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DUMPERS/MOBILE PLANT AND VEHICLES GUIDANCE – CONSTRUCTION COMPANY FINED AFTER DUMPER TRUCK OVERTURNS AND FATALLY INJURES WORKER

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 →

UPDATE: REVISED HSE GUIDANCE ON EXPOSURE TO WELDING FUME

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 →

CONTROL OF WELDING FUME: HSE TARGETED INSPECTION OF ENGINEERING & FABRICATION SITES TO COMMENCE JANUARY 2020

Following the strengthening of enforcement expectation for all welding fume (including mild steel) in February of this year (see safety bulletin http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/mild-steel-welding-fume.htm), 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?

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 →

THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING TRAINING RECORDS

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 →

HSE CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION INITIATIVE – 7TH OCT TO 1ST NOV 2019

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 →

STOP USE & PRODUCT RECALL – 3M SELF-RETRACTING LIFELINES

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 →