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  • The Health and Safety Executive’s Fee for Intervention Explained

    It seems that the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is looking for ways to recover its cost with the Fee for Intervention (FFI) which was first introduced in October 2012 as a means of passing on the costs of regulating health and safety in the workplace costs to the businesses that are breaking the law.  This is to ensure that the costs of intervention by the HSE are paid by violators of healt...

  • Keep your Construction Industry Apprentices Safe at Work

    With modern apprenticeships on the increase, the construction industry is one of the sectors that can benefit from the apprenticeship scheme as we strive to build the army of skilled workers the UK will need for the future.  With the skills shortage still being cited as one of the biggest threats to construction work here in Britain, construction companies are being encouraged to take on apprentic...

  • Combustible Dust Fire Safety

    We’ve already published several articles about the dangers of construction dust, especially those that are derived from asbestos containing materials (ACMs) which still pose a very real danger here in the UK despite the total ban on the use of asbestos in 1999.  This is because asbestos was widely used in building materials until the ban and it continues to present a danger for those working on re...

  • Work at Height Rescue Operations – Part Two

    A couple of weeks ago one or our articles dealt with the subject of suspension trauma (aka orthostatic intolerance or harness hang syndrome) - what it is and why it presents such a risk when a worker has had a fall stopped by a fall arrest system.  A rapid rescue response is vital to prevent permanent damage or even death when a worker is suspended in this way as the blood supply to the legs i

Safety Fabrications Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 day ago

New blog articles detected

  • The Health and Safety Executive’s Fee for Intervention Explained

    It seems that the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is looking for ways to recover its cost with the Fee for Intervention (FFI) which was first introduced in October 2012 as a means of passing on the costs of regulating health and safety in the workplace costs to the businesses that are breaking the law.  This is to ensure that the costs of intervention by the HSE are paid by violators of healt...

  • Keep your Construction Industry Apprentices Safe at Work

    With modern apprenticeships on the increase, the construction industry is one of the sectors that can benefit from the apprenticeship scheme as we strive to build the army of skilled workers the UK will need for the future.  With the skills shortage still being cited as one of the biggest threats to construction work here in Britain, construction companies are being encouraged to take on apprentic...

  • Combustible Dust Fire Safety

    We’ve already published several articles about the dangers of construction dust, especially those that are derived from asbestos containing materials (ACMs) which still pose a very real danger here in the UK despite the total ban on the use of asbestos in 1999.  This is because asbestos was widely used in building materials until the ban and it continues to present a danger for those working on re...

  • Work at Height Rescue Operations – Part Two

    A couple of weeks ago one or our articles dealt with the subject of suspension trauma (aka orthostatic intolerance or harness hang syndrome) - what it is and why it presents such a risk when a worker has had a fall stopped by a fall arrest system.  A rapid rescue response is vital to prevent permanent damage or even death when a worker is suspended in this way as the blood supply to the legs i

Safety Fabrications Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 week ago

New blog articles detected

  • Crisis – What (Housing) Crisis?

    It seems that under David Cameron’s government housebuilding here in the UK fell to the lowest level of any peacetime prime minister since the 1920s, despite the burgeoning housing crisis we’re experiencing, especially in our cities.  The number of home owners fell by more than 200,000 while homelessness increased exponentially.  According to Tim Roache, General Secretary of GMB (Britain’s General...

  • Challenges for the Construction Industry in 2017

    We’re a month into 2017 right now and living in some uncertain political and economic times, what with last year’s Brexit vote and a seeming sea-change across the Pond in America.  2017 will certainly be an interesting year for the UK as a nation and for the construction industry here as we face the changes that are sure to come.  Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the challenges that ge...

