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Eco-electricity likely to drive demand for walkovers

| Cat: Walkovers

The Construction Industry Council has put out a report on some of the latest advances in ‘eco-electricity’, and it seems likely that some of them will drive demand for rooftop walkovers in the years to come. Walkovers serve several purposes, ranging from acting as demarcation systems to prevent foot access to weak parts of the [...]

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safety ladders

Allowing adequate foot clearance in safety ladders

| Cat: Safety Ladders

Safety ladders offer several ways to protect their users, from surrounding ‘hoops’ to reduce the risk of falling backwards, to interstitial platforms designed to allow climbers to rest on a secure surface partway up or down. But a further consideration is how much toe clearance is left between the rungs of the ladder and the [...]

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edge protection

Edge protection is part of ’40 years of shouting safety’

| Cat: Edge protection

Edge protection is an essential component in preventing falls from height on many business premises, whether they are commercial, business or industrial. And with falls from height still high on the agenda for the Health & Safety Executive, it is apt that edge protection will remain a cornerstone of protecting employees as the organisation celebrates [...]

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Edge protection

Repeated edge protection absences land five in court

| Cat: Edge protection

A persistent refusal to install edge protection at a poultry farm ended with five people going to court to face prosecution by the Health & Safety Executive. In an example of ‘prevention is better than cure’, the HSE took action against a Lincolnshire poultry firm and four contractors, even though no injuries were sustained by [...]

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Edge protection, Glasgow 2014, and temporary demountable structures

| Cat: Edge protection

Edge protection is one of the technologies helping to ensure the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games reach their finale without any major health and safety incidents. The Health & Safety Executive has been working with the organisers of the Games from the very beginning, supervising and advising on the construction of the venues and facilities, including [...]

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roof rails

NFRC’s own roof rails may be needed to protect telecoms engineers

| Cat: Roof rails

The roof rails at Roofing House, headquarters of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, may be needed this week to protect telecommunication engineers as they restore the organisation’s telephone lines. A statement by the NFRC on July 24th revealed that their landline numbers were not working, adding: “We are currently experiencing a fault with our [...]

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Edge protection

How edge protection helped towards record low fatalities

| Cat: Uncategorized

Edge protection is often mentioned alongside stern warnings about the dangers of working at height – which is still one of the main causes of workplace accidents, injuries and fatalities. So it is good to see statistics that demonstrate how edge protection, as part of workplaces’ overall commitment to health and safety, is helping the [...]

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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 ‘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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