Asbestos – Don’t Forget the Dangers

An old, derelict house.

Is Asbestos Really Still a Risk? Asbestos is still an ever-present danger but for many, they do not believe they will be affected by it and, therefore, do not take the necessary precautions when working in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000 (which is where Asbestos can be found).  […]

Asbestos In The Workplace Toolbox Talk

Why is Asbestos a Problem Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals. It can come in several types; however, the following are the most common types used within the industry: Chrysotile (White) Crocidolite (Blue) Amosite (Brown) Asbestos has been widely used in the UK from the 1950s through to […]

Week Commencing 29/03/2021 – In The News

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Secret Filming Exposes Contamination Risk at Covid Test Results Lab Evidence of potential contamination, discarded tests and pressure to hit targets has been revealed at one of the biggest UK Covid testing labs after secret filming by a BBC reporter working as a lab technician was released. The reporter filmed staff cutting corners and processing […]

Week Commencing 05/10/2020 – In The News

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Asbestos Training in the Construction Industry Sinks to 5 Year Low The coronavirus pandemic has seen the numbers of workers undertaking asbestos training drop by over 66%. Despite the re-opening of construction sites in May, the number of workers undertaking asbestos training courses continues to remain well below average and are at their lowest level […]

Week Commencing 14/10/2019 – In The News

Cutting wood with a saw.

Company Fined After Worker Impaled Whilst Using Rip Saw A worker suffered a severe injury when using a rip saw to cut a length of hardwood. As he was feeding it through, an offcut was ejected backwards and embedded itself in his upper leg and groin. The HSE found that no risk assessment for the machine had […]

Dust: The Danger Lurking In The Air

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WA Management strives to provide a professional service for your health and safety needs, while also endeavouring to create a greater awareness towards risks and hazards in the workplace. In this blog, WA Management continues its monthly documentation of workplace hazards, seeking to shed light on important and topical health and safety issues. For this […]

Week commencing 1st April 2019 – In the News

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WA Management unveils its latest ‘Hazard of the Month’   Despite being revealed on April 1st, it was certainly no joke that WA Management unveiled its latest ‘Hazard of the Month’. For April, the hazard is Manual Handling – an intrinsically important element of safe work, often neglected because of its commonality. As always, the […]

Week Commencing 10th December 2018 – In the News

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Fine for company after safety breaches resulted in fatality A Leicestershire-based plastics processing firm has been fined in excess of £290,000 after a HSE investigation uncovered that an employee fatality was due to safety breeches. The victim sustained severe injuries when a casting rod was ejected from a casting machine at 81mph. The investigation suggested […]

Week commencing 5th November 2018 – In the News

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HSE Investigation after eight injured at fireworks display The HSE has launched an extensive investigation after eight children were injured when an inflatable slide collapsed in Woking. The organisers of the fireworks display declared a ‘major incident’, and ambulance services were notified. Preliminary investigations are underway to identify what occurred, and why so many required […]

Week commencing 22nd October – In the News

A person wearing a red backpack in the outdoors.

Health and safety ban on bags leads to an inventive solution On Monday, we reported on how a furore had erupted at an unnamed school after schoolbags and rucksacks were banned. The decision was made in order to prevent injuries arising from their misuse. However, both parents and pupils responded angrily; believing that a lack […]