News | June 2018

Worker ID on Construction Sites in the UK

29th June 2018

Here at Safety Fabrications we’re committed to promoting safety in the workplace – after all we’re in the business of fabricating and supplying equipment designed to make work at height as safe as is practicable.  We’re well aware that the construction industry is a risky sector in which to work and accounts for a significant proportion of the more serious and life-changing work-related injuries that occur here in the UK on an annual basis.  We’re also dedicated to playing our part in bringing our readers advice that will make workplaces safer, as well as supplying the equipment with which

Five Top Tips for Progressive Safety on Site

28th June 2018

We all know that accidents and incidents on construction sites often result in serious consequences, including injuries (some of which may be life-changing) and even fatalities in some cases.  Reducing the risks helps to reduce the number of accidents.  Taking a proactive approach is the name of the game, doing whatever it takes to ensure that accidents are reduced, if not totally eliminated.  Today we’re going to take a look at four things any construction site manager can do to improve the progressive approach.

Concrete is Playing a Part in Turning the Construction Industry Green

26th June 2018

Over the past couple of years we’ve been publishing an intermittent series of articles on concrete, one of the most common materials on the planet today.  We’ve explained the difference between concrete and cement, we’ve looked at the history of concrete and how it was used by the Romans.  We’ve come across several innovative new type

Advice for Construction Company Owners on Lone Workers

25th June 2018

There are now estimated to be more than six million lone workers in the UK, a number that has been steadily rising for several years.  The UK construction industry has a huge number of small businesses and lone traders which means that there is a large proportion of people working alone, very often on jobs that entail a certain amount of work at height, which brings extra risks.

Working Safely Near Overhead Power Cables – Part Two

21st June 2018

Following the publication of a recent survey carried out by JIB (the Joint Industry Board which sets standards for employment, welfare and training in the electrical contracting sector), last week we took a look at working safely near overhead power lines.  We published some useful information on planning, preparation and eliminating risks and promised that this week we would follow up with Part Two – more of the information you need to ensure safe working practices near overh

New Safety and Health – What’s it all About?

20th June 2018

The Safety and Health Expo that took place from 19 – 21 June at London’s Excel introduces New Safety and Health, a campaign to rethink the role of the health and safety professional which aims to inspire the next generation, bring the community together and change the perceptions surrounding health and safety.  This has come about too address the image problems of health and safety, particularly the image fostered by negative mainstream press stories in recent years.  Changing the stigma within organisations is just as important as communicating the message itself.  Today we’re going to tak

Making the Most of an Accident Investigation

19th June 2018

With 2018’s Safety and Health Expo upon us (it’s being held at London’s Excel from 19 – 21 June), today we’re going to take a look at how your construction company can make the most of any accident investigations.  While an accident in the workplace is something to be avoided at all costs, when one does occur, the investigation process can be seen as an opportunity to improve operations and put policies and processes in place to minimise the risk of a similar occurrence in future. 

Ensuring Competence for Work at Height

18th June 2018

When employing somebody to work at height, it is essential that you ensure that they are competent so today, we’re going to take a look at what exactly competency means and how you can determine whether a person is competent to carry out the work or not.  Competency is defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as “a combination of the experience, knowledge and appropriate qualifications that enables a worker to identify both the risks arising from a situation and the measures needed to deal with them”.  The HSE goes on to state that those working at height must be trained in the sele

Working Safely Near Overhead Power Cables – Part One

14th June 2018

A recent survey of accidents at work carried out by JIB (the Joint Industry Board which sets standards for employment, welfare and training in the electrical contracting industry) revealed that in 2017, the accident incident rate (AIR) for RIDDOR reportable accidents was less than 10% of what it was in 2001.  This is in part due to the continuing commitment from electrical contractors to reduce accidents in the workplace by following the ZAP safety initiative which was launched 17 years ago.  This clearly demonstrates the power of industry related safety initiatives to reduce accidents and

GDPR – Implications for Health and Safety Professionals

13th June 2018

Nobody who uses the internet in the UK could fail to have missed the news of GDPR, the new EU General Data Protection Regulations EU2016/679 which came into force on May 25th.  Any health and safety professional will know that a safety management system requires the storage of competency records, disciplinary notes and health surveillance results to be effective.  Any information therein that relates to an identified or identifiable person is considered to be “personal data” and is subject to GDPR regulations.  This personal data includes driving licences, induction paperwork and