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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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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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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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Horrific industrial Penis accident is a warning to men everywhere

Horrific industrial penis accident is a warning to men everywhere A man from Gloucestershire is recovering in hospital after suffering one of the most painful (and embarrassing) workplace injuries ever. Somehow, the man involved managed to cut off his own penis with a circular saw. Details of the accident remain sketchy, but the injury could… Read the Full Post

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What can you learn from Romanian site health and safety?

What can you learn from Romanian site health and safety? Lax health and safety standards may be amusing – until someone gets hurt. When visiting a foreign country, It is always interesting to observe the workplace habits of one’s peers. So on a recent trip to Romania, a colleague snapped this photograph of a gang… Read the Full Post

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Behaviour and why people take risks in the workplace

Behaviour and why people take risks in the workplace Most health and safety provisions boil down to common sense, so why do so many workers take risks? Despite all your risk assessments, PPE and disciplinary procedures, workplace safety still hinges on the behaviour of your employees. If workers act contrary to these guidelines designed to… Read the Full Post

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Lessons in record keeping from Donald Trump’s latest bill

Lessons in record keeping from Donald Trump’s latest bill Continuing his efforts to dismantle the more contentious aspects of his predecessor’s government, President Donald Trump has just made a small but significant change to US health and safety legislation. But many commentators are concerned that the repeal actually places American workers in danger. Under the… Read the Full Post

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Do your health and safety plans include cybercrime?

Do your health and safety plans include cybercrime? When talking about cybercrime we typically think about computer nerds trying to steal passwords. Or pretending to be Nigerian royalty in the hope of convincing you to hand over your bank details (and cash). The risks posed by cybercrime are actually far greater – and can even place… Read the Full Post

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Encouraging employees to take health and safety seriously

Encouraging employees to take health and safety seriously The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed an investigation is under way after a video appeared on Twitter showing a man climbing out of a manhole on a busy street in Coleford, Gloucestershire. What makes the video so shocking is that the manhole has not been fenced… Read the Full Post

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How to report a health and safety concern

How to report a health and safety concern Working “at the coal face”, you are well placed to identify potential health and safety issues that need to be addressed. So how should you go about reporting your concerns? This step by step guide will help you know who to approach and how to present your… Read the Full Post

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