Health & Safety

Need workplace noise monitoring and want to learn how to do it yourself?

workplace noise monitoring

Casella, the provider of dust and noise monitoring equipment is inviting anyone in need of  workplace noise monitoring to attend a one day noise at work training course on 19th July in Bedford. Casella’s one day course has been created to equip attendees with the knowledge and skills required to effectively monitor workplace noise in accordance with the Noise at …

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Suspended prison sentence for Manchester gas worker

Lanscaping company fined

A man who fitted central heating boilers at two houses in Greater Manchester has received a suspended prison sentence, after he admitted he did not have the required safety registration to do the work. Christopher Dignam, trading at Blue Flame Plumbing and Heating Services, has never been on the Gas Safe Register, the body which ensures those who carry out …

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Young entrepreneur designs kneepad to reduce osteoarthritis

Recoil Kneepads

A young entrepreneur from Glasgow has redesigned the traditional kneepad to launch a product aimed at tradespeople which reduces pressure on the knee by 76%. Vicky Hamilton, 25, a product design engineering graduate from the University of Strathclyde, originally developed Recoil Kneepads as part of her final year project. She was inspired to help her dad, Gordon Hamilton, 48 who …

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Suspended prison sentence for unregistered gas fitter

Construction deaths rise

A gas fitter from Walsall has received a suspended prison sentence after he fitted a hob at a house in Tamworth when not on the Gas Safe Register. Alan Nicholas Price’s work came to the attention of HSE after a registered fitter subsequently carried out repairs on the gas hob. The unregistered gas fitter from Pelsall, was charged with breaching …

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Stonemasonry firm fined after apprentice injured by power line

Construction deaths rise

A stonemasonry company in Perth has been fined after an apprentice stonemason was seriously injured from contact with an overhead power line. Perth Sheriff Court heard how 20 year old apprentice Rodd McFarlane was working for T& M Stonemasonry, carrying out repairs at Waulkmill Cottage in Perth. During this work, McFarlane erected a tower scaffold to carry out some re-pointing …

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O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream review

O'Keeffes Working Hands Hand Cream

Roger Bisby tries out O’Keeffes Working Hands Hand Cream. They used to say, back in the day, that when the revolution comes everyone will have to hold out their hands and those with soft hands will be put up against the wall and shot. A tad extreme, I grant you, but I always knew I would be safe from the …

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Gas engineer sentenced for putting tenants at risk

Construction deaths rise

A gas engineer has been sentenced to 120 hours of community service for putting tenants at risk in rented homes in Chelmsford. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that James Wilkinson was Gas Safe- registered for some types of gas appliances, but had been carrying out work for which he was not competent. Wilkinson was contracted to work on gas warm air …

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Contractor fined for safety failings

Construction deaths rise

A company based in Cardiff has been fined for safety failings during a property development which included breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court heard Ziman Trading Limited, formerly Ziman Investments Limited (Ziman), was acting as the principal contractor at the property development of the former New York Hotel, York Street, Porth. An investigation by the …

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Further fall in construction inspections

Construction deaths rise

The number of unannounced construction inspections being undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive continued to drop last year according to construction union UCATT. In 2015/16 there was a total of 9,219 inspections compared to 9,656 in 2014/15, a decrease of 4%. The number of construction inspections has been declining steadily in recent years with figures revealing that in three …

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Why it’s worth investing in kneepads

kneepads

In this video Roger Bisby discusses the benefits of investing in decent kneepads. Roger outlines some of the latest technology used in knee protection, including a knee pad from Snickers which incorporates D30, a shock-absorbing substance which has improved impact protection for motorcyclists and sportspeople. D3O materials in their raw state flow freely when moved slowly, but on shock, lock …

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