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11 February 14
First Aid

first aid training

Does my business need first aid training?

Every business should have adequate levels of first aid cover. As we all know, accidents and illness can happen at any time. In an emergency medical situation, the delivery of first aid could quite literally be the difference between life and death. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees, this includes...

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28 January 14
First Aid

Now providing first aid training courses

We are pleased to announce we are now an accredited first aid training provider. Individuals can become qualified first aiders by attending one of our first aid training courses, and gain all the skills they need to carry out the first aid role. First aid is an important skill to have, not only are you required by law to have adequate first...

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10 January 14

site waste management plan construction

Is this the end of site waste management plans?

From the 1st of December 2013 site waste management plans are no longer required by law on construction projects, and the site waste management plans regulations are no longer in force. So is this the end of site waste management plans? Previously site waste management plans were required on all construction projects over £300k with a...

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06 January 14
Health & Safety

construction site security

20 tips for better construction site security

Site security is an important issue and this blog post outlines 20 tips for better construction site security. If you are working on a construction project then trespassers may want to access your site. These trespassers could be squatters, thieves, or your site could be blocking someone’s normal access route and they may still attempt to...

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20 December 13
Health & Safety

christmas construction security

Securing your construction site for the Christmas shut down

It's that time of year again. Less than 10 days to go until Christmas and many in the construction industry are planning a well deserved break. It's been a busy year with the industry finally picking up pace following the recession. With many sites closed from the 20th December until the 6th of January, planning your site shut down needs...

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10 December 13

CDM Coordinator Project - Restaurant Food Court, Hull

CDM Coordinator Project: Restaurant, Shopping Centre Food Court, Hull This commercial project involved the refurbishment and fit out of an out of use food court within a busy shopping centre. Duration: 2 months Appointment: October 2013 Working with the Principal Contractor we visited the site to provide H...

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02 December 13
Health & Safety

construction transport management

Top 10 cures for bad construction transport management

Vehicle related incidents cause around 50 deaths and 1500 major injuries at work each year. So transport management is an important consideration in any workplace to prevent fatal and serious accidents to the workforce. Transport management can be more of a headache in construction that in other industries. The problem in construction is...

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30 November 13

CDM Coordinator Project: Building Refurbishment, Central London

CDM Coordinator Project: Retail and Residential Refurbishment, Central London This project involved the conversion of a five storey building into a retail unit at ground floor level with self contained apartments situation on the upper floors. Duration: 9 months Appointment: May 2013 Situated within the West Smithfield area of London...

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25 November 13

construction coshh

Construction COSHH failures and how to avoid them

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations are a well known set of regulations, however many workplaces fail to adequately assess the risks from exposure to hazardous substances. Why is this? Well often because the hazardous substances are not what we would class as dangerous chemicals, a sniff or a splash is not...

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04 November 13
CDM, Health & Safety

construction site welfare facilties

Do your construction welfare facilities pass the suitability test?

A construction company has recently been prosecuted for failing to provide adequate welfare facilities for its workers. In what the HSE inspector described as ‘Dickensian-like’ conditions, workers were unable to access basic welfare facilities such as toilets or running water. In fact, during a recent inspection initiative by the HSE...

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29 October 13
Health & Safety

construction winter wind rain storm

Stormy days and windy weather... the perils of outdoor work

With the storm of St Jude hitting us yesterday, resulting in the uprooting of trees, the collapse of scaffolding and a number of fatalities, we are reminded of the impact the weather can have on our safety. As we head towards November, winter is fast approaching - and unfortunately that brings with it poor weather conditions. Not so bad if...

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25 October 13

fire warden fire marshal

The difference between fire marshal and fire warden roles

In fire safety we often hear the terms fire marshal and fire warden, and there is often much confusion between the names, roles, and requirement of each. So first of all, what is the difference between a fire warden and fire marshal? Often there is no difference at all between the roles people are asked to carry out as a fire warden and a...

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