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Safe Use of Ladders

Following a recent fatal accident investigation, HSE is strongly advising all duty holders and users of combination ladders to ensure that they:

  • carry out pre-use checks;
  • use them in accordance with instructions;
  • check the locking mechanism(s).
Failure to do so could result in serious accidents.

Telescopic ladders

The use of telescopic ladders is growing more popular due to their ease of storage...  Read More...

 

CPCS Changes Expected in 2017

CITB and the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Management Committee have announced plans for reviewing and updating their scheme in 2017. We have experienced and/are expecting changes in the following areas: Scheme Category Development - reviewing the Telescopic handler 360 Slew and Forward Tipping Dumper categories. Digital logbooks - a new digital logbook option will be created, to make renewing via the...  Read More...

 

Suspended Loads – Save £120!

CPCS Telescopic Suspended Loads - Save £120!

Limited places on our 2 day (training and testing) course, 13th and 14th June.  Only £540 inc vat (saving £120!) Contact us on 01945 450044 to book your space now! *Must have CPCS telehandler suspended loads  Read More...

 

HUGE DISCOUNTS!!

CPCS Novice Telehandler - Save £315!

8th to 12th May 17 - ONLY £1125 normally £1440! Get in Quick!! Only 2 Places Available!!

CPCS Novice - Forward Tipping Dumper - SAVE £270!!!

24th to 26th April 17 - ONLY £750 inc VAT. Massive saving of £270 Quick!!! 1 Place Remaining!

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New HS&E Revision Materials

The HS&E test revision materials are being updated to the 2017 editions and will be available to purchase from 1 April. Content has been updated to reflect legislation changes. They are available in the following formats and pricing shown below is effective from 1 April 2017: Book- £11.50 DVD- £13.25 exc VAT Download- £11.75 exc VAT App- £5.99 Latest versions of the HS&E test revision...  Read More...

 

Winter working…..Safely

Slip and trip accidents increase during the Autumn and Winter season for a number of reasons: there is less daylight, leaves fall onto paths and become wet and slippery and cold weather spells cause ice and snow to build up on paths. There are effective actions that you can take to reduce the risk of a slip or trip. Regardless...  Read More...

 

NEW CSCS NPORS Card Scheme

You may have heard that late in 2016 NPORS changed the way they offer their operator cards in order to bring them more in line with the cards offered by CPCS. They now offer two options - a CSCS NPORS operator card and a traditional NPORS operator card. The New CSCS Card-  Much like the CPCS operator cards this type of...  Read More...

 

The use of vehicle structure in load securing on heavy goods vehicles

Securing loads for safe transport is a legal requirement in the UK. It helps to protect the driver of the vehicle, other road users and pedestrians during the vehicle’s journey from vehicle rollover or load detachment, and the driver and unloading personnel from the risks inherent in unloading a load that has been able to move in transit. This report...  Read More...

 

Health and safety at work statistics published for 2016

HSE’s latest annual statistics have been published and show that while Britain continues to be one of the safest places to work in Europe, many workers are still being injured or made ill by work. The statistics show that an estimated 30.4 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2015/16 and the estimated...  Read More...

 

Probability Law – The New Guidelines

The 2015 definitive guidelines for health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences came into effect in February 2016. They detail a framework for penalties in England and Wales for organisations and individuals convicted of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, gross negligence manslaughter, or Probability Law, and other OSH regulations and the...  Read More...

 

NPORS Changes to adopt CSCS

Further to the recent announcement from NPORS regarding the adopting of the CSCS logo onto the NPORS Construction Plant Operator Card we now have some basic information on how their new card system will operate in the construction sector. These changes will affect both new entrants to the scheme and existing card holders.

New Entrant

Basic training and testing undertaken and...  Read More...

 

Are you competent to use a Mobile Tower to work?

There is a specific PASMA training course available for persons who will only be working from mobile towers but who are not building or dismantling, adjusting or moving them. The Work at Height Regulations requires all persons working at height to be competent using the relevant equipment and they must be able to prove their competency. Please contact...  Read More...

