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CONSTRUCTION INFONET - JULY 2017: HSE Annual Workplace Fatality Figures released, Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit, European Campaign - Healthy Workplaces For All Ages, Breathe Freely In Construction Roadshows, prosecutions, news and events

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Construction eBulletin

Welcome to the latest edition of Construction Infonet

Construction Infonet is a free eBulletin from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to provide a regular update on health and safety issues for all in the construction industry.
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1. HSE RELEASES ANNUAL WORKPLACE FATALITY FIGURES

Provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents between April 2016 and March 2017 shows 30 fatal injuries to construction workers were recorded.

This is the lowest number on record for the sector. More information is available in HSE's annual figures for work-related fatalities, as well as the number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in 2015.

2. WORKPLACE HEALTHY LUNGS SUMMIT

Lungs

Lung disease remains a serious problem in the workplace and this Summit will describe what HSE is doing about it, what you can do about it, and what science and evidence can tell us. You will benefit from attending if you are an employer, a health and safety professional, an occupational health advisor or a consultant. It will also be of interest to trade and sector bodies, unions and academics and professionals working on workplace lung disease. 

For more details on the Summit that is being held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on 22nd November visit HSL's Events Page or email healthylungs@hsl.gsi.gov.uk.

3. EUROPEAN CAMPAIGN - HEALTHY WORKPLACES FOR ALL AGES

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EU-OSHA's Healthy Workplaces Campaign is 'Healthy workplaces for all ages' focusing on the promotion of sustainable work and healthy ageing throughout your working life.

More information on how you can get involved and for practical tools and guidance visit Healthy Workplaces for All.

4. BREATHE FREELY IN CONSTRUCTION BREAKFAST ROADSHOWS

The BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, Breathe Freely initiative is about reducing the incidence of ill-health and disease in the construction industry. Running for just over two years now, the campaign has gained unprecedented levels of support and delivered a wide range of resources and materials for employers, to help them better understand how to control workplace health risks.

The Breathe Freely campaign is running a series of FREE breakfast roadshow events. Dates and locations are as follows:

  • September 21st   Brunel's SS Great Britain, Bristol 
  • October 27th Surgeon's Hall, Edinburgh
  • November 15th: London – venue TBC but this will be a central location  

Register your place now and find out full details about the events.

    5. RECENT ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY

    Contractors

    14/06/2017: Company and contractor fined after member of public struck by fencing wire

    Further information

    Contractors

    Lifting Operations

    21/06/17: Two companies fined after worker struck by scaffolding

    Further information

    Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

    Construction Safety Topic - Structural stability during excavations

    Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

    Roofwork/ Working at height

    Further information

    11/07/17: Construction company fined after worker fell through fragile roof

    10/07/17: Concrete manufacturer fined after a worker fell from height

    07/07/17: Two contractors fined after worker fell from height

    06/07/17: Scaffold company and director sentenced after worker fell from height

    29/06/17: Company fined after death of worker

    22/06/17: Roofing company fined after worker fell through a roof

    Construction Safety Topic - Assessing all work at height

    Construction Safety Topic - Working at height

    Free leaflet - Fragile roofs

    Busy Builder leaflet - Fragile roofs: What you need to know as a busy builder, contractor or maintenance worker

    Busy Builder leaflet - Fragile roofs: What you need to know as a building owner, user or managing agent

    Construction Safety Topic: Scaffold checklist

    Construction Safety Topic: Tower scaffolds

    6. NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

    HSE

    The Development and Use of Tools to Support Workplace Hand-Arm Vibration Exposure Evaluation - an article by HSL's Paul Pitts 

    Long-term exposure to hand-arm vibration (HAV) from powered machinery is known to be responsible for damage to the hand and arm. To protect workers, employers are required to apply appropriate measures to control vibration exposures.  In Great Britain, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has provided tools designed to simplify exposure evaluation as part of employers' risk assessments for vibration.  Click here to read the article and find out more.  

    HSE Training

    HSL Training has re-branded to HSE Training. Nothing else has changed and, as always, our courses are delivered by scientists and health and safety experts who work in research and investigation every day. This means our courses are built around current real-world experiences and expertise and fully align with the requirements of the regulator.

    Please visit our website for the full list of training courses we offer.

    HSL eBulletin – Exposure Assessment and Control

    Industry

    100% carded is not always 100% right

    Most people are familiar with the role Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards perform in improving standards and safety on construction sites. However, not everyone realises that those people attending site to perform a non-construction related occupation should not be expected to carry a card.

