News | August 2018

The UK Construction Industry comes First for Safety in Europe

30th August 2018

Great news for everybody working in the UK construction industry – according to a recent survey carried out on behalf of Bosch (one of the world’s leading multinational engineering and electronics companies and maker of some of the most sought-after and highest quality power tools on the planet), tradespeople in the UK are the most safety-conscious in Europe.

Stress Busting for Construction Company Owners

29th August 2018

According to some new research carried out by learning marketplace, Obby, more than half of construction workers are not doing anything to relieve stress outside of work.  Ironically, the reason given by most is that they don’t have the time to address the fact that they are stressed, with a massive 72% claiming that the lack of free time available to them is the biggest reason for not taking effective measures to reduce work-based stress.

Exciting Times Ahead for the UK Construction Industry

27th August 2018

The construction sector here in the UK is an important part of our economy, around 9% of the total, whilst it employs around 10% of Britain’s workforce.  The product of the construction industry is the built environment, which supports and enables the services that drive around 43% of the country’s economy, from rail to road, from offices to factories. 

Site Visitors – New Rules on CSCS Cards

23rd August 2018

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is the UK construction industry’s leading skills certification scheme and is responsible for issuing cards that provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the necessary qualifications and training for the type of work they undertake.  The scheme holds a database of people working in construction who have achieved (or are committed to achieving) a recognised construction related qualification. 

Made in Britain Where Quality Counts

22nd August 2018

Here at Safety Fabrications we’re proud of the fact that our products are built in Britain where we have some of the best health and safety in the workplace records in the whole world.  The UK Health and Safety at Work Regulations have been designed to ensure that Britain is one of the safest countries in which to work and this is particularly essential in the construction industry.  The construction sector, by its very nature, is one of the most dangerous industries in which to work but, due to stringent health and safety legislation, this has been steadily improving year on year since the

Construction Workers: Make Sure you Get the Right Gloves

21st August 2018

Last week we took a look at hand safety and just how important it is to protect your hands at all times whilst working.  The construction industry, by its very nature, is one of the most risky sectors to work in, whether in the UK (where we at least have stringent health and safety legislation to protect us) and overseas.  This is evidenced by the amount of safety equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) that’s essential when working in construction, in whatever capacity or role.   Today we

Construction Innovation Driving Progress

20th August 2018

We all know the old adage “Necessity is the mother of invention” (and any Frank Zappa fans out there will have listened to the Mothers of Invention at some point), and it’s as true now as it ever was.  Construction activity has led to some fairly awesome inventions over the centuries as man has always needed shelter and safety.  We’ve gone from caves to hut, on to rudimentary buildings made from whatever materials were available locally, all the way to modern high-rise buildings that adorn our cities around the world.  When it comes to building, it’s an activity that has led to so many cutt

Summer Gardening Projects – Working at Height Safely

20th August 2018

Britain has been having the best summer weather we’ve had in years – people are flocking to beaches, sunbathing, swimming and generally having a great time as we make the most of this unusual sunshine.  Those who aren’t lucky enough to live near the coast are doing things their own way, heading for parks, countryside and wide open space for days out in the sun.  We’re also being able to enjoy our gardens to the max and the continuing fair weather has tempted many of us to start on some more hard-core gardening work and projects – making hay as the sun shines. 

Prefab Heatwaves

15th August 2018

Here at Safety Fabrications we’ve been reporting on the growing trend for modular homes for quite some time.  Because we’re in the business of safety, providing safe access solutions for work at height, we’re well aware that the building methods employed during the construction of modular homes will often minimise the need for work at height, adding an extra level of safety to the process.  We’ve reported in the past on the increased use of modular construction techniques, the

Highlighting Hand Safety in Construction

14th August 2018

Our hands are incredibly versatile, allowing us to perform a wide range of actions that we rarely even think about.  However, our hands are also exposed to a variety of risks that can result in injuries which range from small cuts and bruises to serious lacerations, burns, broken bones and in some cases, crushes and detachments.  More than half of hand injuries that result in workers’ compensation cases are due to open wounds, such as lacerations, though dislocations, sprains, and even crushes and amputations occur on a fairly regular basis.