AcornEHS launch new part time and evening courses for 2014 in Swindon and Milton Keynes (NEBOSH / SMSTS / SSSTS)

Our popular courses are now offered to those who need to study and want to develop their careers in Health, Safety and Environment Management. Courses on offer:

  • NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety  Course delivered in evenings between 18:00 to 21:00
  • NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management  Course delivered in evenings between 18:00 to 21:00
  • NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management Course delivered in evenings between 18:00 to 21:00
  • NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Course delivered in evenings between 18:00 to 21:00
  • Construction Skills – Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) Course delivered on Saturdays
  • Construction Skills – Site Managers Safety Training Scheme – Refresher (SMSTS_R) Course delivered on Saturdays
  • Construction Skills – Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) Course delivered on Saturdays
  • Construction Skills – Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme – Refresher (SSSTS_R) 

    Course delivered on Saturdays

 

CDM-C Tip of the Month – Health and Safety File

The Health and Safety File should only include things that will be of assistance to people when planning and undertaking future construction, maintenance and demolition work.

Limited Spaces on Courses Book Now!

Acorn EHS have the following courses which will run shortly with limited spaces

Course title

Start date

Finish date

Exam date

Location

IOSH MS 17/5/13 07/06/13 07/06/13 Houghton Regis
CIEH COSHH 28/05/13 28/05/13 07/06/13 Redhill
SMSTS Refresher 29/05/13 30/05/13 30/05/13 Milton Keynes
NEBOSH GEN 30/05/13 01/08/13 06/09/13 Pure
CIEH COSHH 02/06/13 02/05/13 02/06/13 Milton Keynes
CIEH R/A 07/06/13 07/06/13 07/06/13 Pure
CIEH Manual Handling 19/06/13 19/06/13 19/06/13 Milton Keynes
NEBOSH Gen 08/07/13 19/08/13 06/09/13 Milton Keynes
SMSTS 22/07/13 27/07/13 27/07/13 Pure
SMSTS Refresher 25/07/13 26/07/13 26/07/13 Milton Keynes
NEBOSH FIRE (FC1 +FC2) 01/10/13 29/10/13 06/12/13 Milton Keynes
NEBOSH CONST’ 07/10/13 31/11/13 31/11/13 Pure

Call us on 03334 560 999 to book your place on our course now!

Use reference AS210513 to claim your 10% discount at booking

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2013

At Acorn EHS we celebrated World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2013 on the 28th April 2013.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work in 2013 focuses on the prevention of occupational diseases.

 

Further information please visit the ILO Website safeday@ilo.org

If you need guther assistyance with your Health and Safety please contact Acorn EHS on 03334 560 999

 

Gloucester Manufacturer In Court For Worker Fall

A Gloucester electrical products manufacturer has been fined for breaking safety legislation (Working at Height) after an employee was injured in a fall at work.

Roger Bouskill, 63, from Tuffley, was helping remove redundant plant and equipment at Mekufa (UK) Ltd when the incident happened on 28 March 2012.

In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard today (22 April) that Mr Bouskill was dismantling a large dis-used oven, the flue of which extended into the ceiling space. Sections of the flue were being removed using a forklift cage to gain access.

During the operation Mr Bouskill left the cage to get onto the roof of the oven. As the stack was being moved it toppled and knocked him 2.5 metres to the ground. Mr Bouskill fractured his arm and suffered concussion. He was unable to return to work for five weeks.

An investigation by HSE found there was no documented plan or risk assessment for the task, which was unsupervised, or for any of the other removal works taking place. In addition, the employee operating the fork lift truck was not trained to do so.

Mekufa (UK) Ltd of Unit 1 Permali Park, Bristol Road, Gloucester, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,569.

Speaking after the prosecution, HSE Inspector Ian Whittles said:

“Mr Bouskill sustained a serious injury and could have died as a result of the fall.

“The dangers of working at height are well known, yet incidents of this kind occur all too often. The fall could have easily been prevented if Mekufa (UK) Ltd had assessed the risks and put simple measures in place to minimise them.

