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How roof rails are helping to save the NHS

| Cat: Roof rails

A speech given on behalf of RoSPA has highlighted how workplace safety precautions like roof rails and edge protection have helped to substantially decrease the number of injuries suffered by people on the job. Dr Clifford Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, delivered the RoSPA-hosted Allan St John Holt Memorial Lecture on October [...]

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Edge protection can stop you becoming another statistic

| Cat: Edge protection

A hard-hitting film by the Health & Safety Executive highlights the real-world impact of workplace accidents, and the importance of edge protection and guard rails, as well as precautions against other threats like asbestos and electricity. The video, entitled Turning Concern Into Action, marks the culmination of the HSE’s Safer Sites campaign, which has been [...]

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Why low-risk workplaces need edge protection

| Cat: Edge protection

Edge protection is a common sight on industrial premises – although there are still many more industrial structures that could benefit from having it installed. But it is also important on what might seem like low-risk workplaces and public buildings, such as offices and shops, particularly if regular roof access is required for any reason. [...]

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Need for hospital guardrails highlighted by incident

| Cat: Guardrails

An incident at a hospital mental health ward has highlighted the importance of guardrails on elevated positions around hospital grounds. Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been fined following the incident at Boston Pilgrim Hospital’s Ward 12, which occurred in March 2013. A 26-year-old man was detained under the Mental Health Act, but despite a [...]

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Safety ladders

HSE reports builder’s risky alternative to safety ladders

| Cat: Safety Ladders

The Health & Safety Executive investigated a report of unsafe working conditions by a member of the public – and found builders using an astonishing alternative to safety ladders. When inspectors attended the site in Kingsley, Cheshire, they found a scaffold tower was being used to access a roof in order to carry out construction [...]

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Solar installers scuppered by lack of edge protection and walkovers

| Cat: Edge protection

A lack of walkovers on a fragile roof, combined with the failure to install edge protection, left a pair of brothers lucky to escape more serious injury when they fell 15ft to the ground below. Brynley Perrett sustained the worse injuries in the incident, picking up a compression fracture of the back and sternum, while [...]

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Come and see AKM edge protection at rci 2014

| Cat: Edge protection

AKM Fabrications will be at rci 2014 this October, giving you the perfect opportunity to come and discuss edge protection with us in all its forms. From safety barriers to guardrails, man anchors to walkovers, our team will be at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on October 29th-30th (find us at stand J10). We’ll also [...]

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Edge protection goes back to school

| Cat: Edge protection, Roof rails

It’s September, and that means children everywhere are going back to school – but it’s perhaps a time to think less about the risks of taking a conker to the eye, and more about the importance of edge protection. The HSE is urging parents and teachers alike “not to wrap kids in cotton wool”, and [...]

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Walkovers

Eco-electricity likely to drive demand for walkovers

| Cat: Walkovers

The Construction Industry Council has put out a report on some of the latest advances in ‘eco-electricity’, and it seems likely that some of them will drive demand for rooftop walkovers in the years to come. Walkovers serve several purposes, ranging from acting as demarcation systems to prevent foot access to weak parts of the [...]

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Allowing adequate foot clearance in safety ladders

| Cat: Safety Ladders

Safety ladders offer several ways to protect their users, from surrounding ‘hoops’ to reduce the risk of falling backwards, to interstitial platforms designed to allow climbers to rest on a secure surface partway up or down. But a further consideration is how much toe clearance is left between the rungs of the ladder and the [...]

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