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Walkovers and man anchors can prevent rooflight falls

| Cat: Man anchor, Mobile Man Anchors, Walkovers

Following the paralysis of a 69-year-old man who fell through a rooflight on a Scottish border farm, the HSE is stressing the value of precautions like man anchors and walkovers to prevent similar incidents. On March 14th 2013, Neil Knox was repairing a roof at a farm in Lauder when, during a tea break, he […]

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Top Fix Standard

Edge protection helps tackle rising north-west injuries

| Cat: Edge protection

With injuries and fatalities on the increase in the north-west, the HSE is using its 40th anniversary to urge vigilance on common risks such as falls from height. The start of 2015 also marks the beginning of the executive’s 40th year, but the occasion is marred slightly by worsening safety figures in the north-west. In […]

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guardrails

‘Safety drill’ slammed for lack of guardrails and safe access

| Cat: Guardrails

Holding a fire evacuation safety drill should be a positive step in terms of protecting employees – but not when setting up the simulated environment for the drill involves working 9m from the ground without guardrails, safe access or man anchors. A berth at Chatham Docks was the location in February 2014 for just such […]

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safety barriers

Make safety barriers your New Year’s Resolution

| Cat: safety barriers

Plenty of people joke about how their New Year’s Resolutions fall by the wayside by January 2nd, but a commitment to using safety barriers is one worth making – and worth sticking to, not just throughout 2015, but as a lifelong priority. Falls from height remain one of the main causes of workplace injuries and […]

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Front Fix & Walkway

Repeat edge protection errors land building firm in court

| Cat: Edge protection

Persistent failure to put edge protection in place when working at height has landed one West Midlands building firm in court with a four-figure fine. The firm – which works in the West Midlands but is actually registered to an address in Newcastle-upon-Tyne – was first served with a prohibition notice on June 13th after […]

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guard rails

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

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

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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Safety barriers

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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edge protection

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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