Posts Tagged ‘Construction Plant Association’


Inspector criticises factory for putting money above safety

A manufacturing company has been prosecuted for continually falling below acceptable health and safety standards at its factory. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that skip manufacturer received nine Improvement Notices and a Prohibition Notice for safety failings at its premises During a visit, a HSE Inspector learned that the company did not have examination certificates for […]

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Are you a small builder?

We use the term ‘smaller builder’ to describe contractors who undertake work on: Private domestic projects – involving extensions, repairs and refurbishment work on private homes; or Smaller business projects – involving short duration repairs and refurbishment work for business clients (fewer than 30 days of construction work) where site safety responsibilities are shared between small builders […]

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Construction deaths rising during recession

 The HSE has issued several comments recently indicating that client demands and corner cutting has led to an increase in deaths within the construction industry. HSE fatality figures, due to be released, are expected to reveal that there is an increase in the amount of deaths of people working in construction during 2010-11,based on the […]

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Construction deaths rise as cuts are ushered in

The number of deaths in the construction industry rose by around 15 per cent last year, fuelling concerns that the cost-cutting measures being implemented by the HSE will reverse the downward trend of recent years. The regulator’s head of construction, Philip White, revealed the increase at a conference, indicating that competence – or lack of […]

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New guidance launched – Safe Use of Telehandlers in Construction

The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group have published new guidance intended to help industry reduce the risk of accident and injury when working telehandlers.  The new document – Safe Use of Telehandlers in Construction – was written by a Working Group which was formed in February 2010. Over 40 people contributed to the work, representing over 30 companies […]

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Working Smarter – a free tip

A great tip from the construction company Tamdown Construction, eager to increase worker engagement to ensure a safer workplace, is the daily WiSE briefing in which all operatives ask themselves a crucial question: “What difference can I make to make this site a safer place to work?” Wherever a site is operational then WiSE is operational, […]

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The use of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP’s) are currently under investigation by the HSE following  a number of fatal and serious accidents where operators have become trapped between the guardrails or other equipment on the platform and adjacent obstructions.  The selection and application of MEWPS need to be carefully managed and implemented by competent […]

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