Hand – Arm Vibration Syndrome

HAVS is generated from the use of hand-held power tools and is the cause of significant ill health resulting in painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints. You have probably heard of Vibration White Finger that affects the circulation in the hand, but there are a …

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WORKING AT HEIGHT MUST INCLUDE TRAINING

A solar panel firm has been fined £153,000 after a worker was seriously injured in a fall through a fragile roof light at a private home in Kent. An HSE inspector said that better equipment, training and supervision should have been provided. The 32-year-old worker, from Ashford, fractured his shin …

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DANGEROUS WINDOW INSTALLATION

Company fined after carrying out dangerous window installation work eight-metres above a West End street. A company which manufactured and installed windows has been fined £36,000 after carrying out work in the West End of London with no measures to prevent the workers falling eight metres and after dropping part of a …

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ALARP “As Low As Reasonably Practicable”

Signing Health and Safety Contract

ALARP is an abbreviation for “as low as reasonably practicable” and stands at the heart of the way health and safety is managed in the UK. Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act require employers and the self-employed to ensure the health and safety of …

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HSE CONSTRUCTION INFONET

      Construction Infonet is a free eBulletin from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to provide a regular update on health and safety issues for all in the construction industry. To view the October 2015 HSE construction infonet which has the latest news on publications events and prosecutions …

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BREACHES FILMED BY PASSERS-BYE

  Greg Pearson, from Enfield, trading as ‘Pearsons Scaffolding’, was prosecuted by the HSE after the concerns were raised about scaffolding work being carried out on Tavistock Street in central London. HSE visited the site twice and found the incomplete scaffold to be poorly erected and unsafe work practices were …

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BUILDER IN COURT OVER WELFARE FACILITIES

Construction Site with high vis jackets

    A Cheshire building contractor, Phillip Affleck, has been fined for serious health breaches and lack of welfare facilities on a Culcheth building site. Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) received a complaint from a member of the public in May 2014 about the …

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HSC CONSTRUCTION REFURBISHMENT INITIATIVE

HSE is undertaking its annual refurbishment initiative  between 14 September and 9 October 2015. During this period, inspectors will be targeting visits to sites where refurbishment work is being carried out, focussing on the main causes of accidents and ill-health in this high risk sector. These include work at height …

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