UK Health & Safety – How Are We Really Doing?

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uk health & safety - what's really going on?

With the recent release of the provisional figures for fatal injuries arising from accidents at work in Great Britain 2017 and being a month on from the awful disaster at Grenfell Tower, it seemed appropriate to take a moment to review the state of UK Health & Safety. What do the statistics tell us? What does the behaviour of the … Read More

Are Employees Really Safer Than Contractors?

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Are Contractors Really Safer Than Employees?

In our recent post, Contractor Management – Way More Than Orientation, we introduced the steps required to keep contractors safe while working in your facilities and highlighted why your duty of care goes much further than contractor orientation. We did this within the context of the higher fatality rates experienced by UK self-employed people (0.79 per 100,000) compared with employees … Read More

Contractor Management – Way More Than Orientation

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Contractor Management

In February of this year, bus company Go Ahead London were fined £600,000 after a workman died following a fall from a ladder. The HSE investigation found that the company failed to implement and keep to their own procedures for managing contractors. Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector, Neil Fry, said, “This is a tragic case which could have been … Read More

Health & Safety Sentencing Guidelines – Missing the Human Element?

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Health & Safety Sentencing Guidelines - What's Missing?

Revised health and safety sentencing guidelines were introduced in February 2016. We see the results, the numbers. £14M in health and safety fines for the UK construction industry in 2016. £12M for manufacturing. But, while substantial, they don’t really resonate. Do they with you? Do you get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach? No? Me neither. These … Read More

Help Us Fight Exposure to Asbestos

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Prevent Exposure to Asbestos

Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2017 has long passed but we’re determined to keep awareness high all year round and to do all we can to prevent exposure to asbestos. As we reported a couple of weeks ago and with immediate effect, we are no longer making the asbestos module a chargeable, optional extra for e-permits. The module is now bundled … Read More

It Could Never Happen To Me, Could It?

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Crossrail Construction Project

There were 144 fatal injuries to workers in the UK in the fiscal year period 2015/16. A number, thankfully, with a long term downward trend although a number that seems to be levelling off over recent years. That couldn’t be you could it? I don’t mean one of the 144, but one of the duty holders held responsible for a … Read More

Asbestos Module – Now Bundled!

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We have written much and commented more on reducing the exposure to asbestos since the 2017 Global Asbestos Awareness Week at the beginning of April. Indeed, if we can make headway with recommendations we made following the Post Implementation Review of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 then the UK will become a much safer place to go about our … Read More

Santander plc – Improving Health & Safety in Data Centres

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Santander - Improving H&S in Data Centres

Modern data centres can use around 100 million megawatt hours of electricity a year, orders of magnitude more than a typical office building and more than enough to introduce significant danger into the workplace. As recently as 2015, Martin Walton was electrocuted and killed working on a data centre in Middlesex when one of two FM companies involved issued a … Read More