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Who can be a Competent Person in a Construction Company?

23 May 2019

When it comes to health and safety in the workplace, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) legally require that you appoint a competent person to manage health and safety.  For construction company owners, this is a vital issue as building is one of the most hazardous jobs, especially when work at height is involved.   The term “competent person” comes up several times in health and safety regulations, and there may be a requirement to have more than one competent person to ensure that you are compliant with legislation as an employer. 

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Personal Protection Equipment Inspections are Vital for Safety

22 May 2019

Construction company employers are required by law to provide their employees with the personal protection equipment (PPE) necessary to ensure their safety whilst working on construction projects.  Most employers will have spent time considering which is the best type of PPE to provide for their employees, but should be aware that regular inspections and maintenance of PPE is required to ensure that it’s still fit for purpose.  This means scheduling regular reviews of the safety gear being used to ensure that workers are kept safe and that the employer is fully compliant with health and saf

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Don’t Be a DIY Disaster this Bank Holiday

21 May 2019

With the Spring Bank Holiday weekend fast approaching, now is a good time to remind all of you DIY enthusiasts of a few safety tips that can help make your refurb, repair or maintenance activities go with a swing. 

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Construction – Site Induction for Site Visitors

20 May 2019

Last week here on Safety Fabrications, we took a look at site inductions and explained that in the construction industry here in the UK, there’s a legal requirement for the Principal Contractor on any project to ensure that a suitable site induction is provided.  Under the Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) it’s not particularly clear who should be provided with these inductions. 

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High Winds When Working at Height

15 May 2019

A freak accident in the American city of Seattle has highlighted the importance of considering wind speeds when working on construction projects, an issue that we should all be aware of here in the UK construction industry.  It seems that a construction crane fell from the roof of a building, killing four people and injuring four more.  Two of those who lost their lives were ironworkers in the crane and the other two were in two of the six vehicles on the street below which were crushed in the accident.

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