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Put a spring in your step

There can be no question that safety boots are an essential part of PPE which no engineer, or anyone working on a building site or refurbishment project should be without. However, what is open to question is the level of protection your feet need and whether in fact the sheer amount and range of safety footwear available is truly necessary. Read more

Sub contractors pack

Introducing the New Sub Contractor Pack

Due to the popularity of our online Health & Safety Management System Craven Safety Services now have available the Sub Contractor Management Pack. This pack easily generates and edits custom PQQs. Sub contractors will get an individual login to complete the questionnaire, all responses and evidence are stored online for instant access anywhere, the system will alert you when any important documents need renewing and also create a formal agreement with each contractor. The system is again very user friendly and is already proving to be of great benefit to some of our clients. For a demonstration or for more information please contact us on 01756 860600.

CSCS Smart Cards for Construction

IOSH and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme’s (CSCS) new agreement will hopefully make it easier for workers to gain access to construction sites, as problems have been arising for companies that insist that everyone accessing their sites must carry a CSCS card. Individuals have been denied access as they do not have a card, even when they are not directly involved in site construction. Read more

Safe Digging Is Not Enough

It has been declared in front of around 125 construction leaders by Terry Morgan, Crossrail’s chairman; Paul Sheffield, Kier’s former chief executive; and Dennis Curran, Barhale’s executive chairman, that the amount of injury and damage occurring from working around underground services is unacceptable, unnecessary and cannot go on. They have launched a free-to-download “safe digging is not enough” toolkit to demonstrate their commitment to raising safety standards.

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The Construction Dust Partnership

The Construction Dust Partnership (CDP) was created by HSE due to an investigation showing that many construction workers were at a risk of developing diseases such as lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. The partnership raises awareness and promotes the prevention of the health risks caused by construction dust.

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Overhead power lines

Electricity – overhead power lines

The law says that any work near electric overhead power lines must be carefully planned and carried out to avoid danger from accidental contact or close proximity to the lines.

The precautions necessary will depend on the nature of the work at the site and will be required even when work near the line is of short duration.

Safety can be achieved by a combination of measures: Read more

Asbestos roof

What are the health risks from asbestos?

Asbestos is responsible for over 4000 deaths every year. Younger people, if routinely exposed to asbestos fibres over time, are at greater risk of developing asbestos-related disease than older workers. This is due to the time it takes for the body to develop symptoms after exposure to asbestos. Exposure to asbestos can cause four main diseases: Read more

Health Surveillance

Time to clear the air

People often work in air contaminated with dust, fume and other airborne hazards that can damage health or even lead to an early death.

In many cases when exposure cannot be avoided, employers will use respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to protect their workforce.  Where RPE is used, it must be able to provide adequate protection for individual wearers. RPE can’t protect the wearer if it leaks. Read more

Trench

Trench Work

According to BS6031 Code of practice for earthworks, a trench is any excavation whose length greatly exceeds it width.  They sometimes qualify under the Confined Spaces Regulations.

Incidents in trenches are not as common as falls from stepladders, but are often fatal. A typical small trench collapse will contain 800kg of soil, which is equivalent of 8 people sitting on your chest, you won’t be able to breathe and you won’t be able to dig yourself out.  Read more