  • Accidents at Work in Construction Cost More than Money

    Here at Safety Fabrications we’re well aware that the construction industry is one of the most risky to work in with 1 in every 17,000 suffering an accident – the only industry with a higher incidence of accidents is mining and quarrying.  The ten most common types of injury in the workplace are as follows:

  • Work at Height Rescue Operations – Part One

    Last week we ran an article on suspension trauma (aka orthostatic intolerance or harness hang syndrome) - what it is and why it presents such a danger when a worker has had a fall arrested by a fall arrest system.  Swift rescue is essential to prevent permanent damage or even death when a worker is suspended in this way because the fall protection harness cuts off the blood supply to the legs.

Safety Fabrications Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 week ago

New blog articles detected

  • Crisis – What (Housing) Crisis?

    It seems that under David Cameron’s government housebuilding here in the UK fell to the lowest level of any peacetime prime minister since the 1920s, despite the burgeoning housing crisis we’re experiencing, especially in our cities.  The number of home owners fell by more than 200,000 while homelessness increased exponentially.  According to Tim Roache, General Secretary of GMB (Britain’s General...

  • Challenges for the Construction Industry in 2017

    We’re a month into 2017 right now and living in some uncertain political and economic times, what with last year’s Brexit vote and a seeming sea-change across the Pond in America.  2017 will certainly be an interesting year for the UK as a nation and for the construction industry here as we face the changes that are sure to come.  Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the challenges that ge...

  • Accidents at Work in Construction Cost More than Money

    Here at Safety Fabrications we’re well aware that the construction industry is one of the most risky to work in with 1 in every 17,000 suffering an accident – the only industry with a higher incidence of accidents is mining and quarrying.  The ten most common types of injury in the workplace are as follows:

  • Work at Height Rescue Operations – Part One

    Last week we ran an article on suspension trauma (aka orthostatic intolerance or harness hang syndrome) - what it is and why it presents such a danger when a worker has had a fall arrested by a fall arrest system.  Swift rescue is essential to prevent permanent damage or even death when a worker is suspended in this way because the fall protection harness cuts off the blood supply to the legs.

Safety Fabrications Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 weeks ago

New blog articles detected

  • Safety Ladders News Roundup – January, 2017

    Ladders and ladder safety hit the headlines on a regular basis here in Britain so we offer our readers a regular news roundup blog for ladder related news stories.  Once a month, one of our blog posts deals with from the past month that deal with ladders of all types.  It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here.  Please join in by adding your comm...

  • Letting the (Construction) Dust Settle

    As we settle down into a brand new year, here in the UK, many of us may already have forgotten any new year’s resolutions we made, others may be struggling to keep them and the lucky ones will have found the willpower necessary to carry on with the change regardless.  For construction company owners, the New Year is a great time to implement strategies and changes that will result in both the grow...

  • How to Make Sure your Work Equipment is Safe to Use

    Here in the UK we have a wide range of laws, guides, codes and standards that were designed to help ensure that equipment provided for use at work is in a safe condition.  The legislation aims to make sure that purchased equipment is fit for the task and safe to use.  Once the equipment has been purchased, then there are separate regulations to ensure that once the equipment is installed or in pla...

Safety Fabrications Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 weeks ago

New blog articles detected

  • Safety Ladders News Roundup – January, 2017

    Ladders and ladder safety hit the headlines on a regular basis here in Britain so we offer our readers a regular news roundup blog for ladder related news stories.  Once a month, one of our blog posts deals with from the past month that deal with ladders of all types.  It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here.  Please join in by adding your comm...

  • Letting the (Construction) Dust Settle

    As we settle down into a brand new year, here in the UK, many of us may already have forgotten any new year’s resolutions we made, others may be struggling to keep them and the lucky ones will have found the willpower necessary to carry on with the change regardless.  For construction company owners, the New Year is a great time to implement strategies and changes that will result in both the grow...

  • How to Make Sure your Work Equipment is Safe to Use

    Here in the UK we have a wide range of laws, guides, codes and standards that were designed to help ensure that equipment provided for use at work is in a safe condition.  The legislation aims to make sure that purchased equipment is fit for the task and safe to use.  Once the equipment has been purchased, then there are separate regulations to ensure that once the equipment is installed or in pla...

