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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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