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Guard rails may have prevented metal beam fall

| Cat: Guardrails

An incident in which a heavy metal beam fell into a busy London street could have been prevented had adequate guard rails been in place to stop loose items from being able to drop off of the sides of the structure. The October 2011 incident saw a 32kg beam fall from six storeys high, first […]

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Edge protection ‘is standard practice and common sense’

| Cat: Edge protection

Using edge protection to minimise fall risks and protect workers is both standard industry practice, and good common sense, according to a HSE inspector. Stephron Baker Holmes stressed the importance of adequate edge protection for construction firms, following a recent case in which a 43-year-old carpenter fell through an unprotected rooflight opening. He landed more […]

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Roof rails help farmers not to ‘leave it to FATE’

| Cat: Roof rails

Farmers have been told that their ‘FATE’ is in their own hands – and roof rails are just one way to help safeguard against potentially tragic accidents. The HSE Don’t leave it to FATE campaign has been launched in response to a recent fatality in the farming industry, when 66-year-old Jim Sharp became entangled with […]

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How safety barriers can prevent a fall from grace

| Cat: safety barriers

Safety barriers on elevated working positions are an important way to prevent people and objects falling from the edge and either sustaining an injury directly, or potentially inflicting one on people passing below. In either instance, the damage done to workers and passers-by can be severe, and the punishments are understandably severe too. Earlier this […]

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Scaffolder ‘ignored calls for edge protection’

| Cat: Edge protection

A scaffolder not only failed to install adequate edge protection and safety ladders at his construction site; he also ignored a HSE inspector and continued to work unsafely in his direct view. The Essex labourer was working on a four-storey scaffold tower on the outside of a building in Chelsea, but some parts of the […]

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Safety ladders and roof rails can avoid HSE halting work

| Cat: Safety Ladders

New figures from the HSE show how construction sites without the right safety ladders, roof rails and other safeguards against falls from height are at risk of having their work halted completely. Following a month-long crackdown on construction sites, the HSE found 40% of nearly 1,750 sites it visited did not have adequate safety measures […]

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Man anchors and safety barriers for green roof edge protection

| Cat: Man anchor, safety barriers

A new code of conduct sets out when man anchors and safety barriers may be needed for green roof edge protection. The Green Roof Organisation Green Roof Code, or GRO Code 2014, looks at a range of safety and access issues with respect to different types of green roofs. For instance, it notes that on […]

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Safety barriers are top priority as falls kill more than any other incident

| Cat: safety barriers

Safety barriers could be the single best safety precaution to install in a workplace, in light of newly published figures by the HSE. The statistics show that in 2013-14, 28.2 million workdays were lost through injury or ill health, costing the economy an estimated £14.2 billion, and costing some people their lives. Over the course […]

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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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