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HSE INSPECTORS DOUBLED IN BID TO CUT FATALITIES

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:25 am

The HSE’s new chief inspector for construction is planning to double the ranks of inspectors in a bid to reduce construction fatalities. Heather Bryant, who took over from Philip White in April, is to marshal 300 extra general HSE inspection staff based in 39 regional offices, specifically to tackle the problem of falls from height. […]

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SOMETHING PHISHY

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:22 am

There are crooks out there attempting to steal your valuable personal information. One way to con you into handing over your details is to send you an email that contains a link to a website that appears to belong to an organisation you trust, such as a bank. This is known as “phishing”. Alternatively, the […]

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UPDATE ON REVISED CDM REGULATIONS

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:22 am

The Association for Project Safety ( APS ) have reported :- The HSE have informed us that their recently submitted Regulatory Impact Assessment for CDM 2014 has been returned by the Regulatory Policy Committee and there is some additional work for the HSE to do. This further information will then need to be re-considered by […]

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CONTRACTORS ARE WORRIED THAT HSE INSPECTORS ARE CONCENTRATING MORE ON CHARGING FOR SPOTTING SAFETY BREACHES THAN ISSUING ADVICE. CLIENTS SHOULD WORRY TOO

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:20 am

The innovative Fees for Intervention (FFI) scheme came into force last year on the 1st October. Fee for Intervention (FFI) is HSE’s cost recovery regime implemented from 1 October 2012, under regulations 23 to 25 of The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012. These Regulations put a duty on HSE to recover its costs (at […]

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HOSPITAL TRUST SENTENCED OVER FATAL LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE AND PATIENT WINDOW FALL

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:15 am

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been ordered to pay a total of £350,000 in fines and costs for serious safety failings relating to two separate matters. The first concerns at least seven patients being infected with legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ Disease, from the hospital’s water system. Fifty-four year-old Raymond […]

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ASBESTOS EXPOSURE AT COLLEGE IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:15 am

An asbestos expert has been fined after workers under his supervision were exposed to potentially-deadly fibres at a college in Greater Manchester. Steven Kelly, a fully-trained and qualified supervisor in licensed asbestos removal, worked for Manchester-based firm Winsulate on a project at Trafford College where they were carrying out asbestos removal. He was prosecuted by […]

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OPERATIONAL PRIORITIES FOR HSE

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:14 am

Operational priorities for the HSE continue to include small sites / duty holders, asbestos licensing, refurbishment and major projects / large contractors. As before, new elements have been introduced and others will evolve, including: a) Fragile roofwork where all work on commercial roofs, whether notified or seen whilst carrying out other work (including farms), will […]

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ASBESTOS ACOP L143

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:14 am

After a three month consultation period and in response to Professor Löfstedt’s independent review of health and safety legislation ”˜Reclaiming Health and Safety for all’, the HSE has now published the revised Approved Code of Practice ”“ L143 “Managing and Working with Asbestos”. ACoPs L127 (The Management of Asbestos in Non-Domestic Premises) and L143 (Work […]

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LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE GUIDANCE

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:14 am

New technical guidance (HSG274) for duty-holders was published in late 2013. The guidance is for duty-holders, which includes employers, those in control of premises and those with health and safety responsibilities for others, to help them comply with their legal duties. These include identifying and assessing sources of risk, preparing a scheme to prevent or […]

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SAFE DIGGING IS NOT ENOUGH — LAUNCH OF INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICE TOOLKIT THIS MONTH

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:12 am

The injuries and damage caused by the inadvertent damage to underground services, the consequences of which can be devastating, is unnecessary and unacceptable and needs to cease. Following a serious incident in December 2012, when a worker suffered severe injuries during a relatively simple task around underground services, a working group was put together made […]

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