Simply Put – Risk Assessments

‘Simply Put’. In this series, we’re going to be taking a simpler look at some of the key phrases and ideas we frequently come across in health and safety. – such as Risk Assessment.

At the heart of our company’s ethos is the desire to provide helpful, practical advice. Part of that comes from speaking in plain English and avoiding unnecessary jargon. However, at one of our recent training courses, we were struck by the fact that there are some words and phrases we all use without necessarily thinking about what they really mean. Continue reading

Spotlight On – The HSL’s GRIP Scheme

The HSL’s GRIP Scheme

We come across slips, trips, and falls more often than we’d like to. Infact, they remain the most common cause of major injuries to employees. This got us looking at the HSL’s GRIP Scheme, and how this might help reduce the number of incidents. We thought we’d share what we found about it in this week’s Spotlight On article.

GRIP Scheme

The HSL’s GRIP Scheme is a system for rating the level of slip resistance provided by footwear in the workplace. It has been developed by HSL as a proactive step towards reducing slips in the workplace. If a manufacturer choses to participate in the scheme, their footwear is given a GRIP rating from 1 – 5 Stars, following rigorous testing.

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Work at Height Health and Safety – Workers Fined for lack of Safety

Work at height safety – failure to provide a safe work platform is a dangerous way to work at height. In this case, the lack of a suitable and safe work platform for work at height safety led to two managers being prosecuted.

In this case, two industrial estate managers were each fined £8000 after they attached 15 wooden pallets to the forks of a forklift truck so that they could reach a street light that was 9 metres up in the air. Lancaster City Council prosecuted Jonathan Shaw and Stephen Fawcett after investigating a report from a passer-by, who saw the men fixing the light on Vickers Industrial Estate in Morecombe.

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Wind Farm Health and Safety

As a Health and Safety consultancy, we do involved in some very interesting projects. We are involved in site safety on some windfarm projects at the moment.

It seems obvious, but ….

….. windfarms get built in windy places!

That creates all sorts of problems for the contractors to overcome. In the winter time, wind, rain, snow and ice are routine issues. In the summer time, the issues change to include high winds, heat, sunshine and (of course) rain. Like all aspects of health and safety they need to be managed. Over the next few weeks I’ll be blogging about some of the issues that arise. I will be uploading some photos to demonstrate the size of the sites and to make the points more accessible to all.

When you lift the blades for a wind turbine into the air, you really do not want much wind – things can get very interesting and (in the world of health and safety) interesting is not always a good thing!

Hagrid has been working over in County Antrim (November to mid-February) on one particular project while Ray has started working up in the very North of Scotland on another project. Again, most of the locations tend to be remote. Site access in all cases requires though and care. Large vehicles need to access these sites to deliver components – these include large cranes to lift the various sections into place.

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