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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 →