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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…

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Finally! The Supreme Court 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Construction site safety over the 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…