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    HSE INSPECTORS TO TARGET BUILDING MAINTENANCE

    Euro Campaign opportunity to test client building maintenance/repair

    HSE visits to factory premises during 2010/11 will include a focus on safety during building maintenance. Inspections will “test the dutyholder’s safety management arrangements and may lead to enforcement action”.

    The work coincides with a Europe wide campaign in 2010 and is in addition to that carried out by HSE Construction Inspectors.

    Up 30% fatalities on factory premises caused during maintenance

    This proactive work is being undertaken to coincide with a European Safe Maintenance Campaign (2010/12) and to address the 25 to 30% of factory premises deaths caused by maintenance activities.

    There will be dedicated pages on the HSE website with building maintenance inclded as a target including: 

    • work at height including roofwork;
    • asbestos risks and the duty to manage;
    • arrangements for selection of contractors;
    • access to items of plant for maintenance purposes;
    • rooflight and gutter cleaning, painting and bulb changing.

    Falls from Height Inspection Topic Pack provides guidance to Inspectors.

    Safe movement of ‘heavy items’ 

    Analysis of fatalities in the manufacturing industries shows that deaths during lifting or movement of ‘heavy items’ are more prevalent than is commonly appreciated.

    In the maintenance setting causes can include:

    • the failure of lifting equipment;
    • unsuitable lifting/slinging/moving practices;
    • inadequate temporary support or securing for heavy items;
    • supports not on level or firm ground;
    • under-estimation of the weight of the item or;
    • over-estimation of individual capability to support an item.
    Asbestos and the duty to manage

    Building maintenance tasks may well involve disturbing the building fabric and exposing maintenance and other workers to asbestos fibres.

    The duty to manage requirements are intended to cater for such situations, and Inspectors will looking at building maintenance activities to test their arrangements.

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    Posted on 16th April 2020

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    Posted on 15th April 2020

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    Posted on 30th March 2020

    FRAGILE ROOF REPLACEMENT PUT WORKERS IN DANGER

    Measures to prevent falling from or through the roof were missing

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    Posted on 30th March 2020

    WORKMAN FELL FROM EDGE OF MEZZANINE FLOOR

    Edge protection was absent and workman untrained for the task

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    Posted on 30th March 2020

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    Appointed CDM 2015 Principal Designers remain focus of HSE inspections

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    Posted on 30th March 2020

    COVID-19 ADVICE & GUIDANCE FOR CONSTRUCTION

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    Posted on 30th March 2020

    LATEST HSE CONVICTIONS AND NOTICES REGISTERS

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    Posted on 30th March 2020

    POORLY DESIGNED SCHOOL GATE CRUSHED CHILD

    Sliding gate over-run mechanism proved insufficiently robust

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    Posted on 9th March 2020

    POWER GENERATOR PROSECUTED OVER UNSAFE SYSTEM

    Maintenance workers seriously injured when energy suddenly released

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    Posted on 2nd March 2020

    CEILING BELOW SAVES WORKMAN IN ROOFLIGHT FALL

    Roofworker fell through roof after stepping on fragile rooflight

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    Posted on 2nd March 2020

    INEXPERIENCED WORKER FELL THROUGH OPENING

    No physical protection or warning of opening and fragile covering

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    Posted on 29th February 2020

    CDM PRINCIPAL DESIGNER IN COURT OVER FIRE RISK

    Designers and contractor prosecuted for risk management failings

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    Posted on 29th February 2020

    PRISON SENTENCE FOR RECALCITRANT DIRECTOR

    Prohibition and improvement notices ignored and danger persisted

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    Posted on 26th February 2020

    TEMPORARY WORKS HOARDING FELL ON PEDESTRIAN

    Member of the public struck when site fence collapsed suddenly

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    Posted on 26th February 2020

    CHILD FATALLY INJURED BY UNSECURED POLE

    Pole stored on embankment moved and trapped boy against fencing

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    Posted on 26th February 2020

    OWNER RESPONSE TO HSE INSPECTION ENDED IN COURT

    Police uphold HSE right to inspect without threats, aggression or abuse

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    Posted on 24th February 2020

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    Inspections to enforce improved controls required by new risk evidence

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    Posted on 24th February 2020

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    Painter and decorator fractured hip in fall from landing

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

    RISK OF DERMATITIS SUFFICIENT FOR PROSECUTION

    Company failed to implement controls and surveillance required by COSHH

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

    COSHH FAILINGS CAUSE ASTHMA AND PROVE COSTLY

    Uncontrolled exposure to isocyanates during paint spraying operations

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

    POLICE EMPLOYEE SHOCKED BY DATA CABLE WORK

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

    COLLAPSE OF PUMP SET TRAPPED WORKMAN

    Unsafe system of work transferring from pallet to a raised platform

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

    MODIFIED PODIUM STEPS CAUSE FALL FROM HEIGHT

    Firm failed to select and correctly assemble with necessary training

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    Posted on 14th February 2020
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