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Safety topic of the month: October 2023
The HSE have successfully prosecuted two construction firms because a labourer fell through an unprotected, first floor stairwell hole in a new build home. The casualty sustained a fractured skull, multiple broken ribs and required surgery to insert a plate into his collar bone. The principal contractor and a subcontractor were both prosecuted for failing to plan, manage and monitor the work at the site. Between them they were fined a total of £46,000 and required to pay court costs of £3,982. Falls from working at height continue to be one of the significant hazards we face on our sites. In this case the labourer was instructed by a director to carry out what was clearly unsafe work that led to the accident. The lesson to take away here, is if you think the work you are asked to carry out by anyone is unsafe ... don't do it ... no matter what peer-group pressure or coercion is applied. Report the matter to the H&S manager and they will deal with it.
Safety topic of the month: September 2023
In the event of a small fire, use your training to assess if it is safe for you to use a fire extinguisher to put it out. Remember your first priority is to raise the alarm and always keep yourself safe by continually checking you leave yourself a safe exit route as you tackle the fire. The next step is to make sure you use the correct type of extinguisher. Water and live electrics never mix, and remember to hold carbon dioxide extinguishers only by the handles to avoid cold-burn injuries.
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