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Lack of edge protection sees glazier fall to his death

| Cat: Edge protection

While many of the incidents we report feature life-changing injuries, it is particularly tragic when a simple lack of edge protection results in a fatality. That is what happened in Exeter in November 2011, in an incident that has recently reached the end of HSE prosecution proceedings. A subcontractor was working on the glass canopy […]

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Rely on walkovers and guardrails – not on miracles

| Cat: Edge protection

When sending workers up on to a fragile roof to carry out repairs, it’s wise to put your faith in walkovers and guardrails to prevent a fall, and not simply hoping for a miracle. That is what the judge in a recent HSE case said is the only thing that prevented a roofer from being […]

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Man anchors can save lives in farming

| Cat: Man anchor

Man anchors, edge protection and other fall prevention measures can play an important role in preventing injuries and fatalities in any sector. But in the UK, the worst-performing industry in terms of safety is agriculture, leading to July 6th-10th being declared Farming Safety Week. This collaboration between NFU Mutual, the HSE and the Farm Safety […]

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Guardrails can keep long-term safety trend on course

| Cat: Edge protection

The long-term improvement seen in health and safety can continue with a focus on the biggest risk factors, such as preventing exposure to asbestos, and using guardrails to prevent falls from height. Both are still among the most common causes of workplace ill health and injury, and while little can be done about historical asbestos […]

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Safety ladders and walkovers offer safe access to roofs

| Cat: Safety Ladders, Uncategorized, Walkovers

An incident in which a man fell through an abattoir roof serves as a reminder of the value of safety ladders for safe access to roofs, and of walkovers to prevent people from falling through their more fragile sections. In this instance, the HSE reports that the married father of two was given a ladder […]

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‘No excuse’ for absent guardrails

| Cat: Uncategorized

Falls from height remain one of the biggest workplace killers – meaning there is no excuse for an absence of guardrails on raised platforms, according to the HSE. In a recent incident report, the HSE explains that a Warwickshire man suffered severe injuries including a brain bleed when he fell four metres from a raised […]

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London roofer fined for lack of roof rails

| Cat: Uncategorized

An incident in which four roofers were put at risk serves as a reminder of the need for roof rails, and of the HSE’s willingness to take punitive action even where no injuries are sustained. In this case, in July 2013, four employees were seen replacing the roof of a house in Hermitage Way, Stanmore, […]

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Injured pair ‘were not told’ about man anchors and walkovers

| Cat: Uncategorized

Two men injured when the roof they were working on collapsed had not been given any instructions about where to secure man anchors, or the use of walkovers to cross the most fragile parts of the roof. In January 2014, the two Lichfield men were fitting an extractor fan on the partially completed roof of […]

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Walkovers can ensure safety during asbestos roof repair

| Cat: Uncategorized

Walkovers can help ensure safety when two of the biggest construction health risks are combined – working at height and asbestos. Both have been high on the HSE hit list for many years, as falls from height are a major cause of injury and fatality, while asbestos exposure can have long-term health consequences. Now small […]

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HSE reports fall fatalities with no walkovers or guardrails

| Cat: Uncategorized

Guardrails help to prevent falls from roof edges, while walkovers can provide a safe access route on fragile roofs – and while both reduce the risk of an injury, the most important purpose they serve has got to be preventing the death of a worker. In two cases reported in recent days by the HSE, […]

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