Tower or Mobile Scaffold

Safe use of a Scaffold Tower or Mobile Tower

Are you are using a scaffold tower or mobile tower or indeed, any item of work at height equipment in the workplace?  Whether you are an employee or a self-employed person, the Work at Height Regulations apply to you. You must ensure that not only the person building the tower is competent but also those who specify, […]

Draft Building Safety Bill

Draft Building Safety Bill

This month we have a guest article by Chris McGrath providing an overview of the Draft Building Safety Bill that will aim to improve building and fire safety, so that people will be, and will feel, safer in their homes. Why this Bill? On 14th June 2017 a fire broke out at the Grenfell Tower, a 24 […]

Face Fit Testing

Face Fit Testing

If you wear a mask at work that relies on making a seal with your face then you need a face fit test. Who should be tested? All wearers of tight fitting face pieces e.g. respirators or compressed air breathing apparatus require a fit test. Why wear high performance respiratory protective equipment, then compromise the […]

HSE HSG245

Near miss reporting

What is a near miss? A near miss is defined as an event that, while not causing harm, has the potential to cause injury or ill health. Whilst near misses are usually individual events, they can also occur at the same time as accidents.  An accident should also be reported as a near miss if […]

HSE annual workplace fatality figures

Annual workplace fatality figures for 2019/20

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has  released figures for 2019/20.  The full annual workplace fatality figures can be found here. Lowest year on record The provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that 111 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2019 and March 2020.  This is a rate of 0.34 deaths […]

Compressed air generator

Air Compressors

Air compressors are exceptionally versatile, supremely useful, and functionally essential to industries from automotive to pharmaceuticals.  But they are only as valuable as they are safe. Safe operating and maintenance procedures ensure worker safety. They will also protect equipment, reduce downtime, increase productivity, and lower long-term operating and capital costs. Compressed air can cause serious […]