 

360 Excavator Course Lowered!

We are delighted to offer all our clients, new and old, our CPCS 360 Excavator courses at a new lowered price!  It is now just £475 (previously £575) + vat for CPCS Excavator above 10 tonnes (A12) and only £425 (previously £525) + vat for CPCS Excavator under 10 tonnes (A59)!* *Prices given are for test only, please contact us...  Read More...

 

RoSPA Launches Excellence Forum

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has launched an 'excellence forum' to raise awareness and standards in workplaces across the globe.

The RoSPA Awards Excellence Forum will act as a research and reference facility for generating opinions on key health and safety topics and messages as well as current health and safety news and changes.  Members of...  Read More...

 

The 2016 Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines: How have things changed for companies?

On 1 February 2016, the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences came into force. They direct the courts to consider the sentencing of offending organisations by way of a step-by-step approach, primarily examining culpability, the seriousness of harm risked and the likelihood of harm, which are divided into a number of different levels to reflect the scale...  Read More...

 

New HSE Health & Safety System Strategy

Greater simplification, reduced bureaucracy and complexity?

HSE has today (28/02/16) published a “new health and safety system strategy”. This New Strategy  follows “conversations” with the public during the first two months of 2016 which the regulator claims made it “clear that we have strong support for all of the themes in the new strategy” namely: Acting together: Promoting broader ownership of health...  Read More...

 

The most dramatic change in Health & Safety enforcement since 1994

  Simon Joyston-Bechal, a UK leading health and safety lawyer from Turnstone Law fills us in. The Sentencing Council’s stated intention is to increase the level of fines for serious offences, particularly for larger companies; whilst reserving prison sentences for very serious offences.  In my view, the formulaic approach laid down in the new guidelines will greatly increase fines across the board and...  Read More...

 

New construction guidance on occupational disease

New construction guidance to stop workers dying each week from occupational disease

The construction industry has launched new guidance to encourage better management of occupational health risks. HSE is urging the industry to put an end to the hundreds of construction workers that die of occupational diseases every month. Inspectors issued more than 200 health related enforcement notices during the recent...  Read More...

 

Removal or Grace period from Site Safety Plus

As of 31st December 2015 the CITB are removing the 6 month grace periods for Site Safety Plus SSSTS and SMSTS Renewals.  After this date ALL delegates will need to do their refresher courses before their certification expiry date or face doing another full course.    Read More...

 

Fake Cards Still Rife on Site

One in five people responsible for checking skills cards on construction sites have seen fakes used by workers in the past year. Cheats are still getting away with it because contractors are not using the latest technology to carry out checks. A UK-wide survey also found  that while 86% of cardholders had their cards checked, under half (43%) were checked to...  Read More...

 

We now also offer NPORS!

We are delighted to announce that we are now also an accredited NPORS training centre and are able to offer NPORS training and certification across the UK.  For more information on our NPORS training, please click here.  Read More...

 

London to ban HGV’s without safety equipment

HGV's without safety equipment are to be banned from London in a bid to help protect cyclists and pedestrians. The proposed 'Safer Lorry Scheme' was confirmed by the Mayor, Boris Johnson, Transport for London and London Councils after it received 90% support in a public consultation. According to TFL, the scheme will require vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes to be...  Read More...

 

CDM 2015 Comes into Force

HSE has published new guidance on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015), which came into force in Great Britain on 6th April this year. The Regulations replace CDM 2007, with key changes including the application of CDM 2015 to all projects including domestic client jobs, all projects requiring a written construction phase plan and the replacement of...  Read More...

 

New H&S Apps Launched

Two new free mobile phone apps, designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SME's) meet their health and safety requirements, have been launched. The Safety Wizard app is drawn directly from the HSE Toolbox guidance, which aims to offer SME's a simple guide to their health and safety responsibilities. According to the developers, RNF Digital Innovation, the app gives the user...  Read More...

 

HSE appoints new chief inspector of construction

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has appointed its new chief inspector of construction.

Peter Baker, who is currently Head of HSE’s Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division, will replace Philip White on 1st April 2015. Philip, who has been acting interim chief since Heather Bryant left HSE in September 2014, will continue in his role as Head of HSE’s Operational...  Read More...

