Creating a Safe Working Environment

The ADIA’s main aim is to produce a safe environment for automatic door workers and users. This does not always necessarily mean by taking the BS EN16005. Although the BS EN16005 is part of the Machine Directive, which needs to be followed as a legal requirement, there are other important health and safety checks and training that need to be carried out. These may not always seem obvious, as you may feel that they don’t always concern you or your company’s work. However, there may always be the chance that this could change depending on the job at hand.

Below is some information sent via HSE which we thought would be beneficial for you to look over and consider when putting your staff through training. We have selected some items from the email that may be most relevant to you.

Please also remember, the ADIA receive discounts for Health and Safety training via Human Focus. If you require this, please log into the member’s area and see courses for more information.

SAFER SITES TARGETED INSPECTIONS

In a street near you

HSE construction inspectors are carrying out unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.

This year the Initiative began on 3 October 2016 and will end early November 2016.

Inspectors will be out and about ensuring high-risk activities, particularly those affecting the health of workers, are being properly managed.

These include

Where serious breaches of legislation are found then immediate enforcement action will be taken, but Inspectors will also be taking steps to secure a positive change in behaviour to ensure on-going compliance.

Health and safety breaches with clients and designers will also be followed up to reinforce their duties under CDM 2015 and to ensure that all dutyholders with on site health and safety responsibilities understand and fulfil these.

Take a look at the SaferSites Facebook page to see examples of what inspectors find on site – better still, like and share it with your colleagues!


REDUCING EXPOSURES TO SILICA IN CONSTRUCTION

Research has shown that just cutting two valley roof tiles in-situ in each daily shift (about fifteen minutes of work in eight hours) resulted in the operator being exposed to levels above the occupational exposure limit for respiratory crystalline silica (RCS). Colleagues working close by were also placed at risk.  The research findings led to a change in working practices in the construction sector. 

Read the case study to find out what this means for you 

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RECENT ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY

A round up of some recent HSE prosecutions and enforcement action in the construction sector and links to relevant advice.  

FRAGILE ROOFS

Employer jailed for killing teen who fell from a ladder

The tragic consequences of cutting corners on cost when working at height – In this case a seventeen year old who fell to his death when working from a ladder. Read the full police press release 

05/10/16: Worker suffers severe injuries in roof fall

Further information:


WORKING AT HEIGHT

06/10/16: Building contractor prosecuted following worker’s fall

07/10/16: Council fined after employee was injured from fall 

Further information:


LIFTING OPERATIONS

05/10/16: Worker injured after being struck by concrete skip

13/10/16: Building contractor in court after worker killed by falling load 

Further information:


ASBESTOS

03/10/16: Bolton night club owner fined over asbestos exposure 

Further information


OVERHEAD POWER LINES

24/10/16: Farming and drilling contractors fined after mast strikes power line 

Further information


MEWPS

24/10/16: Worker seriously injured in mobile platform fall 

Further information

  • Construction Safety Topic – MEWPS

NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

HSE 

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Industry 


HEALTH AND SAFETY EVENTS

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. 

9 November 2016 – Guilty or Not Guilty – The verdict is your decision, Kidderminster 

15 November 2016 – Work at height/Scaffolding SHAD, Cardiff 

18 November 2016 – Service Strike Mock Trial – Guilty or Not Guilty? What’s your verdict? , Leeds 

24 November 2016 – Construction Occupational Health Awareness Event, Nottingham 

24 November 2016 – Back to Basics – Prevention and Innovation, Tamworth 

Find your nearest WWT Group and get involved.

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