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19 January 2020

Safe access around a roof for maintenance teams

Step-Overs and Access Platforms can provide a quick and simple solution to safe access around roofs

5 December 2019

We went for the cheaper option

When it comes to fall protection systems, should you really base your selection on price?

14 November 2019

How to inspect and wear a harness correctly

Harnesses are a vital fall protection component, but how do you know it will save you if you fall? Our latest video shows you some key areas to inspect and how to wear a harness properly.

16 October 2019

Safety is everyone's concern

When dangerous works is being carried out, everyone has a health and safety responsibility. But what is yours?

18 September 2019

What do the regulations say?

Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, risks should be eliminated, reduced or controlled, during construction and in the following years with maintenance or general roof work.

28 August 2019

What does the Equality Act say?

To be compliant to the Equality Act (DDA) handrail for disabled people must meet a certain criteria. What is it?

24 July 2019

Recertification is vitally important

When you have a safety system installed on your roof, you might feel you’ve done your bit for health and safety. Time to sit back and enjoy the peace of mind, right? Not quite.

27 June 2019

Are you creating a risk?

Roofs can be the preferable place to locate plant and equipment such as air conditioning units. However, this creates a work at height scenario, where workers could be put at risk. What's the solution?

29 May 2019

Is your fixed ladder up to scratch?

Fixed ladders are so ubiquitous on sites across the UK that many people often don’t even notice they are there until they need to use them. But how do you know they're safe to use?

1 May 2019

What do you need to know about personal fall protection?

Personal fall protection is a type of protection which is entirely reliant on the user, available in either ‘fall arrest’ or ‘fall restraint’ form, but there is far more to it than that.

3 April 2019

Competency is a common topic

‘Competency’ comes up often in discussions about work at height and construction. But what does it mean?

5 March 2019

What does the report mean for the industry?

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Working at Height have made several recommendations to improve work at height culture.

6 February 2019

Safesite also provides ground safety

The Equality Act 2010 (formerly DDA) requires ‘reasonable adjustments' to be made to public and commercial buildings to avoid physical barriers which may prevent access for disabled people.

9 January 2019

Ignoring your safety responsibilities can be fatal

Don't put meeting your health and safety responsibilities on the backburner in 2019.

18 December 2018

We will be closed over the Christmas and New Year, period so if you need to make a purchase from our trade counter, or would like to place an order for the New Year, do it soon!

12 December 2018

HSE breaches of 2018

We recap HSE investigations and sentencing of 2018 to show the cost of skirting your health and safety responsibilities

14 November 2018

Collective fall protection is preferable to personal systems

Though guardrailing might seem like a simple matter, people can often become confused by the different options and legal requirements.

16 October 2018

These systems aren't keeping anyone safe

Most know that it is hugely important to keep your fall protection systems (lifelines, guardrails) in working order, but we come across far too many that could put lives at risk.

18 September 2018

In 2016, new sentencing guidelines for health and safety and corporate manslaughter breaches came into force.

Over two years on, what effects have they had on the landscape, and how are judges using them?

21 August 2018

Barriers are a great solution to separate people from hazards

In any area where there are people, it is vital they are protected and kept separate from hazards. But what are the options?

25 July 2018

Too many eyebolts are installed incorrectly

Safety eyebolts are ideal for single working person, reducing a risk of fall whilst carrying out external work, but only when installed by a competent professional.

10 July 2018

It might be cooling down but the sun is still a risk

Outdoor workers are more at risk of skin cancers such as melanoma than anyone else, which is why we've produced this handy info-graphic with tips on how to keep safe.

26 June 2018

Many of today's roofs contain hazardous changes in level

Our modular, off-the-shelf step-overs provide a safe solution to this

30 May 2018

Beat the heat and avoid becoming a statistic

UV rays are behind 48 deaths and 241 cases of melanoma skin cancer each year.

3 May 2018

Hard hats are required throughout all areas of construction

They are vitally important to keep your head safe, especially when it comes to work at height.

5 April 2018

Which training and accreditation schemes are best?

Anyone who accesses a roof to carry out work at height should have suitable training and accreditation to enable them to perform the task safely.

8 March 2018

Do you know how to work safely in fall arrest?

Fall arrest is the term used when working at height with a system which doesn’t prevent you from accessing a fall risk, unlike fall restraint.

8 February 2018

Do both with Safesite

The combination of two systems can provide an effective safety solution at lower cost.

31 January 2018

What are the different types of lanyard?

Lanyards are a vital part of some fall protection systems, serving as a connector between harnesses and anchor points.

18 December 2017

Safesite will be closed over Christmas and New Year

Our Christmas and New Year closure and opening dates are now available.

