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Walkovers and guardrails are ‘simple but vital’

| Cat: Guardrails, Walkovers

Safety measures such as installing walkovers to provide safe passage over weak roofs, or guardrails to prevent access to them entirely, have been deemed simple but vital by an HSE spokesperson. HSE inspector Paul Hoskins made the assertion following the conclusion of an investigation into how a young Dagenham man came to fall four metres [...]

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edge protection

Edge protection ‘is an employer priority’

| Cat: Edge protection

Edge protection should be a priority for employers in any situation where employees are asked to work at height, the Health & Safety Executive has reaffirmed. HSE inspector Rob Hassell reiterated the risks of working at height following a ruling against a Northampton logistics firm for a fall injury that left one man unable to [...]

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Safety ladders

When are safety ladders needed in construction?

| Cat: Safety Ladders

Safety ladders can provide a more secure means of reaching an elevated position, without the risks that are attached to a free-standing ladder; however, during construction projects, installations, maintenance work and cleaning tasks, it might be difficult to be certain of whether they are needed. A suitable risk assessment can reveal the truth, and if [...]

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Teaching young workers the value of safety ladders

| Cat: Safety Ladders

Safety ladders, walkovers, and safety barriers used as a form of edge protection can all help to reduce the risk of an injury, but it is also important to ensure staff are properly trained in how to use them or how to work near them. The British Safety Council says young workers are 50% more [...]

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Mobile Man Anchors

Man anchor demo added to Safety Expo

| Cat: Man anchor, Mobile Man Anchors

A man anchor demonstration is among the newest additions to the itinerary for the Safety & Health Expo 2014, which starts at ExCel London on June 17th. This year is the first time the event has been held in London – an indication of its growing importance across a broad range of industries, according to [...]

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Vacancy – Sheet 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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Guardrails

Lack of guardrails and man anchors ‘puts the public at risk’

| Cat: Guardrails, Man anchor

A failure to erect guardrails or use man anchors when working on a five-storey, ten-metre-high scaffold tower has led to one firm being accused of putting the public at risk. Spectators of the work being carried out in Covent Garden were so concerned that they took photographs of workers sat on the unprotected edge of [...]

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Walkovers

Why walkovers are still needed on non-fragile roofs

| Cat: Walkovers

The concept of a non-fragile roof might make walkovers seem unnecessary, particularly on a roof that has been given an A-rating. But an article circulated in the trade press by Chris Pearce, a founder member of the Advisory Committee for Roofsafety, explains why even a good rating does not mean a roof is totally safe. [...]

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Edge protection

NFRC Roofing Awards show far reach of edge protection

| Cat: Edge protection

It is easy to think of edge protection as being there purely for when repair work is being carried out to a leaky roof, but the recent NFRC Roofing Awards 2014 highlighted the wide range of different reasons why work might be carried out on a rooftop. The ninth annual awards ceremony was held in [...]

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Man Anchors

Man anchors and guardrails may protect new construction workers

| Cat: Guardrails, Man anchor

The construction industry is growing again, and while that is good news for the economy, it may heighten the importance of man anchors and guardrails, not only to keep work on schedule, but also to protect those who are new to the workforce and may be less experienced in safety matters. According to the Construction [...]

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