“An appropriate plan would have also ensured that those undertaking the work were appropriately supervised and competent.

“This prosecution should serve as a reminder to all companies who expect their employees to work at height of their legal duties to manage safety and provide the protection required to safeguard them from falls.”

At Acorn EHS we can assist with Safe Systems of Work we can also provide Working at Height courses including Harness Training call us on 03334 560 999 or click here for more information

Builder Fined For Failing To Provide Proper Facilities For Workers

A builder has been prosecuted for neglecting the welfare facilities of his workers at a construction site in West Cornwall.

David Lawrance, as a partner for Swiftfix Reinforcement Specialists, failed to provide adequate washing facilities and rest areas at a site in Beach Road, Carbis Bay, between May and July 2012 where a new home was being built.

Bodmin Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (17 April) that when an inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the site he found there was no hot or cold running water, or even a basin to wash in.

There was also no supply of suitable drinking water, just a hose running from a neighbouring property into a plastic container.

The inspector also found that an area for resting, drying clothes or eating was inadequate. There was a small portable office with room for three chairs, but there were eight workmen on site and there was no electricity supply connected to the office.

An Improvement Notice was served requiring better conditions, but a follow-up HSE inspection revealed nothing had changed.

David Lawrance, of Downside, Rosudgeon, near Penzance, pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. He was given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £2,141.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Barry Trudgian, said:

“The need to provide running water to wash hands and arms is not a trivial matter on a building site.

“The workmen were pouring concrete and when splashed on the skin this can lead to dermatitis if it is not washed off. Apart from being an unpleasant condition, in some cases it can lead to the loss of use of fingers and hands.

“Site contractors and supervisors like David Lawrance, who are responsible for the work of employees or subcontractors, have a legal duty to ensure that adequate facilities are in place for the welfare of the workforce from the very start to the completion of construction work.”

At Acorn EHS we provide Site Safety advice and can assist with your site setup ensuring you provide suitable welfare facilities call us on 03334 560 999.

Unregistered Wiltshire Gas Fitter Prosecuted

A Westbury man has been prosecuted for illegal and unsafe gas work after falsely claiming to be on the Gas Safe Register. Ken Pirie appeared before North Wiltshire Magistrates yesterday (16 April 2013) in relation to work on a gas boiler at an address in Oldfield Park, Westbury, on 15 March 2012.He claimed to be qualified to carry out work on gas appliances, but a subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which brought the prosecution, established that he wasn’t registered with Gas Safe – a legal requirement for anyone undertaking such work.Magistrates heard that an investigator from Gas Safe Register went to the domestic address on 11 June 2012 following complaints from the householder. They discovered work had been done to the boiler that breached specifications for gas appliances and could be classed as unsafe.

Ken Pirie, of Timor Rd, Westbury, pleaded guilty to three separate breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He was sentenced to 80 hours unpaid community service and was also ordered to pay £450 compensation to the householder and £1,000 towards prosecution costs.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Andy Shaw said:

“Incorrectly fitted gas appliances can be highly dangerous and can lead to loss of life.

“Those who undertake gas work must be on the Gas Safe Register and be competent to carry out such work.  Anyone who works on gas appliances without being registered is breaking the law.

“Ken Pirie knew this and falsely claimed to be Gas Safe registered to compensate. Yet he clearly wasn’t competent, as his unsafe handiwork testified.

“This case highlights the need for householders to check the credentials of anyone working at their property, especially where gas is involved ”

Russell Kramer, Chief Executive of Gas Safe Register, said:

“Every Gas Safe registered engineer has an ID card which shows who they are and the type of work they are qualified to carry out. Customers should ask to see this and check the engineer is qualified to do the job in hand.

“You can also check your engineer by calling us on 0800 408 5500 or by visiting www.gassaferegister.co.uk

At Acorn EHS we work with small contractors to ensure they are legally compliant if you run a small enginnering busisness contact us on 03334 560 999 we can help.

