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Poundstretcher, Whistleblowers and a Warning for All Employers

Poundstretcher, Whistleblowers and a warning for all employers High street retailer Poundstretcher has been handed a £1,000.000 fine for health and safety failings recently – but we can all learn something from the case. The firm was found guilty of 24 counts of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in three of their… Read the Full Post

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About David Cant

Director at Veritas Consulting. 20+ years as a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner with a brain you can pick. A trusted, risk savvy portfolio professional who is fluent in practical advice and an effective workplace solutionist.

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Construction site safety over the Christmas break

Construction site safety for a safer Christmas break Many sites shutdown between Christmas and New Year – here’s your checklist for increasing construction site safety over that period. The gap between Christmas and New Year is the perfect time to shut down a construction site, allowing workers a well-earned break with their family. Poor weather… Read the Full Post

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Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Construction Industry

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Construction Industry Technology is already changing the way we work – but does it threaten jobs in the construction industry? Technology has dramatically changed the workplace in recent years, and several industries have been transformed completely. Traditional newspapers are being forced to merge or close as people read more online… Read the Full Post

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Has health and safety gone too far?

Has health and safety gone too far? People often say “health and safety has gone too far”. But are they right? Complaints about health and safety are increasingly common; criticism from tabloid newspapers is increasingly loud and hysterical. And we’ve all heard the condemnation; “health and safety gone mad”, “wouldn’t have been a problem in… Read the Full Post

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Improving Construction Site Fire Safety

Improving Construction Site Fire Safety London Fire Brigade chiefs are calling for more to be done to prevent fires on construction sites. Ever since the Grenfell Tower tragedy claimed the lives of 71 people, fire safety has never been far from the headlines. Worryingly, the construction sector has failed to raise standards – according to… Read the Full Post

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How are the new HSE sentencing guidelines working out?

How are the new HSE sentencing guidelines working out? When HSE sentencing guidelines were strengthened, we predicted a large rise in fines – now we review the evidence. As part of a continued commitment to raising standards, sentences for health and safety offences were considerably strengthened in 2016. At the time, we warned that offending… Read the Full Post

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What are the most dangerous jobs on a construction site?

What are the most dangerous jobs on a construction site? Construction remains one of the most dangerous industries in the UK – the HSE recorded 43 construction-related deaths between 2015 and 2016. All jobs on a construction site carry an element of risk, but some are decidedly more dangerous than others. These are four of… Read the Full Post

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How to fake health and safety documentation

How fake health and safety documentation will earn you a jail sentence First, let’s be clear – learning how to fake health and safety documentation is a really, really bad idea. AKA how to earn yourself a jail sentence by faking health and safety documents. Not only is forging records a criminal offence but doing… Read the Full Post

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Your desk is killing you

Sitting at your desk is killing you. The British economy is increasingly service driven, which means that more of us are spending the working day sat at a desk. Although many people will assume that office jobs are safer than working on a construction site, there are serious occupational risks here too. The fact is… Read the Full Post

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Workplace deaths increase in Northern Ireland

Workplace deaths increase in Northern Ireland Disturbing news from Northern Ireland as workplace deaths increase by 30% in one year. Figures published by HSENI show that workplace deaths in Northern Ireland increased by 30% during 2016/17. The organisation responsible for monitoring, enforcing and promoting health and safety standards across Northern Ireland recorded a total of… Read the Full Post

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Poundstretcher, Whistleblowers and a Warning for All Employers Poundstretcher, Whistleblowers and a warning for all employers High street retailer Poundstretcher has been handed a £1,000.000 fine for health and safety failings recently –... Read More
Construction site safety over the Christmas break Construction site safety for a safer Christmas break Many sites shutdown between Christmas and New Year – here’s your checklist for increasing construction site... Read More
Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Construction Industry Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Construction Industry Technology is already changing the way we work – but does it threaten jobs in the construction... Read More
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