 

New CDM Regulations for 2015

New Construction (Design and Management) Regulations for 2015

Subject to Parliamentary approval, new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) will come into force on 6 April 2015. About this guidance This draft Legal (L) Series guidance is on the legal requirements for CDM 2015.  It’s being made available before the Regulations come into force on 6 April to help anyone...  Read More...

 

UK Construction Industry grows strongly in February

Activity in the UK's construction industry accelerated in February, a survey has indicated. The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose by a point to 60.1, its highest level since October. A score above 50 indicates growth. The housing, commercial and civil engineering sectors all showed signs of accelerating growth. The news came as housebuilder Taylor Wimpey and construction supplies firm Travis Perkins...  Read More...

 

New Lifting Ops & Equipment Regs

New Edition - Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. Approved Code of Practice and guidance

This Approved Code of Practice and guidance is for those that work with any equipment provided at work or for the use of people at work, those who employ such people, those that represent them and those people who act as a competent person in...  Read More...

 

Van Drivers CPC ??

Managing the road risk of van fleets - should van drivers take driver CPC training?

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training should be extended to van drivers as part of wider efforts to improve the safety of van fleets and bring them in line with the rest of the freight and passenger transport sector, says the European Transport Safety...  Read More...

 

Construction Industry Slows

UK Construction grows at slowest pace for 17 months

Activity in the UK's construction sector grew at its slowest pace for 17 months in December but remains robust thanks to continued growth in housebuilding, a survey has found. The closely watched Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI)fell to 57.6 from 59.4 a month earlier. The index remains above the 50-mark which indicates growth...  Read More...

 

40% of construction sites H & S fail

40% of construction sites fail Health and Safety spot-checks

HSE is urging the construction industry to ensure basic health and safety measures are in place after a month long inspection initiative found 40 per cent of sites failing to properly protect workers. Unacceptable conditions and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the 1,748 repair and refurbishment sites visited by...  Read More...

 

Tower crane slew brakes – Safety Bulletin

HSE investigations into the collapse of two tower crane jibs has identified that there were problems with adequate maintenance of the slew brakes release mechanisms. The purpose of this safety alert is to advise owners and users of steps to be taken to ensure that tower crane slew brake release mechanisms are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working...  Read More...

 

Campaign to cut work cancer deaths launched

An industry-wide campaign to cut the number of deaths from occupational cancer will be launched today (Monday 3rd November). According to conservative estimates, some 8,000 people die from cancer and around 14,000 contract the disease each year in the UK because of exposure to a work-related carcinogen, such as diesel exhaust fumes, silica dust or asbestos fibres. Worldwide, occupational cancer...  Read More...

 

CDM2015 to come into force in April 2015

Progress welcomed on construction regulations consultation resulting in new CDM2015 from April 2015

IOSH has welcomed the conclusion of a public consultation on revising the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM), following a period of uncertainty about the changes. These important regulations aim to improve health and safety in construction, by making it integral to projects and focussing on effective...  Read More...

 

National H&S Clampdown

National clampdown targets construction industry’s poor health record with targeted inspection initiative

‘Health as well as safety’ will be the message as poor standards and unsafe work on Britain’s building sites are targeted as part of a nationwide drive aimed at reducing ill health, death and injury in the industry. During the month long initiative, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will...  Read More...

 

Construction Sector Optimism Fades

Construction Sector Optimism Fades as housing market cools

Britain’s builders enjoyed their strongest run in 17 years in the third quarter but there are signs that growth will slow as the housing market cools. The construction sector has grown consistently for the past year and a half, but optimism among companies plummeted in September on outlook fears. Chris Williamson chief Markit economist said:...  Read More...

 

New Scheme to Compensate Blacklisted Workers

Eight construction firms have announced the launch of a scheme aimed at compensating workers who were victims of past blacklisting in the industry. Under the scheme, workers on the list would be paid £4000 on a fast track basis rising to £20,000 if they can prove discrimination.  In more serious cases, up to £100,000 could be awarded.  For more...  Read More...

 

Fastest Growth in Construction Industry for Months

An increase in housebuilding helped the UK construction industry to grow at its fastest pace for four months in June, a survey has suggested.  Housebuilding was once again the fastest-growing element in the construction sector, seeing the biggest expansion in activity and the fastest growth in new orders since January.  For more see BBC News.    Read More...

 

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