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Unsafe UK Builders

Graham Marshall - Thursday, October 31, 2013

In September 2013,  Safety Inspectors from the UK Health and Safety Executive (UK-HSE) made unannounced visits to construction sites to ensure builder's were managing high-risk activities.

These types of jobs include working at height, work in excavations, use of chemicals, electrical work, and the control of exposure to harmful dusts. 

Inspectors were also looking for house-keeping problems, sound structures and basic welfare facilities.

In a worrying outcome, poor safety practices were found at nearly 50 per cent of the building sites visited.

The UK HSE visited over 2,600 sites and Safety Inspectors found basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 of these locations. 

On a quarter of locations (644 sites), safety control was so poor that enforcement action was necessary to protect workers.

Almost 540 prohibition notices were served by Inspectors ordering dangerous activities to stop immediately.

A further 414 improvement notices were also issued.

It is very disturbing to find UK building standards falling below acceptable health and safety requirements.

At the Risk Tool Box, we would encourage the UK HSE to pursue those who recklessly endanger the health and lives of their workforce through the court system.

2013 Unconventional Resources and Exhibition

Graham Marshall - Monday, October 28, 2013

SPE is hosting a international conference for industry players to discover and learn about the latest technological advancements in unconventional oil and gas.

The 2013 SPE Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition will be held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland Australia from 11-13 November 2013.

Over 100 papers are expected to be presented in more than 20 technical sessions and e-poster presentations covering:

• Advancements in Petrophysics;

• Delivery of mega-projects;

• Exploration areas and evaluating stimulation effectiveness; and

• New standards for reserves work in practice and on sharing unconventional resources industry experience.

For further information and bookings, telephone 61 7 3308 3000.

Workplace Deaths for 2012 in the UK

Graham Marshall - Friday, October 25, 2013

Recent data released by the UK Health and Safety Executive (UKHSE) show an 11 per cent drop in major injuries in 2012-2013 compared to 2011.

The provisional statistics for 2012-2013 published by the UKHSE show the following results:

•  148 workers fatally injured – down from 171 the previous year.

•  19,707 major injuries such as amputations, fractures and burns, to employees were reported;

•  Workplace injuries and ill-health (excluding work related cancer) cost society an estimated £13. 8 billion.

There has also been little change in the industries in which workers are most likely to be injured by their jobs.

The waste and recycling  sector remains the most dangerous industry with 370 major injuries per 100 000 employees.

Agriculture is also dangerous with 239 major injuries per 100 000 employees.

The construction sector remains in the top three with 156 major injuries per 100 000 employees.

Speaking about the latest figures, Judith Hackitt, the Chairwoman of the UKHSE, said:

“This year’s figures demonstrate that Britain continues to be improve its health and safety performance, with important falls in the number of workers fatally injured and the number of employees suffering major injuries. But we still see too many deaths and injuries occur in the work place many of which could have been prevented through simple safety measures.  Getting this right is the key to ensuring that everyone can make it home safely at the end of their working day.  As the economy grows, new and inexperienced additions to the workforce  can increase in the risk of injuries to workers. We’re committed to helping employers understand that health and safety is about sensibly and proportionately managing risks and ensuring people understand the risks involved not creating unnecessary paperwork.”

October Process Safety Beacon

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, October 02, 2013

This months Process Safety Beacon highlights the dangers associated with electrical equipment in coal mines.

The Beacon highlights how an electrical spark at the Senghenydd Colliery in Wales caused an underground explosion resulting in 439 miners losing their lives.

The explosion at Senghenydd on October 14th 1913 was the worst workplace disaster in the history of UK mining.

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the pit disaster.

North East England Farm Safety Event

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Click here for information and sign-up to a free safety event aimed at farmers in the Northeast of England.



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