Archive May 2013

Construction Company Fined for Maintenance Failings

The HSE has fined an Essex construction company for putting workers at risk after neglecting to check and maintain a potentially dangerous piece of lifting equipment. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out on 23 June 2011 found that when the truck was eventually examined only six items out of 24 that formed the basis of the report were marked "satisfactory". The remaining 18 items were classed as "repair needed". All these lead to the poor management of the machinery...
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The Impact of Environmental Litigation

Let's explore the history of toxic substances in our environment from the time we knew that the toxic substances were harmful and lethal to our health. Let us start with asbestos -- the most litigated of the hazardous, toxic materials. The Greeks, the earliest users of asbestos 3,000 years ago, considered the value of asbestos almost equal to the value of gold. Chrysotile, the most commonly used asbestos, comes from the Greek word of gold, chysos, and fiber, tilos. The Greeks and the Romans recorded...
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HSE's Independence Undermined by Government?

An interesting article issued by the TUC states that a decision by the government to impose an 'employee interests' representative on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) board who did not have the support of trade unions has led to serious concerns about the independence of the official safety watchdog. Their concern is that the government wants a 'compliant board' with no real emphasis on what is really needed. They state that a board made up of old or retired members would be 'out of touch'.
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Government Mesothelioma Compensation Scheme

In the news recently, campaigners have expressed fears that thousands could miss out under a new compensation scheme for those with the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of internal organs, notably the lungs, and almost always arises from exposure to asbestos. Asbestos has been used in the past within construction and is within many of our schools and older buildings. For more on this article see Asbestos compensation scheme criticised by campaigners on...
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Newsletter - May 2013

The May 2013 edition of the Ai Solutions Newsletter is now available: May Newsletter.
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Hard Hats Guidance

The HSE has stated that the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989 and the Notification of Conventional Tower Crane Regulations 2010 have now been revoked. However they insist that being safe is crucial and the wearing of hats saves lives. With this in mind they have published some guidance on Hard Hats; for more information visit
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Design Risk Management

Due to the continued success of the Callsafe Services Limited Design Risk Management course, they are presenting the next course on 18th & 19th June at Aston Conferences in Birmingham. This is the only Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM) designers' course that is accredited by the Association for Project Safety (APS). The course is also recognised as CPD for CDM Co-ordinators, Architects and other designers. The course tutor has experience in both design and construction,...
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