Category: Expert Advice

Are you taking precautions against silica dust?

It’s not just asbestos dust to avoid on site. Crystalline Silica is a material second only to Brigmanite as the most abundant mineral in the world. Whilst you are unlikely to come in contact with Brigmanite, it sits hundreds of miles under the earth’s surface, Crystalline Silica sits safely as a solid form on the… Read more »

SafeBrit’s new services

Britannia Safety and Training’s new consultancy arm, SafeBrit, are pleased to offer a range of new services as follows: Fire Risk Assessments and Services A written Fire Risk Assessment is a legal requirement for any business which employs 5 people or more and should be made available for inspection by an inspecting officer from the… Read more »

SafeBrit launches – a new safety net for industry

Every business with 5 employees or more must abide by Health & Safety rules and regulations to ensure the workplace is a safe environment for staff. This includes Risk Assessments to cover employees and non-employees, which must be written and recorded and must be reviewed. Keeping on top of changes whilst keeping up with the… Read more »

Snow Safety

Keeping yourself and others safe in the snow. As people across the UK brace themselves for the first arctic blast of the season, Health and Safety Minister Lord Freud is urging a common sense approach to clearing snow from footpaths and pavements. There are no health and safety regulations that prevent people from clearing snow… Read more »

Construction Industry Rise in Growth

Output in the construction industry rose for the eleventh quarter in a row at the end of last year, data from leading trade bodies suggests.All areas of the building sector contributed to the surge in the fourth quarter of 2015, the latest Construction Trade Survey suggests.But the findings of the report show that growth was… Read more »

Emergency First Aid

We heard this morning about the “Miracle man” brought back to life after being shocked by a defibrillator 25 times. But it was passers-by, one of which was first aid trained, who administered CPR to him prior to the paramedics arriving. This is why we cannot emphasise enough the importance of being first aid trained. We… Read more »

IPAF PAL+

UKCG mandates PAL+ training for net riggers and steel erectors 2013/07/05 The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) has made PAL+ advanced operator training compulsory for net riggers and steel erectors working on UKCG sites from 31 October 2013. The training mandate is part of the UKCG’s policy to address the risk of entrapment when mobile elevating… Read more »

UKCG tool kit stresses PAL + requirements

The UK Contractors Group’s mobile elevating work platforms good practice toolkit has been reviewed and updated to include additional guidance surrounding the selection of aerial work platforms and ground conditions as well as on IPAF’s MEWPS for managers course requirements and Powered Access Licence (PAL/PAL+) competence. First issued in January 2014, the tool kit specifically… Read more »

Firm fined after a man fell through fragile roof onto concrete

A construction company was fined after a worker fell through a roof three metres onto a concrete floor below. On Friday 3 July, the Magistrates’ Court heard how the company had been contracted to refurbish a number of industrial units at Slough Business Park in the autumn of 2013. The work included cleaning and repair work to… Read more »

Dangerous scaffold costs firm owner

7 January 2015 The owner of a small construction firm has been fined after he erected a series of scaffolds in and around a town over several months in late 2013 that were riddled with dangerous faults. The person put workers lives at risk by putting up scaffolds several metres high for them to work on but… Read more »