Free Temporary Works in Construction Event - Wednesday 17th July 2019

A FREE ‘Temporary Works in Construction’ event is taking place on Wednesday 17th July 2019 at the National Metalforming Centre as part of the Working Well Together initiative.

What are ‘Temporary Works’? - The HSE Website states as follows: ““Temporary works” is a widely used expression in the construction industry for an “engineered solution” used to support or protect an existing structure or the permanent works during construction, or to support an item of plant or equipment, or the vertical sides or side-slopes of an excavation, or to provide access. The construction of most types of permanent works will require the use of some form of temporary works.”

The event will cover:

  • Protecting your workforce - protecting your business

  • Protecting others - protecting the environment

  • What you need to do to get it right

  • The cost of getting it wrong

Please see the flyer below for more information and how to book

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Next HSE Inspection Initiative starts 17 June 2019

A little advanced warning based on an HSE Communication we recently received:


HSE CONSTRUCTION HEALTH INSPECTION INITIATIVE - 17 JUNE 2019

WHAT: Starting on 17 June, HSE will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative by visiting construction workplaces. This initiative will continue the focus on health, in particular the measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestossilica, wood and other dusts when carrying out common construction tasks.

WHY: Priority is often given to safety but thousands more workers suffer ill-health at work than are harmed by at-work accidents. Asbestos and dust are ‘slow killers’. HSE estimates that annually there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths a year. The construction industry accounts for around 3,500 of these with asbestos and silica the major causes. Construction businesses and workers need to be aware of how dangerous and hazardous to someone’s health such substances can be.

HOW: HSE inspectors will be looking to ensure those involved with construction projects know the risksproperly plan their work and use the right controls. For more information see:

Where poor standards are found, enforcement action will be taken. 

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It is a good idea to have arrangements in place in case of such a visit - e.g. sign the inspector into site.  They should be offered a brief induction to the Site and then accompanied by your Site Manager/Site Supervisor.  The relevant Company Manager overseeing the Site/Project should be notified of the visit as soon as possible.  Do your best to co-operate with the Inspector’s requests but if you do not know the answer to a specific question be honest about this and offer to find out the answer at our earliest opportunity.

Expect an Inspector to be asking to see copies of Refurbishment Surveys for Asbestos Information, and that any works where dusts might be created are being controlled - e.g. with on-tool extraction, dust suppressants, screens to prevent spread, mechanical extraction/ventilation, and that suitable Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is being worn correctly* for the dusts being created by the operative and anyone else in the immediate work area.  Also for any clean up activities, the expectation will be that a vacuum cleaner (minimum M type Hepa filtered) or that any sweeping will only be done once dampened down.

If you would like advice on any of the above, please get in touch.

Feedback from free Working Well Together Event on Asbestos

As trailed on an earlier post, the free Asbestos - Still out there - still a Killer event put on as part of Working Well Together took place on 30th April. The event was well attended and stressed just how much of an issue asbestos still is - with it appearing occasionally in products imported to the UK even now(!), and with an estimated 5000 deaths a year in the UK from related diseases. Key messages included:

  • anyone undertaking notifiable non-licensed work is required to have health monitoring;

  • if you are responsible for commercial premises, a reminder of your duty to manage asbestos, including:

    • take reasonable steps to find out if there are materials containing asbestos in non-domestic premises, and if so, its amount, where it is and what condition it is in.

    • make, and keep up-to-date, a record of the location and condition of the asbestos- containing materials - or materials which are presumed to contain asbestos.

    • assess the risk of anyone being exposed to fibres from the materials identified.

    • prepare a plan that sets out in detail how the risks from these materials will be managed.

    • take the necessary steps to put the plan into action.

    • periodically review and monitor the plan and the arrangements to act on it so that the plan remains relevant and up-to-date.

    • provide information on the location and condition of the materials to anyone who is liable to work on or disturb them.

  • If you undertake construction or premises maintenance works on pre-2000 buildings you need:

    • to ensure your workers have had the appropriate training, and that this is refreshed annually (see our Asbestos Awareness online training which is aimed at those who are not expected to actually work on asbestos containing materials but is to make them aware of the risks and help them spot such materials).

    • ensure the appropriate level of Pre Construction Information is available for the works you are undertaken e.g. Refurbishment Survey covering the work area and that this is up-to-date before starting works.

    • Where licensed removal works will be required, ensure that sufficient time is allowed for this in the project timeline as there is a minimum 14 day notice period to the HSE before such works start.

    • to have emergency procedures in place in case you accidentally disturb asbestos, and remember to report any such disturbances as Dangerous Occurrences under RIDDOR. You should also keep records indefinitely of anyone who may have been exposed to fibres.

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    If you need advice on any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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ASBESTOS Still out there - still a killer - Free Event 30/04/19

We will be attending the next in the excellent series of Working Well Together Events at the Bescott Stadium, Walsall on 30th April. It would be nice to see lots of people there to hear about the important subject of Asbestos. As per the flyer, the event will look at:

Protecting your workforce – protecting your business

Protecting others – protecting the environment

What you need to do to get it right

The cost of getting it wrong

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Feedback from the Working Well Together - Scaffolding & Work at Height Event

The free event run Under the Working Well Together Campaign on Tuesday 11th July 2017 looked at issues and developments relating to Scaffolding and Work at Height, with presentations / sessions on items such as: what the HSE looks for when they visit site and the very real human cost if things go wrong which is what we are all looking to avoid; information on tool tethering (with some scary videos on what can happen to a hard hat when tools drop from height showing why it is important); plenty of information regarding scaffolding (with a practical inspection exercise); tower scaffold and Podium demonstrations; other lower level solutions mainly used by bricklayers; what to look for when purchasing harnesses and inspection requirements; and safe ladder usage. 

From the scaffolding perspective, there are a few key documents that must be kept on site - a copy of the Scaffold Design or TG20 Compliance Sheet (unless it is a 'System Scaffold' in which case something confirming that would be good); Signed Handover Certificate; and Completed inspection records (inspections to be done by a Competent person every 7 days - good practice is also to attach Scafftags or similar to the scaffold).  Not having any of these could lead to HSE actions against you.