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Plans to Exempt Self-Employed People from Health and Safety Law do not apply to construction

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:11 am

The Health & Safety Executive has invited views on the proposed definitions of those self-employed people who will continue to have duties under health and safety law. Under current proposals self-employed persons will be exempt from Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA) except those undertaking activities on a […]

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ONE IN SIX SITES FAILED A RECENT INSPECTION BLITZ BY THE HSE FOCUSING ON HEALTH RISKS

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:10 am

Inspectors  concentrated on significant health risk issues, such as respiratory risks from dusts containing silica materials, exposure to other hazardous substances such as cement and lead paint, manual handling, noise and vibration. The two-week blitz saw 560 sites visited with conditions so bad on 13 jobs that work had to be stopped immediately. Enforcement notices […]

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CONSTRUCTION FIRMS PAID NEARLY £3M TO SAFETY INSPECTORS

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:03 am

It has been reported by Construction News that a controversial scheme forcing companies that breach health and safety rules to contribute to the cost of regulation should be kept, according to a new report. The report commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive about its fees for intervention scheme said the current level of costs […]

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NHS TRUST IN COURT AFTER WORKERS POTENTIALLY EXPOSED TO ASBESTOS

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:03 am

An NHS Trust has been fined after it was found likely to have exposed workers to potentially fatal asbestos material for more than a decade at its three hospitals in Hertfordshire. Between April 2000 and December 2011, the estates team at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust was maintaining buildings at Watford General Hospital, Hemel Hempstead […]

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TWENTY BUILDERS EACH WEEK DIE FROM ASBESTOS

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:03 am

The Construction Enquirer reports: Twenty tradespeople die every week from asbestos related diseases as an HSE survey revealed the full extent of construction workers’ exposure to the deadly material. The survey showed carpenters, painters and decorators could still come into contact with asbestos on average more than 100 times a year. The survey also revealed […]

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HSE ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT IN SCHOOLS INSPECTIONS 2013/14

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:02 am

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the results of its latest asbestos in schools inspection initiative, which took place in 2013/14. HSE inspected a carefully selected random sample of 153 non-local authority schools between April 2013 and January 2014, which included independent, voluntary aided and foundation schools, free schools and academies. The majority […]

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HSE STATS: WE’VE PUT SAFETY FIRST, AT THE EXPENSE OF HEALTH

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:02 am

The Safety & Health Practitioner report that:- “Yesterday, the HSE issued the annual health and safety statistics for the UK. The good news is that the number of fatal accidents and injuries are down and continue to fall year on year. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same thing for the health of our workers. There […]

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TWO IN FIVE CONSTRUCTION SITES FAIL HEALTH AND SAFETY CHECKS

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:02 am

The Health and Safety Executive has found “dangerous practices” at almost one in two refurbishment sites visited as part of its latest month-long inspection drive. Overall, 40 per cent of construction sites failed HSE spot-checks, with the most common issues relating to work at height and falls, failure to control dust, insufficient welfare and asbestos. […]

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IMPLICATIONS FOR PC UNDER CDM REGULATIONS 2015

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:00 am

Principal Contractor responsibilities are set to extend under HSE plans:- The discussion surrounding proposals for CDM 2015 has focused on HSE plans to scrap the CDM-C role and replace competence requirements with those relating to training. However, the Principal Contractor (PC) duties under CDM 2015 look set for a change in a way which increases […]

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TOUGHER SENTENCES PROPOSED FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFENCES

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:00 am

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales has put forward proposals to significantly increase the penalties for health and safety offences, with recommended fines rising to £20m for larger organisations convicted of corporate manslaughter and up to £10m for cases of fatal health and safety failures. Until now, the largest fine imposed on any offender […]

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