• Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data

    HGV CYCLE SAFETY ENFORCEMENT HOTS UP IN CAPITAL

    Government plans wide range of action on construction HGV safety

    Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond, London Mayor, Boris Johnson, and London’s Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE have announced (4 September 2013) the following measures to improve cycle safety in London.

    • Direct action – HGV Task Force taking “direct action” against dangerous drivers, vehicles/operators;
    • Review regulations – review of exemptions to current HGV regulations;
    • Vehicle design – press EU to speed up review of the HGV design for safety;
    • Driver training – examine evidence on how HGV driver training could change; and
    • Lorry levy – consult on a “safer lorry charge” levied on HGVs presenting a danger to cyclists.

    The Department for Transport (DfT) and TfL will strengthen the enforcement of HGV standards by dedicating more Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Metropolitan Police officers to this activity in the capital. They will establish a dedicated London-based Industrial HGV Task Force to raise awareness of safety requirements for vehicles and drivers and to take enforcement action against the minority of dangerous operators, vehicles and drivers.

    This will complement existing work by the Metropolitan Police with TfL funding to improve road safety and cycle safety in London, including the enforcement of Advanced Stop Lines and to fine cyclists who jump red lights, promoting safer behaviour by all road users.

    Construction vehicle rules come under close scrutiny 

    National legislation requires that most HGVs e.g. supermarket delivery lorries, are required to be fitted with safety equipment such as sidebars or low skirts which protect cyclists and other vulnerable road users from being dragged underneath the vehicle in the event of a collision.

    However, a small number of vehicle types – particularly those operating in the construction sector – are exempt from fitting certain safety equipment. The rising number of such vehicles in London present a risk to the growing number of cyclists..

    TfL and Crossrail procurement conditions already require that exempt vehicles are fitted with such safety equipment. Through a combination of contractual conditions and action taken by responsible operators, it has been proven possible to install safety equipment such as side guards as standard to construction related vehicles in London without a negative impact on operations.

    Transport Minister Stephen Hammond therefore also announced today that the DfT will review exemptions to current vehicle regulations, which mean some construction and waste carrying lorries do not have to be fitted with side guards. They will also review the way regulations applying to specialised mobile equipment such as volumetric concrete mixers and mobile cranes are enforced.

    Stephen Hammond said:

    “The Government is committed to improving the safety of cyclists and other vulnerable road users. Today’s announcement of a dedicated Industrial HGV Task Force will target the small minority of large goods vehicle operators who are unaware of, or just wilfully non-compliant with, safety regulations for HGVs and their drivers.

    I have also committed to review vehicle regulations to ensure there are no unjustified exemptions from safety standards and, together with the Mayor, will press the EU to improve vehicle safety designs as soon as possible.”

    The Mayor, Boris Johnson, said:

    “I have long been worried that a large number of cyclist deaths involve a relatively small number of problem lorries which are not fitted with safety equipment.

    In my Cycling Vision in March, I said that no lorry should be allowed in London unless it is fitted with equipment to protect cyclists. After a lot of work behind the scenes, we have today taken the first steps to make this a reality.”

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

    TOWER CRANE OUT OF SERVICE SAFETY ALERT

    Important advice from Construction Plant-hire Association and HSE

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th March 2020

    FRAGILE ROOF REPLACEMENT PUT WORKERS IN DANGER

    Measures to prevent falling from or through the roof were missing

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th March 2020

    WORKMAN FELL FROM EDGE OF MEZZANINE FLOOR

    Edge protection was absent and workman untrained for the task

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th March 2020

    HSE PLAN AND CONSTRUCTION PRIORITIES 2020/21

    Appointed CDM 2015 Principal Designers remain focus of HSE inspections

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th March 2020

    COVID-19 ADVICE & GUIDANCE FOR CONSTRUCTION

    BuildUK support industry with advice, guidance and information

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th March 2020

    LATEST HSE CONVICTIONS AND NOTICES REGISTERS

    hselogo1View current online HSE registers of prosecution convictions and notices

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th March 2020

    POORLY DESIGNED SCHOOL GATE CRUSHED CHILD

    Sliding gate over-run mechanism proved insufficiently robust

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 9th March 2020

    POWER GENERATOR PROSECUTED OVER UNSAFE SYSTEM

    Maintenance workers seriously injured when energy suddenly released

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 2nd March 2020

    CEILING BELOW SAVES WORKMAN IN ROOFLIGHT FALL

    Roofworker fell through roof after stepping on fragile rooflight

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 2nd March 2020

    INEXPERIENCED WORKER FELL THROUGH OPENING

    No physical protection or warning of opening and fragile covering

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 29th February 2020

    CDM PRINCIPAL DESIGNER IN COURT OVER FIRE RISK

    Designers and contractor prosecuted for risk management failings

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 29th February 2020

    PRISON SENTENCE FOR RECALCITRANT DIRECTOR

    Prohibition and improvement notices ignored and danger persisted

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 26th February 2020

    TEMPORARY WORKS HOARDING FELL ON PEDESTRIAN

    Member of the public struck when site fence collapsed suddenly

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 26th February 2020

    CHILD FATALLY INJURED BY UNSECURED POLE

    Pole stored on embankment moved and trapped boy against fencing

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 26th February 2020

    OWNER RESPONSE TO HSE INSPECTION ENDED IN COURT

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

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th February 2020

    HSE TARGETING WELDING FUME CANCER RISK

    Inspections to enforce improved controls required by new risk evidence

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th February 2020

    CONTRACTOR FAILED TO REPLACE MISSING PROTECTION

    Painter and decorator fractured hip in fall from landing

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th February 2020

    RISK OF DERMATITIS SUFFICIENT FOR PROSECUTION

    Company failed to implement controls and surveillance required by COSHH

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th February 2020

    COSHH FAILINGS CAUSE ASTHMA AND PROVE COSTLY

    Uncontrolled exposure to isocyanates during paint spraying operations

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th February 2020

    POLICE EMPLOYEE SHOCKED BY DATA CABLE WORK

    South Wales Force fined over electric shock from ceiling void cable

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th February 2020

    COLLAPSE OF PUMP SET TRAPPED WORKMAN

    Unsafe system of work transferring from pallet to a raised platform

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th February 2020

    MODIFIED PODIUM STEPS CAUSE FALL FROM HEIGHT

    Firm failed to select and correctly assemble with necessary training

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th February 2020

    SCHOOL LACKED SAFE SYSTEM FOR ROOF RETRIEVAL

    Workman fell from roof whilst retrieving shoe of pupil

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 11th February 2020

    ARM OF WORKMAN AMPUTATED IN CONVEYOR

    Major construction materials supplier fined heavily over unsafe system

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 11th February 2020

    CONCRETE BLOCK PLANT GUARDING BREACHED

    Sections of machinery perimeter safety fencing missing for months

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 11th February 2020
  • Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data