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HUMAN FACTORS AND ERGONOMICS

New design and content for HSE human factors website

The importance of human factors in helping avoid accidents and ill-health at work is increasing. The HSE new website takes a topic-focused approach to human factors.

Reducing error and influencing behaviour (HSG48) is the key document providing an introduction to generic industry guidance on human factors. This guidance can now be downloaded free of charge.

Human factors refer to environmental, organisational and job factors which influence behaviour at work in a way which can affect health and safety. This definition includes the following three interrelated aspects that must be considered: 

  • Job: including areas such as the nature of the task, workload, the working environment, the design of displays and controls, and the role of procedures.
  • Individual: including his/her competence, skills, personality, attitude, and risk perception.
  • Organisation: including work patterns, the culture of the workplace, resources, communications, leadership and so on. 

Latest Construction Health and Safety News

HSE ENFORCEMENT UPDATE 19th APRIL 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices update and analysis

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Posted on 19th April 2018

STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

CROSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

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Posted on 18th April 2018

NEW BIM SPEC FOR SHARING H&S INFORMATION

Specification for sharing health and safety info during construction projects

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Posted on 17th April 2018

MANAGERS FORGED ASBESTOS DOCUMENTATION

Removal licence obtained using fake training and medical certificates

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Posted on 17th April 2018

FINE OVER INCORRECT AND MISLEADING SURVEY

Specialist asbestos company failed to detect AIB on demolition project

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Posted on 17th April 2018

IGNORING HSE ADVICE PENALISED BY LARGE FINE

Contractor fined over £50k for persistent WAH and welfare failings

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Posted on 17th April 2018

PRISON OVER BASEMENT EXCAVATION AND COLLAPSE

Building contractor jailed after house collapsed in Brighton

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Posted on 17th April 2018

DEFEATING POWER INTERLOCK CAUSED FLASHOVER

Systems for managing electrical safety found to be inadequate

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Posted on 17th April 2018

LADDER SAFETY FAILURES ATTRACT MASSIVE FINE

National window firm left workers to ‘own devices’

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Posted on 12th April 2018

FALLING MATERIAL STRUCK WORKMAN IN EXCAVATION

Risks of working in and near excavations highlighted by incident

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Posted on 4th April 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 4th APRIL 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

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Posted on 4th April 2018

HOUSING ASSOCIATION FAILED ON VIBRATION RISK

Assessment, management and health surveillance all found wanting

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Posted on 3rd April 2018

OCCUPIER AND CONTRACTOR FINED OVER FALL

Employee assisting contractor fell through roof during re-roofing project

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Posted on 3rd April 2018

HSE FEARFUL OF GROWING ’BLUE TAPE’ BURDEN

hselogo1ISO 45001 could generate fresh business to business demands

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Posted on 3rd April 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 21st MAR 2018

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Posted on 28th March 2018

INCIDENTS: PASSER-BY STRUCK BY BRICKS

Pack of bricks appear to have fallen from crane

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Posted on 28th March 2018

HSE RECONSIDER HOW TO INFLUENCE SMALLER FIRMS

hselogo1Regulator advice and messages are failing to chime with the SME businesses

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Posted on 27th March 2018

DANGEROUS REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS CEMENT

Workers smashed asbestos sheets with crowbars whilst at risk of falling

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Posted on 27th March 2018

HSE LAUNCH CONIAN SHARING AND SUPPORT PLATFORM

hselogo1New HSE web community now open to the public

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Posted on 27th March 2018

FIRM FAILING ON HAVS SURVEILLANCE FINED £50,000

Door manufacturer failed to manage sanding and buffing tool vibration

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Posted on 27th March 2018

PRE-CAST FIRM FINED OVER FINGER AMPUTATION

Lack of guarding and training triggered table saw injury

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Posted on 26th March 2018

HSE STRIKE BEFORE A FALL ON SOLAR PANEL PROJECT

Director and company pay price for lack of fall prevention precautions

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Posted on 26th March 2018

DON’T WASTE MONEY ON MANUAL HANDLING TRAINING

hselogo1HSE call for focus on elimination or reduction of manual handling risk

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Posted on 23rd March 2018

DEVELOPING TRENDS IN RECENT PROSECUTIONS

Lawyers provide useful review of health and safety cases

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Posted on 21st March 2018

HSE HIGHLIGHT CROSSRAIL H&S INNOVATION

Drilling rig improved control of three key health hazards

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Posted on 21st March 2018
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