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New guidance to help with health and safety

31 August 2013 Email this article

The HSE has launched new guidance to help make it easier for larger organisations and businesses to understand how to manage health and safety. The completely refreshed and enhanced 'Managing for Health and Safety' guidance (also known as HSG65) is now available online at http://www.hse.gov.uk/managing/. The guidance aims to help business leaders, owners, directors, trustees and line-managers a ... more

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CITB announces plans that will make it 'fit for the future'

31 August 2013 Email this article

Ahead of its 50th anniversary, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced changes to its board that it hopes will make it 'fit for the future'. Chairman James Wates said: "The CITB board wishes to ensure that over the next decade the CITB remains relevant to the sector and of increased value in a changing world with an evolving economy,". Mr Wates continue ... more

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Construction firm fined after worker is seriously hurt in fall

31 August 2013 Email this article

A Newcastle-based construction firm has been fined for safety failings after an agency worker suffered serious arm injuries in a fall while working on a County Durham residential home. David Hammel, aged 55, has been left unable to resume his work as a joiner after sustaining the injuries after falling two and a half metres from a wall in July 2012. Consett Magistrates' Court heard that Mr H ... more

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Builder fined after worker suffers life-changing injuries in fall

31 August 2013 Email this article

A Leicestershire builder has been fined after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he plunged six metres while repairing a second floor window. The 50-year-old worker from Leicester, who did not want to be named, had been sub-contracted by Peter Steans to repair wooden window frames at a house in Hallaton, near Market Harborough in Leicestershire. He was working from a ladder extended to ... more

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Kent firm in court over building site "shambles"

31 August 2013 Email this article

An Ashford-based building company has been prosecuted for repeatedly failing to manage risks on a construction site and exposing workers to needless risk of injury. Canterbury Magistrates were told that concerns about the development site in Ramsgate, run by Ecobuild Homes Ltd, meant it had been visited by HSE Inspectors seven times in five months. The court heard that on one visit, Inspecto ... more

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PASMA cracks down on unsafe low level platforms with minimum safety standard

31 August 2013 Email this article

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association (PASMA) has launched a new Publically Available Specification - PAS 250 - a new safety standard for the design of low-level work platforms (LLWPs). Sponsored by PASMA, facilitated by BSI Standards and published under licence from the British Standards Institution (BSI), that standard sets out the minimum safety and performance req ... more

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Introducing the RazaDeck 200

30 August 2013 Email this article

When one of our existing customers needed a non-powered platform to work on a floating production, storage and offloading (FPS0) unit, we knew we'd be able to find them the right piece of kit. And we did! The RazaDeck 200 is a 4 metre working height tower that doesn't require any building. The operator simply pushes it into place, locks the legs and pushes it up. It is lightweight and compact s ... more

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CITB grants for IPAF members

30 August 2013 Email this article

IPAF members in the UK who pay levy to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) may apply for and benefit from several grants that are available. Many of the 2013-14 grant aid schemes have been significantly increased making it possible for levy payers to claim significantly more than the levy that they pay in. As a further incentive to participate, there is also a supplementary payment ... more

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ZT Safety introduces the all in one 'ZT Universal Harness'

30 August 2013 Email this article

PPE manufacturer ZT Safety Systems have announced the latest addition to their fall safety harness range - the ZT 'Universal' Harness. Benefiting from four point attachments including front, rear and side loops for work positioning, the harness conforms to safety standards EN361 and EN358. It also incorporates the unique ZT leg gaiter design, which greatly improves operator safety by comple ... more

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'White van man' targeted by VOSA in new campaign

30 August 2013 Email this article

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is targeting the notorious 'white van man' - drivers of light goods vehicles (LGV) - in a new roadside inspections drive.   The initiative comes after VOSA revealed that these LGVs are involved in twice as many accidents as HGVs and have a shocking MOT failure rate of 50%. The need for this new campaign is further demonstrated by statistics ... more

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