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Why competency and good health and safety management go hand in hand

24-03-2014

Photo shows workers in front of a graphCompetency is something which employers are looking for in industries of every kind. Before searching for flair, employers need to know that a candidate has precisely what it takes to take care of each part of a job effectively and efficiently.

One area in which competency is particularly important…

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Why your business will benefit from a competent person service and health and safety support

29-10-2012

According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), in the working year 2010/11, 1.2 million people were suffering from a work related illness. 26.4 million working days were lost due to work related illness and workplace injury.

It is the legal responsibility of every employer to make sure that t…

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CSCS tests: Why construction site health and safety is important

10-10-2012

CSCS cardsBetween April 2010 and March 2011, 50 workers were killed on UK construction sites. The construction industry accounts for just 5% of employees in Britain, but 27% of fatal injuries happen on construction sites.

When you look at the figures, it’s clear that construction sites are some of the most d…

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Paisley joiner ordered to do community service after unsafe gas installation caused explosion

06-08-2012

A self-employed joiner has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service after a gas cooker he illegally installed exploded, severely injuring two householders and causing more than £580,000 worth of damage toGas Safe Register logo four properties.

Alex Irvine was hired by John and Emily Reid to cut out a kitc…

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Working with height safely: How to use risk assessment

23-07-2012

Photo shows scaffolding at a construction sitePeople who work high above the ground have a number of things to consider so that they stay safe. From telephone line workers to tree pruners to window cleaners, all personnel who must work high above the ground need the best, most stable access equipment for height.

Equipment that provides support…

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Amputation leads to fine for kennel firm

28-06-2012

A Staffordshire kennel company has been fined after a worker amputated his finger on a circular saw.

Antony Capewell, of Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent was working at Ultra Kennels Limited at its Chesterton site when the incident happened on 11 May 2011

He was using a circular table saw to make …

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Ipswich gas engineer fined for illegal work

30-04-2012

A self-employed gas engineer has been fined for carrying out unregistered work on commercial premises in Ipswich.

Duncan Frere, 37, of Wilkinson Drive, Ipswich was hired between May and June 2010 to carry out the installation and connection of a number of gas appliances at the Super Kebab House…

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Gas engineer left pub kitchen at risk

22-02-2012

A gas engineer from Ascot has been fined for work he carried out on a commercial catering gas installation in a local pub, despite not being registered for such work

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Philip Payne, 49, trading as Wentworth Plumbing and Heating, for work he carried out …

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Hastings scaffold firm fined for putting workers at risk

20-09-2011

Totalscaff (GB) Ltd. has been fined after handing over unsecured scaffolding to a client, putting builders at risk.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector visited a site at Claremont, Hastings, on 20 April 2010 where building repairs and external work were being carried out.

The inspector not…

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Health and Safety News - 12 May 2010

12-05-2010

The National Core Competence Benchmark (NCCB)

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is leading a new initiative which will reduce employers’ confusion about which health and safety qualifications workers need to hold and which training courses they need to undertake.

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