Competency is a common topic
‘Competency’ comes up often in discussions about work at height and construction. But what does it mean?
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.
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.
Ignoring your safety responsibilities can be fatal
Don't put meeting your health and safety responsibilities on the backburner in 2019.
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!
HSE breaches of 2018
We recap HSE investigations and sentencing of 2018 to show the cost of skirting your health and safety responsibilities
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Many of today's roofs contain hazardous changes in level
Our modular, off-the-shelf step-overs provide a safe solution to this
Beat the heat and avoid becoming a statistic
UV rays are behind 48 deaths and 241 cases of melanoma skin cancer each year.
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.
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.
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.
Do both with Safesite
The combination of two systems can provide an effective safety solution at lower cost.
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.
Safesite will be closed over Christmas and New Year
Our Christmas and New Year closure and opening dates are now available.
'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.
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.
What's the difference?
When collective fall protection isn't feasible, what are your options when it comes to personal fall protection?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
When working at height, you must make sure all managers, supervisors and operatives are training on rescue
Anyone working at height must be trained on the correct use of equipment and PPE
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.
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.
Ensuring rooflight covers prevent a fall
The ACR Red Book outlines tests for roof structures and assemblies to determine their fragility.
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.
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.
Standards and regulations explained
What standards and regulations need to be considered when specifying guardrails for permanent or temporary edge protection.
Accessing a roof safely
Our latest Blog looks at what form of roof access is best, MEWPs, ladders, access scaffolds or roof hatches?
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.
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?
Carrying out a rescue at height
Do you know how to rescue someone at height and what the medical considerations are?
Work at height rescue
Do you know what to do if someone falls from height and needs to be rescued?
Work at height rescue planning
This video shows why you really shouldn't hang around when it comes to rescue planning
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.
Saved by their harnesses
This is a perfect example of why you should use a fall protection system when working at height
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?
Working safely off ladders
I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Definitely how NOT to work safely off a ladder.
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.
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.
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
The importance of fall protection systems
Jason Godfrey from Safesite discusses the importance of fall protection in the November issue of RCI
Safety for those working at height is essential
Jason Godfrey from Safesite discusses the importance of fall protection in the November issue of RCI
Importance of annual guardrail inspections
Why you should have your collective protection such as guardrail systems inspected annually by a competent person
Incorrect eyebolt installation
Installing eyebolts in load bearing solid masonry and in accordance with BS 7338
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.
Inspecting fixed ladders
What do we look for when inspecting and recertifying a fixed ladder?
Unsafe fixed ladders
Why you need to have your fixed ladders inspected and certified annually
Bespoke access platforms and step-overs
Safesite Blog looking at the difference between fabricated and modular bespoke access platforms and step-overs.
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
More of your questions answered
Did you know you can have coloured guardrail? We answer more of your edge protection questions.
We answer your questions
Does rooftop guardrail need to be fixed permanently to the roof structure? More of your edge protection questions answered
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
Putting the record straight
Ladders are banned on site, we set the record straight on this and other work at height misconceptions
We went for the cheaper option
When it comes to fall protection systems, should you really base your selection on price?
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
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
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.