Working in Intense Heat

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Is it too hot to work? Read our short guide on temperature in the workplace and health and safety law. This page tells you about the risks of overheating when working in hot conditions and gives practical guidance on how to avoid it. It does not address issues of thermal comfort in the workplace. In many jobs heat stress is … Read More

Platform Lifts

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The HSE has issued a bulletin alert regarding safe working with platform lifts. Potential dangers include: Inadequate maintenance of door components. Inappropriate adjustment of door locks. Interference with zone bypass switches at doors. Unauthorised access to lift well (shaft) when the lifting platform (lift car) is at a different level Recommended Actions: Carry out appropriate levels of maintenance Regular safety … Read More

Which is better? CPCS or NPORS?

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In terms of the training you receive, there isn’t a huge amount of difference between the two certifications.  Once NPORS changed the way their scheme worked a few years back to bring it more in line with what CPCS offer there became even less difference. Both schemes offer a red card and then blue card that are achieved by passing … Read More

CSCS scraps exemptions to health & safety test

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There are to be no more exemptions: if you need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, you have to sit the touchscreen health & safety test first. No ifs, no buts. Until now, any applicant that had achieved a national or Scottish vocation qualification (NVQ/SVQ) within the last two years was exempt from sitting the Construction Industry Training Board’s … Read More

Unite calls for all workers in construction to be provided with death benefits

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Unite, the construction union, is launching a campaign to ensure that all workers in the industry, regardless of their employment status or where their employer sits in the supply chain, are provided with death benefits, following the recent tragic fatality of a worker in Scotland. Last week a worker was killed on the Longannet power station in Scotland. At the … Read More

The Importance of Staying Safe while Working at Height

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The following news article was written by the HSE. It clearly demonstrates the importance of staying safe while working at height and how quickly and easily tragedy can happen. A London-based construction company was recently sentenced for safety breaches after a worker was killed. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 4 November 2015, a Formation Construction Limited employee was using … Read More

Staying Safe in Winter Working

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Construction doesn’t stop when winter weather strikes, so it’s important to know what steps to take to keep your workers warm and safe. As another major winter storm is starting to impact areas of the country this week with snow and ice accumulation, it’s a good time to review some safety tips for keeping your workers safe. 1.Inspect and clear … Read More

NPORS Offer CSCS Cards

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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 … Read More

Safe use of ladders

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Safe use of ladder

Following a fatal accident investigation in 2017, 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 … Read More

Rest Rules Changed for Commercial Drivers

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Last year, the Government announced new changes to rules for commercial drivers in a bid to crack down on driving while tired. The Drive and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has the power to fine commercial drivers up to £300 if they are caught breaking the rules on how many hours they can drive and the breaks they need to take. … Read More