Construction Health and Safety Consultancy and CDM Services


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

Proposed CDM 201X Almost Coming to an End – Participate Now!

by David Cant on May 19th, 2014

CDM 201X is set to go live by April 2015, and this is of course after it goes through Ministerial and Parliamentary scrutiny. However, once the regulations are in effect, there will be no grace period given for compliance. It is imperative then that stakeholders begin to familiarise themselves with some of the changes that …Read the Full Post

Is the Proposed CDM 201X a Stitch in Time?

by David Cant on May 13th, 2014

In order for any industry to be efficient and effective in its operations, it needs to constantly evaluate and re-evaluate its regulations, methods, processes and in the case of the construction industry, compliance. This is imperative not just in improving performance and remaining relevant, but in the case of the construction industry, this is especially …Read the Full Post

You need more than a first aid box

by David Cant on May 12th, 2014

The frequency of accidents in the work place vary widely according to the type of industry. Construction is statistically far more dangerous to worker health than insurance for instance, primarily because of the risks involved with the working environment. However the same basic rules regarding health and safety and first aid provisions apply to all …Read the Full Post

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

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