Health & Safety

Housing Association fined after exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Housing Association fined

HSE is reminding companies of the necessity of monitoring workers’ health after a South Wales Housing Association was fined for exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard how Charter Housing Association Ltd. reported six cases of HAVS following a health surveillance programme launched in June 2015. The affected employees were all part of the maintenance …

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Lightweight beanie fits under hard hats for warmth and safety

Lightweight beanie

As the chilly weather sets in JSP has launched a new thermal helmet beanie called the Surefit Beanie which is fully approved to be worn with all the JSP Evo range of Safety Helmets. Compatibility is key when combining PPE and this new Beanie will prevent workers from wearing incompatible and dangerous alternatives such as hoodies under their helmets. Designed …

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Challenging perceptions of fall protection: The V-SHOCK Self-Retracting Lifeline

V-SHOCK

It’s not uncommon to see construction workers working at height without fall protection, particularly on small sites, where workers worry complex, cumbersome equipment will slow them down. MSA Safety is challenging this perception of fall protection with its new V-SHOCK, a self-retracting lifeline for building contractors designed with simplicity and robustness in mind.  Karl Jones, Global Industrial Design Leader at MSA …

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Excavation company fined after worker set on fire

Housing Association fined

A company undertaking excavation work has been fined for safety breaches, when a worker was burned after striking underground electrical cables. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that in February 2016 an employee was excavating the ground at a site on Spare Lease Hill in Loughton, Essex. He struck an electrical cable and was set on fire. He received significant burns to his …

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Company fined after exposing electricians to asbestos

Housing Association fined

A Paisley based utility services company has been fined for exposing four of its employees to asbestos during work at Anderson Tower in Motherwell in 2014. Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that four electricians employed by IQA Operations Group Ltd had been drilling through door transom panels to fit electric cables into each property within the tower block as part of …

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Construction still one of the most dangerous industries

construction dangerous

The latest annual injury and ill health statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that the construction sector continues to suffer significantly higher injury rates than other industries with slips, trips & falls remaining the biggest cause of injuries. The latest HSE stats show 1.3 million workers were suffering from work related ill-health – a decrease on 2015/16 …

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Challenging perceptions of fall protection: The V-SHOCK Self-Retracting Lifeline

V-SHOCK

It’s not uncommon to see construction workers working at height without fall protection, particularly on small sites, where workers worry complex, cumbersome equipment will slow them down. MSA Safety is challenging this perception of fall protection with its new V-SHOCK, a self-retracting lifeline for building contractors designed with simplicity and robustness in mind.  Karl Jones, Global Industrial Design Leader at MSA …

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Builder fined after father and son seriously injured in fall from height

Housing Association fined

A builder has been sentenced after three workers, including a father and son, fell almost five metres when a work platform became disconnected from a telehandler. Hull Magistrates’ Court heard that on 1 December 2015, Mr Jeremy Waudby was hired to construct a new chicken shed at Argham Fields Farm, Burton Fleming Driffield. He subcontracted a cladding company (A L …

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Simple precautions could have prevented roofer’s fall

Housing Association fined

A construction company has been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries after a fall from height which could have been prevented with simple precautions, such as a robust cover or scaffolding. Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 22 October 2015, a sub-contractor working for King Builders (Gloucester) Ltd, suffered fractured vertebrae, chest and head injuries after falling through an …

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Anti-dozing collars and heat-stress detectors trialled by Amey workers

Anti-dozing collars

Wearable technology which could reduce risks to drivers and lone workers has been trialled by highways engineers working for service provider Amey. Biometric and location devices which detect when the body is under stress and help workers raise instant alarms at the touch of a button were piloted on a technology maintenance contract, where working in higher risk environments is …

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