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Newcastle Construction Division Newsletter-July 2010

Construction Division Newsletter for July 2010 as supplied by Debbie Flynn (HSE)

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Newcastle Construction Division Newsletter-July 2010

  1. 1. HSE Construction Division Scotland, Yorkshire & North East Unit Head of Operations : J Reuben NEWCASTLE CONSTRUCTION DIVISION NEWSLETTER JULY 2010 - ISSUE NO.10 Fewer construction workers killed in past year New figures for the number of workers who were fatally injured in the construction industry have recently been released. They show that between 1st April 2009 and 31st March 2010, 41 construction workers were killed at work, compared to an average of 66 workers in the past five years - a fall of 37 per cent below this average. Further information can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/fatals.htm HSE Construction Division Plan of Work 2010-11 A summary of the HSE Construction Division's Plan of Work for 2010-11 has been published. It sets out what the construction industry can expect from HSE Inspectors over the coming year - http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/work-plan-2010-11.pdf?ebul=cons/jun10&cr=1 HSE's main operational activities will target the following sectors: Asbestos removal licence holders (inspection of licensed work) Small sites Refurbishment Homebuild Major projects Five issues will be considered at all site visits. These are: Provision of welfare facilities - http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/welfare.htm?ebul=cons/jun10&cr=2 Site transport - http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/vehiclestrafficmanagement.htm?ebul=cons/jun10& cr=3 Work at height - http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/workingatheight.htm?ebul=cons/jun10&cr=4 Asbestos risks - http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/healthtopics/asbestos.htm?ebul=cons/jun10&cr=5 Good order - http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/campaigns/fallstrips/goodorder.htm?ebul=cons/jun10&cr=6 HSE will also address matters of evident concern or potential major concern identified during site visits, with inspectors taking strong enforcement action where people choose to ignore their duties and responsibilities. As well as considering the five generic issues, HSE are also tackling: Leadership CDM Dutyholders Local Authority as Client Contractor Competence Temporary Works Fire Respiratory Risks Manual Handling Worker Involvement Lifting (tower and mobile cranes) Roofwork This note has been prepared by HSE Construction Division Newcastle upon Tyne to assist those involved with construction projects. If you wish to discuss the contents or unsubscribe please contact Construction Administration Newcastle, Arden House, Regent Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3JN (0191) 202 6250 or e-mail construction.newcastle.area19@hse.gsi.gov.uk
  2. 2. HSE Construction Division Scotland, Yorkshire & North East Unit Head of Operations : J Reuben NEWCASTLE CONSTRUCTION DIVISION NEWSLETTER JULY 2010 – ISSUE NO.10 New Information Sheets – What you need to know as a busy builder There are some new, simple and straightforward information sheets for those who run small construction sites. The information sheets show real examples of good and unacceptable practice on site: Running a small site – http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/site1.pdf Manual handling – http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/site2.pdf Roof work – http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/site3.pdf Welfare – http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/site4.pdf WAIT! If you need to occasionally work at height and aren’t sure about which access equipment to use, the Work at height Access equipment Information Toolkit will help you select the correct access equipment for the job. It gives users practical advice and guidance on the factors to consider when selecting access equipment for planned work at height. It also gives guidance on how to work at height safely, plus useful information on some of the different types of access equipment available. The WAIT tool can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/wait/wait-tool.htm Do your bit! Workplaces where employees play an active part in health and safety have lower accident rates. In many cases, this also leads to increased productivity, efficiency and quality. HSE, in association with Premier Partnership, are offering IOSH accredited health and safety training courses to help companies achieve the potential benefits associated with a collaborative approach to health and safety at work. HSE is paying 75 per cent toward the cost of the training. To find out more about this unique offer visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/involvement/doyourbit/index.htm Telehandler Warning Following a recent fatal accident in Scotland, HSE is warning all users of telehandlers of the danger of not replacing broken windows on these machines. A Safety Alert was issued after a 36 year old man was killed whilst operating a telehandler. It is suspected that the man was leaning thruogh the broken right side window aperture, when he was crushed and fatally injured by the descending boom. The Safety Alert can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/telehandlers.htm MEWPs – Entrapment More people die from falls at work than from any other cause. The use of mobile elevating work platforms/powered access equipment has been a major factor in the reduction of falls accidents. For temporary work at height this kind of equipment is often the safest solution. However, there are currently under investigation a number of fatal and serious accidents where operators have become trapped between the guardrails or other equipment on the platform, and adjacent obstructions. The Construction Plant-hire Association has produced new guidance for anyone engaged in the supply or use of MEWPs. The guidance can be found here: http://www.cpa.uk.net/p/MEWPS-and-Overhead-Crushing/ This note has been prepared by HSE Construction Division Newcastle upon Tyne to assist those involved with construction projects. If you wish to discuss the contents or unsubscribe please contact Construction Administration Newcastle, Arden House, Regent Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3JN (0191) 202 6250 or e-mail construction.newcastle.area19@hse.gsi.gov.uk
  3. 3. HSE Construction Division Scotland, Yorkshire & North East Unit Head of Operations : J Reuben NEWCASTLE CONSTRUCTION DIVISION NEWSLETTER JULY 2010 – ISSUE NO.10 The Lighthouse Club The Lighthouse Club – the construction industry’s charity which provides support for construction workers and their families – is looking for people who would be interested in helping to resurrect the North East Branch of the Lighthouse Club. Since Whitley Bay is where the Lighthouse Club was originally founded over 50 years ago it would be sacrilege to lose this Branch. Further information can be found on their website - http://www.lighthouseclub.org/ Recent Prosecutions (1) A building firm has been fined £4,500 after refurbishment work triggered the temporary closure of country club near Darlington over fears of exposure to asbestos. The company was found guilty at Darlington Magistrates’ Court, in its absence, of breaching Regulations 5, 11 and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, between 7 January and 6 March 2008. When HSE inspectors visited the site, they found that work was carried out without adequate checks for asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, and served a Prohibition Notice - immediately stopping construction work. Further investigations found large amounts of asbestos pipe lagging in walls and floor voids where work had been undertaken. HSE worked with local Environmental Health Officers and the hotel management to ensure that asbestos fibres had not spread to the occupied areas of the hotel. The hotel was voluntarily closed while tests were undertaken. Fortunately the test results in the public areas were negative. (2) A building firm has been fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,178 at Darlington Magistrates Court after it pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The Court heard that a worker was laying pipes in a trench when the wall collapsed, trapping him and causing bruising to his lower legs and hypothermia. An investigation by HSE showed that the driver of the excavator had not received suitable training in its use. Industry guidance, which recommends providing shoring or trench boxes, should have been followed. (3) A construction company from Gateshead has been fined £4,500 after one of its workers was seriously injured when a forklift truck telehandler he was operating overturned at a site in Sandhoe, near Corbridge on 16 July 2008. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at Tynedale Magistrates’ Court in Hexham. The court heard that the injured person – who was not trained to use the machine and was not wearing a seatbelt when the incident happened - was lifting roof trusses onto the roof of the development when the forklift truck telehandler that he was operating overturned and fell onto its side throwing him against the machine’s window and controls. He suffered multiple fractures to his arm leaving him with limited mobility in his shoulder. This note has been prepared by HSE Construction Division Newcastle upon Tyne to assist those involved with construction projects. If you wish to discuss the contents or unsubscribe please contact Construction Administration Newcastle, Arden House, Regent Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3JN (0191) 202 6250 or e-mail construction.newcastle.area19@hse.gsi.gov.uk

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