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HSE respiratory health site inspection initiative for the construction sector Site inspections across Great Britain throughout June 2022

HSE respiratory health site inspection initiative for the construction sector Site inspections across Great Britain throughout June 2022 Every week, workers in the construction industry develop serious lung diseases that can have a devastating impact on them and their families. During June, the Continue reading →

HSE Issue Mast Climbers Fault Bulletin

The HSE has found a potentially serious fault with mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs) used widely across construction projects. These can be used in other industries for access and to maintain large plant. Platforms could fall from height where mechanical Continue reading →

Ear loop respirators / masks

Bulletin issued: 27 April 2022 Ear loop respirators / masks do not provide protection as tight fitting RPE The HSE has issued a safety alert about how respirators / masks which rely on ear loops do not provide protection as Continue reading →

Scaffold Guidance

Scaffold Guidance This guide is intended to clarify when a scaffold design is required and what level of training and competence those erecting, dismantling, altering, inspecting and supervising scaffolding operations are expected to have. Scaffold design It is a requirement Continue reading →

HSE Inspectors will be visiting Woodworking Businesses across Great Britain

Inspectors will be visiting Woodworking Businesses across Great Britain HSE are currently inspecting woodworking businesses to ensure duty holders know the established health risks associated with woodworking, including wood dust, and have effective controls in place to keep workers safe Continue reading →

Mobile Tower Death

Death from Fall from Mobile Tower On 15 January 2022 at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court, a building company was fined £16,000 after pleading guilty to breaching regulation 8 (a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, following an incident that saw Continue reading →

Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (PPER2022)

Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (PPER2022) These Regulations may be cited as the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 and come into force on 6th April 2022 Employers responsibilities to workers regarding the provision of Continue reading →

School and contractor fined for unsafe removal of asbestos

School and contractor fined for unsafe removal of asbestos A school and its maintenance contractor have been fined after workers disturbed asbestos at the school while installing a new heating system. A company had been contracted by the school, to Continue reading →

Construction company in court over inadequate health and safety standards

Construction company in court over inadequate health and safety standards A national construction company has been fined after an unannounced inspection by Health and Safety Executive inspectors found poor welfare standards, dangerous electrical systems and inadequate health and safety provision Continue reading →

Keep your workplace ventilated to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19

Keep your workplace ventilated to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 With winter weather making workers reluctant to keep windows and doors open, it is even more important to ensure your workplace is adequately ventilated. Good ventilation helps reduce the Continue reading →

Builder Jailed For Not Reporting RIDDOR Incident

A site boss has been jailed for six months for failing to report a serious incident in which a worker had to have his leg amputated. On 8 January 2019, an operative was clearing a site with an excavator so Continue reading →

LEV – Local Exhaust Ventilation

What is LEV?  LEV is an engineering control used to reduce the risk of inhalation of substances hazardous to health in a workplace, such as dust, gas, mist, fume or vapour. Typically, these substances may cause respiratory diseases such as Continue reading →

Controlling Risks of Vibrating Tools

Company prosecuted for failing to control risks to employees using vibrating tools 29th October 2021 A company that manufactures and sells medical devices for the healthcare industry has been fined for failing to adequately control the risk to its employees Continue reading →

Controlling noise at work (L108): updated edition published

Noise at work Bulletin The HSE has published a new edition of the guidance book Controlling Noise at Work. Controlling noise at work (L108): updated edition published Many people are exposed to noise levels at work that may be harmful, Continue reading →

Good ventilation in the workplace can help reduce the spread of coronavirus

8th September 2021 As more people return to the workplace, authority bodies are stressing the importance of good ventilation to support businesses minimize the risk of coronavirus. Alongside cleaning, hygiene and handwashing, good ventilation is one of the best ways Continue reading →

Company fined after several workers contracted occupational disease

August 2021 A construction company was sentenced today for safety breaches after multiple employees were diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS). The Court heard that the company reported seven cases of HAVS between 2016 and 2018. All of the workers Continue reading →

Construction company fined after worker falls from domestic garage roof

July 2021 A construction company has been fined for failing to comply with work at height regulations after a worker fell from a garage roof. The Court heard that in February 2020, the worker had accessed the roof using a Continue reading →

