• Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data

    HSE PLANS FOR CONSTRUCTION 2010-2011

    Regulator reveals priority issues and audiences for the coming year

    The plan of work for HSE’s Construction Division during 2010-2011 sets out what the construction sector can expect from HSE Inspectors in the coming months.

    The Plan Summary states that it is “designed to improve the health and safety performance of the construction industry” and will focus on “making best use of our resources to sustain and, where possible, accelerate long-term improvement in health and safety outcomes”.

    Construction Chief warns of need for continued vigilance

    Philip White, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, points to the achievments of the construction industry in securing a record that compares well with other countries.

    However, he points out that the fatal accident rate remains over four times the average for all other UK industries and remains the largest contributor to worker fatalities for any sector.

    He goes on to say there are: “signs that the industry is beginning to emerge from recession, as new people come to work in the industry and companies expand the industry must remain vigilant to ensure that health and safety is not ignored or sidelined during a period of growth.”

    HSE will be looking for new ways to help the smaller business “understand and meet their obligations in a proportionate way”

    Headline sectors, issues and HSE interventions planned 

    The priority sectors for HSE attention will be small sites, refurbishment, homebuild, major projects and licensed asbestos work.

    Five issues will be considered at all construction site visits namely: welfare facilities, site transport, work at height, asbestos risks and good order.

    Key interventions by HSE inspectors will involve:

    • Leadership – examination of how effective directors etc are at leading health and safety;
    • CDM Dutyholders – focus on Clients and Co-ordinators to ensure they comply;
    • Local Authority as Client – follow up with LA and Co-ordinators where enforcement notice served;
    • Contractor Competence – promote the competence of organisations and individuals and integration, co-operation / co-ordination amongst the project team;
    • Temporary Works – ensure that adequate management arrangements are in place;
    • Fire – both process and general fire precautions will be examined with particular attention to timber frame, multi-storey or part occupied premises;
    • Domestic and minor commercial roofwork– education, promotion, inspection and enforcement of such roofwork to bring about a significant improvement; 
    • Fragile roofs – promotion of repair methods which allow work without having to go onto fragile roofs
    • Tower cranes– visits to head offices and sites to  assess the knowledge of and adherence to the Strategic Forum for Construction (StFfC) tower crane guidance
    • Mobile cranes – assess compliance with legal requirements and supporting guidance;  
    • Respiratory Risks – raise awareness respiratory risks e.g silica and checks on dust control measures;
    • Manual Handling – at small sites, home building and refurbishment projects to assess arrangements for handling of heavy or awkward materials.
    • Worker Involvement – encouragement of effective worker involvement on site including those works for subcontractors
    Comment

    The HSE plan for 2010/11 looks to strike a balance between smaller projects and contractors, where the majority of fatal injuries now occur, and major projects where there remains significant potential risk and public interest.

    Major contractors can expect a focus on leadership and competence whereas smaller sites and contractors should anticipate searching questions on roof work and work near fragile surfaces.

    Tower cranes remain high on the agenda. In addition, mobile cranes hire companies will want to be satisfied that those hiring their cranes possess the necessary competencies etc where a ‘contract lift’  has not been taken.

    Finally, it looks as though Clients for construction work and their appointed Co-ordinators will be subject to close HSE scrutiny and assistance as regards compliance with their CDM 2007 duties.   

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

    HSE LOOK TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES FOR CDM SUPPORT

    Council Inspectors focus on CDM client duties – asbestos, fragility and RCS

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th November 2019

    VERBAL WARNING OF DANGER IS NO DEFENCE

    Hand of female worker entangled in modified metal drilling rig

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th November 2019

    UNDERGROUND CABLE STRIKE CAUSES 50% BURNS

    Workman seriously injured using hand-held breaker to excavate post holes

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th November 2019

    HSE WELDING FUME REVISED GUIDANCE PUBLISHED

    New research evidence on cancer link prompts revision on welding fume

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th November 2019

    VIBRATION MANAGEMENT FAILINGS FINED £600,000

    Vital health surveillance, tool replacement and management found wanting

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th November 2019

    HSE ENFORCEMENT DATABASE LATEST UPDATE

    hselogo1View current online register of HSE prosecutions and enforcement notices

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 31st October 2019

    DEVELOPER AND DIRECTOR PUT PUBLIC AT RISK

    Demolition undertaken without surveys and effective safety precautions

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 28th October 2019

    SELECTED NEWS POSTED RECENTLY ON TWITTER

    Posted on 28th October 2019

    BY-PASSING MACHINE INTERLOCK FINED £1.275 MILLION

    Trapped key safety system failed to prevent access to conveyor danger

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th October 2019

    HSE LOSES PATIENCE WITH ERRANT CONTRACTOR

    Roofing firm fined £30,000 over failure to manage work at height risks

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th October 2019

    TRUSS ERECTION LACKED INTERNAL FALL PROTECTION

    Carpenter fell and injured whilst falling with roof truss

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th October 2019

    WORKMAN FELL HEAD FIRST THROUGH ROOFLIGHT

    Fragile roof dangers not assessed and properly controlled

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th October 2019

    STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

    CROSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th October 2019

    HSE RISK REDUCTION THROUGH DESIGN AWARD

    Regulator seeks to promote hazard avoidance and risk minimisation

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th October 2019

    CLIENT AND CONTRACTOR FINED OVER ASBESTOS RISK

    Checks for presence of asbestos not undertaken prior to refurbishment

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th October 2019

    DIRECTOR PROSECUTED AND JAILED AS EMPLOYEE

    Workman fatally injured when crushed between bucket and wall

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th October 2019

    BUILDING MATERIALS FIRM FINED OVER FATALITY

    Failure to effectively isolated power to machinery caused death of engineer

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th October 2019

    CUSTOM AND PRACTICE CAUSED EXPLOSION DEATHS

    Electrical accumulator explosion claims the lives of two engineers

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th October 2019

    REBAR FELL DURING TANDEM FLT LIFTING OP

    Workman seriously injured during improperly planned and executed lift

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th October 2019

    FIRM FINED AFTER FINGER OF TRAINEE SEVERED

    Young worker injured hand working on unguarded rip saw

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th October 2019

    WORKMAN FELL THROUGH ROOF OPENING

    Contractor failed to provide collective edge protection or fall arrest

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 7th October 2019

    DRIVER UNDER TRAINING CRUSHED BY TELEHANDLER

    Court sentences company director to unpaid work community order

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th September 2019

    DIRECTOR IN DOCK OVER FRAGILE ROOF RISK

    Roofing contractor and director failed to plan and manage falls risk

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th September 2019

    HSE START PROJECT HEALTH RISK INTERVENTIONS

    Regulator set to check health risks assessed and controls in place

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th September 2019

    AIF NATIONAL WORKING AT HEIGHT CONFERENCE

    HSE Construction Head to speak at Access Industry Forum conference

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 23rd September 2019
  • Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data