For most of us, our ability to see is something we take for granted. Whether a great film, a beautiful sunset, or our children’s smiles when we return home safely from work each day, many of our happiest moments are intrinsically linked to sight... Unless, that is, you happen to be one of the estimated... Continue Reading →
Surprisingly deadly: 5 of the UK’s most dangerous jobs
Ask anyone to name the most dangerous jobs they can think of, and you’ll usually be greeted with the same old answers. Racing car driver? Astronaut? Bomb disposal expert? While there’s no doubting these can be perilous ways to earn a living, health and safety statistics from the HSE suggest that some of the most... Continue Reading →
What does the future hold for the construction industry?
The economic future of the construction industry is looking bright, spurred on by Government funding for key infrastructure projects, the Help-to-Buy Loan Scheme, the Funding for Lending Scheme and apprenticeships to increase the number of skilled workers. And there’s new health and safety legislation for the sector, with the long-awaited revised CDM Regulations expected to... Continue Reading →
New CDM regulations coming into force, how will you be affected?
New Construction Design Management (CDM) Regulations, subject to goverment approval, are due to come into force in April, but what changes do the 2015 regulations bring, and how will your businesses be affected? To answer these questions I’ve put together a brief summary of the changes heralded by the new CDM Regulations - all of... Continue Reading →
The ABC of OSH (Part 1)
As every safety and health professional knows, there’s a near endless list of issues we need to consider if we are going to ensure every employee returns safely home to their families each night. While most of you will have studied for years to achieve the highest health and safety qualifications, there’s no harm in... Continue Reading →
Working at height: Myth versus reality!
More than a million British businesses and 10 million workers are estimated to carry out jobs involving some form of work at height every year. Falls are one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury at work. Fortunately, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have just published updated guidelines on working at height.... 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 →
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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