News | September 2020

VAT Reverse Charge for the Construction Industry in 2021

30th September 2020

The long-awaited reverse charge for the construction industry will finally be introduced in 2021. While delays in bringing in this change meant that there have been doubts about whether it would ever arrive, it now appears that HMRC is preparing the way for launch.

The Latest Developments

HMRC is now sending out letters to businesses that will be affected by the VAT reverse charge. These letters confirm that the change will come into force on March 1, 2021 and also encourage the recipient to join a webinar on the subject.

Roof Safety: Best Practices to Ensure Corporate Roof Safety

29th September 2020

Occasionally, maintenance teams, inspectors, and contractors will need to access the roof of your building to do their job. Roofs are inherently dangerous, especially if the victim doesn’t have the necessary safety training. As an employer, you need to develop policies to direct how people should behave to ensure their safety when accessing the roof. Ensure you have the necessary access equipment such as a step unit in place to enable your workers and contractors to safely access the roof and rooftop equipment.

Ladder Safety: Learn How to Properly Stabilise a Ladder

28th September 2020

For a long time now, falls have been one of the major causes of fatal injuries and even deaths in the workplace, especially in the construction industry. A majority of the falls involve ladders. As simple as they may be, most workers do not use these pieces of equipment properly and before they know it, an accident may have occurred and resulted in serious injuries.

Who Is Affected by the New Work from Home Rules?

24th September 2020

The latest health & safety advice from the UK government has seen the nation go back to the message of working from home. This change of tactic came into effect at the start of this week but who is affected and who should continue going to their usual workplace?

The Basic Details

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he wants businesses to remain open, but to do so in a “Covid-compliant way." In his message, he specifically mentioned “office workers who can work from home" as being encouraged to do so.

Top Causes of Disabling Injuries in the Workplace and Ways to Prevent Them

23rd September 2020

Disabling injuries are a heavy burden for both the workers and businesses as well. They compromise victims’ well-being and financial security. These injuries could cost your business millions of money through worker’s compensation and medical bills. Fortunately, disabling injuries can be prevented by implementing certain safety steps. Below is a list of the major causes of disabling injuries and the roles employers and workers can play to prevent them.

  1. Overexertion

The Growing Importance of Refresher Training for Your Business

22nd September 2020

Workplace health and safety is naturally a concern for almost every business. Businesses rely on comprehensive training to ensure their workers and contractors are protected from common health and safety hazards. However, safety training is hardly effective if taken as a one-and-done initiative. Processes, regulations, workforce, and technology change more often, which makes frequent refresher training crucial for enhanced workplace safety. We’ve prepared a list of important reasons to consider refresher training for different processes in your workplace.

Crazy Buildings Made Out of Steel

21st September 2020

Look around the world and you will see that there are lots of crazy buildings out there. Many of these striking structures use steel or other metals to produce unique shapes and illusions that are designed to attract puzzled glances.

The Cybertecture Egg, India

This amazing building can be seen in the business district of Mumbai, in India. It was designed by James Law and while it is shaped like an egg, the idea behind it was inspired by sustainable natural ecosystems that evolve on planets.

Study Shows Lack of Safety Procedures in UK Workplaces

17th September 2020

With British workers being encouraged to go back to work, concerns have been raised over the safety measures in place for doing this. In fact, a new study suggests that many of the country’s workplaces still aren’t as safe as they should be.

The Details of the Survey

This report comes from the TUC, with BritainThinks carrying it out for them. They found that a high percentage of UK workplaces don’t have the recommended measures in place yet to protect their workers.

Steps to an Effective Job Site Incident Investigation

16th September 2020

After every incident at a job site, an investigation is vital to uncover safety problems and provide recommendations to correct the issue and prevent the incident from recurring. For your investigation to be efficient and successful, you’ll need to follow the right steps. Below is a step-by-step process for an effective workplace incident investigation. But first, ensure you have installed the necessary access equipment such as step units to enhance your safety during the investigation.

  1. Gather Relevant Information

Low-Earning Workers Most at Risk of Injuries

15th September 2020

The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) think tank has released research showing that lower-paid employees are more at risk of injuries. This comes as businesses all over the UK continue to look for ways to safely return to work.

Details of the Report

The report from the IPPR is called ‘Better than cure: Injury prevention policy’. In it, they show that workers in the lowest wage brackets are twice as likely to get injured or become ill when they are at work, when compared to higher earning colleagues.