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Confirmed: EB Safety Solutions will be exhibiting at Geotechnica 2018

EB Safety Solutions are delighted to announce that we will be returning to Geotechnica again in 2018.

The event is the UK's largest dedicated geotechnical conference and exhibition and is holding it's tenth straight annual event. At this year's exhibition we will be there to meet and greet our Clients and customers, as well as promoting our expert health and safety services to the entire geotechnical community. The event also presents us and all attendees the perfect opportunity to stay up-to-date with all of the latest developments in the UK's fast-paced geotechnical sector.

Geotechnica 2018 will be be held at the Warwickshire Event Centre on 11th and 12th July 2018. Come and see us on Stand 19 and find out more about EB Safety Solutions.

Visit the Geotechnica 2018 website here: www.geotechnica.co.uk.

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UXO Consultancy: EB Safety provide expert advice in Coventry

EB Safety Solutions have recently been working on a construction project in Coventry. Following a review of the Construction Phase plan it was clear that although the possibility of buried unexploded ordnance (UXO) had been considered, it was judged as being low.

This concerned us and following our intervention, a detailed risk assessment was commissioned from a specialist UXO contractor. Their desk based research assessed the risk as high and mitigation measures including training and onsite support was provided.

Coventry was the target of the single most concentrated attack on a British city in the whole of the Second World War – 500 tonnes of high explosive bombs and 30,000 incendiary bombs were dropped in a single night on 14th November 1940. The legacy of UXO is well known and still represent a significant hazard – one that should be considered before any development takes place.

180 Room Birmingham Grand Hotel Refurb: EB Safety Provides expert H&S training and advice

EB Safety Solutions recently completed work for a contractor carrying out refurbishment work on the iconic 180 room Grand Hotel on Colmore Row in Birmingham.

This award winning scheme involved the restoration of a Grade II* listed Victorian building including extensive stonework refurbishment, the creation of 10 new shops and 11,000 sq ft of new offices fronting Colmore Row together with extensive internal remodelling to provide the Birmingham with what its owners wanted – the city's finest hotel.

EB Safety Solutions was engaged to provide training, site inspections, H&S advice, monitoring and consultancy services and are proud to have been part of what has been a complex and challenging but ultimately hugely rewarding project!

Robust & Pragmatic H&S Policy for High Spec Home Developer

EB Safety Solutions have been working with a developer of award winning high quality, high specification homes in Cheltenham to design and provide robust yet pragmatic H&S policy and procedure systems, training programmes for Directors and management and specialist consultancy advice.

The Client also saw the value in implementing a programme of unannounced site inspections during the construction phase. These were explicitly not designed to "catch people out" rather to check that systems and procedures were being followed, to identify any gaps in training and where necessary to offer guidance and advice.

The Client was pleased with the approach and EB Safety are proud and excited that we have been retained for their next project where we look forward to working with them on another development of some truly beautiful, imaginatively designed homes.

The HSE today published the latest statistics on work related health and safety in Great Britain.

The following are statistics relating to the construction industry:

  • 80,000 workers suffering from work-related ill health each year
  • 30 fatal injuries to workers in 2016/17 (RIDDOR)
  • 49% of fatal injuries caused by falls from a height
  • 10% of fatal injuries caused by trapping by something collapsing/overturning
  • 10% of fatal injuries caused by moving vehicles
  • 64,000 non-fatal injuries to workers each year
  • 24% of non-fatal injuries caused by slips, trips or falls on same level
  • 21% of non-fatal injuries occurred while handling, lifting or carrying
  • 18% of non-fatal injuries caused by falls from a height
  • 13% of non-fatal injuries caused by moving object (incl flying/falling object)
  • 2,542 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2015)

*The release provides detailed commentary on these figures and is supported by:

  • The Statistics webpages, with a range of information e.g. on different types of work-related ill health and different industry sectors.
  • A comprehensive set of tables, designed to make the data accessible to users.
  • An annual infographic-style summary booklet, which has been expanded this year to include additional pages on ill health.

Confirmed: EB Safety Solutions will be exhibiting at Geotechnica 2017

EB Safety Solutions are exhibiting at the UK's largest Geotechnical Conference and Exhibition - Geotechnica 2017.

The event has been running since 2009 and is the premier conference and exhibition in the geotechnical industry. This year we will be there to meet customers, promote our services and stay up-to-date with all of the latest developments in the UK's fast-paced geotechnical sector.

Geotechnica 2017 will be be held at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on 12th and 13th July 2017. Come and see us on Stand 50 to take advantage of discounted training courses and some cool freebies!

Visit the Geotechnica 2017 website here: www.geotechnica.co.uk.

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HSE Update: 2017 Priorities

The HSE have published their annual Construction Sector Plan for 2017.

This year's priorities include:

  • Reducing incidents of ill health with a focus on lung disease and musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Improve risk management and control in small companies.
  • Embedding principles of CDM (2015).

For the latest guidance from the HSE, visit: www.hse.gov.uk/.

Site Seeing Across the UK

So far this year we have interacted with a large number of construction companies and carried out training for many of them. Below are a few examples of good practice that is increasingly being seen across the country, along with a few instances of bad practice that still regrettably occur on some sites.

Good Practice
  • Following an extensive programme of staff training for one of our clients, we are seeing a steady number of site operatives calling us to check that what they are being asked to do is safe. A good result and an endorsement of the approach to training taken by this client.
  • A client was asked to carry out groundwork on a site likely to have been used to dump asbestos. Following our advice a full risk assessment was undertaken, perimeter monitoring was installed, damping down measures designed and implemented, specialist Adviser employed and asbestos awareness course and RPE face fit testing provided to all site workers.
Bad Practice
  • Poor use of RPE - bricklayers on one construction site wearing face masks whilst sporting a full beard. Groundworkers wearing two face masks having assumed "this will offer double the protection".
  • Poorly erected scaffold towers - a non PASMA trained operative not using all the components when constructing towers, using broken or worn parts, no scaff tags and attempts to move a tower whilst in use.

If you are in need of impartial, professional advice when it comes to good and bad practice on your construction site, don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

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