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NEBOSH unveils updated new-look General Certificate

NEBOSH unveils updated new-look General Certificate The most trusted health and safety qualifications in the world – the NEBOSH National and International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety – have been updated with the input of 3,000 of the sectors leading experts and organisations. Listening to what businesses needed their managers to know and …

HSE clamps down on Welding Fume Control in the UK

HSE clamps down on Welding Fume Control in the UK Businesses that undertake any form of welding activity are being alerted to a tightening of health and safety  around Welding Fume Control law that may have escaped them, but which necessitates an immediate review of risk assessments and the introduction of suitable control measures. Gauntlet …

World’s first Safety Helmet with MIPS Brain Protection System released

World’s first Safety Helmet with MIPS Brain Protection System released The Swedish brain protection brand, MIPS, announces Guardio as its first partner in the industrial safety helmet industry. MIPS, the leading brain protection system company, today announces its partnership with Swedish industrial safety company, Guardio, and the development of the first MIPS equipped industrial safety …

Highway Care wins RoSPA Gold Award for health and safety practices

Highway Care wins RoSPA Gold Award for health and safety practices Highway Care, has been handed a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its staff, customers, clients and contractors get home safely at the end of the working day. Highway Care has achieved a Gold in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health …

Next IQ Webinar to focuses on ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety

Next IQ Webinar to focuses on ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety The new standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety, is the focus of this month’s ‘Lunch & Learn’ webinar from the Institute of Quarrying (IQ). Wayne Darwin MIQ, a health, safety and environment expert at …

MVIS and Bartco UK achieve ISO Health and Safety Management accreditation

MVIS and Bartco UK achieve ISO Health and Safety Management accreditation Intelligent transport system (ITS) solution providers, MVIS and Bartco UK, have further cemented their reputation for quality service, becoming two of the first companies in the sector to achieve the 45001:2018 accreditation for ISO Health and Safety management. The new certification joins existing accreditations …

The ups and downs of a VARIDESK

The ups and downs of a VARIDESK Last year a very big and very heavy box landed at Highways.Today HQ. It contained a 36” VARIDESK that I was asked to review. I must admit I wasn’t actually expecting to get on with the desk as I had tried a standing desk in the past, basically …

IQ Academy’s Lunch and Learn Webinar focuses on Health and Safety

IQ Academy’s Lunch and Learn Webinar focuses on Health and Safety The 2019 series of Institute of Quarrying  – IQ Academy ‘Lunch and Learn’ webinars commence this month focusing on health and safety in the workplace. Taking place on Thursday 31 January 2019, from 12:30-13:00, the webinar will be presented by Colin Nottage of Influential …

First Cohort complete Institute of Quarrying Level 3 SHE Certificate

First Cohort complete Institute of Quarrying Level 3 SHE Certificate Six employees at Salop Sand & Gravel Supply Co. Ltd are celebrating becoming the first cohort of delegates to complete the Level 3 SHE certificate run by the Institute of Quarrying (IQ). Sam Howells, Russell Collier, Nigel Baugh, Matthew Mclean, Glen Parke and Andrew Hart …

Cut through the PPE confusion of EN 388:2016

Cut through the PPE confusion of EN 388:2016 In November 2016, the standards for testing against mechanical risks were updated when the market saw a drastic need for improvement in the assessment of personal protective equipment. Since then, an abundance of information has circulated – long technical blogs and whitepapers that can be tedious to …

Galliford Try and Costain win Smart Motorway Award

Galliford Try and Costain win Smart Motorway Award The Smart motorways scheme on the M1 between junctions 13 and 16 being progressed by the Galliford Try Costain joint venture has won Highways England’s Smart Motorways Programme project of the year award. All 12 ongoing schemes nationwide were assessed on the basis of safety, customer service …

JLG external bolt-on fall arrest system allows operators to work outside the platform

JLG external bolt-on fall arrest system allows operators to work outside the platform JLG Industries, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, has helped operators move safer outside the platform of their aerial work equipment since 2004 with its Fall Arrest Platform. Now the company is offering a new system that …

CABE Conference hears call for tougher Health and Safety for UK Construction

CABE Conference hears call for tougher Health and Safety for UK Construction Dame Judith Hackitt, author of ‘Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’ has today spoken to CABE about the need for a joined up regulatory process that goes hand in hand with a tougher regulatory regime that has …

Ford introduces Inspection Drones to keep Engine Plant workers safe

Ford introduces Inspection Drones to keep Engine Plant workers safe Imagine if a simple innovation suddenly allowed you to carry out an arduous – but essential – chore in a tenth of the time it would normally take and without the safety risks of working at height. That’s been the case for Ford employees who are …

ABMEC announces first Environment Health and Safety Day at HSL Laboratories in Buxton

ABMEC announces first Environment Health & Safety Day at HSL Laboratories in Buxton The Association of British Mining Equipment Companies ABMEC has announced their first Environment, Health & Safety Day at HSL Laboratories, Buxton. There are a limited number of places, so book quickly. ABMEC have also announced an outstanding line up of speakers (listed below) …

