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ZT put safety first at the A+A trade fair

1 November 2013 Email this article

ZT safety systems will be flying the flag for British safety products, as they exhibit at the A+A trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany, which takes place from the 5th - 8th November. One of the most highly regarded trade fairs for all aspects of safety and security, the A+A welcomes over 1,500 visitors from all over the world.  This year the exhibition will focus on corporate health management, ... more

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Nearly half of refurb sites are unsafe, says HSE

1 November 2013 Email this article

Recent figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that more than 42% of construction sites have failed inspections by health and safety inspectors. In September, inspectors from the Health & Safety Executive made unannounced visits to 2,607 construction sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place. Of these, 1,100 failed the safety checks. On 644 of the sites ... more

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Ladder training on the up!

1 November 2013 Email this article

In the first nine months of 2013 the Ladder Association trained more people in ladder safety than in the whole of 2012. This is made doubly impressive by the fact that 2012 was in itself a record year; in 2012 the Ladder Association trained 5,052 people, up from 3,500 in 2011, an increase of 47%. The 2013 total is currently running 40% ahead of 2012 and heading rapidly towards 7,000 for the full ... more

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Safety failings led to fractured skull for new worker

1 November 2013 Email this article

A roofing company has appeared in court for safety failings after a young worker suffered a fractured skull just weeks after being hired. The worker, who does not wish to be named, was 20 years old and had started his job with Dodds Roofing Services Ltd, based in Driffield, barely a month before the incident on 29 September 2011. He was one of four employees installing 25 solar panels on the roo ... more

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Surrey firm shopped by the public for unsafe working at height

1 November 2013 Email this article

A Surrey roofing company has been fined for unsafe work at height after concerned members of the public spotted workers walking on a fragile roof without any fall protection. Following an HSE investigation about the work on a former industrial building in Gillingham, Industrial Roofing Limited – who had been sub-contracted to replace and repair gutters at the site - was prosecuted. When a ... more

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Blackburn builders’ merchant fined after failing to check worker was competent

1 November 2013 Email this article

A Blackburn-based builders’ merchant has been sentenced after a man fell through the roof of its Blackburn warehouse in September 2010, after they failed to check whether he was competent to carry out the work. R&J (Builders Hardware) Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the worker, aged 44, fell through a roof light September 2010. Preston Crown Court was ... more

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Give yourself a helping hand - WAH Poster

1 November 2013 Email this article

Manual handling may sound like one of the more innocuous things that goes on in the workplace, but the statistics say otherwise.   In 2011/12, they were over 30,663 handling injuries to employees, and these made up almost three in ten of all injury reports. Similarly, one in ten major injuries and almost a third of over 3 day injuries to employees involved handling of some sort.   Th ... more

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Less Power, More Access – The Monkey Tower Mini™

28 October 2013 Email this article

Monkey Tower Mini™ is human powered so has no batteries to go flat or replace and no electronics or hydraulics to maintain. The light weight (80kg) of Monkey Tower Mini make it simple for a single person to manoeuver and it can be lifted over obstacles or up stairs. Monkey Tower Mini™ offers access over desks and can be used without even disturbing computers or other equipment on ... more

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New Poster - You must be competent

27 September 2013 Email this article

This months poster reminds operators that they must be trained and familiar with the equipment they are using. Operators must:  • be competent to operate the MEWP in the working conditions to which they are exposed,  • be instructed in local hazards and site rules, • have attended a recognised basic training course, and • be familiar with the make and model ... more

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Company prosecuted for worker fall failings

27 September 2013 Email this article

A Cheltenham-based company has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell more than 11 metres through a barn roof while installing solar panels. Daniel Harvey, 28, broke his back in three places, fractured his pelvis, broke several ribs, lacerated his liver and punctured a lung in the incident at a farm in Westbury-on-Severn in December 2012. He is still unable to work and is aw ... more

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