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Health & Safety Executive (HSE) determined to put the myths to bed!

With a view to counteracting the daft decisions being blamed on Health and Safety, the HSE has decided to publish a myth of the month webpage, backed up with a myth busters challenge panel. The panel allows you to check if Health & Safety does apply to situations, or it is being used to stop sensible activities going ahead. An example of a case they investigated was where an employer wanted all employees to wear high viz tabards even when their job was regarded as low risk. The panel quickly ruled that this was outside the remit of health and safety as their job was deemed to be low risk.

Just to reassure you all about some classic ones that most of you may have come across and think it is Health & safety gone mad – children do not need to wear googles when they are playing conkers and can still pin the tail on the donkey. Please follow the link to read more of the top 10 myth busters.

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Key US construction study concludes that a health & safety culture really does affect the bottom line

Worker using a still saw with no PPE gloves, googles and dust mask
US Worker using a still saw with no PPE gloves, googles and dust mask

Construction contractors who take safety seriously and invest more in worker safety really do achieve better profitability than contractors who spend less on safety, according to the results of a recent US survey.

More than 250 contractors participated in the survey, which was conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics (in partnership with the Center for Construction Research and Training and United Rentals).

The study measured contractors on 33 leading indicators to determine their place on the spectrum of safety culture. Thirty-two percent of contractors scored on the high end of the spectrum, 35 percent scored in the moderate level and 33 percent scored on the low end.

The key finding were that contractors who scored higher on the safety culture spectrum reported greater business benefits from their safety investments than contractors who scored on the lower end of the spectrum.

  • Improved project quality: 88 percent (upper end) versus 56 percent (lower end)
  • Improved staff retention: 79 percent (upper end) versus 45 percent (lower end)
  • Increased project return on investment: 75 percent (upper end) versus 38 percent (lower end)
  • Greater ability to attract new staff: 67 percent (upper end) versus 27 percent (lower end)

competent personIn addition the researchers compared these results to those of a similar survey conducted in 2012 and found that more contractors are recognising the role of workers in increasing project safety. Jobsite worker involvement scored as the most widely recognised aspect of a world-class safety program: 85 percent, an increase of 19 percentage points from the 2012 survey. Involve your workers in the process of safety on site and they will deliver.

Mosaic Management Systems provides health and safety site management software that offers you an online and flexible solution to on boarding, competency management, access control, asset management, stock control, fatigue management and toolbox talks.

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Construction industry deaths rise by almost a quarter from last years figures, says the Health & Safety Executive

The number of workers killed while performing their jobs in the UK construction industry grew by almost 23 per cent during last year, according to new data.

Figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows 43 workers died onsite in 2015/16 – up from 35 worker deaths in 2014/15 – This equals the average for the previous five years.

However, the annual Health and Safety Statistics report, due for release in November, is expected to outline that the rate of fatal injury in the sector has dropped from a five-year average of 2.04 per 100,000 workers to 1.94.

The long-term trend has seen the rate of fatalities more than halve over the past 20 years. However, the figures show that a total of 144 people were killed while at work in 2015/2016 – up from 142 in 2014/15.

The Health and Safety Executive has called on all sectors in industry to learn lessons to ensure workers return home safe from work.

Mosaic is used by the biggest names in the construction industry to manage a range of safety critical and competency issues on major infrastructure sites and projects.  Indeed, Mosaic is sometimes mandated by companies due to the significant role it plays in reducing site health and safety issues, security, improved productivity and time saved.

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