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Health and Safety responsibilities – are they really responsible for the death of steeplejacking?

by David Cant on September 17th, 2014

A Steeplejack vs Health and Safety Equipment An interview published on the Spitalfields Life blog recounts the life and times of George Cossington, a steeplejack who died recently. Cossington came from a family of steeplejacks who had worked on many of London’s most famous buildings, carrying out repairs, constructing frames and helping build at height. …Read the Full Post

The Horrifying Reality Of Asbestos Exposure

by David Cant on September 4th, 2014

Who is at Risk of Asbestos Exposure? According to the HSE’s own statistics, 13 people die every single day as a result of exposure to asbestos. In fact statistics indicate that considerably more people are dying today from asbestos related diseases than thirty years ago, despite highly public campaigns to draw people’s attention to the …Read the Full Post

A Hole Lot of Trouble – Keep Your Excavation Trenches Safe!

by David Cant on September 2nd, 2014

Excavation Safety for your Business He’d been told the water had been cut off. Last month a worker in Moray stood in a 1.3-metre deep excavation trench – not even a very deep one – and happily got to work cutting a section of cast iron water piping.  Suddenly, water exploded out of it and …Read the Full Post

Multiple Health and Safety Failings Land Brothers in Jail

by David Cant on September 1st, 2014

What no Asbestos Survey or CDM Coordinator! The issue of asbestos in old buildings and the risk is poses to workers has been brought to the fore by a recent case which saw two men jailed for up to 22 weeks each. Akram Hussein and his brother Inam were both jailed after repeatedly ignoring Improvement …Read the Full Post

Manchester Road Accident Holds Lessons For UK Employers

by David Cant on August 18th, 2014

Lessons learnt from a Road Accident in Manchester A serious road traffic accident in Manchester has left the local council in danger of receiving a huge fine for breaching the Health and Safety at Work 1974 Act. Despite pleading guilty to the allegations, Manchester City Council had their case referred to the Minshull Street Crown …Read the Full Post

Questionable health and safety issues hit the headlines again

by David Cant on July 21st, 2014

Although health and safety will always remain extremely important, it would seem that some officials are still erring too much on the side of caution. Here are some current examples of ‘elf n safety’ apparently overriding common sense. The case of the Devonian hanging baskets Elderly residents of a council-owned block of flats in Bradninch, …Read the Full Post

Warning Issued Over Electric Gate Installations In The UK

by David Cant on July 15th, 2014

Are electric gates the ultimate in convenience or safety? Or are they causing more problems than they’re worth? Proponents of electric gates suggest that they represent a stylish and convenient solution as far as safety is concerned, and that if fitted correctly they represent no danger. The trouble is that, as the latest news story …Read the Full Post

Time for another quick review of your fire safety obligations

by David Cant on July 11th, 2014

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have again voted to strike over pay and pensions. A series of co-ordinated walkouts will mean that commercial and residential properties may not be properly protected due to a lack of staff and resources. As a result, businesses are being asked to design and implement contingency plans to …Read the Full Post

How Safe is Your Workplace? Dangers Posed by Unguarded Machines

by David Cant on June 17th, 2014

YOU need to value Workplace Machinery Safety An unguarded machine might actually seem innocuous, but the sad truth is that it could seriously harm to your workers. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), moving machinery can cause harm to users in the following ways: Moving parts of a machine can draw in parts …Read the Full Post

Builders! Are You at Risk from These Deadly Workplace Hazards?

by David Cant on June 9th, 2014

Knowing where danger lies is half the job of avoiding accidents on a construction site. With excavation holes, ladders, steps, scaffolding, electricity and heavy equipment all over the place, your site is a hotbed for potential accidents.  Even deadly ones. Taking proper care makes all the difference.  And to help you, here are the six …Read the Full Post

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