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Walkovers protect workers on refurb projects

| Cat: Walkovers

Walkovers are an important way to protect maintenance workers who need access to elevated positions – particularly where there are known weak parts of the roof, or trip hazards on its surface – but could also help to tackle one of the major causes of serious injuries and fatalities in the construction sector. Every year, […]

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20,000 falls from height show edge protection is essential in 2017

| Cat: Edge protection

With the new year underway, it’s a good time to take stock of what progress has been made in terms of the safety of working at height, and the ongoing need for edge protection to avoid future incidents, or to reduce the severity of any slips or trips while working in an elevated position. Statistics […]

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Higher ambitions for safer work at height in 2017

| Cat: Walkovers

New Year’s resolutions can be professional as well as personal, and one of the best commitments you can make to yourself and your employees is to put in place safer work at height precautions in 2017. Edge protection comes in many forms, from permanent guardrails to temporary roof rails and man anchors that tether individuals […]

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Safer working at height during relocations

| Cat: Guardrails

Having edge protection in place from day one does not have to be a challenge; with simple precautions like man anchors and temporary guard rails, it’s easy to adopt safer working at height practices while you set up your new premises. Likewise, edge protection – whether temporary or permanent – is an essential factor in […]

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Makeshift walkovers left worker stranded when colleague fell

| Cat: Walkovers

An incident recently reported by the HSE shows the importance of using proper walkovers when accessing fragile roofs, after two individuals were caught up in a severe fall when using homemade crawling boards instead. The event itself took place on July 30th 2014, and the investigation has just concluded, with the engineering firm that employed […]

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No edge protection or precautions in tragic roof fall

| Cat: Edge protection

A lack of edge protection and precautions against falling through a fragile roof led to a tragic incident in which one man lost his life and two face criminal convictions for their negligence in planning the work. Following a HSE investigation into the fragile roof fall on June 11th 2013, a roofer and the director […]

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Man anchors provide backup protection against falls

| Cat: Man anchor

Man anchors offer essential extra protection against falls when working in areas where guardrails are unsuitable, for example because the work takes place around a temporary opening. A number of recent HSE reports have touched on such circumstances, including one incident that led to a fatality and numerous severe injuries. Among them was an incident […]

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How walkovers improve autumn-winter roof safety

| Cat: Walkovers

In previous articles we have looked at the importance of safe roof access in the autumn and winter months, with safety ladders to prevent injury in the event that your foot slips on a rung in wet conditions. Roof edge protection enhances this by preventing falls from the sides of a building, but while on […]

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Working with temporary edge protection and man anchors

| Cat: Edge protection, Man anchor

A recent HSE prosecution has highlighted the importance of temporary edge protection – and where guardrails are removed, the need for backup alternatives like man anchors. In the incident in question, a scaffolder was stacking roofing sheets on a flat roof when he fell from the edge, landing seven metres below and sustaining fatal injuries. […]

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Superior rubble chutes can take a ton

| Cat: Rubbish Chutes

Construction site rubble chutes have a lot to deal with – more than domestic rubbish chutes typically have to handle, for sure. Whereas residential rubbish disposal chutes might not normally take more than the contents of a kitchen bin, construction site rubble chutes may have to safely transport broken masonry, chunks of concrete and other […]

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