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When employees sabotage their own health and safety

When employees sabotage their own health and safety A group of builders has found a loophole in the rules banning shorts on their site – but it’s not as funny as they think. Several U.K. newspapers picked up on an unusual story this week about a group of bricklayers wearing dresses on site. Their unusual… Read the Full Post

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About David Cant

Director at Veritas Consulting. The SME's favourite go-to consultant for health and safety know-how. Bucket loads of experience. Fluent in practical advice. Solutionist with a brain you can pick.

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Could biometric technology help improve construction health and safety

Could biometric technology help improve construction health and safety Although it has existed for years, biometrics technology has been restricted to projects requiring the highest levels of security. This has mainly been down to cost – projects like the biometric passport cost tens of millions of pounds. As biometrics have matured, the costs have fallen… Read the Full Post

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5 ways health and safety will make you rich

5 ways health and safety will make you rich There are many excuses given by businesses being prosecuted for health and safety failings, but a desire to cut costs is a very common reason. And yes, there is a price to providing proper health and safety protection. But (ironically) these same provisions could actually make… Read the Full Post

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Improvement in Construction Safety is Vital

Improvement in Construction Safety is Vital According to a recent study, more than half of UK workers lack the basic knowledge to keep themselves safe in the workplace. People from a range of industries including construction, retail and manufacturing were surveyed, and alarmingly, results showed that 52% of respondents working in property and construction didn’t… Read the Full Post

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“Funny” video is actually a collection of health and safety nightmares

“Funny” video is actually a collection of health and safety nightmares A video circulating on Twitter recently looks like a harmless workplace prank – but it could have been a disaster. Workplace pranks are social media gold – which is why a new video circulating this month attracted so much attention. In the clip, a… Read the Full Post

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The workplace is no place for risks

The workplace is no place for risks Risk-taking is unacceptable when it comes to issues of health and safety, but why do some people still do it, and how can you move away from a risk-taking culture? There are many ways to define ‘risk’, but in terms of health and safety, the following is a… Read the Full Post

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New Health and Safety apprenticeship announced

New Health and Safety apprenticeship announced The UK marketplace is no stranger to skill shortages, but for the first time, lives could be at risk (outside the healthcare industry). The shortage this time is in the area of health and safety. According to statistics reported by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), half… Read the Full Post

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Health and safety advice from a UN weapons inspector

Health and safety advice from a UN weapons inspector A UN weapons inspector may be used to working with bioweapons – but their health and safety advice is still useful. The Guardian newspaper recently ran a report on accidents at laboratories tasked with handling biohazardous materials like Ebola, the Plague and Dengue virus. It was… Read the Full Post

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Finally! The Supreme Court resolves tribunal confusion

Supreme Court finally resolves tribunal confusion A recent decision by the Supreme Court should help to reduce time and cost of overturning an incorrect prohibition order. Businesses issued with HSE prohibition notices in error will find the process of overturning them slightly easier in future. The Supreme Court has recently ruled on a long-running case,… Read the Full Post

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Lessons from history – the Sampoong department store disaster

Lessons from history – the Sampoong department store disaster The collapse of a department store building 28 years ago still has lessons for construction contractors today. The Sampoong Department Store collapse is one of the worst peacetime disasters in modern history. When the shopping centre fell, 502 were people killed, making It the deadliest building… Read the Full Post

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When employees sabotage their own health and safety When employees sabotage their own health and safety A group of builders has found a loophole in the rules banning shorts on their site... Read More
Could biometric technology help improve construction health and safety Could biometric technology help improve construction health and safety Although it has existed for years, biometrics technology has been restricted to projects requiring the... Read More
5 ways health and safety will make you rich 5 ways health and safety will make you rich There are many excuses given by businesses being prosecuted for health and safety failings, but... Read More
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