12 December 2017

'You can't do anything these days!'

Wrong. When it comes to Christmas health and safety myths, there's several that run rampant, usually coming from the office scrooge. In reality, though, most of them are nonsense.

29 November 2017

Safe access and egress from ladders

KeeGates are spring loaded and will close automatically behind the user, removing the risk of user error and preventing the creation of voids and gaps after accessing or egressing the roof from a ladder.

15 November 2017

What's the difference?

When collective fall protection isn't feasible, what are your options when it comes to personal fall protection?

31 October 2017

What's the risk?

Unprotected skylights are one of the biggest contributors to work at height injury and death statistics. People often mistakenly believe skylights are safe.

17 October 2017

You need to carry out a risk assessment

Skipping a risk assessment might save you time, but it can cost you a lot more in the long run.

3 October 2017

What does the law say?

Under the CDM 2015 regulations, where regular access is identified onto a roof, then there is a legal requirement for a safe level walkway.

20 September 2017

Counterfeit PPE is flooding the safety market in the UK.

These products do not meet the stringent performance requirements laid out in safety standards, and are usually made from substandard materials. This poor quality can lead to serious injury or worse if used.

22 August 2017

Just because you've done something the same way forever doesn't mean its safe

Relying on the odds staying the same is dangerous, and luck simply can't compete with following proven, simple guidance.

8 August 2017

This video illustrates perfectly how lax health and safety used to be

We might be safer these days, but some people still refuse to respect just how dangerous work at height can be, and risk becoming a statistic.

26 July 2017

Lending ladders can put you in a sticky situation

A contractor arrives at your site without a ladder, asking to borrow yours. What risks are you taking by saying yes?

11 July 2017

How did the new HSE sentencing guidelines change things for you?

In February of last year, new sentencing guidelines were brought into force for offences related to health and safety and corporate manslaughter.

27 June 2017

Use the extra space without putting your workers at risk

Mezzanine floors in warehouses, when utilised properly, can increase the productivity of the site by making use of space that would otherwise be wasted.

18 June 2017

Keep yourself safe as temperatures soar

The building industry accounts for almost HALF of all deaths caused by UV exposure at work in the UK. Follow our tips to keep yourself safe in the heat.

13 June 2017

How to keep them happy

When it comes to unsafe building sites and premises, the Health and Safety Executive inspectors have formidable power, granted to help stop accidents before they happen. It's wise to keep them happy.

30 May 2017

Sometimes work at height can't be avoided...

Even though the work at height hierarchy states that work at height should be avoided wherever possible, sometimes there is no other option. What do you do when it can't be avoided?

16 May 2017

It is vital you knew when a safety line system such as KeeLine is the best choice.

Safety lines can form a vital part of personal fall protection system and must be used with the appropriate training and supervision.

18 April 2017

Do you know how to select the right safety harness, and ensure it's OK to use?

In the work at height hierarchy collective equipment is preferable to personal, but if personal protective equipment is needed, you must know how to inspect and use it properly.

5 April 2017

Do you know the difference between a risk assessment and a dynamic one?

Our planning work at height blog, looks at the importance of carrying out dynamic risk assessments alongside regular risk assessments.

22 March 2017

Part 1 of our new series on the most important aspects of working at height

Most contractors and workers know the importance of planning work at height properly, but do they know to put this knowledge into practice?

10 March 2017

Safesite offers several solutions for safe roof maintenance

As we leave the cold winter behind us, landlords and business owners once again begin to inspect the damage the freezing weather has wrought on their premises.

22 February 2017

Following simple, competent advice can keep you or your workers from becoming a statistic.

The second part of our blog series on how to avoid serious injury, or worse, to you and your team when working at height.

8 February 2017

Simple advice can prevent serious issues

Falls through roof lights or from fragile roofs can often change, and even end lives, but these can be easily avoided by following competent guidance.

27 January 2017

Ensuring competency and organisation when working at height

A Crown Court ​case which saw 3 companies fined a total of £400,000 for a worker's fall through a fragile roof has highlighted the importance of following CDM Regulations.

6 December 2016

Rescue training

When working at height, you must make sure all managers, supervisors and operatives are training on rescue

29 November 2016

Equipment training

Anyone working at height must be trained on the correct use of equipment and PPE

24 November 2016

Lack of training led to fall

We often read about lack of training being the cause of a fall from height. Our latest Blog series discusses the different training requirements for those managing or working at height.

8 November 2016

Did they really think these were installed correctly?

Unfortunately we come across a lot of guardrail installations that have been clearly carried out by those who are not competent. Here are just a few of the disasters we've seen.