Acorn EHS Deliver UKATA Accredited Asbestos Awareness Course

Acorn Environmental Health and Safety Ltd (Acorn EHS) have successfully delivered the UKATA Asbestos Awareness Course in Swindon and Rugby.

Well done to all the delegates who attended.

If you would like more information on our UKATA accredited Asbestos Awareness Courses please call us on 0333 456 0999 or click here

Transport company fined following investigation

The director of a plastering company was killed when a pallet containing more than a tonne of render fell on top of him during a lorry delivery at premises in Devon.

Phillip Ring, 37, from Whitleigh, Plymouth, was hit by a falling pallet in the incident on 31 March 2009 at Yelverton Business Park, Crapstone, near Plymouth.

The incident led to an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which included a review of the safety management arrangements by the delivery company, RR Transport Ltd of Redruth.

Plymouth Crown Court heard that the delivery that resulted in Mr Ring’s death should have been offloaded at a nearby construction site in Crapstone using a forklift truck or telehandler.  However, restrictions on access to the site and a lack of mechanical handling equipment meant the driver ended up unloading the pallet by hand at a nearby business park using the pallet truck and tail lift on his lorry.

At some point during the delivery, he lost control of the load and it fell from the tail lift, crushing Mr Ring who was standing on the road at the back of the vehicle.

Mr Ring suffered serious head injuries and died later at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

RR Transport, who’s registered office is Peat House, Truro, was fined £22,000 and ordered to pay £30,000 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of Regulation 3(1)(b) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Jo Fitzgerald said:

“This was a tragic incident and it illustrates the significant risks involved in delivery operations.  Thinking through those risks in a structured way helps delivery firms identify what could go wrong and improve safety.

“While HSE does not say that RR Transport’s failings caused Mr Ring’s death, by failing to assess the risks properly the company did not have a number of important steps in place, which would have made their operation safer.  They did not have a clear, consistent system for drivers to follow for using tail lifts, the tail lifts on their vehicles had not had the thorough examinations required by law and they did not have a proper system for inspecting their pallet trucks.”

Further information on unloading vehicles can be found on the HSE website at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/vehicle.htm

Unregistered gas fitter sentenced for false claims and endangering life

An East Devon gas fitter who risked the lives of a young couple through his dangerous work falsely claimed to be on the Gas Safe Register, a court has heard.

Luke Potts, who trades as Devon Plumber, installed a new gas boiler at a home in Chelmsford Road, Exeter, in May 2012 that was classed as “immediately dangerous” when checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

He claimed to be a registered engineer himself, an untruth that came to light after the householders complained about his dangerous work.

Exeter Magistrates’ were told today (10 April) that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Gas Safe Register found the flue for the boiler had been incorrectly fitted, which could have led to lethal carbon monoxide leaking into the property.

In addition, the gas meter box had been altered by drilling a hole in it to feed in a new gas pipe, which could have allowed gas to leak into the building.

Although Mr Potts was unregistered, having failed to renew his registration in January 2012, he continued to display the Gas Safe Register logo on his website. The householders relied on this when they asked him to fit the boiler, assuming he was fully accredited and qualified.

Luke Potts, of Cornhill, Ottery St Mary, was given a 20 week custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 60 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 in costs after pleading guilty to three separate breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Simon Jones, said:

“Mr Potts’ poor work could have had tragic consequences for the householders, who put their lives in his hands.

“They believed he was a registered engineer and asked him to do the work as a result. If an individual is working on gas appliances and installations is not on the Gas Safe Register they are working illegally.”

Paul Johnston, chief executive for Gas Safe Register said:

“A quarter of a million illegal gas jobs are carried out every year by fitters who don’t have the skills or the qualifications to work safely on gas. It’s therefore vital the public always make sure the person working on their gas appliances is on the Gas Safe Register.

“You can check your engineer is legal and safe by asking to see their Gas Safe ID card. You can also check the engineer’s registration number by calling us on 0800 408 5500, or visiting the website www.gassaferegister.co.uk link to external website.”

Further information on gas safety can be found on the HSE website at www.hse.gov.uk/gas.