Company and director sentenced for exposing workers to asbestos

July 2021 A wood working company and its director have been fined after an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found a series of failings and risks associated with significant quantities of asbestos-containing materials within the premises. The Continue reading →

Safety Site/Workplace Inspections and Audits

Construction Safety CS Ltd are delighted to announce that we are expanding our workplace/construction site inspections and audits. Construction Safety CS inspections and audits provide reassurance and peace of mind to the Clients that the construction work on their projects Continue reading →

Planning a Construction Site office? Things to consider…

It is vital that employers plan their workspaces correctly, this is especially important for those in charge of construction site offices. Everything from storage through to health and safety needs to be examined, and comprehensive plans and contingencies need to Continue reading →

Construction company fined after worker seriously injured by a mitre saw

June 2021 A construction company has been fined after a worker’s hand was severed by an inadequately guarded mitre saw on a construction site. The Court heard that, in January 2019, a worker installing skirting board in a new build Continue reading →

Construction company fined after an employee dies after being run over by a dumper truck

An organisation has been fined after an employee was run over by a dumper vehicle. The Court heard that in October 2016, an employee was changing over a blade on a piece of work equipment at the side of a Continue reading →

Director fined after young worker injured in fall from height

27th May 2021 A Director of a Construction company has been fined for safety breaches after a 17-year-old worker fell from a mezzanine floor to the ground below. The Court heard that, on February 2019, the worker and two others were Continue reading →

New and increased COVID-19 spot checks throughout the UK by the HSE.

New and increased COVID-19 spot checks throughout the UK by the HSE. COVID -19 spot checks and inspections update: A new Variant of Concern is spreading in some parts of the UK. Further advice from the HSE is that they Continue reading →

Woodworking company fined £150k after worker injured

May 2021 A company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker was struck by objects falling from an articulated trailer. The Court heard that in July 2019, the 45-year-old worker had been unloading the bottom deck of the Continue reading →

Builder receives custodial sentence for failing to report an incident where a worker was seriously injured

May 2021 A builder has been imprisoned for 24 weeks after he failed to report a serious incident at a construction site he was in charge of. The Court heard that on January 2019, the IP had been clearing a Continue reading →

Sole trader sentenced after worker sustains serious injuries in fall from height

May 2021 A Sole trader has been fined after a sub-contractor fell five metres through a sky light onto a concrete floor. The Court heard how a sub-contractor working for the sole trader was renewing the guttering between two building. Continue reading →

HSE COVID Advice Update

    The HSE has issued new guidance for working and returning to work in line with the Governments easing of restrictions. Returning to work after a lockdown or other closure If your workers have been at home for Continue reading →

EN1004-1:2020 Mobile Access and Working Towers

  EN1004-1:2020 Mobile Access and Working Towers The new Standard for Scaffold Towers shall be in force from November 2021. It was introduced in November 2020 with a 12-month transition period. The new standard relates to the design, materials, load Continue reading →

COVID 19 CLC Site Operating Procedures Rev 6 updates

The Construction Leadership Council has issued a further revision to the Site Operating Procedure to reflect the recent changes and guidance from the government. The changes to the Site Operating Procedures – Version 6 include: Current requirements such as social Continue reading →

RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19

RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19 This guidance is for the person reporting, usually the employer (known as the ‘responsible person’). Members of the public and non-work-related cases There is no requirement under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Continue reading →

HSE Construction Health Inspection Initiative – October 2020

October 2020 will see HSE carrying out its latest construction health inspection initiative with health and safety inspectors targeting construction sites across Great Britain. Details of the Initiative: The initiative will run from Monday 5 – Friday 30 October As Continue reading →

COVID Site Guidance Update September 2020

CITB have issued a suite of documents to be used on site to assist with the management and control of COVID 19. This checklist is designed to be used to ensure compliance with current guidance on protecting your workforce on Continue reading →

Making your workplace COVID safe

Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Social distancing and making your workplace COVID-secure HSE has produced guidance on social distancing in the workplace, with details on common areas, workstations, movement around buildings and more. Find out more below or Continue reading →

HSE Spotchecks for COVID Compliance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is out conducting spot inspections on businesses checking they are working right and are COVID-secure. HSE is checking that businesses are aware of the Safer Workplace guidance and advising where necessary on improvements needed Continue reading →

