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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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How to choose the right dust masks for your team

How to choose the right dust masks for your team Dust masks are an essential item of personal protective equipment (PPE), preventing workers from contracting potentially fatal occupational diseases. Choice of a mask (or respirator) is actually a matter of life and death. Under UK law, masks must meet certain standards according to an application.… Read the Full Post

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Health and Safety lessons from Carillion

Health and Safety lessons from Carillion The collapse of Carillion comes as a significant blow to the UK construction industry – particularly smaller businesses who were working with them on a subcontract basis. It is hard to see any positive outcomes from the current situation – but the Carillion story does offer important lessons about… 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 – 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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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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