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Nearly half of all small construction sites fail HSE guides

2 January 2017 Email this article

Nearly half of all small construction sites it inspected in 2016 fell below standards in health and safety, worse than in last year’s initiative. Notes published ahead of the HSE board meeting show that inspectors visited a total of 1840 sites and inspected 2235 contractors. Out of these, 49 per cent of sites fell below standards required to comply with health and safety requirements. ... more

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Facelift helps emergency services hit the high notes to fight cancer

2 January 2017 Email this article

Facelift kit was brought in to assist in the filming of a very special music video earlier this month. This came after Warwickshire police officers and other members of the emergency services put on their dancing shoes to record a music video in aid of Alex Goodwin, the son of a Warwickshire Police officer who has a rare form of cancer. To help raise money for Alex, Warwickshire Police Investiga ... more

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CPA - Ensuring safe site ground conditions

2 January 2017 Email this article

Build UK members, the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) and the Structural Timber Association (STA) have joined together with the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and National Federation of Builders (NFB) to promote the need for safe ground conditions on construction sites over the winter period. Inclement winter weather conditions in the UK can have a detrimental effect ... more

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How are you? - A helpful guide to taking better care of ourselves...

2 January 2017 Email this article

Eight out of 10 of the middle aged either weigh too much, drink too much or don’t exercise enough, as new analysis from Public Health England (PHE) out today (28 December 2016) shows modern life taking its toll on health. How are you? Quizz PHE’s One You campaign is reaching out to the 83% of 40 to 60 year olds (87% of men and 79% of women) who are either overweight or obese, exceed t ... more

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Minister helps launch HSE's new Health and Work Strategy

2 January 2017 Email this article

  The Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP has pledged her support for a new strategy for health in Britain’s workplaces. The Heath and Work strategy engagement is launched at a time when stress and musculoskeletal disorders account for around 80 percent of all working time lost due to illness. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ... more

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London hospital trust paid £1.3m in asbestos compensation

2 January 2017 Email this article

  One of London's largest health trusts has paid out more than £1.3 million in compensation to people who developed illnesses from asbestos while in hospital. Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust – which runs two of London’s largest hospitals – has been hit with 20 legal claims since 2001, according to figures revealed by The Evening Standar ... more

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200,000 new homes in Garden villages house building programme

2 January 2017 Email this article

 The first ever garden villages, which have the potential to deliver more than 48,000 homes across England, have been given government backing. In an expansion of the existing garden towns programme, these smaller projects of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes continue the government’s commitment to support locally-led development and make sure this is a country that works for everyone. T ... more

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Prosecution of local roofing specialist company and its directors over unsafe roof work

2 January 2017 Email this article

  A specialist roofing company and its two directors have been sentenced after admitting working unsafely at height on a hotel development in central Manchester during a major refurbishment and extension works. On the 17 March 2015, a member of public witnessed and photographed unsafe work at a construction site and contacted the HSE. Manchester Magistrates Court heard that the phot ... more

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Builder prosecuted for worker's fall

2 January 2017 Email this article

A builder from Surrey has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after a worker fell 3.2 m through an opening in a roof onto a concrete floor. He survived the fall but was left with broken ribs, swelling to his brain and nerve damage. An investigation found that he was part of the team building an extension to a house. They had been working on the roof, adjacent to an opening created ... more

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Volvo sentenced for worker fall from truck

2 January 2017 Email this article

  The national truck, bus and plant division of Volvo has been fined £900,000 after one of their workers fell and suffered head injuries. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how a worker was servicing a large delivery truck and repairing the driver’s access rope for the cab when he fell, striking his head and losing consciousness. He was placed in a medically induced c ... more

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