COVID 19 CLC Site Operating Procedures V5 Update

Site Operating Procedures V5   The Site Operating Procedures have been updated by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) to reflect the latest Government guidance following the easing of lock-down measures in England from Saturday 4 July.   The ‘one metre plus’ Continue reading →

HSE issues safety alert against using KN95 facemask as PPE

HSE issues safety alert against using KN95 face mask as PPE The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning against the use of KN95 facemasks as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). A safety alert has been issued urging all employers and Continue reading →

Air suspension systems on vehicles

Air suspension systems on vehicles Introduction HSE have investigated several serious incidents involving air suspension systems on vehicles. The two main causes are collapse of inadequately supported vehicles and unintended rupture or release of components from the air suspension system. Continue reading →

Working Safely During COVID 19

Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak Assessing Risk As an employer, you must protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect your workers and others from coronavirus. In your risk assessment you must: Identify what work activity Continue reading →


A Safety Alert has been issued by Highways England following an incident involving alcohol based hand sanitizer. A gas transport employee used alcohol based hand sanitizer as recommended during the COVID-19 pandemic. The person then touched a metal surface before Continue reading →

Working Safely with Metal Working Fluids

Working safely with metalworking fluids  During processes such as machining, grinding and milling, individuals working with metalworking fluids as part of their day-to-day role risk developing a host of respiratory illnesses, which is why it is important for organisations to Continue reading →


The HSE has published guidance on social distancing, keeping businesses open and in-work activities during the coronavirus outbreak Social distancing In these extraordinary times, the HSE is constantly reviewing the fast-moving situation with their partners across government to support the Continue reading →


We have created an example risk assessment for our clients’ use, for the carrying out of construction type activities, maintenance and repairs – considering the current situation with regards to exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. To access and download Continue reading →

RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19

You must only make a report under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) when: an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a Continue reading →

Carrying out thorough examination and testing of lifting and pressure equipment during the coronavirus outbreak

HSE recognises the potential challenges when carrying out legal requirements for thorough examination and testing (TE&T) of plant and equipment as a result of additional precautions people need to take to help reduce risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Continue reading →

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Site Operating Procedures Version 3 Published

Site Operating Procedures Protecting Your Workforce During Coronavirus (Covid-19) This guidance is intended to introduce consistent measures on construction sites of all types and sizes in line with the Government’s recommendations on social distancing and ensure employers and individuals make Continue reading →


HSENI has produced an example risk assessment which shows the kind of approach HSENI expects a small business or workplace to take when carrying out a risk assessment for COVID-19 in the workplace. Click on the link below to access Continue reading →


Firefighters are issuing urgent #StayHomeStaySafe advice as millions of people complete their first full week of working from home amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. The majority of city office workers have now stopped commuting following Government advice to avoid all but Continue reading →

COVID-19: construction briefing – 24 March

The following briefing has been produced in collaboration between the Association for Consultancy & Engineering, Build UK, Chartered Institute of Building, CITB, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Construction Products Association, Federation of Master Builders, and Institution of Civil Engineers, as part Continue reading →

Fit testing face masks to avoid transmission: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Respiratory protective equipment Tight-fitting respirators (such as disposable FFP3 masks and reusable half masks) rely on having a good seal with the wearer’s face. A face fit test should be carried out to ensure the respiratory protective equipment (RPE) can Continue reading →


A construction company has been fined after a painter and decorator fell from an unprotected landing on the second floor of a house. The Court heard that the employee suffered life changing injuries when he fell from a second floor Continue reading →


On 17 January 2020 HSE published a revised version of EH40/2005 ‘Workplace exposure limits’. This has been updated in order to implement amendments to the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (2004/37/EC) which introduces or revises 13 binding occupational exposure limit values Continue reading →


A stone merchant has been fined for safety breaches after a vehicle made contact with an uninsulated overhead electric power line. The court heard that in July 2018, a wagon delivering materials to the company’s ready-mix plant was directed to Continue reading →

Amputation after glove was entangled on rotating drill

An architectural metalwork company has been fined after an employee suffered a serious hand injury on a pedestal drill. In August 2018, an employee, who was an apprentice, suffered an amputation injury to his right-hand middle finger whilst operating a Continue reading →


A property management and development organisation has been fined after five employees developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). The Court heard that between 2009 and 2014 five employees of the company used vibrating powered tools to carry out grounds maintenance Continue reading →


