Health & Safety

Wearable Site Technology – the future for construciton workers
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Stronger, Safer, More Productive Operatives According to Sonia Mokdad, marketing executive at Geniebelt, a construction project management app developer “Wearable technology is set to enhance strength, safety, productivity, communication and vision on site” (Sonia Mokdad, BIM+)

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Tougher H&S Penalties – Designers & Builders Take Note
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New Sentencing Guidelines New penalties came into force in February 2016 making fines proportional to turnover. Some big names have been caught as well as a general increase in fines and custodial sentences since then.

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HSE Inspection Failures – almost half of small refurbs fail
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Worse Year for Accidents Nearly half of all small refurbishment projects inspected by the HSE in 2016 fell below standards in health and safety, worse than last year’s inspection. Notes published at the end of last year revealed that inspectors visited a total of 1,840 sites and inspected 2,235 contractors in June/July and October/November in […]

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Fire Safety on Site
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Zurich’s £400m p.a. Estimate According to an article in CIOB’s Construction Manager by Paul Henson of Ramtech Electronics, fires on construction sites are far more frequent than most people realise. Zurich estimates that there are around 104,000 each year, costing around £400m. Site managers should be aware that construction sites are covered by a number […]

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Massive H&S Shake-up in April – ALL WORKS captured
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Radically amended, CDM 2015 comes into force in April. It removes the role of CDM Coordinators and places most of their duties with a “Principal Designer”. ALL DUTY HOLDERS MUST ENSURE that Principal Designers, Designers, Principal Contractors, and Contractors have suitable “skills, knowledge and training” to take on their specific roles safely.

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Case study – A special fork lift truck (FLT) attachment for moving unusual barrels
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James Ross and Sons Newcastle Ltd, a pickle manufacturer, had raw materials delivered in plastic barrels, of varying sizes weighing up to 250kg, on wooden pallets. This created a manual handling hazard as they needed to be moved onto plastic pallets for food hygiene reasons. The ideal solution would have been to persuade the suppliers […]

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Almost One In Five Construction Sites Subject To Enforcement Action
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Nearly one in five construction sites visited across Britain have been subject to enforcement action after failing safety checks.

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Health & safety – not an optional extra
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Ensuring your workforce is safe and secure is a core responsibility for any employer in any place of work, but this is even more important to those working on building and construction sites where our teams are exposed to numerous hazards and dangerous equipment every day. This is why health and safety must remain a […]

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Organising site welfare – What you need to do
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The law says that clients and contractors have responsibilities regarding welfare facilities on construction projects. Contractors provide welfare facilities and clients must ensure this happens..

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H&S: does our house of cards still stack up?
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Over the last decade the industry has built a complex structure of health and safety competence cards and testing. But now the HSE is suggesting we are placing too much reliance on a flimsy structure – at rising personal cost.

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Project team faces tough questions at Lakanal House inquest
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The £2.8m Lakanal House refurbishment project resulted in the installation of replacement materials with a worse degree of fire performance than the originals, the ongoing inquest has heard.

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