If you were to ask anybody to name the most dangerous jobs they’re likely to answer you with jobs like bomb disposal experts, astronauts, formula one drivers, lion tamers, etc. While these are pretty dangerous jobs, UK health and safety statistics suggest that some of the most dangerous jobs to do are fairly common. When it comes to industries investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), some fairly common occupations are highlighted as resulting in a high number of deaths and injuries in the workplace, resulting in devastation and emotional stress, not just for the person injur
Summer will soon be upon us and working outdoors can be an absolute pleasure whichever industry you work in. This is good news for workers in the construction industry as much of the work involved will be outdoor work. However, it can often feel like we’ve gone from one extreme to the other – spending the cold winter months struggling to keep warm as temperatures drop. Finally, better weather comes during the hot summer months and, instead of revelling in the warmth, we’re often desperately looking for ways to keep cool. Years ago, working outside during the summer months mean a great c
Thanks to advances in technology, we’re now living in a Digital Age with innovative new methods of communication that can keep us connected at all times. However, when it comes to emergencies, communication can still present a challenge. First responders (who are used to emergencies) point out that when they attend an incident of emergency situation, communication is a key area where they would like to see improvements.
Here at Safety Fabrications we like to make sure our readers are aware of all of the risks faced in the construction industry, not just the risks faced when working at height or using ladders of any type. We’ve already informed our readers several times of the dangers of asbestos and the way in which legislation has been changed to minimise the risks associated with this insidious substance. We’ve also highlighted the legal obligations of employers and building managers to ensure that asbestos su
Spring is well and truly here and many of us here in the UK are in the process of sprucing up our gardens ready for the summer months. This means that many of us will be turning our hand to a bit of hedge trimming. Keeping your hedge in good shape is not just a matter of whizzing along it with an electric trimmer when you notice that it’s looking a bit scruffy and overgrown (and you’ve been avoiding catching the eye of your neighbour whose garden is the tidiest in the street). Although there are rules you should follow, trimming a hedge is not that complicated whether your hedge is knee
In March of this year 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 articles. We’ve already taken a look at the proposed Big Bend building an
A recent survey of more than a thousand construction industry professionals has revealed that the current government is not enforcing its BIM (Building Information Modelling) level 2 mandate. A worrying 51% disclosed that they believe that the government has not lived up to its target that all public contracts procured by central government need to be BIM level 2 compliant from April of last year. This is cause for concern because enforcement is an essential part of the process when it comes to legislation and guidelines. Here in the UK we enjoy a stringent enforcement process in most ar
Prevention is the best cure (think safety barriers, including rooftop demarcation barriers to prevent access to roof edges where the risk of a fall is greatest). Despite all our best intentions, however, there are instances when an accident happens and a fall does occur. A fall can be arrested by using the correct type of equipment. Equipment such as lanyards, harnesses and safety lines are ideal for this but you will need to identify which equipment to use when you need to go up a certain height in order to carry out the task at hand.
Health and safety professionals have always had use a wide range of skills in order to be effective – it’s a multi-disciplinary role that overlaps with other fields so being flexible is an essential part of the job. The world in which the health and safety professional now works has changed radically since the enactment of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and, here in the UK, we have an enviable record in the reduction of work related injuries and fatalities since the seventies.
For those who work at height, whether in the construction industry or any other industry, a fall protection system can be one of the most important safety tools available. There are several different types of fall protection equipment and different tasks will require a specific type of system or safety harness:
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