Contractors and real estate owners are responsible for their workers’ safety and health. There is nothing worse than an accident during a working at height project. The concept of working at height screams the need for meticulous safety measures — as a slight error or carelessness while working at height could cause more damage to life and limb than the same error committed while working on ground level.
Fixed ladders need to be inspected routinely for safety purposes, and especially after carrying out an installation or reinstallation, or modifications and repairs. Any modification or repair where a fixed ladder is positioned should also be followed by a thorough inspection. Regular inspection of fixed ladders is vital for workplace and employee safety. Whether you employ contractors or permanent staff, you are responsible for their safety in the workplace.
A ladder is a key tool in many work environments. In an industrial environment, it becomes even more essential, as it helps workers complete their tasks as required. However, using ladders at a work site does come with its challenges and problems, and if you don’t have solutions in place, you could be compromising the safety of your employees or contractors. The threat of a fall is always present, which is why you should always prioritise the health and well-being of your workforce.
The consequences of falling through skylights are dire, with injury and death a real risk. You carry responsibility. Find out how to prevent the dangers.
If you are looking for a comprehensive roof safety solution, you need to consider the many fall hazards. We look at the top five fall safety products.
The UK working at height regulations were put in place by the government to protect workers from fatal accidents. The term “working at height” refers to work that is carried out in any environment where, without adequate safety measures, a worker could fall a distance liable to cause major injury or death.
Falls from height remain one of the largest causes of fatalities and major injuries at workplaces in the UK. Before the Working at Height Regulations were passed in 2005, 46 fatalities occurred as a result of falls from height in a single year. A fall from height can be incredibly dangerous and employers are required to strictly adhere to the UK testing standards for fall protection systems.
Although all buildings require an effective escape and rescue plan, it is even more critical for High storey buildings. An effective escape and rescue plan is an essential instrument for security. Without one, even the smallest of incidents could be catastrophic. Rescue plans should include procedures for preventing accidents and performing rescue and treatment as soon as possible. This article will cover the key elements to make an efficient rescue plan for high access buildings.
Fatal accidents on construction sites are partly due to poor health and safety measures put in place by construction companies. Under the Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) 2015, it is stated that all construction projects must now have measures in place to protect workers working at height. This means an effective system must be put into place to prevent falls and injuries. Fall protection comprises two systems: a Fall Arrest System and Fall Restraint System.
The freestanding roof guardrail system is a light, versatile and durable system which provides edge protection for a wide variety of roof surfaces. This guide illustrates the main components of the system, the inspection and maintenance required to upkeep it once it has been installed as well as the benefits of installing the freestanding roof guardrail.
The RoofSafe Anchor, designed by 3M Capital Safety, is a complete fall protection system, which means that it provides work restraint as well as fall arrest when completing tasks at height. This specifiers guide will highlight the key features of the product in a compact and easy to understand manner.
We have launched our new online shop providing a range of Work at Height and Personal Protective Products from leading brands at competitive prices.
After the result of the referendum there has been much uncertainty with regards to the future of the United Kingdom, including any changes which might occur within the Health and Safety sector. In an effort to cut red tape there are concerns regarding whether the safety of employees might be compromised and legislation introduced as a result of EU rulings altered or dropped altogether.
'HSE v Build-it Quik UK Limited - Guilty or Not Guilty - What's Your Verdict?' is a mock trial which has been created by The Working Well Together Group and the law firm Pinset Masons LLP in order to give a practical element to the Construction Design Management Regulation 2015. The audience will act as the jury, giving their verdict on a prosecution case based around the CDM Regulation 2015.
A new Health and Safety Management standard, the ISO 45001 has been delayed until July 2017 due to response from a meeting to discuss the standard in Toronto. There were close to 3,000 points raised in regards to the current state of the standard and while these are reviewed, the release of the ISO 45001 has been pushed back.
The Construction Industries' union UCATT has published statistics which illustrate a decline in the amount of unplanned inspections that are being conducted by the Health and Safety Executive. These types of inspections are key in ensuring that workers are removed from dangerous sites and that proper measures are in place for the works being conducted.
Whether a Roof Lifeline System being installed has the capabilities to allow employees to abseil from the various posts being fixed to the building is a popular question - as having a system with abseil capabilities included makes the installation more cost effective. This question is addressed within the following post.
High Access Solutions Ltd welcomes you to our 5th July 2016 newsletter. Within this newsletter there is a full breakdown of the services that we offer in the Work at Height industry, including an in depth focus on one of our services - Industrial Rope Access. The latest blog posts on issue of the newsletter are also included, giving a comprehensive snapshot of the big issues in the industry at this moment in time.
The Construction Industry has undergone many changes from 2015 to 2016, the statistics within this post show just which developments have improved and declined in comparison with the previous year - taking into account social changes, such as the European Referendum and it's affect on project starts within the industry.
An important announcement for the work at height business community has come in the form of the Access Industry Forum (AIF) releasing details of their first conference. There will be an assortment of guest speakers along with discussions on the pressing issues facing the height safety industry in the coming months and years.