What is LOLER? A simple guide to lifting equipment regulations

Lifting operations can often put people at risk of injury, as well as incurring great costs when they go wrong. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, which are often abbreviated to LOLER, LOLER Regulations or LOLER 1998, place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. In... Continue Reading →

View from the top: Staying safe when working at height

You only need to take a look at the safety statistics to see that accidents on construction sites are responsible for a disproportionate number of all fatal workplace injuries – although the construction sector accounts for just 5% of employees in Britain, it accounts for 27% of all fatal injuries to employees, many of which... Continue Reading →

Safety on the site: when things go wrong

Warning: The following piece contains graphic descriptions of a workplace injury that some readers may find disturbing. Employing around 2.2 million people, the construction industry is one of the largest employment sectors in the UK. However, as our shocking construction statistics infographic shows, the industry is also responsible for a disproportionate number of accidents, injuries... Continue Reading →

Bad vibrations? A short guide to hand-arm vibrations

If you work with power tools of any variety, the chances are you have experienced some degree of hand-arm vibrations. While limited exposure to these vibrations is unlikely to cause any lasting damage, over exposure can lead to hand-arm syndrome (HAVS) or carpal tunnel syndrome. With the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimating that 2... Continue Reading →

Profile of a killer: 6 surprising facts about asbestos

Nowadays, the mere mention of asbestos is enough to send a shiver of concern through most people – and rightly so. Despite updated asbestos regulations coming into force in 2012, asbestos is still the single greatest cause of UK work-related deaths and remains a source of misery and ill-health the world over. However, in recent... Continue Reading →

Machine safety: using machine guards to reduce risks

Crushed digits, lacerated body parts, fractured bones... this litany of horrors may bring images of grim Victorian workhouses to mind, but tragically such injuries are far from confined to the past. In fact,  in modern day UK 40,000 such injuries, and a dozen or so deaths are sustained each and every year. And the cause? Mechanical equipment used without adequate... Continue Reading →

A dummies’ guide to PUWER

With the world of occupational health and safety overflowing with acronyms, it’s perhaps understandable that you might occasionally mix up COSHH with COMAH or DSEAR with DSE. However, if there’s one piece of safety guidance that you can’t afford to confuse, it’s PUWER. Thankfully, our simple guide tells you everything you need to know about... Continue Reading →

Asbestos Regulations – What you need to know

Campaigners for asbestos regulation called for a ban on the deadliest forms, (blue and brown), over half a century ago. Despite this, we live in an asbestos filled world and asbestos is not only still killing people - it is the single greatest cause of UK work-related deaths. Following the new asbestos regulations introduced last year,... Continue Reading →

What is Manual Handling? Explanation of the regulations and TILE tool

If you’ve ever wondered what manual handling is or what the regulations for manual handling are, then this post is for you.  More importantly, it highlights the manual handling TILE acronym and how to implement this within your organisation. Definition of manual handling and the manual handling regulations The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) 1992... Continue Reading →

6 construction safety statistics that’ll make you think

Did you know that in the UK construction accounts for only about 5% of employees, but is responsible for 22% fatal injuries? Or that 1 in 3 fatal slip, trip or falls involves a construction worker? Following our recent MSD statistics post, this new infographic puts these construction safety statistics, and more, into perspective better... Continue Reading →

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