CONSTRUCTION INFONET - AUGUST 2014 - CDM consultation, enforcement news, ACOP consultations

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Welcome to the latest edition of Construction Infonet

Construction Infonet is a free eBulletin from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to provide a regular update on health and safety issues for all in the construction industry.
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1. CDM CONSULTATION

The consultation received 1427 responses, which is among the highest of any consultation undertaken by HSE. Thank you to everyone who participated.

The outcome of the public consultation on proposals to revise the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) have now been published by HSE and was discussed by the HSE Board on 13 August 2014.

Entertainment industry and CDM

In the public consultation, a significant number of organisations expressed concerns about the potential impact of CDM application to construction work carried out in some entertainment workplaces.  HSE has responded to these concerns in an open letter to entertainment industry stakeholders,

We will keep you updated in future editions of the Construction e-Bulletin.


2. REGULATION OF HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK

HSE has published a document titled Regulation of health and safety at work that explains the main features of the regulatory approach taken by HSE and local authorities to improve standards in health and safety performance. It includes the main regulatory intervention techniques used to influence, encourage and advise business and, where necessary, hold to account those who fail to meet their responsibilities. These are:  

  • influencing and engaging with stakeholders and others in industry;
  • influencing large employers;
  • creating knowledge and awareness of health and safety risks and encouraging behaviour change;
  • promoting proportionate and sensible health and safety;
  • inspection;
  • investigation;
  • enforcement;
  • engaging with the workforce; and
  • working with other regulators and government departments. 

The document will be of interest to businesses regulated by HSE and local authorities, as well as others working in health and safety who help set and promote health and safety standards. 


3. HAVE YOUR SAY – CONSULTATION ON DRAFT ACOPS

SAFE USE OF LIFTING EQUIPMENT 

HSE is seeking your views on the revised version of the Approved Code of Practice (L113) relating to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

The changes proposed are designed to bring the document up to date with regulatory and other changes and to make the understanding and use of the document simpler to follow.

This consultation began on 20 August and ends on 14 October 2014 

 

SAFE WORK IN CONFINED SPACES

This consultative document seeks your views on the revised version of the Approved Code of Practice (L101) relating to the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997.

The amendments proposed are designed to bring the document up to date with regulatory and other changes and to make the understanding and use of the document easier, particularly with clarifying the definition of a confined space

The consultation runs from 20 August to 30 September 2014.


4. RECENT ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY

Fragile roofs 

11/08/14: Firms in court after Liverpool worker’s life-threatening roof fall
Two firms have been sentenced for safety failings after a Liverpool worker suffered life-threatening injuries when he fell through the roof of a former Cheshire factory. 

01/08/14: Bristol company fined £10,000 for Edinburgh warehouse fall
A Bristol-based roofing company has pled guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for failing to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to its employees when working at heights after an employee fell through the roof light of a warehouse.

31/07/14: Firm fined after worker seriously hurt in roof fall
A roofing firm has been fined after a worker was seriously injured in a five metre fall through the roof of a Gateshead warehouse. 

Further information

Free leaflet - Fragile roofs

Busy Builder leaflet –  Roof Repair Work

New film - Fragile Roofs – Fragile Lives  

 

Falls/Work at height 

28/07/14: Construction firms fined after workers hurt in scaffold collapse
A house builder and a scaffolding company have been fined after two bricklayers were hurt falling from an unsafe scaffold. 

24/07/14: Five in court for multiple safety failings
A Lincolnshire poultry firm and four of its contractors have been fined for repeated safety failings after workers were caught on a roof without taking proper safety precautions.

Further information

Construction Safety Topic - Assessing all work at height

Free leaflet – Roofwork – what you need to know as a busy builder

Frequently asked questions – Work at height  

 

Demolition 

29/07/14: Building sub-contractor’s safety neglect led to his own injuries
A Newton Abbot building sub-contractor who suffered a fractured spine while demolishing a temporary school classroom near Exmouth in Devon, has been fined for safety failings that could have also put the safety of others in danger. 

Further information

Construction Safety Topic – Structural stability  

 

Scaffolding

31/07/14: Cambridgeshire company and director in court after scaffold falls into street
A Cambridgeshire company and its director have been prosecuted after an unsecured scaffold collapsed into a street. 

Further information

Construction Safety Topic – Scaffold checklist

Construction Safety Topic – Protecting the public  

 

Asbestos 

20/08/14: Brothers given custodial sentence for exposing workers to asbestos
Two Stoke-on-Trent brothers with little or no experience of building and construction work have been given prison sentences after they exposed workers to asbestos.   

20/08/14: NHS Trust in court after workers potentially exposed to asbestos
An NHS Trust has been fined after it was found likely to have exposed workers to potentially fatal asbestos material for more than a decade at its three hospitals in Hertfordshire.  

05/08/14: Directors and two firms fined for potential asbestos risk
A Hartlepool firm and two of its directors have been fined along with a second company after redundant steel work was removed, putting workers at risk of exposure to asbestos.

Further information

Construction Safety Topic - Asbestos


5. NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

HSE 

HSE marks 40th anniversary of HSWA

HSE launches enhanced land use planning advice service

INDUSTRY 

NASC’s Safety Guidance on Transporting Scaffolding in Construction Hoists – SG26:14 


6. F10 FORMS

HSE strongly recommends using our online F10 form, which has been developed to make notification as simple and convenient as possible.  When you fill in and submit the form, it sends to HSE automatically.  You will receive an email providing you with a copy of your form and a serial number which you can use to access your form and provide updates.

Manual forms - only available until 31 March 2015


7. HEALTH AND SAFETY EVENTS

WWT Events 

Improve the health and safety of your business by attending a health and safety event near you. Most of the Working Well Together (WWT) events we list are FREE and all provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people, see interesting new equipment and get confidential advice. 

Places are available at the following Working Well Together (WWT) events 

5 September 2014 – Good Health, Occupational Health and Safety Event, Denby

This is a free half-day event aimed at managers, supervisors and operatives. The event aims are to raise awareness of the construction related health problems and give practical advice on how to control and avoid risks including respiratory, HAVS & noise, outdoor working including skin care. 

17 September 2014 – Groundworks SHAD, Aberdeen

This is a free event run by the industry for the industry. Topics include Traffic Management, Unloading/loading safely, Buried Services, Safe Trench work and Groundworks as Confined Spaces. 

25 September 2014 – Fragile materials – it’s not just about roofs!

A free half day event of talks and demonstrations on the following: replacing roof lights; fall and edge protection systems, holes in the ground   

There are currently 17 Regional WWT Groups operating across England Scotland and Wales.  Find your nearest WWT Group and get involved.  

3M and Working Well Together (WWT)

Construction Safety Summit 2014 - September 18th, London

A free-to-attend event organised by 3M and Working Well Together to present and discuss Personal Safety best practice specific to the construction industry, with keynote speakers from HSE, HSL. and best practice insight from Occupational H&S consultant Lawrence Waterman.  Places are limited, contact personalsafety.uk@mmm.com

Other events

Institution of Civil Engineers

25 September 2014 - Constructing Health and Safety 2014, Westminster 

 British Safety Council

15 October 2014 - Pushing health up the workplace health and safety agenda, London


8. LADDER EXCHANGE 2014

The annual Ladder Exchange, now run and managed by the Ladder Association, is your opportunity to exchange any dodgy, bent and broken ladders for safe, brand new ones.

Simply take your old ladders to a participating partner near you and swap them at a discount. You get a new ladder at a concessionary price and everyone stays safe. This year the scheme ends in December, don’t miss out!

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