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Construction Industry Health and Safety Training

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Construction Industry Health and Safety Training – without it you will not find work.

Health Safety FinesThe UK Contractors Group (UKCG) is the primary association for contractors operating in the UK and work closely with the CBI Construction Council.

One of their UKCG’s primary aims is to improve the Health & Safety Training Standards for directors, supervisors and operatives and of course the overall safety construction workers throughout the UK. With is some of the largest construction companies in the country being members of the UKCG it is hardly surprising that they have such an influence in the industry.

Lebreton Training wholeheartedly supports the UKCG in their position that by improving health and safety training standards injury, illness and lives can be saved.

The construction industry is definitely in agreement with the major players already having signed up to the UKCG’s requirement for its members. The UKCG require members to comply with their health and safety charter. Most notable parts of this charter are companies are required to achieve a fully qualified workforce and ensure all supervisors on UKCG sites have the necessary skills to supervise effectively.

So what does all this mean for construction workers?

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Health and Safety to Focus on Construction Industry

fee for intervention scheme

In moves recently announced by the Government from April 2013 the emphasis for Health & Safety Inspections will be firmly moved from lower risk areas such as shops, offices, clubs and pubs. The emphasis for inspections will be firmly aimed at industries such as construction and manufacturing and any industry that is deemed to be high risk. In addition any business with a poor record will continue to receive the current level of inspections from the HSE.

Why the Change?

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Huge Fines Issued by Health & Safety Executive

Health & Safety Fines and How to Avoid Them

Health Safety FinesI am sure most business owners and employers are aware that they are legally obliged to ensure that their employees and also the general public are protected from accidents, sickness or injury from work related hazards.

But are businesses also truly aware of the extent of the potential penalties surrounding breaches in Health & Safety procedures. Not only could you be putting yourself, your employees and the general public at risk but you could also be putting your business at serious financial risk and even management and directors being personally prosecuted.

Here are a few recent examples of some cases that the HSE prosecuted recently in the West Midlands.

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Health & Safety Executive Introduce Fee for Intervention Scheme

fee for intervention shemeFee for Intervention Scheme (FFI)

‘Fee for Intervention’ is a new scheme introduced by the Health & Safety Executive which came into force on the 1st October 2012. The FFI scheme enables the Health & Safety Executive to recover costs incurred for carrying out its regulatory functions.

What Does This Mean For Your Business

Put simply this means that they will be able to charge the businesses that they regulate an hourly fee of £124 to offset the costs of the inspection and time taken to resolve any breaches in Health & Safety legislation.

Don’t panic though this does not mean that all businesses that have an inspection from the Health & Safety Executive are going to be presented with an invoice for £124 per hour.

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Abrasive Wheels Marking System

The abrasive wheels marking system is one of the methods in place to help ensure the safe use of abrasive wheels. Understanding the abrasive wheels marking system is one of the topics covered on abrasive wheels training courses. It is integral to choosing the correct abrasive wheel for machine and task.

An Abrasive Wheel is a man-made wheel used for cutting or grinding that consists of abrasive particles bonded. There are different types of abrasive wheels which are made for different tasks. Some wheels are more suited to non-precision based work and some more suited to precision based work. Some wheels are designed for hand-held machinery such as a grinder and some wheels are designed for machinery.

Knowing which wheel to use for each task and type of machinery is a vital skill that is part of abrasive wheel training.

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Abrasive Wheels Safety Training

Abrasive Wheels Safety TrainingAbrasive wheels training courses are essential in reducing work place related injuries in the engineering and industrial sectors or indeed for anyone operating machinery that use abrasive wheels. Abrasive wheels safety training is in fact a legal requirement for anyone working with abrasive wheels.

So who use Abrasive Wheels?

Abrasive wheels are usually found to be used in the construction industry and in engineering. Nearly 50% of accidents involving abrasive wheels involve operator error or unsafe system of work. The HSE guidelines require that sufficient Health & Safety Training is in place to reduce the risks of accident and injuries. As you can imagine an accident involving a high-speed spinning wheel are very likely to cause a significant injury to the operator.If sufficient training is not in place you can be open to prosecution by the HSE.

If sufficient training is not in place you can be open to prosecution by the HSE.

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