    The CSCS is challenging the industry to stop turning away non-construction related workers without CSCS cards. Find out more here.

    HSE Jobs

    HSE is recruiting

    We need experienced engineers and professionals dedicated to improving health and safety. Together their work has substantial impact, helping to protect people from risks, whether in chemical plants and construction sites or oil and gas facilities.

    Find out more and view our list of available vacancies.

    7. HEALTH AND SAFETY EVENTS

    WWT events

    Improve the health and safety of your business by attending a health and safety event near you. Most of the Working Well Together (WWT) events we list are FREE and all provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people, see interesting new equipment and get confidential advice.

    14th September 2017 - FREE Groundworkers Safety and Health Awareness Event, Worksop

    27th September 2017 - FREE Construction Safety and Health Awareness Day, Ipswich

    Visit the HSE website to find out more about national events, conferences and HSL training.

    Other events

    IOSH National Safety and Health Conference – 14 September 2017, Nottingham

    60th NWRA Safety Conference and Exhibition - Accident Investigation, 19 September 2017, Preston

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    £1.2m fine for chemical company after explosion

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    Weekly digest eBulletin

    Welcome to HSE's Weekly Digest eBulletin

    This bulletin is just a sample of what's new on HSE's website this week. The site is updated daily - visit What's New at hse.gov.uk

    News

    News

    £1.2m fine for chemical company after explosion

     
    Work at height

    Concrete manufacturer fined after a worker fell from height

    Construction company fined after worker fell through fragile roof


    Hazards at work

    Haulage firm fined after worker crushed

    Firm sentenced as agency worker injures hand on lathe


    Machinery

    Company fined after worker was injured by a fork lift truck

    Engineering firm fined after exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

     
    Jobs

    View our list of available vacancies

     

    Health & Safety myths

    Husband not allowed to stand up during his wife's pregnancy scan for health and safety reasons

     

    Events

    NASHiCS - National Health & Safety Conference for Social Care - Northamptonshire, 12/13 September 2017

    PPE Essentials - Buxton, 12/13 September 2017

    Taming Tigers: Safety Excellence in Engineering - Manchester, 13/14 September 2017

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    Woodworking eBulletin No 45

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    Woodworking eBulletin

    HSE's Woodworking eBulletin

    HSE's Woodworking Webpages


    This free eBulletin from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to provide you with specific updates, news and information that may be of interest to Woodworking Industries. Please forward to any colleague who you think will be interested in the content.

    Woodworking machinery

    News from HSE

    Launch of Health and Work strategy

    The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP has pledged her support for a new strategy for health in Britain's workplaces. The announcement was supported by HSE Chair, Martin Temple and it illustrates HSE's contribution to wider government initiatives on work and health.

    The engagement supports the Health and Work strategy; this has informed priorities focusing on work-related stress, musculoskeletal disorders and occupational lung disease.

    Become a member of the Helping Great Britain work well LinkedIn discussion group and network. You can comment on our strategies and plans, share ideas and tell us what you are doing to help improve Britain's record on work-related health. Follow the conversation on social media: #HelpGBWorkWell

    HSE's Draft Sector Plans Launched

    HSE's Sector Plan details what HSE's Manufacturing Sector are doing to help Great Britain Work Well.

    The Plan covers a diverse range of activities, from woodworking, engineering and metal fabrication, paper and plastic manufacture, food and drink production, heavy engineering and shipbuilding. On average, 27 workers are killed each year in this sector, accounting for almost 20% of all workplace fatalities.

    Known health issues across the sector include occupational lung disease,  musculoskeletal disorders and work-related stress.

    HSE's Inspection plan 2017-18

    The purpose of this year's Inspection Programme is to target sectors where substances causing cancer, asthma and silicosis are regularly used, produced or process generated, to ensure the risks are properly managed. Ill health effects from exposure to these substances can be chronic and life-changing and every year many workers develop occupational asthma or occupational cancer as a result of exposures to substances in their workplace.

    From July to September inspectors will be targeting sites that carry out woodworking processes looking at wood dust and local exhaust ventilation controls.

    Wood dust can cause serious health problems. It can cause asthma, which carpenters and joiners are four times more likely to get compared with other UK workers and hardwood dust can cause sino-nasal cancer.

