WORK EQUIPMENT - 14.10.2020
Operator killed while high-pressure jetting
Following the death of an operator using jet-washing equipment, an employer has been fined £2 million. What are the dangers of using this machinery and what should you look for when hiring a contractor for this task?
WORK AT HEIGHT - 14.10.2020
Updated guidance on roof work
The HSE has updated its detailed guidance for those organising work on roofs. Whether your structure is pitched or flat, tiled or sheeted, already built or under construction, this is your go-to guide. What’s changed?
DRIVING - 14.10.2020
Drivers afraid of the road
De-skilled. The Institute of Advanced Motorists reports that one-in-five drivers and riders are more anxious about being on the road since the start of lockdown. The 1,000 drivers interviewed expressed concerns about their own confidence, other drivers’ road sense and the number of cyclists encountered. They also had coronavirus concerns in relation to car sharing. ...
FIRST AID - 14.10.2020
Fresh advice on first aid
The HSE has revamped its web-based first aid information, bringing together the latest developments on the subject. It covers the arrangements you should have for delivering first aid as well as how to manage training needs at this time.
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT - 14.10.2020
Traffic management plans for small works
A facilities management company carrying out relatively small-scale construction works on a footpath has found itself in court over a vehicle collision. How would a traffic management plan have helped to prevent the accident?
ENFORCEMENT - 28.09.2020
Are HSE inspectors undertaking normal inspections?
Q. We have been told that HSE inspectors are not completing their regular health and safety inspections at the moment. Why is this? A. Standard inspections have been replaced with those that are focused almost solely on compliance with coronavirus rules. However, inspectors are still following up on reportable accidents and complaints about health and safety standards on site. The lack of visits certainly shouldn’t be a reason to relax your approach to compliance. ...