway and replacing them with All Lane Running motorways by the end of March 2025, in order to reduce driver confusion. Speeding up the roll-out of ‘stopped vehicle … Read More

HOT TUB HAZARDS AND LIFTING OPERATIONS

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All lifting operations must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner. Lifting equipment and accessories such as slings must be of adequate strength, tested and subject to the required examinations and inspections. Persons involved either supervising, operating equipment, slinging loads and directing lifting operations, must be trained and competent. While the … Read More

FURTHER DELAYS TO REVISED CAA GUIDANCE FOR CRANE NOTIFICATION AND LIGHTING

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In October we reported on new guidance due to be issued by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regarding the crane notification process and obstacle lighting and marking. This guidance had already been delayed and was due for publication by 31st May 2021. The new guidance is currently under trial and the CAA have now announced that planned Implementation of … Read More

HOW DOES YOUR BUSINESS FACE A CRISIS?

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With Business Continuity Awareness Week launching on 17th May 2021, Gordon Stevens MBCI explains the importance of establishing a framework to ensure risks are minimised, and threats that can lead to a disruptive event are recognised. Research has also showed that organisations with business continuity plans in place can respond to events much more effectively compared to those without those … Read More

ADAPTING FIRE PRECATIONS DURING A PANDEMIC

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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the need to keep workplaces safe has brought many changes to the way we work, with many people now working from home or extra hygiene and measures to support social distancing being put in place in workplaces. Some of the measures put in place to control Covid have implications for fire safety and a number … Read More

FEBRUARY DEADLINE ANNOUNCED FOR OLD TYRES

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We have previously reported on Government plans to improve road safety by making it illegal to fit tyres aged 10 years or older to the front wheels of lorries, buses and coaches and to any wheels of minibuses. The Government recently announced that these measures will come into force from February 2021. From that date, it will become illegal to … Read More