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CONSTRUCTION INFONET - FEBRUARY 2017: Health and Work Strategy, Asbestos, Cost Recovery, Health Risks at Work, prosecutions, news and events

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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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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.

Construction Sector Plan for 2017-2018 - your comments requested

We are actively seeking feedback from industry stakeholders on HSE's draft Construction Sector Plan. If you wish to comment on the draft visit HSE's Strategies and Plans Webpages.

Follow the conversation on social media: #HelpGBWorkWell and download a Social Media Pack to spread the message.


The CITB blog Asbestos: How to protect yourself highlights the rising number of asbestos-related illnesses reported each year.

Why? The latency period: the fact that an asbestos-related illness can lie dormant for several years without any symptoms. Simon's Story explains how it can take 35 to 40 years after initial exposure for symptoms to appear. The blog outlines the stringent preventative measures now in place within Industry to reduce exposure.

Asbestos information can be found on the HSE website. Help keep you and your workers safe using the CITB CDM Wizard App.

HSE is committed to Tackling Ill Health through the Helping Great Britain Work Well Strategy . You can play your part by getting involved in the conversation and learn how to Tackle Occupational Disease.


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it is to consult on proposals to make its cost recovery scheme dispute process fully independent. Until now, disputes were considered by a panel which consisted of two members from HSE and one independent person. However, after reviewing the current process HSE will consult with relevant stakeholders with a view to making the process fully independent.

A full guide to the Fee for Intervention scheme is available on HSE's website.


The Health Risks at Work initiative provides simple, concise information to help small businesses manage five key health at work risk areas:



           Muscles, bones and joints

           Hearing and touch


For more information on the Campaign visit Safety Groups UK

Find your local Safety group by visiting Local Safety Groups



30/01/17: Bury demolition contractor imprisoned for failing to prevent exposure to Asbestos

17/01/17: Asbestos removal firm fined after poor safety practices

Further information

Asbestos health and safety

Chemical/ Substance Exposure

06/02/17: Construction company director imprisoned after safety failings

20/01/17: Worker exposed to high level of carbon monoxide

Further information

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

Carbon Monoxide



20/02/17: Container terminal in court after worker injured

Further information

Construction Safety Topic – Structural stability during excavations

Busy Builder leaflet – Excavation: What you need to know as a busy builder

Busy Builder leaflet – Basement construction: What you need to know as a busy builder

Hydraulic Cylinders

10/02/17: Company fined for safety failings resulting in workers death

Further information

Safety requirements for pressure testing

Lifting Equipment

13/02/17: Steel worker suffers life threatening injuries

Further information


 Roofwork/ Working at height

13/02/17: Employer prosecuted after employee falls from roof

08/02/17: Building Contractor fined after workers fatal fall

Further information

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

Busy Builder leaflet - Construction Phase Plan

Construction Safety Topic - Assessing all work at height

Construction Safety Topic –  Working at height

Hand arm vibration (HAVS)

06/02/17: Oxfordshire based company fined for safety failings

Further information

Managing Construction Health Risks - Vibration



RR1084 – Forklift truck reverse sensor systems assessment

RR1085 – Exploring the human and physical factors associated with telescopic handler overturning risks

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.

Health and safety at work statistics published

HSE's annual statistics have been published and show that while Britain continues to be one of the safest places to work in Europe, many workers are still being injured or made ill by work.

The statistics show that an estimated 30.4 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2015/16 and the estimated costs to Britain of injuries and ill health due to current working conditions is £14.1 billion (2014/15 figures based on 2014 prices). For more information visit HSE's Statistics Website.

A new Health and Safety at Work Vital statistics 2016 Poster can be purchased from HSE's Publications Website.

New co-branded guidance

TUC and HSE work together to update guidance for TU representatives

The HSE and TUC have developed an updated version of the TUC leaflet for TU representatives working with employers to manage work related stress within their organisation.

The new leaflet has been co-branded and has been updated to represent some of the more recent stressors - 24/7 contact, new shift patterns etc.

The leaflet will be available from both websites in due course but in the short term it can be found on the TUC website at "Tackling workplace stress using the HSE Stress Management Standards" .


Structural Safety Alert: Steel Frame Stability.

Clean Air - Take Care

Clean Air? - Take Care! is a new joint initiative between the British Safety Industry Federation and HSE aimed at reducing occupational respiratory disease. The initiative is centred on a range of national activities and educational seminars designed to raise awareness among RPE users, employers, fit testers and advisors on the correct selection, deployment, use, maintenance and storage of RPE. More information including campaign videos, posters and campaign documents visit British Safety Industry Federation's Webpages.

Free-to-download Safety Wizard app.

RNF Digital Innovation has developed a new app designed to help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) meet their health and safety requirements. The free-to-download Safety Wizard app, drawn directly from the HSE Toolbox guidance offers SMEs a solution to help navigate a vast array of health and safety information.


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.

16 March 2017 - FREE Asbestos Awareness Training, Manchester

31 March 2017 - Roof Work and Work at Height, Plymouth

Other events

Find out about our first ever Stress Summit - London, 16th March 2017

Improving worker health, wellbeing and performance through a preventative approach to stress

The HSE Stress Summit is being supported by Minister for Disabled People, the Right Honourable Penny Mordaunt MP, who is intending to open the event. The Summit which supports the Government's push to promote good mental health, tackle ill health and help to keep people in work, will take place on 16th March at the QEII Conference centre in Westminster.

Last few places! Grab your chance to learn how to tackle workplace stress, engage with fellow professionals and obtain tools that enable you to take holistic and strategic action.

Act now if you would like to benefit from involvement with this exciting event – there are still some sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor spaces remaining should you want to get coverage of your organisation's messages, too.

Understanding, preventing and managing Stress in the Workplace - Harrogate, 1 March 2017

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



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HSE eBulletin service Events Update

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23-02-2017 11:47 AM GMT

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23-02-2017 10:58 AM GMT

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23-02-2017 10:26 AM GMT

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