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Caught on camera: careless scaffolders working at height

26 June 2014 Email this article

Devil-may-care scaffolders were caught red handed after a concerned member of the public sent in a photo of their risky working practices to the HSE. The pictures show workers from Clerkenwell-based JOS Scaffolding Ltd using unsecure and precariously balanced boards to access and pass materials to higher levels. And one worker was even pictured sitting near the top of the structure casually dan ... more

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Secondary guarding devices: caution urged

26 June 2014 Email this article

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a safety alert advising that “covers/shrouds on machine controls do not protect against entrapment of operators between the machine and nearby obstructions”. In addition, it has  advised duty holders to familiarize themselves with two industry guidance documents: the Strategic Forum for Construction Plant Safety Group’s Best ... more

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New machines? What are the fuel economics!

30 May 2014 Email this article

Anyone cynical about whether new machines really do help businesses boost the bottom line may be interested in some calculations from a Scottish-based construction firm. Dumfries-based AMD Contract Services purchased JCB JS130, JS145, JS220 and JS290 tracked excavators, which all have the new JCB Ecomax fuel-efficient engine. To test the machines’ efficiency it carried out tests against a 2 ... more

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Fines imposed after reckless ladder work was caught on camera

30 May 2014 Email this article

A foolhardy roofer has appeared in court after balancing a double extension ladder on a transit van in order to access a third floor façade. George Nicholls, 25, risked harming himself and others as he used the ladder to paint a shop frontage in Southampton in March 2013, but luckily the HSE was alerted after a tip-off from a concerned member of the public and both he and the company th ... more

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Asbestos firm’s errors exposed workers to hidden killer

30 May 2014 Email this article

A specialist asbestos removal company has been fined after it exposed workers to dangerous fibres during demolition of a former school building. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation of Angus Group Limited after inspectors visited them while completing a job at the site of the former Ermine Infants School in Lincoln and discovered a catalogue of safety breaches.  ... more

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Construction firm fined after worker’s roof light fall

30 May 2014 Email this article

A Sunderland construction firm has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell three metres through a fragile roof light landing on the floor below. The 29-year-old, from Ryhope, was part of a team of workers employed by Brims Construction Ltd to carry out the refurbishment work in Newcastle, when the incident happened in September 2013. As a result of the fall he fractured two v ... more

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When don’t you need a CPC?

30 May 2014 Email this article

There are a few exceptions when drivers of heavy-duty vehicles. These are: If the vehicle the driver is driving doesn’t go over 45 kilometres per hour. If the vehicle is responsible for maintaining public order, such as fire engines and military vehicles. If someone uses a vehicle to complete a rescue mission. Is used as a lear ... more

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New drivers: What you need to know about CPC

30 May 2014 Email this article

Any drivers who have passed their test since 2009 now need to complete four different CPC training components in order to gain their LGV licence and Driver CPC. This includes: Part 1 - theory test (multiple-choice and hazard perception); Part 2 - Driver CPC case studies test. This is a computer-based exercise with seven studies based on real-life situations that dr ... more

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CPC Deadline fast approaching

30 May 2014 Email this article

The CPC, or ‘Driver Certificate of Professional Competence’ is an initiative that hopes to help keep drivers, and the public, safe by making regular training a mandatory requirement for any professional driver who drives a vehicle over 3.5 tonnes. All drivers, new and existing, must now undertake 35 hours of training every five years to ensure that their Driver CPC remains valid. This ... more

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New inspections guidance from IPAF will help keep equipment safe

30 May 2014 Email this article

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has released new technical guidance on major inspections of MEWPs aimed at keeping equipment safe beyond the manufacturer’s design life.  The guidance document outlines a major inspection scheme to validate structural integrity and functionality of critical components of a MEWP. Such a scheme may be undertaken to determine if a machine ... more

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