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A construction company based in Manchester has been fined after much of a three-bedroom domestic property in Stretford collapsed during a loft conversion and ground floor extension work. The construction company pleaded guilty and was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,000. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that the company had been carrying out [...]

Moving plant on construction sites

Moving objects are among the 10 most hazardous activities on a construction site. These include heavy plant, diggers, mechanical lifting equipment, dumpers skip lorry’s etc. To reduce the risks of operating plant on your construction site click on our risk assessment: Moving plant on construction sites

Electrical Risk Assessment

Working with electrics and around electrics on a construction site falls within the top 10 most hazardous and risk activities.  We have all heard of operatives receiving an electric shock without sustaining serious injury or death, however electric shocks can and do kill people. An electric shock may cause a fall at height and intern [...]

Safety eye googles

Having seen this sign in a factory some thirty years ago. It really made an impression on me as a young builder. It is a brutal message that does not hold back. Thirty years on it is with sadness I read about a case in Bradford. A young apprentice decorator struck a PVC panel with [...]

Keeping all staff safe from exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos is without doubt one of the biggest hazards and creates one of the biggest risks to construction workers health. The Health and Safety Executive estimates that about 5,000 people die every year from asbestos caused cancers. Large amounts of asbestos were used in new and refurbished buildings before 2000. Blue (crocidolite) and brown (amosite) [...]

Trench’s & excavations is within the 10 most hazardous construction activities

Digging footings and trenches is a very high-risk construction activity. Live services can be damaged Electricity cables can cause fatalities if struck Toxic fumes such as carbon dioxide can build up and cause fatalities A trench collapse only 1.5mts deep can crush a person causing the person to stop breathing resulting in fatality. This type [...]

Manual handling is within the 10 most hazardous construction activities causing countless injuries

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 are the main piece of legislation dealing with manual handling. It sets out the main duties for employers and employees. Manual handling causes over a third of all workplace injuries. These include work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as pain and injuries to arms, legs and joints, and repetitive strain injuries of various [...]

Noise causes hearing loss and noise is within the 10 most hazardous things to be exposed to in construction

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the Noise Regulations) came into force for all industry sectors in Great Britain on 6 April 2006 Noise at work can cause hearing damage that is permanent and disabling. This can be hearing loss that is gradual because of exposure to noise over time, but also damage [...]

Slips, trips, and falls is included as one of the highest risks identified in construction

Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. On average, they cause 40 per cent of all reported major injuries and can also lead to other types of serious accidents, for example falls from height. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires employers, to ensure the health and [...]

Hand arm vibration causes disabling hand problems and is within the 10 most hazardous construction activities

Below are the top 10 risks and hazards when working on construction sites: Working at height. Slips, trips, and falls. Noise Hand arm vibration syndrome. Material and manual handling. Collapsing trenches. Asbestos. Electricity. Moving objects. Airborne fibres and materials. Each month we will include a risk assessment of how to control these risks on your [...]

Another financial year completed.

This year has been very challenging with Covid 19 dominating virtually every waking minute. We at Owen have worked hard to continue trading and keep the business active, providing an ongoing service to our Clients. Many organisations have worked as hard, however have faced insurmountable obstacles forcing them to close. We take the opportunity to [...]

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) site visits and notices explained.

Owen Construction Consultancy receive a number of calls every year from builders’ and developers, after the HSE have visited their construction sites and issued a Notification of contravention letter, improvement notice, or prohibition notice. A notification of contravention is a letter that tells you about health and safety laws your organisation has broken. Your organisation [...]

Site Safety Plan Folder For Small To Medium Projects

Site safety plan folder for small to medium sized construction projects e.g. extensions, refurbishments, small house builds. Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 will apply to these types of projects, and as per Regulation 12 of CDM 2015, your organisation must draw up a Construction Phase Plan. Owen construction Consultancy can provide Construction Phase Plan [...]

Unique Selling Point

Why should your Building Company appoint Owen Construction Consultancy to help manage your health & Safety? Construction can be hard and mentally challenging. Most of our consultants are time served construction tradespeople. We believe this to be so important, and give us the edge over our competitors. Our consultants have deep rooted trade experience, enabling [...]

CHAS Accreditation

Construction Health and Safety (CHAS) Accreditation can be time consuming and daunting At Owen Construction Consultancy we have been working with many contractors helping them obtain the CHAS Accreditation. Having CHAS Accreditation demonstrates that contractors meet the recognised standards within Construction Health and Safety and is a game changer in assisting then to be awarded [...]

Face fit testing

Face fit testing is a method for checking that a tight fitting face mask seals adequately to the person's face. Current regulations state that Face fit testing is required for anyone who wears a tight fitting face mask for work, which includes disposable single use FFP3 face masks and P3 half masks commonly in use [...]

Security on your site

If you are a Site Manager or Company Director you are responsible for security on the sites you manage. Your Company should ensure reasonable steps are taken to prevent unauthorised access. Attention should be paid to: (a) Preventing children or vulnerable people entering the construction site. Consider schools or care homes located near the site. [...]

The Health & Safety Executive October site inspection initiative controlling dust

The HSE will be visiting sites this October focusing on the controlling of dust on construction sites. Companies in breach of their statutory duty to control dust or expose their workers to dust will face enforcement action and fines. You can find information guidance sheets when you login into the HSE web site.  Below are [...]

Health and safety made simple includes

Getting help with health and safety Owen C C can ensure you have the necessary help. Prepare a health and safety policy Owen C C can prepare a bespoke health and safety policy for your organisation. Risk assessments Owen C C can prepare risk assessments for your organisation. Consult your workers Owen C C can [...]

Good health and safety planning produce quality workmanship & build?

Yes. If there is no planning no fit for purpose risk and method statement and unsafe working practices the quality of the build will normally mirror the on-site health and safety. How does the Project team ensure good health and safety? Appoint the right people and organisations at the right time. Ensure there is an [...]

Working at height is within the 10 most hazardous construction activities

The following are all requirements in law that a Company must carry out when working at height: (a) Provide the most suitable equipment appropriate for the work. (b) Take account of factors such as the working conditions (e.g. weather). (c) Take into account the nature, frequency and duration of the work. (d) The risks to [...]

Safety tips for business owners

Rain (a) Provide waterproof PPE clothing in wet conditions and lined waterproof Personal Protective Equipment in cold wet conditions. Cold Icy conditions (a) Identify the outdoor areas used by pedestrians most likely to be affected by icy conditions. (b) Monitor the temperature is key to prevention of accidents. (c) Erect safety signs (d) Use grit [...]

Risks of hazardous – a new step-by-step guide

The following are all requirements in law that a Company must carry out to avoid hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable: (a) Assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided (b) reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling to as low as reasonably [...]

Young persons in construction

If you manage a construction company and are thinking of employing a young person, consider the following hazards and controls you will need to carry out to ensure the safety of any young person you intend to employ.  A young person is anyone under 18. HAZARDS: Lack of experience. Being unaware of existing or potential [...]

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