Safety Fabrications Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 weeks ago

New blog articles detected

  • Suspension Trauma when Working at Height

    One of the methods of protecting workers from a fall is fall arrest which relies on personal protective equipment (PPE), including a fall protection harness and lanyard which connects a worker to an anchor point.  Should the worker fall, the lanyard absorbs the energy of the fall and the worker is prevented from hitting the ground.  Once the fall has been arrested the worker is left suspended in t...

  • Powering Ahead with the Northern Powerhouse Plans

    Back last August we published an article on the Northern Powerhouse and the concerns being felt at the time about what would happen with the Northern Powerhouse post-Brexit.  Some commentators at the time were expressing their worry that plans to boost economic growth in the North of England, especially in the cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.  As part of the North East bu

  • Late Payment Damages Sub-contractors

    According to a report published late last year, some of the big property developers here in the UK are taking so long to pay smaller construction companies that it’s putting them at risk of bankruptcy!  On average, it takes the larger property developers 56 days to pay their sub-contractors – this is two days later than last year’s average and this is causing smaller sub-contractors to experience ...

  • Is the UK Skills Shortage About to get Worse?

    Despite plenty of dire forecasts after last summer’s Referendum and warnings that things were about to get very tricky, many of us here in the UK’s construction industry have felt little effect of the leave vote as yet.  Things are set to change, however, especially in light of the fact that last week saw the government publish a bill to trigger Article 50 which is the beginning of the end for Bri...

  • Joint Construction Projects - Conclusion

    Over the past six weeks we’ve published a series of articles on joint construction projects as the building industry here in the UK faces a future in which large infrastructure projects will require a level of collaboration in order to be accomplished.

  • Industry Event Alert – the UK Concrete Show 2017

    Europe’s foremost specialist concrete event is due to take place at the NEC in Birmingham on February 15th and 16th, 2017, so don’t miss out on the chance to register for your free tickets.  With nearly two hundred exhibitors and product categories on display, the show promises to provide visitors with exciting new features, including a Live BIM for Concrete interactive visitor experience, as well...

  • Have your Say in how Brexit will Impact the UK Construction Sector

    While many of us make New Year resolutions at the beginning of the year, these t end to usually be of a personal nature.  Health and safety professionals here in the UK are being urged to make some New Year resolutions of a more professional nature in order to e4nsure that 2017 proves to be a prosperous and productive year.  Some of the areas that could be considered when it comes to making change...

  • Changes on the Way for the Construction Industry Training Board

    In October of last year we brought you some news on the changes that were on the way to how the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) funds training here in the UK.  Charged with the power to collect annual levy payments and use the funds to provide training grants and services that support the UK construction industry, the CITB is a non-departmental public body of the Department of Business...

  • Second Hand Ladders Put Domestic Users at Risk

    Some homeowners are putting themselves at risk by buying second hand ladders, particularly those who only need to use a ladder on the odd occastion.  You could be tempted to pick up a used ladder at the dump, especially if it looks intact and as if there’s nothing wrong with it.  Or you may even get a ladder donated by a friend or family member who has replaced an old ladder with a shiny new model...

  • New Construction Minister, Lord Prior – Let us Introduce You

    We’re living in uncertain times here in the UK, a time of change as we wonder what the future brings with our government making preparations to leave the European Union following last summer’s Brexit vote in the European Referendum.  With no clear statements from the government on the form that Brexit will take and how life is likely to change for us here in the UK, many of us across all sectors a...

Safety Fabrications Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 weeks ago

New blog articles detected

  • New Construction Minister, Lord Prior – Let us Introduce You

    We’re living in uncertain times here in the UK, a time of change as we wonder what the future brings with our government making preparations to leave the European Union following last summer’s Brexit vote in the European Referendum.  With no clear statements from the government on the form that Brexit will take and how life is likely to change for us here in the UK, many of us across all sectors a...

