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Working at heights – what about suspension trauma?

by David Cant on April 11th, 2014

When considering working at heights, most consideration is devoted to the practicalities of ladders, scaffolding and safety harnesses. However additional consideration needs to be provided for staff wearing safety harnesses or who will be suspended freely for any period of time – suspension trauma. What is suspension trauma? Also known as “harness hang syndrome” (HHS), …Read the Full Post

Backing up your PPE with welfare facilities

by David Cant on April 8th, 2014

Maintaining construction site Health and safety can be complicated with so many factors to consider. Most businesses understand the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE), but this does not stop some failing to issue their employees with it. But PPE is just one factor employers need to consider. Equally important is the provision of welfare facilities …Read the Full Post

How to avoid slips and trips in the workplace

by David Cant on March 28th, 2014

Slips and trips are one of the most common accidents to occur in the workplace. The result is millions of working days missed on an annual basis and the corresponding litigation that may well follow. However by following a few simple tips the inherent risk associated with this type of accident and the resulting fallout …Read the Full Post

How Dangerous is Treading the Boards?

by David Cant on March 24th, 2014

Historically parents have been cautious in their support for offspring who announce a desire to move into acting. Usually this is because of the uncertainty of finding work or being able to feed themselves between roles. Other times it because the lifestyle of excess that seems to accompany being in the limelight. Even behind the …Read the Full Post

Health and Safety – Everyone has a part to play

by David Cant on March 18th, 2014

Although the ultimate responsibility for site safety lies with the employer, every employee has their part to play in raising standards. Businesses committed to improving safety engage and involve employees at all levels, helping to share the burden of spotting and reporting issues. The value of consulting your employees Employers that encourage open dialogue with …Read the Full Post

Industrial explosion underscores the importance of health and safety risk assessments

by David Cant on March 3rd, 2014

Kidderminster-based firm Filtration Service Engineering Ltd was fined over £45,000 last week after being found guilty of breach Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The severity of the punishment reflects the life-threatening injuries suffered by their employee Clive Dainty who was caught in the blast. Following concerns about the …Read the Full Post

Based in the West Midlands? How is your Construction site safety?

by David Cant on February 6th, 2014

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced plans to target building sites in the West Midlands in a drive to reduce “death, injury and ill health” in the industry. The campaign is running throughout the month of February and will involve inspectors checking other aspects of employee protection that are often regarded as “less …Read the Full Post

Asbestos Do you know your responsibiities?

by David Cant on December 10th, 2013

What is Asbestos? A fibrous, crystalline mineral, asbestos has been used in construction projects since the late 1800s. Relatively strong and resistant to fire, asbestos seemed to be the perfect insulation material for buildings where it was often mixed with cement for additional strength. The flexible applications of asbestos meant that it was used extensively …Read the Full Post

How many different types of work glove are there?

by David Cant on October 24th, 2013

As with any other piece of safety workwear, gloves come in many different forms depending on the type of use that they are expected to have. It is a fact that whatever kind of physical work activity you might be involved in today, the level of equipment and safety enhancements available is far higher than …Read the Full Post

Understanding Employer’s Liability Insurance

by David Cant on October 3rd, 2013

Does your business have Employer’s Liability Insurance? Do you know whether or not your business requires it, what it covers, and what it doesn’t? Today we’re taking a look at this mandatory insurance, and understanding some of the issues relating to it. The Employer’s Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 was brought in to help protect …Read the Full Post

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