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Guardrails and man anchors ‘could easily have prevented fall’

| Cat: Guardrails

The HSE has urged construction companies to make sure they use guardrails and man anchors to protect all workers who need access to partially constructed scaffolds, following one avoidable incident in early 2015. On February 23rd, a 39-year-old man was dismantling the second lift of a scaffold at a site in East Anglia, on a […]

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Double fall demonstrates two crucial edge protection uses

| Cat: Edge protection

A combination of falls led to the death of one man and serious injuries to another, in a case that demonstrates two of the vital applications of edge protection. The deceased, John Altoft, was part of a team working to install scaffolding on the inside of a tower at a cement works in Rugby; he […]

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Rubble Chute

Builder charged for lack of rubbish chutes and edge protection

| Cat: Rubbish Chutes

The director of a Coalville construction company has been sentenced for failing to use edge protection when working on a fifth-storey project, as well as simply throwing sacks of rubble from the fifth-floor window instead of using rubbish chutes or safely carrying the sacks to ground. When the incident occurred, on October 2nd 2014, it […]

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Hooped Ladder

Safety ladders contribute towards two fifths of access equipment market

| Cat: Safety Ladders

Safety ladders are one part of a category that constitutes 40% of the UK access equipment market, according to a report from AMA Research. The publication, entitled Access Equipment Market Report – UK 2014-2018 Analysis, was published recently, and AMA Research summarised its key findings in a blog post. Among them is the fact that […]

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‘Mind the gap’ when erecting edge protection

| Cat: Edge protection

There are many different methods of edge protection, from guardrails and demarcation systems to man anchors and temporary roof rails. One recent HSE case demonstrates the importance of making sure, whatever you choose, there is no exposed gap left between the roof edge and the edge protection itself. In the incident, a 63-year-old roofer was […]

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Guardrails

Counting the cost of edge protection’s absence

| Cat: Edge protection

The incidents we report regularly show the risks posed by an absence of edge protection when working at height – but a report from the HSE puts this into a broader context of human cost and financial cost. In its ‘vital statistics’ for 2014-15, the HSE reports that ill health and injury cost the UK […]

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Roof Walkovers

Fragile roof fall shows how walkovers can protect newcomers

| Cat: Walkovers

Falling through a fragile roof can be a catastrophic incident for workers with any level of experience, but walkovers may be particularly useful in protecting newcomers who are less familiar with a particular site. Walkovers don’t just safely span weaker parts of a roof; they clearly demarcate the route to be taken, avoiding any skylights […]

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Providing safe access to construction site rubbish chutes

| Cat: Rubbish Chutes

Rubbish chutes are an important way to carry all kinds of waste from building sites to ground level – with colour-coded chutes allowing recyclable waste to be sorted and separated as you go along. But using rubbish chutes safely requires some caution in itself, as you do not want to put workers at risk of […]

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Fall Protection Panels

‘Action will be taken’ in absence of edge protection on fragile roofs

| Cat: Edge protection

There are plenty of ways to improve safety on fragile roofs, from safety ladders to reach the roof at its strongest point, to walkovers on fragile expanses and edge protection to prevent falls. And the HSE has once again made clear that sites where such measures are not installed will not be allowed to continue […]

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Temporary Guardrail

Edge protection essential on all durations of jobs

| Cat: Edge protection

Just because a job isn’t expected to take long, it doesn’t mean edge protection should be overlooked – a fall can happen in an instant, and can change a life forever. In one recent HSE case, an employee of a maintenance company was working on a roof in Tooting without any edge protection. During the […]

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