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Building a safety net: Protecting the workplace with effective project management

25-11-2016

Photo shows a woman wearing a hard hat holding buildings in her handConstruction sites are considered high-risk environments. Pay a visit to one and you will immediately see why — with large teams of people simultaneously working on various aspects of the project, all kinds of tools and heavy machinery involved and in motion, and the different areas of the site itse…

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4 essential safety tips for operating a cherry picker

27-06-2016

Photo shows a worker using a cherry picker to work at heightCherry pickers – also known variously as elevated work platforms, basket cranes or man lifts – are movable access platforms that can be extremely useful for working at height. Mounted onto a truck, these machines provide high level access for many commercial applications including maintenance and cl…

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Why health and safety are essentials in the workplace

20-06-2016

The phrase ‘health and safety’ often brings to mind the image of a school inspector examining corridors meticulously for trip hazards. But there’s more to it than that; health and safety is there to protect workers from unsafe environments, such as the Sport’s Direct centre which required mo…

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Does what it says on the tin – The importance of health and safety labels

25-04-2016

Photo shows a label warning about radioactive materialsWhether you’re a small start-up business or you’re an established company with well over 100 employees, having an established set of health and safety procedures and protocols is always essential. It is likely that you have a wide range of different procedures in the event anything goes wrong within…

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Best practice chemical storage in the workplace

12-04-2016

Photo shows a chemical storage systemChemical safety is a primary workplace safety concern for many organisations. To control the exposure of employees to chemicals in the workplace, particular efforts need to be made to ensure chemicals are safely stored and handled. Even commonly used substances in the workplace such as ammonia, benz…

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Dos and don’ts for working at height

23-03-2016

Photo shows a painter standing on a stepladderWorkplace injuries can pose very real dangers in our daily jobs, particularly when the task involves working high up on a building or other structure. Safety statistics make for grim reading, with accidents on building sites responsible for more than their proportionate share of all fatal injuries a…

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Using technology to create a sustainable business environment

06-07-2015

Photo shows a group of office workers looking at a computerCreating a sustainable workplace can be easily achieved in various ways, especially with modern technology such as software automation. The integration of technology into the work environment improves the safety and health of employees. One way to safeguard your employees, assets, and products is by…

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6 key requirements of an on-line health and safety management system

26-01-2015

Photo shows a woman using a computerAre you looking to make managing your business's health & safety compliance an easier, more efficient process? Maybe you're a risk assessor who is looking to the benefits of an electronic system? We all know technology can revolutionise so why shouldn't the legal compliance industry benefit from the…

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The root of manufacturing safety concerns

11-11-2014

YPhoto shows a worker welding and not using visorour manufacturing plant has all the right safety equipment and training procedures in place. Why do you keep having accidents? The answer is simple: you have humans involved. Human error can negate even the most stringent safety measures. However, there are steps you can take to reduce this vast ar…

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Health and safety software takes the H&S strain

16-05-2014

Photo shows a man relaxing by his computerThe regulatory landscape is arguably more complex than ever, and the rules and guidelines are ever-more stringent. In a complex world where environmental protection and health and safety performance are critical to long term business and supply chain success, intelligent health and safety management…

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How to avoid injury at work

10-02-2014

Photo shows a woman with one arm in a slingNo matter what environment you work in, from construction to the office, there are accidents just waiting to trip us up! Many people think that accidents only happen in dangerous working environments, but in fact, they can happen anywhere. Some of the most common workplace accidents are slips, trips…

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Health board fined for asbestos failings

26-06-2013

asbestos - the hidden killerA Scottish health board has been fined for safety failings that led to several workers and contractors being potentially exposed to deadly asbestos fibres.

On 20 June, Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that Greater Glasgow Health Board, known as Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS, had failed to properly manage …

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Recycling firm fined after worker crushed

21-05-2013

Photo shows the conveyor support beam Linas Mataitis was crushed against

A worker at one of the world’s largest metal recycling firms was killed because of a failing to properly segregate people and moving vehicles, a court has heard.

European Metal Recycling Limited, which operates across Europe, Asia and the Americas, was (on 20 May) ordered to pay more than £370,…

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Health and safety training – types and requirements for UK businesses

23-11-2012

training sessionThere are hundreds of different health and safety training courses available to UK businesses. Many are industry dependent, for example, building contractors that are required to carry out body-approved health and safety training for all workers, while others are generic.

Where legislation exists, …

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Do I have to PAT test?

22-10-2012

Do I have to PAT test?

Do I have to PAT test? How often should I PAT test? How do I know that my portable electrical appliances are safe?

These questions are examples of what I’m regularly asked by managers / business owners who are concerned with regulatory compliance or just want to be sure the electrical applia…

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Construction company fined over multiple safety failings

17-08-2012

An Ammanford construction company has been fined after a routine inspection at one of its sites revealed a number of dangerous failings.

T Richard Jones (Betws) Ltd. was operating a site at St Michael's Church, Manselton, Swansea on 10 August 2011 when Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspec…

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Director prosecuted after trainee tree surgeon severs thumb

24-07-2012

The owner of a Hampshire arboriculture business has been prosecuted for safety failings after a trainee tree surgeon severed his thumb on a log splitter.

Rory Stamper, 18, from Church Crookham in Fleet, lost the tip of his right thumb from the base of his nail in the incident at Cedardale in …

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5 health and safety tips to keep in mind when setting up your own business

23-07-2012

Being your own boss is exciting; it opens you up to the world and various opportunities. But, amidst the excitement, be sure that you have all your legalities in check too. While having entrepreneurial spirit can be exhilarating, it comes with risks – especially if you are going to need employees.

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Worker lost finger in wood planing machine

28-06-2012

A Hampshire glazing company has been fined for safety breaches after a worker lost part of a finger in a woodworking machine at its factory in Aldershot.

Norbert Pietrzkiewicz's little finger on his right hand was drawn into a cutting block rotating at 7,000 rpm as he worked on reducing the …

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Yeovil construction company prosecuted after worker hit by fork lift truck

05-05-2012

A Yeovil construction company has been fined after a subcontracted worker suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a fork lift truck.

Experienced ground worker Paul Daniels, 50, suffered shattered bones and almost lost his foot in the incident on 10 September 2010. His employer CJL C…

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