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Construction site weather reports can help plan edge protection

| Cat: Edge protection

A new Met Office forecasting service could help to determine the need for edge protection on construction sites, both during the building work itself, and as a permanent fixture on the finished structure. Launched earlier this month, the forecasts cover 3,600 individual locations, and give details across up to 16 weather parameters, with wind singled […]

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Man anchors and walkovers may have prevented warehouse fall

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A nine metre fall ended in fatality for one Lancashire builder, but man anchors and walkovers could have helped to prevent him from breaking through a fragile warehouse roof. In July 2012, the 39-year-old Fleetwood man was helping to clear debris that had been blocking the gutters on the roof of a toy distributor’s warehouse. […]

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Fatality follows lack of edge protection and safety ladders

| Cat: Edge protection

A roofing company has been fined £10,000 with nearly £5,000 costs for failing to install edge protection, safety ladders or walkovers on a site that ultimately led to a fatality. In June 2011, on the Earlstrees Industrial Estate in Corby, a 46-year-old worker fell through a fragile roof while replacing a rooflight, fracturing his skull […]

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Walkovers and edge protection could have prevented 6m fall

| Cat: Edge protection, Walkovers

A man who fell six metres through a fragile skylight could have escaped injury if the site on which he was working had been properly protected with edge protection and walkovers. Przemyslaw Borkiewicz of Mutley, Plymouth, was working on a garage in Saltash on December 12th 2012 without adequate safety equipment. He had no man […]

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Roofer fined for endangering sons with lack of edge protection

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The HSE continues to report on cases where a complete lack of edge protection was seen to be putting roofers at risk – and in the latest incident, the culprit had put his two sons in danger through a lack of such safety precautions. It relates to work carried out in Wednesfield in February 2013, […]

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Inadequate man anchors land Suffolk firm in court

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A Suffolk building company landed in court recently for failing to use proper man anchors and other fall protection while dismantling a roof some four metres from the ground on an Essex farm building. HSE investigators found incorrectly used man anchors and inertia reels, along with inadequately installed safety netting or a total absence of […]

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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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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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‘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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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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