Who needs a temporary works coordinator?

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We often get asked who needs a temporary works coordinator, what their responsibilities should be and what training they need to have to fulfil the role. Let’s start with ‘what are temporary works’ The HSE states that Temporary works (TW) are the parts of a construction project that are needed to enable the permanent works to be built. Usually the … Read More

Noise breaches up 25% on construction sites

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Noise breaches up 25% on construction sites, report says The Building Safety Group (BSG) has reported a 25% increase in the number of noise infringements occurring on construction sites. Some 17,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, ringing in the ears or other ear conditions caused by excessive noise at work. Exposure to high noise infringements can cause permanent hearing … Read More

Construction site workers “risk lives” as they snub evacuation alarms

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Construction site workers “risk lives” as they snub evacuation alarms High-rise construction site workers aren’t treating evacuation alarms seriously enough and are “risking their lives” by not responding immediately, new research reveals. Rather than head straight for the emergency exit, a third of high-rise construction site workers who took part in evacuation trials spent more than a minute finishing a … Read More

Working in Intense Heat

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Is it too hot to work? Read our short guide on temperature in the workplace and health and safety law. This page tells you about the risks of overheating when working in hot conditions and gives practical guidance on how to avoid it. It does not address issues of thermal comfort in the workplace. In many jobs heat stress is … Read More

Platform Lifts

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The HSE has issued a bulletin alert regarding safe working with platform lifts. Potential dangers include: Inadequate maintenance of door components. Inappropriate adjustment of door locks. Interference with zone bypass switches at doors. Unauthorised access to lift well (shaft) when the lifting platform (lift car) is at a different level Recommended Actions: Carry out appropriate levels of maintenance Regular safety … Read More

Which is better? CPCS or NPORS?

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In terms of the training you receive, there isn’t a huge amount of difference between the two certifications.  Once NPORS changed the way their scheme worked a few years back to bring it more in line with what CPCS offer there became even less difference. Both schemes offer a red card and then blue card that are achieved by passing … Read More

CSCS scraps exemptions to health & safety test

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There are to be no more exemptions: if you need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, you have to sit the touchscreen health & safety test first. No ifs, no buts. Until now, any applicant that had achieved a national or Scottish vocation qualification (NVQ/SVQ) within the last two years was exempt from sitting the Construction Industry Training Board’s … Read More

Unite calls for all workers in construction to be provided with death benefits

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Unite, the construction union, is launching a campaign to ensure that all workers in the industry, regardless of their employment status or where their employer sits in the supply chain, are provided with death benefits, following the recent tragic fatality of a worker in Scotland. Last week a worker was killed on the Longannet power station in Scotland. At the … Read More

The Importance of Staying Safe while Working at Height


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The following news article was written by the HSE. It clearly demonstrates the importance of staying safe while working at height and how quickly and easily tragedy can happen. A London-based construction company was recently sentenced for safety breaches after a worker was killed. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 4 November 2015, a Formation Construction Limited employee was using … Read More

Staying Safe in Winter Working

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Construction doesn’t stop when winter weather strikes, so it’s important to know what steps to take to keep your workers warm and safe. As another major winter storm is starting to impact areas of the country this week with snow and ice accumulation, it’s a good time to review some safety tips for keeping your workers safe. 1.Inspect and clear … Read More