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Working Safely on Stairs | Stairwell Platform

Most of us probably don’t think twice about stairs. Whether at home or in public, you probably don’t spare them a second glance. But, if you work as a tradesperson, you’re likely well aware of the challenges posed when working on stairs, and how quickly underestimating them can lead to injury. Tradespeople are regularly required […]
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Inspection Pit Safety: What Can You Do?

Inspection pits are a common sight in most commercial garages, transport depots, and other facilities which regularly need to access the underside of vehicles. Despite their ubiquitous nature, inspection pits continue to pose a risk to those who work both in and around them. Although they are below ground level, falls into inspection pits are […]
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Excavation Safety: What to Look Out For

There are numerous reasons why you might need to excavate earth. For example, vital utilities such as cables and pipes are buried to protect both property and the public. Utilities engineers must regularly excavate earth in public areas to reach this buried equipment. As with work on roofs and raised areas, when these trenches have been dug, […]
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Tackling the Risks Posed by Loft Work

It’s safe to say that most people don’t really think about their loft often. Most rarely ever venture up there, usually to retrieve Christmas decorations or other junk. However, many types of domestic works often require access to the loft or attic spaces of homes. Whether it is work on hot water tanks, telecoms maintenance, […]
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Working at Height Regulations: How to be Compliant

In 2005 The Work at Height Regulations were enforced to assure safer standards of working across industries. But what does it mean to be compliant? Let’s break this down into bitesize chunks... Firstly, what IS working at height? According to the HSE, working at height means working in any place where if there were no […]
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Safe Working at Height on Roofs

It can be extremely dangerous working on a roof, and severe safety precautions are necessary to prevent falling from a height, which can result in severe and sometimes permanent injury, if not fatalities. Injuries from working at heights cause more work-related injuries than any other work-related incidents and therefore, shouldn’t be taken lightly – not […]
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Beware of Fragile Roofs

Falls from height are the largest cause of death and serious accident in construction and roof accidents account for around 25% of these. On average 9 people are killed every year from falling through fragile roofs or fragile roof lights. Many others suffer serious permanent injuries.One of the issues faced by the construction industry is […]
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How to Keep Your Business on Track During the COVID-19 Storm

COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly around the world. Almost every country has reported cases. The outbreak is already having a damaging economic impact on businesses, affecting everything from tourism to the supply of parts to the automotive and technology industries. Whether the pandemic ends within a month or two or stretches into the long-term, business […]
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The Two Things That Will Save Your Life When Working at Height

Did you know that working at height was the most frequent cause of fatal accidents to workers in 2018/2019, accounting for 27% of the total. According to the latest HSE statistics, there were also 69,208 non-fatal accidents involving falls from height across all industries. Over 60% of deaths during work at height involve falls from ladders, […]
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Working in a Loft Space Counts as Working at Height

Working in a loft space counts as Working at Height according to the Working at Height Safety Directive, especially if there is a stairwell below, with a large distance to fall. Whatever motivates you to access your attic, it’s a place where accidents can easily happen: getting up there, getting back down, and going about […]
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