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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

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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

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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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Why low-risk workplaces need edge protection

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Edge protection is a common sight on industrial premises – although there are still many more industrial structures that could benefit from having it installed. But it is also important on what might seem like low-risk workplaces and public buildings, such as offices and shops, particularly if regular roof access is required for any reason. [...]

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Need for hospital guardrails highlighted by incident

| Cat: Guardrails

An incident at a hospital mental health ward has highlighted the importance of guardrails on elevated positions around hospital grounds. Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been fined following the incident at Boston Pilgrim Hospital’s Ward 12, which occurred in March 2013. A 26-year-old man was detained under the Mental Health Act, but despite a [...]

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HSE reports builder’s risky alternative to safety ladders

| Cat: Safety Ladders

The Health & Safety Executive investigated a report of unsafe working conditions by a member of the public – and found builders using an astonishing alternative to safety ladders. When inspectors attended the site in Kingsley, Cheshire, they found a scaffold tower was being used to access a roof in order to carry out construction [...]

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Solar installers scuppered by lack of edge protection and walkovers

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A lack of walkovers on a fragile roof, combined with the failure to install edge protection, left a pair of brothers lucky to escape more serious injury when they fell 15ft to the ground below. Brynley Perrett sustained the worse injuries in the incident, picking up a compression fracture of the back and sternum, while [...]

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