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How edge protection can tackle ‘bungled’ jobs

| Cat: Edge protection

Construction industry endorsement scheme TrustMark has revealed that so-called ‘bunglards’ are more costly to British householders than burglars – meaning that edge protection, man anchors and other best-practice approaches to carrying out work could have a direct economic impact not only on construction firms, but on their customers too. According to the organisation, in the [...]

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Vacancy: Sheet metal worker/Fabricator

| Cat: Vacancies

We are looking for a skilled sheet metal worker / fabricator. The applicant must be experienced and able to work unsupervised from drawings as well as being familiar with various type of cutting and folding equipment. MIG and TIG welding experience also required. The applicant must be reliable and a good timekeeper. Fork Lift Truck [...]

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Roof rails

Rapid construction growth may double increase in roof rails demand

| Cat: Roof rails

Roof rails could see a substantial increase in demand in the coming years, as part of an upswing in global construction led by installations of solar panels and other renewable technologies. The latest Machinery Production Market Tracker from IHS Technology highlights construction equipment as a key growth area worldwide in the immediate future. “Increased demand [...]

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guardrails

Plastics injury stats suggest guardrail message is working

| Cat: Guardrails

We often report on where weak guardrails or a lack of edge protection has led to an accident or injury occurring in a workplace, often followed by a HSE investigation and a sizeable fine. But it’s equally important to recognise where sectors are heeding the message of how edge protection can help to protect employees [...]

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Edge protection

Edge protection protects against ‘offences without incident’

| Cat: Edge protection

Edge protection and man anchors could be necessary precautions, even if you have a clean safety record and well trained staff. The Health & Safety Executive recently fined a Hounslow roofing company £5,000, with £4,137 costs and a further £1,957 costs charged to the company director, after workers were caught on camera without adequate safety [...]

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Edge protection

Edge protection could help tackle farming fatalities

| Cat: Edge protection

Edge protection has broad applications across a multitude of industry areas, but one discipline where it may be particularly needed at present is farming. Farming is a great British institution, and continues to provide important employment opportunities, as well as generating much of the food we consume on a daily basis. But it is also [...]

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Guard Rails

Safety on the edge: guardrails likely to feature at RoSPA conference

| Cat: Guardrails

Guardrails and other forms of edge protection are likely to feature high on the agenda at an upcoming RoSPA safety conference in Birmingham. No Room for Complacency is scheduled for March 27th at Maple House, and as usual when discussing construction safety, working at height is a key issue. RoSPA’s figures show that, in 2011-12, [...]

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Walkover

HSE verdicts highlight value of walkovers

| Cat: Walkovers

In two separate HSE verdicts published recently, the importance of walkovers for fragile roofs is highlighted by near-miss incidents. Both involved falls from height after crashing through weak roofs or skylights, but thankfully neither ended in a fatality. In the first incident, dating back to August 2010, 25-year-old James Coe was lifted on to a [...]

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Guardrails

Guardrails – collective edge protection for work at height

| Cat: Guardrails

Guardrails are one of the first ports of call when installing collective edge protection for work at height, according to Health & Safety Executive guidance. The HSE is currently overhauling its guidance on working at height, which affects some 10 million people who carry out work at some kind of elevation each year. Regulations are [...]

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How the recession may have improved use of man anchors and guardrails

| Cat: Guardrails, Man anchor

Workplace health and safety should never be viewed as ‘discretionary’ spend, but you might think that, during a recession, spending on safety features like guardrails and man anchors might come under some pressure. However, findings from Spain – where employment levels have been severely affected by the recent economic turbulence – suggest quite the opposite [...]

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