Ethentic Ethentic Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data
  • Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data Ethentic Ethentic

    INDUSTRY BODY TO GRASP FRAGILE ROOF DEATH TOLL

    New industry guidance will spell out CDM client role in prevention  

    The Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) advises HSE on the protection of people at work and the public from hazards within the building, civil engineering and engineering construction industry.

    The membership (see below) provides representation from key industry stakeholders and was reconstituted at the beginning of 2013 with a refreshed membership.

    HSE works in partnership with CONIAC and other industry groups to take forward the HSE preventive strategy.

    Priority to be given to fragile roof safety

    The CONIAC Safety Working Group (SWG) has now reported that the group has turned its attention from work at height generally to falls through fragile roofs.

    The group has identified the need for very simple guidance aimed primarily at clients which sets out their responsibilities and relates them to complementary duties of those undertaking the work. The group is discussing a draft and working on a distribution plan.

    Deaths caused by falls through fragile surfaces are the biggest single cause of construction fatal falls and related prosecutions dominate the cases taken by HSE Construction Groups.

    The proposed guidance will probably encourage the adoption of work practices which involve working from below fragile surfaces. 

    SWG wants to emphasise the need to develop a CONIAC “brand” to facilitate publication of guidance.

    Additionally, SWG is watching progress of the Strategic Forum for Construction Plant Safety Working Group on various pieces of guidance, including:

    • plant operator competence (awaiting HSE clearance);
    • managing ground conditions; and
    • revised guidance on telehandlers. 

     

    CONIAC Members/Observers

     

    Name Organisation
    Alan Muddiman Civil Engineering Contractors Association
    Steve Murphy UCATT
    Andrew Butt Observer for Office of Government Commerce
    David Parsons National Federation of Builders
    Gilbert Barron Observer for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
    Edward Fendt Specialist Engineering Contractors Group
    Richard Habgood Construction Industry Council
    Jason Rowley UK Contractors Group
    John Scott National Specialist Contractors Council
    Kevin Fear ConstructionSkills
    Kevin Minton Construction Plant-hire Association
    Clive Johnson Construction Clients’ Group
    Kevin Williamson Unite (Amicus section)
    Paul Haxell Home Builders Federation
    Peter Caplehorn Construction Industry Council
    Jerry Nelson GMB
    Rob Gutteridge Federation of Master Builders
    Heather Bryant (Chair) Health and Safety Executive
    Richard Ash Engineering Construction Industry Association
    Susan Murray Unite (T&G section)

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

    FARMER FINED OVER FATAL FALL THROUGH ROOF

    Valley gutter cleaning from ladder ends in death of contractor

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 20th May 2019

    FIRM FAILED TO ‘ENGAGE’ WITH HSE INSPECTORS

    Company and director omitted to take action on Improvement Notices

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 20th May 2019

    HOME BUILDER FAILED TO MANAGE STEEL INSTALL

    Workman struck by steel beam and seriously injured

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 20th May 2019

    PLASTERER FELL FROM UNGUARDED HOUSE LANDING

    Sole trader failed to manage risk to self-employed worker

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 20th May 2019

    SOLAR PANEL CLEAN RESULTED IN FRAGILE ROOF FALL

    Elevated work platform would have been mitigated fall risk

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 20th May 2019

    PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR FAILED TO MANAGE PROJECT

    Double prosecution following fall through fragile roof

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th May 2019

    HSE ENFORCEMENT DATABASE UPDATE 16th MAY 2019

    hselogo1Latest online register of prosecutions and enforcement notices

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th May 2019

    HSE DEMOLITION INCIDENT CASE STUDIES

    Regulator advice focuses on underlying causes of recent demo incidents

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th May 2019

    TEMPORARY WORKS: NEW GUIDANCE PUBLISHED

    TW Forum (TWf) advice on PC concrete, platforms and stockpiles

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 13th May 2019

    FIRM FAILED TO ENFORCE FALL ARREST SYSTEM

    Worker 5m fall through roof preventable by scaffolding and safety nets

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 13th May 2019

    FINGERS AMPUTATED IN WOOD MACHINE INCIDENTS

    Joinery firm failed to provide effective safeguards on saw and planer

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 13th May 2019

    NEW SITE DUMPER GUIDANCE PUBLISHED

    Good practice guide for safe use of dumpers now available

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 13th May 2019

    TRUST FAILED TO PROPERLY MANAGE ASBESTOS

    Workers exposed to asbestos during accommodation refurbishment project

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 9th May 2019

    HSE TARGETS PRINCIPAL DESIGNERS IN 2019/20

    New business plan puts health and Principal Designers in HSE spotlight

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th May 2019

    FIRM LACKED SAFE SYSTEM FOR MANUAL HANDLING

    Gantry steps regularly moved unsafely despite employee concerns

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 7th May 2019

    PROPERTY FIRM FAILED TO OVERSEE CONTRACTOR

    Wall and hoarding collapsed injuring pedestrian on busy London street

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 7th May 2019

    ELECTRICAL BURNS ON DEMOLITION PROJECT

    Bar thrown at electrical equipment to prove dead …revealed system live

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 1st May 2019

    WORKER FELL THROUGH STAIRWELL OPENING

    Basic fall protection precautions not taken on home build project

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 26th April 2019

    TWO BRICKLAYERS INJURED IN FLOOR COLLAPSE

    Joist hangers incorrectly installed and floor overloaded with blocks

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th April 2019

    FIRM FINED £150K AFTER BOY FELL FROM SCAFFOLD

    Ladder guard failed to prevent 12-year old accessing scaffolding

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th April 2019

    SAFETYCAM VEHICLE TRAPS ERRANT DRIVERS

    Safer Highways reports on new approaches to roadworks health and safety

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th April 2019

    NEW PRE-QUAL SYSTEM LAUNCHED BY MAJOR PLAYERS

    Build UK and CECA publish common PQ assessment standard

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th April 2019

    REPORT CONFIRMS RISING COST OF OFFENDING

    Considerable increases in fines imposed on larger organisations

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th April 2019

    CONCRETE BLOCK MAKER FAILED TO GUARD MACHINE

    Effective safety precautions absent for a number of years

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 9th April 2019

    HOTEL REFURBISHMENT DISTURBED ASBESTOS

    Firm failed to act on well-founded asbestos concerns expressed by employee

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 1st April 2019
    Ethentic Ethentic Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data
  • Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data Ethentic Ethentic