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Written by Steve McClean   |   01 August 2013
HSE refreshes advice on managing health and safety

The HSE has updated guidance, which aims to help small, medium and large organisations manage health and safety more easily.

The refreshed 'Managing for Health and Safety' guidance, known as HSG65, is split into four key areas:

  • Core elements of managing for health and safety
  • Are you doing what you need to?
  • Delivering effective arrangements
  • Resources

This guidance moves away from the 'Policy, Organising, Planning, Measuring performance, Auditing and Review' (POPMAR) model towards a 'Plan, Do, Check, Act' approach, which aims to achieve a balance between the systems and behavioural aspects of management.

While the 'Managing for Health and Safety' guidance is targeted at larger organisations, it is accompanied on the HSE website by 'Health and Safety Made Simple' and 'Health and Safety Toolbox', both of which are aimed primarily at supporting the needs of small and medium-sized organisations.

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Written by Steve McClean   |   25 July 2013
Focus on safety training for new scaffolders

scaffoldThe Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) has introduced a new initiative, which requires trainees and scaffolding labourers to undertake a 'new entrant' safety training course.

The scheme will go live from 1 September, after which any scaffolding trainee or scaffolding labourer new to the industry must complete a CISRS one-day course before a CISRS scaffolding labourer card will be issued as proof of their competency.

The course will cover a range of areas, including:

  • regulations and codes of practice
  • general responsibilities
  • basic scaffold terminology
  • servicing of equipment
  • health, well-being and hygiene
  • electrical safety
  • fire prevention and control
  • noise and vibration
  • work at height
  • accident prevention and reporting
  • PPE and
  • manual handling.

The new courses will be carried out at CISRS-approved centres across the UK. Alternatively, the courses can be run 'in-house' by a suitably qualified member of staff – assuming the facilities exist to carry out the training.

Any scaffolding company wishing to do in-house training must apply to the CISRS to do so; their eligibility will be assessed before being allowed to conduct the courses.

To accompany the new courses, a training and assessment package will be available for applicants and will include a slide presentation, manual handling DVD, test questions and practical exercises, certificates and other material.

Existing CISRS Scaffolding Labourer cardholders will be required to complete the course upon expiry of their current card and prior to a new card being issued as part of a new 'CISRS Scaffolding Labourer Refresher Training' scheme.

For information on our courses relating to the construction industry such as NEBOSH National certificate in construction Health and safety or our CITB accredited SSTS (Site supervisor training scheme) and SMSTS (Site managers training scheme) contact us or view our Health and Safety training section for more information.

Written by Steve McClean   |   24 July 2013
Construction firm and director fined for work-at-height failings

elevated bucketA house builder and the firm's director in Lancashire have been fined following two incidents at a new-build development in South Wales.

Blackburn-based Paddle Ltd were constructing new homes as part of a phased development at a site near Port Talbot. On 9 August 2011, Daniel King who is a self-employed bricklayer injured his back and foot after a four-metre fall from a scaffold at the site.

Mr King himself reported the incident and the subsequent HSE investigation found the scaffold to be in very poor condition. It was missing vital guardrails, toe boards, and other fall-protection measures. Inspectors discovered that the structure was also being used to take loads of bricks and blocks that it was not fit to carry.

Six months after this incident, a contractor was seen working from height in the elevated bucket of an excavator at the same site and in clear view of Paddle Ltd's sole director, Derek Hugh Barnes. The incident was photographed by a concerned home owner, who then reported it to the HSE.

Swansea Crown Court heard that Paddle Ltd has a lengthy history of HSE enforcement action and had received several Prohibition Notices relating to unsafe work at height. It had previously been prosecuted in 2010 over failings at a site in St Athan. On 19 July, Paddle Ltd was fined a total of £56,000 and ordered to pay £11,000 costs after pleading guilty to breaching reg.4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and section 3(1) of the HSWA 1974.

Mr Barnes pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 37 of the HSWA 1974 and was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment, suspended for two years, and disqualified from acting as a company director for three years. In addition, he was fined £32,000 plus £11,000 in costs.

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Written by Steve McClean   |   22 July 2013
Consultation on changes to asbestos ACOP 22 July 2013

The HSE has launched a consultation period on proposed content changes to the asbestos Approved Code of Practice (ACOP).

Following an initial consultation in June last year, the HSE board agreed that a number of ACOPs would be revised, consolidated or withdrawn in line with recommendations from Professor Löfstedt's report 'Reclaiming health and safety for all'.

The board has approved the consolidation of L127 (The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and L143 (Work with materials containing asbestos), into a single, revised ACOP (L143).

The aim of the draft ACOP is to provide practical guidance on complying with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, as well as helping dutyholders to meet legal obligations and reduce the risk of over compliance.

The 12-week consultation period ends on 30 September, and depending on the outcomes of the consultation and ministerial approval, the ACOP will be published by the end of the year.

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Written by Steve McClean   |   26 June 2013
YouTube footage prompted prosecution of daredevil window-cleaner

A restaurant and hotel firm has been fined £15,000 for H&S breachesA window-cleaner whose Spiderman-like antics on a restaurant building in Bath became an Internet hit has been fined £2,000 for breaching health and safety regulations.

Wayne Terence Mallon, a self-employed window-cleaner trading with Terence Mallon as Terry Mallon and Sons Cleaning Services, was filmed by a passer-by working his way from window to window without any safety precautions on the third floor of the Loch Fyne restaurant in Bath in September 2012.

He was seen coming out of a third-floor window some 40ft above the ground, and climbing over the stone balustrade around the building to get from window to window. He then climbed out of a second-floor window and used the narrow stone lintels above each opening to move around.

Mallon was not wearing any fall restraint, and there were no other measures to prevent, or mitigate the consequences of a fall.

The video footage was uploaded to YouTube and has been viewed more than 90,000 times to date. It came to the attention of Bath and Northeast Somerset Council, which prosecuted Mr Mallon and Loch Fyne Restaurants.

Mallon appeared before Bath magistrates on 17 June and pleaded guilty to three charges which were a breach of section 3(2) of the HSWA 1974 by failing to ensure that he and others (non-employees) were not exposed to risks to their health and safety during the course of his window-cleaning activities, a breach of regulation 3(2)(b) of the MHSWR 1999 by failing to identify and control hazards associated with work at height and a breach of regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 by failing to carry out his work in a safe manner.

Mallon was fined £400 for each breach and ordered to pay costs of £800.

Loch Fyne is due to appear in court on Friday 28 June to answer charges in relation to six breaches of health and safety legislation.

Mallon's business partner Terry Mallon was investigated in relation to the incident but there was no evidence either that he engaged in this activity, or that he knew about it.

In his defence, Wayne Mallon offered his previous good record and said he could not envisage how this work could be carried out safely, proportionate to the cost.

According to Bath and Northeast Somerset Council Mr Mallon was putting not only his own safety at risk but also that of members of the public who were passing on the busy pavement below.

Falls from height remain the most common cause of workplace fatality. The council wishes to remind all businesses carrying out these activities that they must, for their own and others' safety, familiarise themselves with legal requirements, which, in this case, would have assured Mr Mallon's safety.

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