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Sentencing Guide – H&S Fines to double

H&S Fines to double Sentencing Guide Yesterday saw the publication of the much anticipated Definitive Guideline for sentencing in health and safety (and corporate manslaughter) cases. It will apply from 1st February 2016 to all cases sentenced after that date i.e. including current cases and investigations in the pipeline which lead later to prosecution. It is being described by many as the most significant development in health and safety enforcement since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 [...]

HSE Release 2014-15 Statistics

HSE Release 2014-15 Statistics HSE have released their accident and incident statistics, latest estimates show that annually over 600,000 workers sustain an injury at work and over 1.2 million workers suffer a work-related illness that they believe to be work-related. A 2014 survey, commissioned by the European Union Occupational Safety and Health Agency (in collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive), explores how health and safety risks are managed at the workplace.  Full details of the UK results can be found [...]

Self-employed law changes

Self-employed law changes – 1st October 2015   Health and safety law will no longer apples’ to 1.7 million self-employed people, following a recommendation from Professor Löfstedt in his review of health and safety law in the UK. In 2011, the Löfstedt Review recommended that self-employed people whose work activities pose no potential risk of harm to others should be exempt from health and safety law. The Government accepted this recommendation and from Thursday 1 October health and safety law will no longer [...]

Dust Hub – HSE Launch Their Dust Hub

HSE Launch Dust Hub HSE has launched a ‚’dust hub’ on its website, with links to general and specific dust guidance. The site provides information to help employers control exposure to dust in the workplace. Dust is tiny, dry particles in the air and can be produced when materials are cut, drilled, demolished, sanded, shovelled, etc. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 places general duties on employers to ensure that people are not exposed to unnecessary risks to their health [...]

Vacuum lifters suspended by Balfour

Balfour Beaty Suspend the use of vacuum lifters following M3 Fatality. Use of lifters stopped until after investigation by senior managers. All work involving remotely controlled vacuum excavators stopped A Balfour spokesperson said “Coming so soon after a death in Hong Kong and after our UK-wide stand-down for safety on Friday, this tragic accident must remind us all again very strongly that we cannot take safety for granted.   Balfour Beaty will share learning from this tragic incident as soon as we are able [...]

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CDM 2015 Regulations Safer Sphere Solution

ITS’ THE TOTAL CDM 2015 SOLUTION For construction projects large or small. Safer Sphere is built to provide the ultimate tool in CDM management. Its a collaboration from concept to completion. CDM 2015 Regulations Enables all duty holders to meet their duties. Clients can ensure Principal Designers and Principal Contractors comply with their duties under CDM 2015 Regulations. Principal Designer’s can ensure Designers comply with design risk management under CDM 2015 Regulations. its a Means of cooperation and coordination. Automated permission & notifications system controls visibility and coordination. Obtain [...]

HAKI Staircases Safety Checklist

Are you sure you know what is real? Recent inspections have highlighted possible risks relating to the use of non-genuine components in Haki, or other British Standard stair cases.   Stair cases should be designed, manufactured and tested in accordance with BS EN 12810 and contain components from the same manufacturer i.e. Haki, Trad etc. and MUST not be mixed.   Haki Staircase Safety Checklist   1. Is the scaffold/supporting structure completed ready for the Stair Tower?   2. Is the ground condition adequate to take the load [...]

Manslaughter – Construction boss jailed.

Manslaughter The commercial director of a construction company has been jailed for three years and three months after being found guilty of manslaughter.     Commercial director Conrad Sidebottom was found guilty of manslaughter while self-employed safety consultant Richard Golding was convicted on health and safety charges.   Deborah Jeffrey, specialist prosecutor at the CPS, said: ‚ÄúAnghel Milosavlevici‚Äôs tragic death was preventable and inexcusable.   ‚ÄúWhile working on the excavation of the house, his safety was the responsibility of Conrad Sidebottom, the commercial director of Siday, and [...]

Fatalities on Construction Sites – An Infographic

Fatalities Fatalities on Construction Sites. ¬†More information can be found on the HSE Website. Share This Image On Your Site (copy code below): <div style=”clear:both”><a href=””><img src=”” title=”Fatalities on Construction Sites” alt=”Fatalities on Construction Sites” width=”635″ height=” 5128″ border=”0″ /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <div>Courtesy of: <a href=””>Safer Sphere</a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>

Prohibition notices – Do not ignore

A developer has been jailed for 30 months after repeatedly breaching prohibition notices while redeveloping a former office block in Parkeston, Essex.   A developer has been jailed for 30 months after repeatedly breaching prohibition notices while redeveloping a former office block in Parkeston, Essex.   The Health and Safety Executive visited the site in February last year following complaints from local residents. They complained about debris falling from upper storeys and of the danger to workers being left without any protection from falling [...]