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Bonfire Night safety Posted 09/10/2019

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is one of the most traditional and fun nights of the British cultural calendar. However, it is also one of the most dangerous. This is essentially the case because when you mix merriment, kids, pets, and crowds with fireworks and flames, accidents can be the result. However, it really doesn’t have to be that way, and there are plenty of things you can do to make sure your night goes off with a bang, in the best possible sense.                                                                                                                                   

Using ladders safely on construction sites Posted 19/08/2019

When working at height on a construction site for any length of time there will usually be scaffolding provided for health and safety reasons.

 

However, for both practical, cost and space reasons, there are many occasions when ladders will need to be used on site.

 

For electricians, painters, carpenters as well as some other smaller jobs required on site, ladders are the only way to access high areas, ceilings, guttering and more. 

HSE executive criticised by farmers for choice of words Posted 23/07/2019

HSE executive criticised by farmers for choice of words

At a National Farmers Union Council meeting in June 2019, Rick Brunt, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) head of operational strategy, was accused of being offensive when he said that farmers “killed” people. He replied to his critics by saying:

 

“I take your point that some incidents are completely unavoidable, but it is so rare for me to see that. “In the past five years I have seen over 160 fatalities and the absolute vast majority of those I can see how they could have been avoided.

UK work-related death rate well below EU average Posted 16/07/2019

UK work-related death rate well below EU average

The latest Health and Safety Executive report has revealed that 147 workers died as a result of injuries at work in the period 2018/19 in the UK. At 0.53 deaths per 100,000 workers, this puts the UK significantly below the European Union average of 1.23.

 

The agricultural sector had the highest number of deaths, with 9.21 per 100,000 workers, followed by the waste management industry with 6.05 deaths per 100,000. The most common form of death was caused by falling from heights, followed by heavy machinery and moving vehicles. Though protective workwear can prevent some injuries and even deaths, they have limited protection when falling from heights or being struck by a moving vehicle.

ISEA stresses importance of good-fitting workwear Posted 12/07/2019

ISEA stresses importance of good-fitting workwear

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has warned that a “one size fits all” approach to PPE (personal protective equipment) puts workers at risk.

 

The ISEA claims that some employers order only a couple of sizes of PPE without considering the physical differences between employees. Protective workwear that is too loose can get trapped in machinery, and clothing is uncomfortable when too tight, causing many workers to resist wearing them for long periods of time.

Hi-vis: How does it work Posted 11/07/2019

High-visibility clothing, or hi-vis as its better known, is a form of protective clothing that’s made from fluorescent material with reflective tape or shapes added for extra visibility. It’s used to make the wearer more visible to those around them. This much we can legitimately assume you already knew.

 

However, you might not know exactly how it works at both a physical and interpretative level. You might not realise either exactly how successful and important it has been in the fight against workplace injury, road safety and cycling safety. So, we’re going to address each one of these points in turn and shed some light (if you’ll pardon the pun) on the issues.

Severely injured worker delivers motivational health and safety talks Posted 08/07/2019

Severely injured worker delivers motivational health and safety talks

James Gorry, who was badly injured in an accident 14 years ago, was the guest speaker at an early June seminar organised for the employees of MJM Marine in Newry, Northern Ireland.

 

Gorry’s workplace accident resulted in his right leg being amputated, and today he uses his experience to talk about health and safety issues to businesses all over Ireland. He reminds workers that they have to take personal responsibility for their own safety and abide by their company’s health and safety policies and that although a business may have robust safety procedures, individual decisions and choices impact the safety of workers.

North Wales case highlights high cost of ignoring HSE notices Posted 04/07/2019

North Wales case highlights high cost of ignoring HSE notices

A recent case at Mold Crown Court has highlighted the consequences of ignoring HSE safety notices.

 

When the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found out that a building firm was not protecting employees working on roofs with safety equipment or the correct PPE (personal protective equipment), it gave the owner of the business, Leonard Hamilton, a notice ordering that work on the roof must stop. Hamilton ignored the notice and two men continued working on the roof of a semi-detached house in Wrexham without scaffolding.

More than one in twelve workplaces has no toilet Posted 01/07/2019

More than one in twelve workplaces has no toilet

 

A poll of 1,000 workers carried out by Bunkabin found that many businesses do not comply with the Workplace (Health and Welfare) Regulations 1992 that require employees to provide the right number of toilets for the number of employees that use them.

 

The survey found that more than one in four workplaces (28%) did not have separate lockable toilets for men and women and 11% had fewer toilets than required. A total of 8% of workplaces had no toilets at all, and around 6% of staff toilets had no clean water access. Around two in five (40%) of the businesses do not have rooms for staff to rest in.

Call for Malaysian tax rebates on personal protective equipment Posted 24/06/2019

Call for Malaysian tax rebates on personal protective equipment

 

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Malaysia has called on the government to provide tax rebates for manufacturing or importing PPE (personal protective equipment). This would make PPE more affordable and encourage employers to buy top grade workwear.

 

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thy, the chairman of NIOSH, said: “I would like to propose to the government to consider granting tax rebate for imported PPE to make it more affordable and encourage employers to acquire quality PPE for their employees.