4 November 2016

Ensuring rooflight covers prevent a fall

The ACR Red Book outlines tests for roof structures and assemblies to determine their fragility.

26 October 2016

Ensuring systems are safe to use

Once a fall protection system has been installed it needs to be inspected at least once a year by a competent person or company.

10 October 2016

Guardrail standards and regulations

Second part of our Blog series looks at EN 14122-3 and when you should apply the Work at Height Regulations rather than the Building Regulations.

3 October 2016

Standards and regulations explained

What standards and regulations need to be considered when specifying guardrails for permanent or temporary edge protection.

4 July 2016

Accessing a roof safely

Our latest Blog looks at what form of roof access is best, MEWPs, ladders, access scaffolds or roof hatches?

30 June 2016

Seen on site

Some examples of unsafe fall protection we've seen on site which shows why you need to ensure your systems are installed and inspected by a competent company or person.

14 June 2016

Hooped ladders and fall arrest system

What happens if someone is attached to a fall arrest system and falls while on a hooped or caged ladder?

9 May 2016

Carrying out a rescue at height

Do you know how to rescue someone at height and what the medical considerations are?

3 May 2016

Work at height rescue

Do you know what to do if someone falls from height and needs to be rescued?

21 April 2016

Work at height rescue planning

This video shows why you really shouldn't hang around when it comes to rescue planning

12 April 2016

A simple harness guide

Harnesses are a crucial part of fall protection systems so ensuring a harness is safe to use and fitted correctly is essential.

7 April 2016

Saved by their harnesses

This is a perfect example of why you should use a fall protection system when working at height

1 April 2016

How not to demolish a building

This recent video went viral when people couldn't believe what they were seeing - but is this really any different to some working practices we see over in the UK?

17 March 2016

Working safely off ladders

I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Definitely how NOT to work safely off a ladder.

29 February 2016

Fall through fragile barn roof

The recent prosecution of a scaffolding company after a worker suffered life changing injuries highlights the importance of ensuring work on fragile roofs is safe.

12 February 2016

Misunderstanding what insurance cover means

Steven Kilpin, Recertification Manager at Safesite explains why you may not be covered if your insurance company inspects your fall protection system.

18 December 2015

12 'elf n safety' myths

The HSE has compiled a list of the top twelve festive myths surrounding health and safety, together with the real HSE position on the issue

26 November 2015

The importance of fall protection systems

Jason Godfrey from Safesite discusses the importance of fall protection in the November issue of RCI

6 October 2015

Safety for those working at height is essential

Jason Godfrey from Safesite discusses the importance of fall protection in the November issue of RCI

29 September 2015

Importance of annual guardrail inspections

Why you should have your collective protection such as guardrail systems inspected annually by a competent person

17 September 2015

Incorrect eyebolt installation

Installing eyebolts in load bearing solid masonry and in accordance with BS 7338

2 September 2015

Benefits of safety gates

How using self closing safety gates can help you to follow best practice and comply with current legislation such as BS EN 14122 and BS 4211.

12 August 2015

Inspecting fixed ladders

What do we look for when inspecting and recertifying a fixed ladder?

5 August 2015

Unsafe fixed ladders

Why you need to have your fixed ladders inspected and certified annually

15 July 2015

Bespoke access platforms and step-overs

Safesite Blog looking at the difference between fabricated and modular bespoke access platforms and step-overs.

6 April 2015

how to work safely off ladders

Simple guide outlining how to select the right ladder for specific tasks, and how to work safely off that ladder

30 March 2015

More of your questions answered

Did you know you can have coloured guardrail? We answer more of your edge protection questions.

23 March 2015

We answer your questions

Does rooftop guardrail need to be fixed permanently to the roof structure? More of your edge protection questions answered

16 March 2015

How high should guardrail be?

Ever wondered if you can fold a guardrail down? These and more questions are answered in our latest Q&A series

9 March 2015

Putting the record straight

Ladders are banned on site, we set the record straight on this and other work at height misconceptions

19 January 2015

Assessing dangers at height

Final part of our Blog series on planning work at height looks at dynamic risk assessments and how these can help to ensure that work at height is carried out safely

12 January 2015

Ensuring safety at height

You need to carefully plan any work at height to make sure it's carried out safely. This week we look at work at height policies, audits and assessments

15 December 2014

Ensuring safety at height

All too often we see people working at height with little or no protection. You have a duty to ensure the health and safety of employees and contractors who carry out work on your behalf.

11 November 2014

Are they safe to work at height?

When employing someone to work at height you must make sure they're competent to do the work. But do you know what to look for to ensure competency?