A leading construction company has been fined following an incident in which a worker was killed when a dumper truck overturned. The court heard that in October 2016, a groundworker working for the construction company, was manoeuvring a 9T front Continue reading →


In February 2019 HSE issued a safety alert to inform industry of a change in relation to the control expectations for exposure to welding fume including that from mild steel welding. This followed new scientific evidence from the International Agency Continue reading →


Following the strengthening of enforcement expectation for all welding fume (including mild steel) in February of this year (see safety bulletin, HSE Inspectors will be carrying out visits to engineering and fabrication sites between January and March 2020, ensuring Continue reading →


Is health surveillance required in your workplace? Risk assessment and controls (first part of the health surveillance cycle .) The starting point is your risk assessment. Through this you will have found out the hazards in your workplace, identified who is Continue reading →


This year two cases brought before the court illustrated how the availability of training and other records can influence the likelihood of a prosecution after an accident. In August 2019 Volvo Group UK was fined £13,333 after it pleaded guilty Continue reading →


Between 7 October – 1 November, HSE will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative. This will continue the focus on health, in particular the measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestos, silica, Continue reading →

Electrical safety in construction – breaches on construction sites up by 31%

The British Safety Group (BSG) has reported a 31% increase in electricity breaches on construction sites. The report was based on 20,000 independent site inspections carried out in the first six months of 2019, compared with the first six months Continue reading →

Hand-arm vibration exposure calculator and publication updated

HSE has made updates to a hand-arm vibration (HAV) publication and tool. Find out more below. Hand-arm vibration exposure calculator HSE has made updates to our hand-arm vibration (HAV) exposure calculator. HSE’s HAV exposure calculator helps estimate and record workers’ Continue reading →


Issue Date: 25/07/2019 On July 25, 2019, 3M Fall Protection announced an immediate stop use and product recall of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge and the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifelines. 3M determined that in a fall and under certain conditions, the Continue reading →

Provision of welfare facilities during construction work – construction firm prosecuted due to inadequate welfare facilities on site

A construction company has been prosecuted after failing to ensure suitable welfare facilities were provided for workers on site. The Court heard that the company had been issued with multiple Improvement Notices, following an inspection by a Health and Safety Continue reading →

Plasterboard manual handling aids

Plasterboard manual handling aids and factors helping and hindering the practicability of their application (HSE research report) Introduction Handling and installing plasterboard represents a moderate to high level of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risk. This is predominantly due to the weight Continue reading →

Preventing unauthorised access onto scaffolding and other work platforms

Issue Date: 11/07/2018 Introduction Scaffolding on all construction sites, but especially in residential areas, can seem like an inviting playground for children – who do not have the ability to perceive danger in the same way as adults.  Clients and Continue reading →

Tower Crane, Slew Brakes and Release Mechanism Maintenance

Issue Date: December 2018 Introduction: HSE is investigating the collapse of a tower crane jib in high wind.  The precursors of the incident are not fully determined at this point but investigations to date suggest that problems with adequate maintenance Continue reading →

Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume

Issue Date: February 2019 Introduction: There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans. The Workplace Health Expert Committee Continue reading →

Platform Lifts (vertical lifting platforms or lifts for people with impaired mobility). Risk of falls from height to employees/workers and members of the public.

Issue Date: 18/03/2019 Introduction: This Safety Notice is aimed at: companies providing maintenance of platform lifts (vertical lifting platforms) and owners/operators of such platform lifts used by people with impaired mobility, installed at their premises.   Information is provided for Continue reading →

Suspended sentence and electronic tag for scaffolder who verbally abused a Health and Safety Executive inspector

A scaffolder who verbally abused an HSE inspector has been handed a suspended prison sentence and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring tag. He was erecting scaffold on the front of a house for installation of solar roof panels when Continue reading →

HSE safety alert – use of ICAR capacitors in uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems

Target audience: All users of industrial uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems including, but not limited to, the chemical industry, energy industry, offshore oil and gas production and other users of high capacity electrical capacitors in industrial equipment. Affected capacitors are Continue reading →

Advice for employers – company and director sentenced after multiple workers diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)

A company providing specialised services in rock drilling, cliff stabilisation and rock anchors, and its director, have been sentenced after a number of workers were diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). The Court heard how three employees had developed Continue reading →