Building a Deluxe Building Business

Small to medium businesses are on the increase here in the UK, with a record 5.5 million private sector businesses at the beginning of 2016, an increase of 2 million since the year 2000.  A massive 4.2 million of these businesses (76% of the total) have no employees and are owner operated.  Just under 20% of these SMEs operate in the construction industry so there really is a lot of competition out there within our sector.  While most business owners who want to attract new customers tend to think that the best way to do so is by lowering prices in order to deliver a cheaper service, this i

The Difference between Vertical and Horizontal Fall Protection

Here at Safety Fabrications we like to make sure all of our readers are well information about the risks involved when working at height.  Our job is to supply safe access systems that can be used to reach work areas while minimising the risks involved when working at height and this is where our area of expertise lies.  As a duty holder, fall protection is your responsibility so today we’re going to take a look at the two different types of fall protection, vertical and horizontal so that you know the difference and make an informed choice when it comes to providing fall protection systems

Site Safety – Employee Engagement is Essential

As part of an effective safety management system (SMS), guidance from the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) requires that companies strive for continual improvement in order to improve both systems and safety.  This means embracing new safety features as and when they become available but getting your employees to embrace them can be quite a challenge.  This is why employee engagement is so vital when it comes to health and safety in the workplace. 

Maintenance Matters when it comes to Construction Equipment

When it comes to workplace equipment regular and correct maintenance is essential for both safety and productivity.  At the first sign of a problem it may be tempting to ignore it in the hope that it will fix itself.  This is short sighted and dangerous.  There are so many benefits to be derived from making sure all working equipment is in good condition and running correctly at all times.

HSE’s Construction Sector Plan for Health and Safety

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a new strategy on health and work which focuses strongly on work-related stress, musculoskeletal disorders and occupational lung disease.  This is a new approach from the HSE, moving away from health and safety and into health at work which should encourage employers and business owners to take responsibility for good health at work.  The HSE has actually published separate sector plans for health and safety which cover health and safety performance, the three most important strategic priorities for each sector for the next three to five years an

Stay Safe When Trimming your Hedges

Spring has sprung and it’s time to get out in the garden and start preparing your outdoor spaces for the summer.  One of the first jobs you’ll need to do is tidying up your hedges so today we’ve got some advice on hedge trimming and how to ensure your safety when carrying out the work.  Although there are rules you should follow, trimming a hedge is not that complicated whether your hedge is knee high to a 10 year old and can be snipped with shears or a lofty row of triffids that requires the use of a Terminator-sized electric trimmer and ladders.

Spotlight on Illegal Workers in the Construction Industry

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) recently launched a national campaign to increase awareness of illegal workers in the construction industry and promote a wider understanding in the construction industry of the risks posed by illegal construction workers and what can be done in order to tackle this problem.   The CCS monitors construction sites, companies and suppliers here in the UK, making around 18,000 visits every year in order to do so.  In December last year, the CCS undertook a comprehensive survey of the construction industry in a bid to evaluate the issue of illegal work w

Safety Rules When Working at Height

When carrying out work at height it’s vital that you remember all of the safety measures that you need to take to keep yourself safe from a fall and subsequent injuries.  It’s essential to determine specific responsibilities for fall prevention management – the workplace should always be safe for every worker.  Implementing the correct safety procedures will help to minimise risk and prevent injuries.  Duty holders need to provide sufficient information when safety equipment is being used and ensure that all routine checks are performed before the work is undertaken.

Innovation Station – The Big Bend

A few weeks ago we published a fascinating article on the world’s tallest building to date following a trip to Dubai by one of our team members.  We found the article so interesting that we’ve decided to look for some more tall or unusual buildings to entertain our readers and include on our blogroll some regular Innovation Station articl

Work at Height of a Different Type

When we think about work at height, we normally think about construction work of some sort, especially roofing work.  However, any type of work that means that you need to use access equipment to reach a particular spot or area is classed as work at height, even somebody using a ladder in an office environment to reach high shelving or change a light bulb.  Work at height always requires training of some sort, even if it’s just a basic course on using step ladders safely in the workplace.  Today we’re going to take a look at an unusual type of work at height – hanging paintings with tips fr