News & Publications

Contractors Face £20m Fines for Corporate Manslaughter

Posted on November 19, 2015at 8:00 am

Major contractors convicted of corporate manslaughter after site deaths could face fines of more than £20m. New sentencing guidelines were introduced this week, which could see firms with £50m+ turnovers hit with fines of up to £20m. The guidelines also state that firms with a much bigger turnover than £50m could be hit with even […]

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Confusion About Who Can Be A “Principal Designer”

Posted on November 16, 2015at 10:02 am

The following extracts are taken from the text on the HSE webpage regarding the HSE Q&A article of 31st October which relates to the role of Principal Designer:- Who is a principal designer? A principal designer can be an organisation or individual who is appointed by the client to take the lead in planning, managing, […]

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Keelagher Okey Klein pass APS Principal Designer Assessment

Posted on November 13, 2015at 2:42 pm

Keelagher Okey Klein have long been a Registered Practice of the Association for Project Safety, however we have recently undertaken the Association for Project Safety’s new assessment for Principal Designer and CDM Advisor practices and passed with zero “minors” or advisory comments. Our approach to the enactment of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 […]

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Workers Leap for their Lives as Scaffold Collapses in River

Posted on November 09, 2015at 11:56 am

KOK Note: Whilst the events in this article occurred under CDM2007, it is certainly a lesson for Clients under CDM2015 who are now responsible for the actions of the Principal Designer and the Principal Contractor. As well as needing to ensure the skills, knowledge, training and experience of all their appointments, Clients should make arrangements […]

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HSE Refurbishment Initiative 14th Sep - 9th Oct 2015

Posted on September 21, 2015at 10:34 am

HSE is undertaking its annual Refurbishment Initiative between 14 September and 9 October 2015. During this period, inspectors will be targeting visits to sites where refurbishment work is being carried out, focussing on the main causes of accidents and ill-health in this high risk sector. These include  work at height  site good order  welfare  exposure […]

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Radical Asbestos Regulations Planned

Posted on September 02, 2015at 4:22 pm

As members of The Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH), our Health and Safety Professionals have recently been asked to comment on the proposals by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health for the eradication of asbestos. Further details, as well as our view, are provided below. The Asbestos Crisis – Why […]

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Ensure Your Site Is Safe During School Holidays

Posted on August 21, 2015at 11:17 am

Following the tragic death of a 7 year old boy three weeks ago, we feel it prudent to emphasise the heightened risk of children accessing construction sites during school holiday periods. The young boy was killed when he got stuck in a vertical plastic pipe and his clothing restricted his breathing on a construction site […]

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Keelagher Okey Klein sponsor Warrington Wolves

Posted on June 22, 2015at 12:34 pm

Warrington Wolves

We are proud to support our local team by becoming a featured advertiser at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, home of the Warrington Wolves. Keelagher Okey Klein ( are Warrington’s leading construction consultancy experts and have a long-standing relationship with Halliwell Jones having completed both their BMW and Mini Showrooms in Warrington and other showrooms in […]

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Posted on April 27, 2015at 3:40 am

There is a lot of turmoil, conjecture, misunderstanding and misinformation surrounding the implementation of the Regulations at this time and many Practices are refusing or are finding themselves unable to carry out the duties of Principal Designer. Others are swayed by commercial pressures or have disagreement internally. D&B is proving a problem with some insurers […]

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Posted on April 21, 2015at 12:00 pm

The newly enacted CDM 2015 regulations pertaining to the management, monitoring and control of health and safety matters on a construction project been much discussed and debated over the last year or so, but how many construction consultancy firms can boast accreditation encompassing the new duties resulting from these new regulations? At Keelagher Okey Klein […]

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