  • Suspension Trauma when Working at Height

    One of the methods of protecting workers from a fall is fall arrest which relies on personal protective equipment (PPE), including a fall protection harness and lanyard which connects a worker to an anchor point.  Should the worker fall, the lanyard absorbs the energy of the fall and the worker is prevented from hitting the ground.  Once the fall has been arrested the worker is left suspended in t...

  • Powering Ahead with the Northern Powerhouse Plans

    Back last August we published an article on the Northern Powerhouse and the concerns being felt at the time about what would happen with the Northern Powerhouse post-Brexit.  Some commentators at the time were expressing their worry that plans to boost economic growth in the North of England, especially in the cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.  As part of the North East bu

  • Late Payment Damages Sub-contractors

    According to a report published late last year, some of the big property developers here in the UK are taking so long to pay smaller construction companies that it’s putting them at risk of bankruptcy!  On average, it takes the larger property developers 56 days to pay their sub-contractors – this is two days later than last year’s average and this is causing smaller sub-contractors to experience ...

  • Is the UK Skills Shortage About to get Worse?

    Despite plenty of dire forecasts after last summer’s Referendum and warnings that things were about to get very tricky, many of us here in the UK’s construction industry have felt little effect of the leave vote as yet.  Things are set to change, however, especially in light of the fact that last week saw the government publish a bill to trigger Article 50 which is the beginning of the end for Bri...

  • Joint Construction Projects - Conclusion

    Over the past six weeks we’ve published a series of articles on joint construction projects as the building industry here in the UK faces a future in which large infrastructure projects will require a level of collaboration in order to be accomplished.

  • Industry Event Alert – the UK Concrete Show 2017

    Europe’s foremost specialist concrete event is due to take place at the NEC in Birmingham on February 15th and 16th, 2017, so don’t miss out on the chance to register for your free tickets.  With nearly two hundred exhibitors and product categories on display, the show promises to provide visitors with exciting new features, including a Live BIM for Concrete interactive visitor experience, as well...

  • Have your Say in how Brexit will Impact the UK Construction Sector

    While many of us make New Year resolutions at the beginning of the year, these t end to usually be of a personal nature.  Health and safety professionals here in the UK are being urged to make some New Year resolutions of a more professional nature in order to e4nsure that 2017 proves to be a prosperous and productive year.  Some of the areas that could be considered when it comes to making change...

  • Changes on the Way for the Construction Industry Training Board

    In October of last year we brought you some news on the changes that were on the way to how the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) funds training here in the UK.  Charged with the power to collect annual levy payments and use the funds to provide training grants and services that support the UK construction industry, the CITB is a non-departmental public body of the Department of Business...

  • Second Hand Ladders Put Domestic Users at Risk

    Some homeowners are putting themselves at risk by buying second hand ladders, particularly those who only need to use a ladder on the odd occastion.  You could be tempted to pick up a used ladder at the dump, especially if it looks intact and as if there’s nothing wrong with it.  Or you may even get a ladder donated by a friend or family member who has replaced an old ladder with a shiny new model...

Safety Fabrications Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 4 months ago

New blog articles detected

  • Fall Protection Planning – An Overview

    In the year 2014 – 2015, according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics, more than half of the fatal injuries in the workplace could be grouped into three different categories:

  • Construction Managers – Why You Should Invest in Wearables

    Last week we took a look at the increase in wearable technology, the way in which this new market is developing so rapidly and how this new technology has been making a headway into the construction industry.  We discovered that new and innovative smart sensors can be used to gain an insight into health and safety in the workplace and to monitor individual members of staff in order to ensure safet...

