Week commencing 4th March – In the News

Heavy fine after extensive HSE investigation

On Monday, we reported on an extensive HSE investigation into a marine contractor, after a worker fell six metres from a ladder. The victim unfortunately sustained life-altering injuries to the neck and back, as well as extensive fractures to the ribs and hip. The investigation concluded that not enough had been done to mitigate the risks associated with falls from height. The contractor in question was consequently fined over £34,000

Read more on the HSE investigation HERE

Sunderland housing group awarded ISO 45001 certification

Earlier this week, we reported that the Gentoo Group, a Sunderland-based housing association, has become one of the latest organisations to be accredited the ISO 45001 certification. The Head of Health, Safety and Environment for the company said the achievement testified to their ‘commitment to health and safety’, later adding that they ‘were delighted’ at the result.

Congratulations to them, and read more on the story HERE

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Serious safety breaches uncovered at major car manufacturer

This week, we also reported on fines that had been issued to Renault after a series of serious health and safety breaches at two separate manufacturing sites. The HSE, investigating, uncovered that vehicle lifting equipment had been improperly maintained, jeopardising its efficient working order. This, in turn, greatly increased the risk of workers and technicians repairing the cars.

Read more on the worrying findings HERE

Hand arm vibration breaches soar on construction sites

On Thursday, new figures issued by the Building Safety Group reported that Hand Arm Vibration breaches on construction sites had rocketed upwards by over a third. The study, based on over 42,000 independent site visits, went on to reaffirm the dangers associated with unchecked Hand Arm Vibration. Indeed, the easily preventable health risks that arise are often overlooked by workers using power tools.

Read more the statistics HERE         

International Women’s Day: how to promote equality

Finally, on Friday, much of the Health and Safety world expressed calls for greater diversity and equality in the sector – coinciding with International Women’s Day 2019. A particularly fascinating article by SHPOnline suggested that the day could stimulate lasting conversations about how to encourage more young people to consider a career in construction.

Read more from the aforementioned article HERE