News | October 2020

Workplace Maintenance: Your Secret Weapon for Safety

29th October 2020

Unexpected equipment failures can greatly interrupt your production schedule and cause costly downtime that could negatively affect your business. Your safety and that of your workforce may also be compromised. However, regular maintenance is crucial to prevent catastrophic equipment failure and avoidable fines and costs in compensation. The main aim of maintenance is to ensure your equipment is functioning at 100 per cent efficiency as much as possible. You’ll also avoid costly repairs, increase the resale value of your equipment, and extend the lifespan of your equipment.

Important Questions to Ask about Confined Space Regulations and Safety: Part 2 of 2

28th October 2020

Thousands and millions of workers need to access and work in confined spaces every year. However, every confined space has unique safety risks and hazards that need to be addressed. To ensure enhanced safety of your confined spaces, there are important questions that you need to ask. The questions will help you avoid most of the unwanted scenarios common with confined spaces. In our previous part, we learnt about the meaning of a confined space, common hazards involved in confined spaces, and how one can differentiate between different confined spaces.

Famous Movie Characters Who Owe Their Existence to Poor Health and Safety Procedures

27th October 2020

Not every movie character was born with the personality and powers that made them famous. In fact, some of the most memorable characters from films wouldn’t be the same if good health & safety procedures had been in place.

Daredevil Was Blinded Because of Spilled Radioactive Material

The 2003 movie of the same name featured Matt Damon as Matt Murdock, alias Daredevil. He was a child living in New York when he suffered a terrible accident that changed his life.

Activity Levels in UK Construction Increased in September

26th October 2020

The latest numbers show that the UK construction industry enjoyed a sharp rise in activity during September. While there is still a long way to go, the lower rate of job losses and improved output helped to make it the most positive month since the current crisis began.

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These figures come from the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) that is put together each month by IHS Markit. In September, they noted the steepest rise in the construction industry since the introduction of the coronavirus lockdown earlier in the year.

A Complete Guide to Improving Construction Safety Using Job Hazard Analysis

22nd October 2020

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries available. Employers and safety professionals are constantly working on ways to eliminate hazards or reduce their consequences to ensure the safety of their workforce and clients. Conducting a job hazard analysis is proven to be effective for mitigating potential hazards and keeping the workers safe. The following guide contains everything you need to know about how to improve construction safety using job hazard analysis.

 

Easy and Effective Ways to Improve Your Rooftop Safety

21st October 2020

Rooftops are a host to several safety hazards. Several accidents and injuries occurring at the roofs are normally as a result of obstacles from equipment and unsecured access points. This makes it important to ensure you have proper measures in place to improve the safety of your roof and protect your workforce and contractors. We have prepared a list of easy but effective ways to enhance the safety of your rooftop. Please read on.

 

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The HSE to Continue Carrying Out Safety Inspections on UK Businesses

20th October 2020

With different parts of the UK now being put into various tiers in an attempt to control the coronavirus pandemic from spiralling out of control again, there is some confusion about how the new rules might affect businesses across the country.

Thankfully, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed that they intend to carry on with their COVID-compliance checks on British firms, giving them the chance to inform businesses of their duties in this matter.

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The Worst Accidents Suffered by Celebrities

19th October 2020

Even celebrities can suffer horrific falls and terrible crashes. In fact, once we look at this list of famous people suffering accidents, it seems that they might be even more injury-prone than the rest of us.

Orlando Bloom Has Bashed Up His Body

The Lord of the Rings actor has suffered a variety of nasty accidents over the year. He fell off a horse and broke several ribs while filming the J.R.R. Tolkien epic, has broken both legs in separate accidents and has damaged several other parts of his body in different ways.

New Guidance Published on Safety in the Construction Industry

15th October 2020

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has brought out a set of new guidelines that they hope will help construction companies to come to terms with the latest government restrictions and keep their employees safe.

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The new guidance comes in the form of two documents that have been produced by BESA´s COVID-19 Panel. They aim to give advice that is clear, practical and simple to carry out. This includes information on lowering the risks of virus transmission on building sites, and how to carry out risk assessments

Important Questions to Ask about Confined Space Regulations and Safety: Part 1 of 2

13th October 2020

Confined spaces are among the most hazardous working environments in different workplaces that could easily result in severe injuries and even deaths. Good news is that when you know what the hazards are and how to remedy them, you’ll be able to avoid several unwanted scenarios while safely attending to your duties. Common risks associated with confined spaces include the presence of toxic gases and vapours and reduction in oxygen levels.