McCann wins coveted RoSPA Gold Award

McCann wins coveted RoSPA Gold Award Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann recently collected its third consecutive RoSPA Gold Award for its ongoing commitment to health and safety in the workplace. The company achieved the Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), with …

Costain sponsors RSSB launch initiative to combat fatigue in the rail industry

Costain sponsors RSSB launch initiative to combat fatigue in the rail industry Costain has sponsored a Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) project to launch new guidance on fatigue, which is cited as a factor in around a fifth of major rail incidents. Data from RSSB shows that 20% of high risk rail incidents can …

The Halo comes to Britain to protect construction workers

The Halo comes to Britain to protect construction workers The Illumagear Halo task light, a personal active safety system designed to illuminate people at risk in any environment or industry is now being launched in the UK by the Adjuvo Group, who commented: “As soon as we came across The Halo at CON EXPO last year, …

Eurovia UK wins RoSPA Order of Distinction and Gold Fleet Safety Awards

Eurovia UK wins RoSPA Order of Distinction and Gold Fleet Safety Awards Eurovia UK has been handed a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its staff get home safely at the end of the working day. Eurovia UK has achieved an Order of Distinction (16 consecutive Golds) and Fleet Safety …

Brieda Cabins launch PEMA Crane Operator Health and Safety paper

Brieda Cabins launch PEMA Crane Operator Health and Safety paper Brieda Cabins, a specialist in ergonomic cabins, control stations and desks for manned and remotely-operated cranes, is pleased to announce the launch of a new information paper on Crane Operator Health & Safety by the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA). Brieda was lead author for …

Night Tech safety shoe lights light up the workplace

Night Tech safety shoe lights light up the workplace Industrial Shoe Lights Provide a Halo of Protection to Prevent Workplace Falls and Accidents Night Tech Gear, creators of the world’s first industrial shoe lighting system, today announced the launch of Night Shift Shoe Lights. The Night Shift Shoe Lights are the latest addition to the …

Improving road worker health, safety and wellbeing

Improving road worker health, safety and wellbeing One of Highways England’s three core aims is that no one should be harmed when travelling or working on the Strategic Road Network (SRN). Clearview Intelligence has put a lot of time and effort looking at keeping road users safe, but what about road workers? Earlier this month …

The timeline of construction safety solutions

The timeline of construction safety solutions According to OSHA 6.5 million people work on construction sites every day in the US alone making construction safety a top priority. The fatal accident rate is higher than any other industry. With risk prevention a top priority for the industry, how have safety innovations developed over the years? …

McCann leading the way on Highways England Health and Safety Passport scheme

McCann leading the way on Highways England Health and Safety Passport scheme Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann is playing a crucial role in educating fellow highway professionals by achieving relevant accreditations in order to deliver the new industry-standard training for the Highways England Health and Safety Passport Scheme. McCann, an award-winning company responsible …

Skyjack supports Construction Safety Week

Skyjack supports Construction Safety Week Skyjack manufactures equipment that is seen on job sites and industrial projects across the globe. As a company with such a wide reach, it’s important to advocate for and join others in their efforts to promote on-site safety. Construction Safety Week took place last week and is one way that …

The advantages of professional soft strip demolition

The advantages of professional soft strip demolition For a building that is scheduled for redevelopment and renovation it is crucial to detach the non-structural elements, so that you can protect the property and important elements from damage. Soft strip demolition experts can safely remove all the non-structural elements such as internal ceilings, fittings and fixtures, …

McCann wins RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award for third consecutive year

McCann wins RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award for third consecutive year Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann, has completed a hat trick of successive award wins after being announced as a winner for a third consecutive year at the impending RoSPA Health and Safety Awards for ensuring the safety of its staff and …

3 steps to better construction safety

3 steps to better construction safety Modern machines have more safety features than ever before – so why do accidents still happen? Brian O’Sullivan considers the relationship between work site traffic, people and machines. It has been estimated that 60% of all fatalities on sites can be attributed to choices made before work begins. When …

What would you do if a member of your team had a cardiac arrest?

What would you do if a member of your team had a cardiac arrest? In England, only 8% of people survive a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). A major contributor behind this statistic is that only 30 – 40% of bystanders intervene upon seeing someone collapse. Mark Gilmore, managing director of Aero Healthcare, a provider of …

UK HSE urges employers to avoid off-the-shelf manual handling training

UK HSE urges employers to avoid off-the-shelf manual handling training Off-the-shelf manual handling training should become a thing of the past, according to new advice released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). New musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) advice has been issued by HSE to help employers to decide what type of help they need to …

The 5 biggest health and safety risks in 2018

The 5 biggest health and safety risks in 2018 OSHCR, the occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register has been looking at the 5 biggest risks that could damage your workforce and business in 2018. #1 AI Phobia The introduction of artificial intelligence and automation in workplaces and jobsites may cause an increase in anxiety at …