  • Asbestos Risks in the Construction Industry

    The use of asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACMs) was totally banned in the UK in the year 2000.  However, that was less than fifteen years ago and this doesn’t mean that asbestos is no longer causing a problem.  Asbestos was commonly used in the construction industry in the UK until then and, as many of us know, most of the buildings in the UK were built before the date of the ban.  Th...

  • Wearable Safety Solutions for the Construction Industry

    At the beginning of this year we took a look at some of the new technology that began to make a headway into the construction industry in 2015, keeping you, our readers, bang up to date with all the latest news and developments within our sector.  One of the new and innovative technologies we mentioned at that time was wearable smart sensors which can be used to gain an insight into health and saf...

  • Working at Height – Getting it Right when it Comes to Health and Safety

    Despite stringent health and safety regulations that govern working at height here in the UK, this is still considered the most dangerous occupation even though statistics clearly demonstrate a year on year reduction of accidents and incidents.  This is because any incident which involves working at height is likely to result in an injury of some sort, whether serious or not.  Even falling from th...

  • Sheer Heart Attack - Defibrillators in the Workplace

    Here in the construction industry we’re all well aware of just how important health and safety in the workplace is – after all, we work in one of the most dangerous industries, especially those of us who work at height using ladders and other access equipment.  First aid training is essential for any business operating in construction and keeping up to date with first aid procedures is achieved by...

Safety Fabrications Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 4 months ago

New blog articles detected

  • Fall Protection Planning – An Overview

    In the year 2014 – 2015, according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics, more than half of the fatal injuries in the workplace could be grouped into three different categories:

  • Construction Managers – Why You Should Invest in Wearables

    Last week we took a look at the increase in wearable technology, the way in which this new market is developing so rapidly and how this new technology has been making a headway into the construction industry.  We discovered that new and innovative smart sensors can be used to gain an insight into health and safety in the workplace and to monitor individual members of staff in order to ensure safet...

  • Asbestos Risks in the Construction Industry

    The use of asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACMs) was totally banned in the UK in the year 2000.  However, that was less than fifteen years ago and this doesn’t mean that asbestos is no longer causing a problem.  Asbestos was commonly used in the construction industry in the UK until then and, as many of us know, most of the buildings in the UK were built before the date of the ban.  Th...

  • Wearable Safety Solutions for the Construction Industry

    At the beginning of this year we took a look at some of the new technology that began to make a headway into the construction industry in 2015, keeping you, our readers, bang up to date with all the latest news and developments within our sector.  One of the new and innovative technologies we mentioned at that time was wearable smart sensors which can be used to gain an insight into health and saf...

  • Working at Height – Getting it Right when it Comes to Health and Safety

    Despite stringent health and safety regulations that govern working at height here in the UK, this is still considered the most dangerous occupation even though statistics clearly demonstrate a year on year reduction of accidents and incidents.  This is because any incident which involves working at height is likely to result in an injury of some sort, whether serious or not.  Even falling from th...

  • Sheer Heart Attack - Defibrillators in the Workplace

    Here in the construction industry we’re all well aware of just how important health and safety in the workplace is – after all, we work in one of the most dangerous industries, especially those of us who work at height using ladders and other access equipment.  First aid training is essential for any business operating in construction and keeping up to date with first aid procedures is achieved by...

Safety Fabrications Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

New blog articles detected

  • How To Use An Extension Ladder Safely for Domestic Work

    With the end of summer here in the UK fast approaching, many of us will be attending to outdoor jobs to make sure our outdoor spaces are ready to face the coming winter without suffering too much damage from the weather.  If you’re planning on doing any cleaning or maintenance work that involves the use of extension ladders, then use our handy guide to ensure that risks are kept to a minimum.  Usi...

  • Health and Safety at Work Success – Treat it as an Olympic Sport

    Health and safety is an issue that we take very seriously here at Safety Fabrications – after all, we manufacture safe access equipment for those who work at height and we appreciate that working at height is one of the most dangerous jobs around, despite strict health and safety regulations designed to minimise the risks involved.  Occupational health and safety specialists would do well to take ...

