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22nd May 2018

What is the HSE up to in 2018 and 2019?

What’s happening?  The HSE has recently released its 2018/19 business plan that sets out its agenda for enforcement and strategic actions throughout the UK. What can you expect and how might you be affected? The Plan In 2017 the HSE conducted targeted inspection on approximately 20,000 workplaces; principally those which were known to be higher risk […]

24th April 2018

Contractor Handed £50K Fine for Shoddy Site

What’s Happened? A contractor carrying out some refurbishment extension works at a site has recently been fined more than £50,000 after a routine HSE inspection found a series of serious safety breaches. The court heard that PVAD Limited was the contractor controlling works at a construction site in London when it received a routine inspection […]

28th June 2017

Beards and facial hair is a hot topic in the construction industry at the moment…

Construction contractor Mears caused quite a stir in the national press recently when they asked all staff to report to work clean shaven. So why have they taken this stance and should all contractors consider following suit? Mears’ new ruling details that all staff working in potentially dusty environments be clean shaven when undertaking their […]

25th May 2017

HSE fines company and general manager despite no injury or ill health

The HSE has fined a company and its general manager for failing to upkeep health and safety standards, having previously issued multiple Improvement Notices. Cambridge Timbertec Ltd had received six improvement notices and written advice following an HSE visit. Initially, the firm had complied with these notices but had then allowed standards to slip. A […]

18th May 2017

Testing the water temperature

You’ve been tasked with taking regular tap water temperature as part of your routine legionnaires’ disease presentation strategy. Why do you need to do this and are there any special methods required? What is Legionella? Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by legionella bacteria including the most serious Legionnaires’ disease. This is a […]

18th May 2017

Must You Use Edge Protection?

Following a fatal fall from height, the HSE built a case against a builder in which it was alleged that he failed to ensure suitable edge protection and was therefore responsible for the accident. Rather surprisingly the builder got off the charges – What happened in Court? The accident In 2014 a builder appointed a […]

11th May 2017

Company fined £750,000 for asbestos failings

Refurbishment contractors, Barroerock Construction Ltd, have recently been fined £750,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,874.68 after failing miserably in managing asbestos on a site they were working on in Kent, resulting in exposing around 200 workers to the deadly fibres. How did this happen? Barroerock Construction Ltd was converting a former nine storey […]

9th May 2017

Double fine for working at height dangers

Two roofing contractors have recently been fined £66,000 each after the HSE investigated hazardous working at height conditions. MKM Fabrications Ltd was employed as the principal contractor to carry out a roof replacement on a building at Valley Mills, Oldham. The company subcontracted part of the project to Clad-It Limited, which effectively meant employees from two […]