Safety & Access

Life after an Accident

August 22nd, 2017

Life after an Accident

  Paul Blanchard works as a motivational and behavioural safety speaker. Having been in a major accident falling from height several years ago while fixing a roof at a farm, Paul speaks on the emotional perspective of why Health and Safety is not just about ticking boxes. Paul’s story is really about the realisation that…

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The Importance of Ties

July 10th, 2017

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The purpose of ties is to restrain the scaffolding standards in a vertical position so they can carry the weight of the structure, the boards, personnel and materials without buckling. During its operational lifetime, a scaffold may be subjected to high winds that will attempt to push it towards the building, pull it away or…

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Use of Gin Wheels

July 10th, 2017

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When using and installing gin wheels they must: • Have been inspected within the last 6 months and have clear identification • They are in good condition and run freely with no visible signs of corrosion • The edge of wheel is free from any sharp edge that could damage the rope • The tube…

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CITB launches training assessor drive

April 24th, 2017

CITB launches training assessor drive

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is funding a £600,000 programme to help hundreds of people to become qualified on-site training assessors.   The assessor infrastructure project is designed to increase the number of on-site training assessors available across Great Britain. This in turn will increase the number of construction workers holding nationally recognised qualifications,…

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Scaffolding Apprenticeship Sign Up

April 6th, 2017

Scaffolding Apprenticeship Sign Up

We have Fantastic news for you, Safety & Access have secured another contract to be able to deliver the 11 week CISRS Scaffolding Apprenticeship programme at our Nottingham Centre starting in May 2017. Don’t miss out on the great opportunity before the changes come into force from the end of April 2017.  An employers contributions of…

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Toolbox Talk – Joints in Standards and Ledgers

April 4th, 2017

Toolbox Talk – Joints in Standards and Ledgers

Joints in Standards and Ledgers  A joint is required wherever a standard, ledger or guardrail is too long to be formed from a single tube Joints should be made with sleeve couplers. Expanding joint pins may be used in standards only but are not preferred and should not be used where tension could occur unless…

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A Wigan scaffolder has been sentenced after scaffolding collapsed at a retail site

March 22nd, 2017

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North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard how Mr. ***** a scaffolder had been subcontracted to erect a scaffold, with debris netting attached along its full length, for roofing work on a Co-Op retail store. Mr. ***** erected the scaffold with two of his employees, on 19 November 2015 but did not design the scaffold correctly or…

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Edge protection in accordance with BSEN13374

March 9th, 2017

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Temporary edge protection is used in the construction works, primarily to prevent persons and objects from falling to a lower level from working surface, sloped or flat. An edge protection system shall consist of a principal guardrail plus either an intermediate guard rail or an intermediate protection. It shall also be possible to attach a…

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THINK – Put your phone away while driving

March 9th, 2017

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We’ve all got a responsibility to keep our roads safe. For professional drivers following the law is more important than ever. The consequences for not following the rules could result in you losing your vocational licence, or in the worst case causing a fatal accident. From March 1st 2017, the penalties for driver caught using…

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Oldham building contractor in court over fall from height risk

March 9th, 2017

Oldham building contractor in court over fall from height risk

An Oldham based building firm has been fined for exposing its workers to dangerous work at height. An Inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued an immediate Prohibition Notice ordering *********** Homes Ltd to stop work at a site at Newmarket Road, Ashton under Lyne until workers had protection against falling from height….

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