Reducing the Risk of Construction Accidents

Reducing the Risk of Construction Accidents Construction sites can be hazardous places especially if health and safety procedures are not carried out correctly or regularly updated. Unfortunately, despite widespread awareness of effective risk management, accidents on construction sites still happen frequently. Whilst many are just accidents that could have not been reasonably prevented, in some …

Highways England launches Health and Safety Passport scheme for over 50,000 workers

Highways England launches Health and Safety Passport scheme for over 50,000 workers With an ambition to set a common safety standard for more than 50 thousand workers across its whole supply chain, Highways England has today (8 November 2017) announced a new Health and Safety Passport scheme. Safety is at the centre of this new …

Amey tests wearable safety tech for highways workers

Amey tests wearable safety tech for highways workers Wearable technology which could reduce risks to drivers and lone workers has been trialled by highways engineers working for leading service provider Amey. Biometric and location devices which detect when the body is under stress and help workers raise instant alarms at the touch of a button …

Volvo keeps their staff on their toes – helping construction with exercise

Volvo keeps their staff on their toes – helping construction with exercise Working in the construction industry can be tough, strenuous and at times, stressful. It’s a manual industry where injury and ill health are not uncommon, which is why Volvo CE promotes exercise at work, good health and well-being among all its employees. Last …

Sun cream STIGMA a real burning issue for tradespeople

Sun cream STIGMA a real burning issue for tradespeople Sunburn on the up with tradespeople most at risk in the UK One in ten don’t wear sun cream for fear of workmates mocking them Wickes trials nationwide roll out of free sun cream in stores Melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have increased by an alarming …

Special PPE required during hydro-demolition at Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction

Special PPE required during hydro-demolition at Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction Flying debris that travels faster than a bullet is just one of the hazards facing Highways England repair teams working on Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction. As part of the £4.7m vital repairs to damaged concrete and waterproofing, Highways England is using high-performance jet washers that break up parts …

4 important safety tips for Concrete Dowel Drilling

4 important safety tips for Concrete Dowel Drilling Employers pay nearly US$1 billion per week in direct workers’ compensation costs in the USA, according to some estimates, reports OSHA. Indirect costs add up further. Road construction, public works and related outdoor jobs that require large tools and machines and operate near traffic pose greater risks …

UK’s Motorway litter droppers warned not to put lives at risk

UK’s Motorway litter droppers warned not to put lives at risk CCTV shows lorry driver discarding oil container on M62 40,000 sacks of litter collected last year Motorway drivers are being warned they could be putting lives at risk if they throw litter from their car windows. Highways England is launching a new initiative in …

BAM Nuttall helps to shape the future of women’s construction clothing

BAM Nuttall helps to shape the future of women’s construction clothing Leading construction and engineering company BAM Nuttall is rolling out a range of work clothing nationwide, specifically designed for women, following trials on a number of its sites in London, Leeds, Newcastle and Scotland. Working with manufacturer Arco, the UK’s premier supplier of safety …

Site dumper safety tackled as JCB reveals new production plans

Site dumper safety tackled as JCB reveals new production plans JCB is set to bring new levels of innovation and safety to the site dumper market with the unveiling of a new concept seven tonne Hi-Viz model as the company announces plans to manufacture its own range of the popular product. The new Hi-Viz concept …

For Volvo Construction Equipment, every day is World Safety Day

For Volvo Construction Equipment, every day is World Safety Day The International Labour Organization (ILO) marked Friday April 28th 2017 as World Safety and Health at Work Day, to promote the prevention of occupational accidents globally. Working in the construction industry is a risky business, in fact it’s ranked as one of the most dangerous industries …

Delft Road Safety Course in Ghana highlights the challenges to improving road safety in Africa

Delft Road Safety Course in Ghana highlights the challenges to improving road safety in Africa By Samuel Obeng Asiamah, Course Co-ordinator Delft Road Safety Courses are a joint initiative of the Delft University of Technology, the Foundation of Postgraduate Education at Delft University, SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research and Road Safety for All. These Dutch based …

Equipment operator killed in machinery accident, best practices offered

Equipment operator killed in machinery accident, best practices offered The US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a “Fatalgram” following the death of an equipment operator at a sand and gravel pit in USA. On 9th October 2016, a 61 year old plant operator with three years’ experience was fatally injured while attempting to …

3DRepo develop safety virtual reality app for Balfour Beatty and Highways England

3DRepo develop safety virtual reality app for Balfour Beatty and Highways England 3DRepo is working with Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Highways England to deploy a Virtual Reality (VR) simulation for Zero Harm Health and Safety Training. Part of the Smart Motorway programme, the fully immersive simulation is designed to prevent on-site accidents by making highways …

Volvo Group UK fined £900,000 after employee injured falling off step ladder

Volvo Group UK fined £900,000 after employee was seriously injured falling from a step ladder The Volvo Group UK Limited has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. They were fined £900,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,820 plus a £150 victim surcharge. Westminster Magistrates Court …