Safety Fabrications Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

New blog articles detected

  • How To Use An Extension Ladder Safely for Domestic Work

    With the end of summer here in the UK fast approaching, many of us will be attending to outdoor jobs to make sure our outdoor spaces are ready to face the coming winter without suffering too much damage from the weather.  If you’re planning on doing any cleaning or maintenance work that involves the use of extension ladders, then use our handy guide to ensure that risks are kept to a minimum.  Usi...

  • Health and Safety at Work Success – Treat it as an Olympic Sport

    Health and safety is an issue that we take very seriously here at Safety Fabrications – after all, we manufacture safe access equipment for those who work at height and we appreciate that working at height is one of the most dangerous jobs around, despite strict health and safety regulations designed to minimise the risks involved.  Occupational health and safety specialists would do well to take ...

Safety Fabrications Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

New blog articles detected

  • Half of Construction Industry Professionals Report a Slump since Brexit

    Here at Safety Fabrications we make sure that we keep our finger on the construction industry’s pulse so that we can bring you, our readers, all the latest news that’s likely to affect the industry as a whole or any of its sub sectors.  During the run up to the summer’s EU Referendum we scoured the news to keep our readers up to date with the views and predictions of the construction industry’s mo...

  • Fit Shock Absorbers in your Work Boots for Extra Safety and Comfort when Working at Height

    We’ve already stressed just how important it is when working at height to wear the correct footwear.  Scaffolders and other workers who use ladders or work at height need to make sure that they have the appropriate work boots, not only to ensure safety, but to make sure they are able to work in comfort all day.

  • Asbestos Dangers in Cconstruction – Mesothelioma Explained

    The initial symptoms of mesothelioma are fairly non-specific in nature and can be mistaken for other conditions such as persistent pneumonia or gastronomical disorders.  Some patients exhibit no symptoms at all so evaluation and diagnosis is often delayed.   When diagnosing mesothelioma, physicians need to use a review of the patient’s medical history and must taken into account any past exposure ...

  • UK Employer Health and Safety Requirements

    Employers in the UK are legally bound to ensure that their work/business premises are safe for the employees to work in and that injuries sustained while working are kept  to a minimum.  The Employer’s responsibilities for health and safety in the workplace are described in detail in the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.  Every employer has a ‘duty of care’ to ensure the health, safety and w...

Safety Fabrications Limited

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

New blog articles detected

  • Half of Construction Industry Professionals Report a Slump since Brexit

    Here at Safety Fabrications we make sure that we keep our finger on the construction industry’s pulse so that we can bring you, our readers, all the latest news that’s likely to affect the industry as a whole or any of its sub sectors.  During the run up to the summer’s EU Referendum we scoured the news to keep our readers up to date with the views and predictions of the construction industry’s mo...

  • Fit Shock Absorbers in your Work Boots for Extra Safety and Comfort when Working at Height

    We’ve already stressed just how important it is when working at height to wear the correct footwear.  Scaffolders and other workers who use ladders or work at height need to make sure that they have the appropriate work boots, not only to ensure safety, but to make sure they are able to work in comfort all day.

  • Asbestos Dangers in Cconstruction – Mesothelioma Explained

    The initial symptoms of mesothelioma are fairly non-specific in nature and can be mistaken for other conditions such as persistent pneumonia or gastronomical disorders.  Some patients exhibit no symptoms at all so evaluation and diagnosis is often delayed.   When diagnosing mesothelioma, physicians need to use a review of the patient’s medical history and must taken into account any past exposure ...

  • UK Employer Health and Safety Requirements

    Employers in the UK are legally bound to ensure that their work/business premises are safe for the employees to work in and that injuries sustained while working are kept  to a minimum.  The Employer’s responsibilities for health and safety in the workplace are described in detail in the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.  Every employer has a ‘duty of care’ to ensure the health, safety and w...

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