South West Construction Sites Fail Safety Inspections

Nearly a third of the construction sites visited across Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire during a month-long inspection initiative failed health and safety checks.

Inspectors visited the areas as part of a national Health and Safety Executive (HSE) clampdown aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.

At total of 61 of the 215 sites inspected were found to have significant failings and 40 enforcement notices were issued as a result.

Specific work activities on some of the sites were deemed so dangerous that 27 Prohibition Notices were served by inspectors, immediately halting further work until standards had been improved.

The inspectors visited sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place, to support a drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.

They made unannounced visits to ensure companies are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height. They also checked for general good order, assessed welfare facilities and checked whether Personal Protective Equipment, such as head protection, was being used appropriately.

During 2011/12, three workers were killed while working in construction across Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, and a further 131 were seriously injured. Nationally, there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.

The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in the industry that poor standards are unacceptable and could result in enforcement action.

Andrew Kingscott, HSE Principal Inspector for the Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Construction Division, said:

“It is good news that the majority of the construction sites we visited were obeying the law and making the effort to manage safety, but sadly some sites are letting down the rest of the industry.

“Poorly erected scaffolding, exposure to dangerous types of dust, and inadequate washing facilities were among the poor standards we found on some sites.

“I hope by carrying out these spot checks we will help to raise awareness of the dangers and reduce the number of construction workers being killed or seriously injured at work.”

Further information about working safely in the construction industry can be found online at www.hse.gov.uk/construction

South West construction sites fail safety inspections

Date:
10 April 2013
Release No:
HSE/SW/Cons

Nearly a third of the construction sites visited across Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire during a month-long inspection initiative failed health and safety checks.

Inspectors visited the areas as part of a national Health and Safety Executive (HSE) clampdown aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.

At total of 61 of the 215 sites inspected were found to have significant failings and 40 enforcement notices were issued as a result.

Specific work activities on some of the sites were deemed so dangerous that 27 Prohibition Notices were served by inspectors, immediately halting further work until standards had been improved.

The inspectors visited sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place, to support a drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.

They made unannounced visits to ensure companies are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height. They also checked for general good order, assessed welfare facilities and checked whether Personal Protective Equipment, such as head protection, was being used appropriately.

During 2011/12, three workers were killed while working in construction across Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, and a further 131 were seriously injured. Nationally, there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.

The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in the industry that poor standards are unacceptable and could result in enforcement action.

Andrew Kingscott, HSE Principal Inspector for the Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Construction Division, said:

“It is good news that the majority of the construction sites we visited were obeying the law and making the effort to manage safety, but sadly some sites are letting down the rest of the industry.

“Poorly erected scaffolding, exposure to dangerous types of dust, and inadequate washing facilities were among the poor standards we found on some sites.

“I hope by carrying out these spot checks we will help to raise awareness of the dangers and reduce the number of construction workers being killed or seriously injured at work.”

Further information about how Acorn EHS can assist your organisation with construction safety please click here we offer CDM-C Services and on Site SEHQ Services.

Please also visit the HSE website www.hse.gov.uk/construction

Fatalities/serious injuries in 2011/12

Fatalities Injuries
Former County of Avon Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority 1 3
Bristol Unitary Authority 27
South Gloucestershire Unitary Authority 12
North West Somerset Unitary Authority 6
Total 1 48
Gloucestershire Cheltenham Borough Council 4
Cotswold District Council 7
Forest of Dean District Council 5
Gloucester City Council 6
Stroud District Council 6
Tewkesbury Borough Council 2
Total 30
Somerset Mendip District Council 7
Sedgemoor District Council 7
Taunton Deane Borough Council 3
South Somerset District Council 1 9
Total 1 26
Wiltshire Swindon Unitary Authority 1 8
Wiltshire Unitary Authority 19
Total 1 27

Police Officer Sues Petrol Station Owner

A police officer is suing a petrol station owner after apparently tripping on a kerb on his property when called to reports of a suspected break-in.

please follow the links to the BBC New for more information:

Police officer sues petrol station

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All will be watching this as it goes through the courts, quetsions to ask, is the employer not firstly responsible for it’s employees. if this court case is successful what would we then consider reasonably practicable?

Bubble Ban At Parties: Safety Myths Exposed

Bubbles banned from a child’s birthday party and toothpicks removed from a restaurant are among a list of health and safety myths exposed in the last year.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said more than 150 cases had been reported to a panel it set up last year to target “jobsworths” who use safety laws as a ruse to ban legitimate activities.

Source Yahoo News Click here for link

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Acorn Environmental Health and Safey Ltd (AcornEHS) are part of this process supporting Nexus Business Centre Swindon during thier construction phases by offering CDM Co-ordinator services as required by the The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007  and site safety advice during the projects build through to final completion and handover.

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Air Pollution Risk in EU

 

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Pollution: European environment commissioner Janez Potocnik has admitted that the EU is “some way” from meeting it’s air quality goals, after the European Environment Agency (EEA) revealed that up to 30% of those living in EU cities are exposed to pollution levels that exceed current legal limits. In its latest report on air quality, the EEA confirms the the concentration of harmful pollutants, including particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone, are above EU designated safe limits in many of the bloc’s cities.

Pollution limits set out in the Ambient Air Quality Directive (2008/50/EC) are being “widely exceeded”, states the report, 16%-30% of the EU’s urban population breathing air containing to much PM10. the report also reveals that the 22 of the bloc’s 27 members states exceeded NO2 limits in 2010, leaving 11% of Europe’s sensitive ecosystems at risk of acidification and 69% at risk of eutrophication.

Potocnik believes member states have to shoulder the blame. ” they have insisted on flexibility in applying air quality legislation. This has, unfortunately, not led to better implementation. Too often, the response has been to late, ” he said.

“Some still argue that in times of severe economic hardship, air pollution measures are too costly. Iwould argue that air pollution itself imposes much greater costs on the economy. If you consider all costs, including natural capital accounting, clean air is an investment that makes a lot of economic sense.”

The European Commission is undertaking a wholesale review of it’s air quality policies in a bid to replicate the success it has in cutting sulphur dioxide emissions – which halved during 2001 – 2010. The results of the review are to be published next autumn. At the same time, DEFRA has confirmed that it plans to lobby for amendments to the Directive, in particular to NO2 limits, which the UK has failed to meet in 40 areas and which the environment department argues are too costly.

Source: the environmentalist October 2012 page 4

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