There is a lot more to Safeguarding than just getting the DBS checks done. It is recognised that the protection of vulnerable groups is an important issue and needs to be managed effectively. Vulnerable groups can include Children, Young Persons, Disabled Persons, and Elderly Persons, as well as other groups.
We have recently been creating Safeguarding policies for several of our clients who are working on site with (potentially) vulnerable groups. In some cases, this includes work in Schools or Colleges, in other cases it is work on playing fields. There are many other situations where appropriate and proportionate arrangements need to be in place.
We have a new member of staff (Jo) starting with us on Monday 21 May. Initially, Jo will be mainly office based and will be working on many of the third Party accreditation schemes (such as CHAS and Safecontractor) that we assist our clients with. Once up to speed with the way that we work, Jo will start making site visits and servicing a range of clients.
The £40,000 fine handed down to a scaffolding contractor serves as a reminder that even the simple act of Lorry Loading must be planned.
Derby Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 22nd February 2016 at a site in Chaddesden, 24-year-old [LG] was injured while scaffold fittings were being loaded into bins on the back of a lorry using the vehicle’s folding loader crane. The crane boom knocked him from the bed of the lorry to the ground, hurting his arms.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that Benchmark Scaffolding Ltd had failed to plan the lifting of scaffolding parts onto a lorry. The investigation also found that they failed to provide clear instructions and supervision and failed to ensure that the lifting of scaffold parts was carried out in a safe manner.
Benchmark Scaffolding Limited of Waterside Trading Estate, Hanwell, London pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(1) of the Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. It was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £1,968.63 and a victim surcharge of £170.
Failure to control reversing vehicles led to the supermarket chain Tesco being fined £1.6m following a prosecution brought by Ealing Council. The supermarket chain pleaded guilty to two health and safety offences (dating back to August 2014) when a Tesco driver reversed into a member of the public at the Tesco Metro store on Greenford Road loading bay. The victim suffered multiple serious and life-changing injuries after becoming wedged between the vehicle and loading bay.
Failure to control reversing vehicles
After an investigation, the council found Tesco had failed to assess the risk of vehicles and pedestrians using the premises’ car park and also failed to stop the driver from performing an unassisted reverse. Performing an unassisted reverse is against Tesco’s internal procedures, but the company has now made changes to Greenford Road car park which will ensure better public safety.
The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 came into force on 1 January 2018. These updated Regulations are supported by a new Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (ACoP). The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) set out an employer’s minimum legal duties, while the ACoP text and guidance give practical advice on how to comply with those Regulations.
The main changes since the last ACoP are:
- The dose limit for exposure to the lens of the eye has been reduced from 150 mSv to 20 mSv in a year.
- There is a new system of authorisation for work with ionising radiation – the higher the radiation protection risk, the greater the requirements. A three-tier system of regulatory control, notification, registration and consent has replaced the previous requirement for notification and prior authorisation. To notify, register or get consent from HSE, follow this link
- The requirement for notification has been changed to a lower level of activity than in IRR99.
- The definition of an outside worker has been broadened so that it includes both classified and non-classified workers.
- There is now a requirement to put procedures in place to estimate doses to members of the public.
- Guidance has been clarified regarding the duties of employees to co-operate with employers in meeting the requirements of these Regulations.
- Medical appeals by an employee are made to HSE within 28 days of the employee being notified of the appointed doctor’s decision. This has been introduced for consistency with other regulations.
A maintenance fitter died after he was trapped in a conveyor used a spare captive key (part of a safety interlock) to access a guarded enclosure and work on the machinery while it was still powered up. The use of the spare key led to the interlock guard bypass which led to the fatality.
The precast concrete products manufacturer CPM Group was fined £660,000 after a 43-year-old fitter [JB] was fatally crushed when the conveyor started moving as he was carrying out maintenance work at the company’s plant in Frome, Somerset in October 2016.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that JB’s supervisor had authorised the maintenance on the same day and issued a permit to work, which detailed the procedures to ensure work was carried out safely in the weigh bin area. But the supervisor failed to supervise the work and had not checked the control measures identified in the permit, including making sure the machinery was isolated and confirmed safe.
Stress is the focus of Mental Health Awareness Week this year. This is a subject that many businesses fail to deal with and yet it is one that affects many people.
Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place on 14 – 20 May 2018.
What resources are available?
If you’re running an event for Mental Health Awareness Week or even if you just want to raise awareness, maybe via your website or social media, there are some great free resources to help you – download social media graphics and posters that you can print.
I had my first meeting today with a new client. Although they have a fair bit to do, they are certainly up for the challenge, and it was pleasant to see how they received the messages. A significant focus is required (by them) on Active Monitoring, but I think that they will get this right quite quickly.
The Grenfell Tower Inquiry hearings schedule has been announced
Phase one will focus on the factual narrative of the events of the night of 14 June 2017. This will include:
- the existing fire safety and prevention measures at Grenfell Tower
- where and how the fire started
- the development of the fire and smoke
- how the fire and smoke spread from its original seat to other parts of the building
- the chain of events before the decision was made that there was no further savable life in the building
- the evacuation of residents