    Settled dust contains the fine particles that are most likely to damage the lungs.

    Information on controlling the risks from these processes can be found through the inspection programme link above. The topics inspectors are concentrating on can be found on HSE's Website.

    Launch of Breathe Freely for manufacturing

    BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, has officially launched a major new phase of its Breathe Freely initiative to prevent occupational lung disease in the manufacturing sector, urging the industry to get on board with effective controls to protect the respiratory health of their welders. The new campaign, to be run in partnership with EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, HSE, TWI, TUC, JCB, Toyota and BAE Systems, will operate concurrently with the Society's original Breathe Freely  initiative for the construction industry, which will continue apace. For more information, free resources and to add your support to the initiative visit the Breathe Freely Webpages.


    Events and Campaigns

    Lungs

    Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit

    Lung disease remains a serious problem in the workplace and this Summit will describe what HSE is doing about it, what you can do about it, and what science and evidence can tell us. You will benefit from attending if you are an employer, a health and safety professional, an occupational health advisor or a consultant. It will also be of interest to trade and sector bodies, unions and academics and professionals working on workplace lung disease. 

    For more details on the Summit that is being held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on 22nd November visit HSL's Events Page or email healthylungs@hsl.gsi.gov.uk.


    European campaign - Healthy workplaces for all ages

    EU-OSHA's Healthy Workplaces Campaign is 'Healthy workplaces for all ages' focusing on the promotion of sustainable work and healthy ageing throughout your working life.

    More information on how you can get involved and for practical tools and guidance visit Healthy Workplaces for All.


    Research Reports

    Scoping study on multi-site delivery issues for heavy goods vehicles

    The purpose of this scoping study was to establish whether there were specific safety issues relating to multi-site deliveries, and how widespread these were within the UK road haulage industry. This study builds on previous work carried out on load securing of goods transported by road. More information on this study can be found on HSE's Research Webpages.

    Market surveillance of disposable filtering facepieces

    Filtering Facepieces (FFPs) are disposable Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) for protection against dusts, particles and aerosols - often referred to as 'disposable dust masks' - and are widely used in the woodworking industries. HSE have commissioned a report describing market surveillance testing of samples of ten FFP3 respirator models from ten different manufacturers that are available on the UK market. For more information on the research and to read the full report visit HSE's Website.


    Fines and Prosecutions

    National furniture company fined for safety failings

    A national furniture company has been fined £1M and ordered to pay costs of £15,099 after safety failings which led to serious neck and head injuries of a worker who was unloading wooden furniture frames, when he was struck by an unsecured furniture arm which fell from an unstable load. The impact knocked him unconscious and he suffered serious neck and head injuries. More information on the accident and fine can be found on HSE's Press Release.

    Fencing business owners receive suspended sentences

    The two owners of Kidderminster based fencing firm have been given suspended sentences of 18 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years and fined £10,000 each after a worker was hit by timber posts and frames which fell from a fork lift truck. More information on the accident and fine can be found on HSE's Press Release.

    Wood shavings company fined

    A company that produces and supplies wood shavings for use as horse bedding has been fined £17,293.60 and ordered to pay costs of £623.60 after a worker suffered a serious foot injury at its site while operating a log deck. More information on the accident and fine can be found on HSE's Press Release.


    Other items of interest

    HSE Request for Information

    Do you have any information concerning consultants providing advice on local exhaust ventilation (LEV) which does not really assist duty holders?  As part of its wider work to better understand "blue tape" (the burdens businesses impose on other businesses in the name of health and safety) HSE wants to

    further develop its understanding of the scale, including the costs, that poor LEV advice creates;

    identify how and where it is manifesting itself in " the system"; and identify the key causes.

    We are particularly interested in actions you have taken against poor advice or if there are any barriers that have prevented this.  If you have any specific evidenced examples, please e mail robert.ellis@hse.gov.uk

    Information supplied will be treated in strict confidence.

    Practical Management of LEV Training Course - 28th September 2017, Buxton

    Local exhaust ventilation is a commonly used method of controlling workers' exposure to airborne contaminants. However, LEV is not always as effective as it could be and all too often fails to protect workers' health.For more information about this training course and to book a place visit HSL's Events Page.

    Health and Safety Laboratories (HSL) create new eBulletin

    HSL have created a monthly eBulletin to inform you of their work in the areas of exposure assessment and control. Visit HSL's Subscriber Page to sign up.

