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The Construction Industry Helpline

Did you know that the construction industry here in the UK has a dedicated Helpline which aims to provide round the clock support to construction workers and their families in a confidential manner?  Advice is offered on a wide range of issues, including depression, finance, occupational health and wellbeing, illness and bereavement.  The Helpline was launched by the construction’ industry’s charity, The Lighthouse Club and it’s supported by the

Planning Work at Height

Most of us who work in the construction industry know just how important it is that work at height is properly planned in order to ensure that serious incidents are less likely to occur.  Putting knowledge into practice through auditing and risk assessment is a vital part of this planning to make sure that work at height goes smoothly.  Today we’re going to take a look at the different aspects involved when planning work at height so that business and building owners can be confident that any work carried out on their premises or by their workers is safe and effective.

Health And Safety Legislation For SME Owners

The most recent statistics of work related accidents in Britain are from the year 2015 – 2016 and were compiled by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).  With 144 work related injuries which proved fatal, this works out at a rate of one fatal injury per 160,000 workers.  The highest number of fatal injuries is seen in the industrial sectors, namely the construction industry, agriculture and the waste and recycling sector.  The most common type of work related injury is falling from a height, followed by being hit by a vehicle and being struck by a falling or moving object. 

Fire Safety on Construction Sites

In the wake of last week’s tragic fire in a London tower block we think now is a good time to pay attention to fire safety and remind ourselves of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which sets out the law on construction site fire safety, including escape from fire.

The CDM Regulations 2015 includes the requirement to prevent risk from fire by assessing the fire risk from site activities and taking precautions to control:

Survival Techniques for Falling from Height

In 2007, two brothers employed as window cleaners by a New York window cleaning service were washing windows on a 47 storey apartment building when the anchors holding their cleaning platform failed and they plummeted 472 feet to the ground.  The younger brother, was instantly killed on impact but rescuers were stunned to discover Alcides Moreno alive and conscious.  He was quickly rushed to the nearest hospital where surgeons began operating on him in the ER room, fearful that moving him to an operating theatre could result in his death from one of his extensive injuries.  Alcides received

Ladder Training of a Different Kind

There can’t be anybody working in the construction industry here in the UK who hasn’t heard of ladder training – it’s an essential requirement when it comes to safe use of ladders.  It’s also a type of training that’s required for anybody using a ladder in the workplace here in Britain, whatever type of industry they work in – even if it’s making sure one person in an office has had the training necessary to safely climb a ladder and change a light bulb on the odd occasion.  However, there is another type of ladder training in the field of sports.

Innovation Station – The Skyscraper without a Shadow

A while 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 articles.  While most of us probably work on more mundane projects, it’s always fun (to say nothing of an educational experience) to take a look at some of the cutting edge projec

Tether your Tools when Working at Height

It’s becoming increasingly common for those who work at height to tether their tools with lanyards in order to avoid dropping them.  IN times gone by, workers would simply strap on their tool belts and load them with the necessary tools to get the job done.  Nowadays, we have access to specially designed tool bags and holsters which can be secured to our harnesses (or our person) as a result of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR 2005).

RIP – John Noakes – Scaling the Heights without Safety Gear!

So many of us over a certain age will have been saddened last week to learn of the demise of one of our childhood heroes – Blue Peter’s John Noakes.  Back in the days when the telly programmes were black and white (and so was the world, or so our old photos tell us), children’s programmes were sparse, with just a couple of hours each day before the 6 o’clock news.  A little later in the evenings, most of us would have been bathed and pyjamaed and ready for bed, being shushed and told to behave while our mums avidly watched Coronations Street.  This was when we paid for stuff in pounds, shil