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    NEW CONSTRUCTIONSKILLS SAFETY TEST GOES LIVE IN APRIL

    Host of new updates introduced to basic construction health and safety test

    To apply for a ConstructionSkills CSCS Card applicants must also demonstrate occupational competence and pass the ConstructionSkills Health and Safety Test within the previous two years. 

    The aim of the test is to examine knowledge across a wide range of health and safety topics in order to improve safety and productivity on site. It is usually taken as a PC-based touch screen test at either a mobile testing unit or an accredited test centre. 

    Changes raise construction standards and maintain safety elements 

    From 2 April 2012 the ConstructionSkills Health, Safety and Environment Test will replace the Health and Safety Test. The new test will introduce a host of new updates to “help raise construction standards while retaining traditional health and safety elements”. 

    The type of CSCS card being applied for will determine the level of test that needs to be taken. New features of the Health and Safety Test include:

    • revised and updated question bank including the new universal hazard symbols;
    • questions on ‘respiratory risks’ and the hazards they can pose;
    • new chapter on the environment with questions on sustainability and environmental hazards; and
    • new section of the test designed to measure a candidate’s behavioural responses to three randomly chosen scenarios to highlight safe working practices on site.

    CSCS has a mutual recognition agreement with FAS (Eire) Safepass which acts as an exemption to the ConstructionSkills Health and Safety Test requirement.

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

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    Posted on 18th March 2019

    BASIC LADDER SAFETY FAILURES FINED £150,000

    Repair and maintenance firm had no excuse for errors causing injury

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    Posted on 18th March 2019

    HSE ENFORCEMENT DATABASE UPDATE 13th MARCH 2019

    hselogo1Latest online register of prosecutions and enforcement notices

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    Posted on 13th March 2019

    HSE ISSUES REMINDER ON SAFE SCAFFOLD DESIGN

    Recent incidents and high winds prompt warning from regulator

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    Posted on 12th March 2019

    LORRY DRIVER DIED IN OVERHEAD POWER STRIKE

    Major company failed to communicate precautions to grab arm operator

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    Posted on 12th March 2019

    ASSESSMENT SHOWED RISK – PRECAUTIONS NOT TAKEN

    Workman seriously injured when falling into open unguarded stairwell

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    Posted on 1st March 2019

    MAJOR FIRM FAILED TO IMPLEMENT SAFE SYSTEM

    Procedures for safe plant refuelling failed to prevent death of workman

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    Posted on 26th February 2019

    CLIENT PROSECUTED OVER CONTRACTOR FATAL FALL

    Company breached duty to protect contractors as well as employees

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    Posted on 26th February 2019

    FOURTEEN YEAR FAILURE TO MANAGE ASBESTOS

    Firm failed to implement asbestos management plan following survey

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    Posted on 25th February 2019

    CHILD INJURED BY WALL COLLAPSE INCIDENT

    Council failed to carry out “intelligence led” condition inspections

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    Posted on 18th February 2019

    BOTTLE JACK SUPPORT FAILED TO PREVENT DEATH

    Director sentenced alongside company over death of engineer

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    Posted on 18th February 2019

    TEMPORARY WORKS FAILURES CAUSED FATAL FALL

    Platform not designed and system for installation and inspection inadequate

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    Posted on 18th February 2019

    SOLVENT IGNITED DURING FLOOR CLEANING WORKS

    Flammable solvent fire fought with water spreading fire further

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    Posted on 13th February 2019

    INEVITABLE COLLAPSE OF SCAFFOLD ON TO SCHOOL

    Scaffold not designed or installed to withstand foreseeable loads

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    Posted on 13th February 2019

    OIL DRUM EXPLODED DURING HOT CUTTING WORK

    Firm fined £400k after drum lid ejected causing loss of leg

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    Posted on 12th February 2019

    ROOFLIGHT FALL ON NUCLEAR POWER SITE

    Energy generating company and maintenance contractor fined

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    Posted on 12th February 2019

    DIRECTOR PROSECUTED AFTER 6METRE ROOF FALL

    Untrained worker fell through rooflight in fragile asbestos roof

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    Posted on 12th February 2019

    HSE ALERT: MILD STEEL WELDING CANCER RISK

    HSE announces enforcement action change based on new cancer evidence

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    Posted on 11th February 2019

    LORRY MOUNTED LIFTING OPERATION PROVED FATAL

    Steel staircase toppled from vehicle after sling snagged

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    Posted on 7th February 2019

    DIRECTOR AND BUSINESS IN COURT OVER DEATH

    Scaffold not priced for on domestic roof-line refurbishment work

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    Posted on 6th February 2019

    FRAGILE ROOFLIGHT HAZARD PROTECTION MISSING

    Two businesses prosecuted after a worker fell through a fragile rooflight

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    Posted on 5th February 2019

    STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

    CROSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

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    Posted on 4th February 2019

    FINGERS CRUSHED BY METAL FOLDING MACHINE

    Steel cladding firm fined £600k over failure guard access to danger

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    Posted on 4th February 2019

    ASBESTOS ILLEGALLY REMOVED AFTER SURVEY

    Surveyor pricing asbestos work found contractor jumped the gun

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    Posted on 4th February 2019

    SITE DUMPER PRECAUTIONS FAILED TO PREVENT DEATH

    Contractor fined £600k for poor management of vehicle/people interface

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    Posted on 4th February 2019
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