CONSTRUCTION INFONET - JULY 2017: HSE Annual Workplace Fatality Figures released, Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit, European Campaign - Healthy Workplaces For All Ages, Breathe Freely In Construction Roadshows, prosecutions, news and events

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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. HSE RELEASES ANNUAL WORKPLACE FATALITY FIGURES

Provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents between April 2016 and March 2017 shows 30 fatal injuries to construction workers were recorded.

This is the lowest number on record for the sector. More information is available in HSE’s annual figures for work-related fatalities, as well as the number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in 2015.

2. WORKPLACE HEALTHY LUNGS SUMMIT

Lungs

Lung disease remains a serious problem in the workplace and this Summit will describe what HSE is doing about it, what you can do about it, and what science and evidence can tell us. You will benefit from attending if you are an employer, a health and safety professional, an occupational health advisor or a consultant. It will also be of interest to trade and sector bodies, unions and academics and professionals working on workplace lung disease. 

For more details on the Summit that is being held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on 22nd November visit HSL's Events Page or email healthylungs@hsl.gsi.gov.uk.

3. EUROPEAN CAMPAIGN - HEALTHY WORKPLACES FOR ALL AGES

European

EU-OSHA's Healthy Workplaces Campaign is 'Healthy workplaces for all ages' focusing on the promotion of sustainable work and healthy ageing throughout your working life.

More information on how you can get involved and for practical tools and guidance visit Healthy Workplaces for All.

4. BREATHE FREELY IN CONSTRUCTION BREAKFAST ROADSHOWS

The BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, Breathe Freely initiative is about reducing the incidence of ill-health and disease in the construction industry. Running for just over two years now, the campaign has gained unprecedented levels of support and delivered a wide range of resources and materials for employers, to help them better understand how to control workplace health risks.

The Breathe Freely campaign is running a series of FREE breakfast roadshow events. Dates and locations are as follows:

  • September 21st   Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol 
  • October 27th Surgeon’s Hall, Edinburgh
  • November 15th: London – venue TBC but this will be a central location  

Register your place now and find out full details about the events.

    5. RECENT ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY

    Contractors

    14/06/2017: Company and contractor fined after member of public struck by fencing wire

    Further information

    Contractors

    Lifting Operations

    21/06/17: Two companies fined after worker struck by scaffolding

    Further information

    Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

    Construction Safety Topic - Structural stability during excavations

    Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

    Roofwork/ Working at height

    Further information

    11/07/17: Construction company fined after worker fell through fragile roof

    10/07/17: Concrete manufacturer fined after a worker fell from height

    07/07/17: Two contractors fined after worker fell from height

    06/07/17: Scaffold company and director sentenced after worker fell from height

    29/06/17: Company fined after death of worker

    22/06/17: Roofing company fined after worker fell through a roof

    Construction Safety Topic - Assessing all work at height

    Construction Safety Topic - Working at height

    Free leaflet - Fragile roofs

    Busy Builder leaflet - Fragile roofs: What you need to know as a busy builder, contractor or maintenance worker

    Busy Builder leaflet - Fragile roofs: What you need to know as a building owner, user or managing agent

    Construction Safety Topic: Scaffold checklist

    Construction Safety Topic: Tower scaffolds

    6. NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

    HSE

    The Development and Use of Tools to Support Workplace Hand-Arm Vibration Exposure Evaluation - an article by HSL's Paul Pitts 

    Long-term exposure to hand-arm vibration (HAV) from powered machinery is known to be responsible for damage to the hand and arm. To protect workers, employers are required to apply appropriate measures to control vibration exposures.  In Great Britain, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has provided tools designed to simplify exposure evaluation as part of employers’ risk assessments for vibration.  Click here to read the article and find out more.  

    HSE Training

    HSL Training has re-branded to HSE Training. Nothing else has changed and, as always, our courses are delivered by scientists and health and safety experts who work in research and investigation every day. This means our courses are built around current real-world experiences and expertise and fully align with the requirements of the regulator.

    Please visit our website for the full list of training courses we offer.

    HSL eBulletin – Exposure Assessment and Control

    Industry

    100% carded is not always 100% right

    Most people are familiar with the role Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards perform in improving standards and safety on construction sites. However, not everyone realises that those people attending site to perform a non-construction related occupation should not be expected to carry a card.

    The CSCS is challenging the industry to stop turning away non-construction related workers without CSCS cards. Find out more here.

    HSE Jobs

    HSE is recruiting

    We need experienced engineers and professionals dedicated to improving health and safety. Together their work has substantial impact, helping to protect people from risks, whether in chemical plants and construction sites or oil and gas facilities.

    Find out more and view our list of available vacancies.

    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.

    14th September 2017 - FREE Groundworkers Safety and Health Awareness Event, Worksop

    27th September 2017 - FREE Construction Safety and Health Awareness Day, Ipswich

    Visit the HSE website to find out more about national events, conferences and HSL training.

    Other events

    IOSH National Safety and Health Conference – 14 September 2017, Nottingham

    60th NWRA Safety Conference and Exhibition - Accident Investigation, 19 September 2017, Preston

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