Week commencing 6th May – In the News

New ‘Hazard of the Month’ for WA Management

This week, we unveiled our latest ‘Hazard of the Month’ for May, which is Working at Height. Each month, we take a scrutinising look at some of the key aspects of a particular hazard, such as the way it is classified and how the risks associated with it can be mitigated. Working at Height continues to be one of highest causes for workplace injuries in the UK, so make sure you follow our social media accounts for more information.

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Working at height a major risk on UK public engineering works

   Leading on from this, an article written by height safety specialists Heightsafe on Tuesday outlined the health and safety challenges faced by 4 of the largest public engineering projects. The report outlined how 11% of the workplace accidents for HS2, Highways England, Sellafield Ltd and Network Rail were the direct result of Working at Height. This accounted for 56 of the reported 538 accidents for the year leading up to 2019

Read more on the interesting report HERE

Parcel delivery service unveils new campaign

  Tuffnells, the UK-based parcel delivery service has unveiled a new campaign designed to increase driver safety and awareness amongst employees of Health and Safety. The ‘Think Safety First’ campaign covers aspects from driver fatigue to safe manual handling, and is designed to increase engagement. The scheme looks to benefit both worker wellbeing and the efficiency of parcel deliveries.

Read more on the new campaign HERE

Care home to blame for ‘preventable’ death of pensioner

Today, SHPOnline reported on a £100,000 fine given to a London-based care home after a vulnerable pensioner needlessly died in a fire. The care home had been using outdated and inadequate fire Risk Assessments, including one for a room that no longer existed on the premises. The London Fire Brigade commented on how the death was completely preventable given the circumstances.

Read more on the tragic story HERE

Government to foot £200m bill to replace unsafe cladding

    In the wake of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy, which occurred in 2017, the Government has reported that it will provide the necessary funding required to remove and replace unsafe cladding across the UK. Jonathan O’Niell, of the Fire Protection Association, stated that whilst the money was welcomed, it was long overdue. Cladding had been responsible for the speed and ferocity of the Grenfell Tower Fire.

Read more on the Story HERE