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    Food & Drink eBulletin No 23

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    Food and Drink Manufacture eBulletin

    News from HSE

    Food and Drink (F&D) Manufacture Health and Safety Forum

    The Forum held its 27th meeting in April and agreed its 2017/18 plan to progress the delivery objectives of its Common Strategy. This strategy aims to improve the health and safety performance of the food and drink manufacturing industry by targeting its main causes of ill health and injury.  Importantly, all Forum members agreed to promote the strategy, develop initiatives in line with it and monitor its implementation. 


    One planned initiative is to support the National food and drink manufacturing health and safety conference.  The next national conference will take place at The Oxford Belfry, at Thame in Oxfordshire, on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October 2017. For further information, contacts and booking details visit IOSH's Events Page.


    Another initiative is for a Forum Working Group to develop tools such as KPI's, action plans and case studies.  These will enable injury and ill health reduction and promote leadership and worker engagement in line with strategy objectives.  Future eBulletins will promote these tools and it is hoped that the F&D manufacturing sector will find them useful.


    This industry-specific Common Strategy is strongly aligned to the overarching system strategy Help Great Britain Work Well (HGBWW).  Injury rates for the UK F&D manufacturing industry are double that of UK manufacturing industry as a whole.  The Forum challenges individual F&D manufacturing companies to reduce sector injury rates by considering the adequacy of their own contributions to these strategies.


    HSE's Sector Plans Launched

    HSE's Sector Plans detail what HSE's Manufacturing Sector are doing to help Great Britain work well.

    The Manufacturing Sector Plan covers a diverse range of activities, from engineering, small-scale motor vehicle repair, woodworking and metal fabrication, paper and plastic manufacture, food and drink production to car manufacture, heavy engineering and shipbuilding. On average, 27 workers are killed each year in this sector, accounting for almost 20% of all workplace fatalities.

    Known health issues across the sector include musculoskeletal disorders, work-related stress and occupational lung disease.


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    European campaign - Healthy workplaces for all ages

    EU-OSHA's Healthy Workplaces Campaign is 'Healthy workplaces for all ages' focusing on the promotion of sustainable work and healthy ageing throughout your working life.

    More information on how you can get involved and for practical tools and guidance visit Healthy Workplaces for All.


    Research Reports

    Scoping study on multi-site delivery issues for heavy goods vehicles

    The purpose of this scoping study was to establish whether there were specific safety issues relating to multi-site deliveries, and how widespread these were within the UK road haulage industry. This study builds on previous work carried out on load securing of goods transported by road. More information on this study can be found on HSE's Research Webpages.


    Fines and Prosecutions

    North West food firm prosecuted after worker dies

    A North West food firm has been fined £2million with £32,595.10 costs after a worker died when plastic bales fell on top of him. The accident happened when the 703kg bales fell towards the worker trapping him against the ground. For more information read HSE's Press Release.

    Noodle firm fined after worker suffers hand injuries

    A Noodle manufacturer has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay full costs after a worker suffered life changing hand injuries while attempting to clear a blockage on one of the noodle production lines. More information on the accident and prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.

    Worker crushes hand in meat separating machine

    A food manufacturer in Coventry has been fined £366,666 and ordered to pay costs of £10,978.09 after a worker crushed his hand loading meat into a meat separating machine leaving him facing surgery and skin grafts. More information on the accident and fine can be found on HSE's Press Release.


    Butchers fined after worker suffers hand injuries

    A butchers has been fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,343 after a worker suffered deep lacerations to one his hands when cutting beef bones on a band saw. The supplied safety devices on the band saw were not in use at the time of the incident as the worker had not been adequately trained to use them. More information on the fine and prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.

    Animal feed manufacturer fined

    An animal feeds producer has been fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,008.after a mill cleaner suffered a serious hand injury resulting in amputation of a finger. More information can be found on HSE's Press Release.

    Bakers fined after machinery accident

    A Penrith based bakery has been fined £70,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7990 after two workers suffered hand injuries while operating machinery on site. One worker lost the top of their middle finger, after it caught the moving blade of a dough-dividing machine and the other worker injured a finger on the cutting jaws of a wrapping machine. More information on the accidents and fines can be found on HSE's Press Release.

    Information on a wide range of food and drink manufacture health and safety topics and issues is available on HSE's food and drink website.

     

    This bulletin provides a sample of the wide range of information that can be found under 'What's New' on HSE's website.

     

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