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WINTER NEWSLETTER 2023

WINTER GIVEAWAY

Enjoy a treat at the fabulous Limewood Hotel in the New Forest. Free to enter and if you win, you get to decide how to spend your £150 VOUCHER.

So much to chose, from the luxury spa to the award winning restaurant and 5* accommodation.

Entries close 10:00am 16th December 2022. The winner will be notified by email by the 17th December. MSA Safety reserve the right to withdraw the competition at anytime. Full T&Cs apply and are available from info@msasafety.co.uk.
One email entry only per person. MSA Safety will not be liable on any level for damages, additional costs, disappointment, provider cancellation, non availability.

BUILDING CONTRACTOR FINED

A building contractor has been fined £600,000 following serious failings in managing the risk of fire during work at a construction site.

In January 2018 the HSE investigated H&S failings by S&S Quality Building Contractors Limited, after a concern was raised that people were sleeping on site. The subsequent HSE investigation, which was assisted by Essex Fire & Rescue Service, identified failings in fire management which created risks to workers and members of the public. The company had been subject to HSE interventions over several years, after other risks of a fire had been identified. Evidence indicated that the company director regularly attended the site and failed to implement improvements from previous HSE interventions. S&S Quality Building Contractors Limited pleaded guilty to breaching 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs of £36,894 at Basildon Crown Court on 25 October 2022. Company director Shlomo Pines pleaded guilty to contravening Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The HSE Inspector said ‘this company completely ignored the importance of fire safety measures on a construction site led by a director who wilfully chose to ignore the risks despite evidence he knew how to make things safe.’

MANUAL HANDLING RISK

Recently, an inspector in South West England carrying out inspections focusing on moving and handling materials; observed the floor saw in the photo that had to be moved into and out of a work van by two operatives at a street works site.

The saw weighed 110Kg! The inspector used HSE’s MAC Tool to identify the level of risk, needless to say the risk was high!

This resulted in the inspector serving a prohibition notice to prohibit manually lifting the tool in this way and issued an improvement notice for the employer to reduce risks to employees from manual handling activities.

The weight of the saw presented a very serious musculoskeletal injury and lifting it should not have been attempted.

Last year, 40,000 construction workers suffered from manual handling injuries. These injuries can have a serious impact on workers’ ability to stay in work and earn a living, with many suffering from long-term pain and discomfort. Employers are required to provide their employees specific information and training on manual handling injury risks and their prevention.

Workers should not have to accept these injuries and potential long-term suffering as an inevitable part of construction work. Make sure you are aware of the risks and know what to do to stay safe.

For Manual Handling Courses call: 023 80 669305

DONATE THIS CHRISTMAS

“Heat” or “Eat” is a real choice for so many families this winter. Christmas is something they simply can’t afford. Mission Christmas.

is here to help Santa reach children living in poverty. If you’re able to, please donate a new and unw

All donations need to reach us by Friday, 16th December.

ASBESTOS EXPOSURE

Nearly half of UK tradespeople have suffered symptoms of asbestos exposure.

A study found that 72% of tradespeople have come across asbestos in their working lives and 25% have encountered asbestos every week. Tradespeople are amongst the most at-risk workers of asbestos-related diseases. Three in five find it every year, over a third say every month, and one in 12 come face to face with asbestos every day. This has serious consequences, with 44% having had symptoms of an asbestos-related disease, or knowing a colleague who has.

Every week, the deaths of 20 tradespeople are attributed to asbestos.

The trades that are most likely to encounter asbestos are: Carpenter (95%) Bricklayer (88%) Builder (79%) Building surveyor (79%) Plumber (79%) Electrician (78%) Scaffolder (78%) Joiner (74%) Painter decorator (63%) Plasterer (62%).

Research found that most UK tradespeople are unaware of these symptoms. Asbestosis can cause a range of symptoms, including persistent cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, pain in the chest or shoulder, tiredness, swollen or ‘clubbed’ fingertips.

The condition is caused by exposure to asbestos, when disturbed. The fibres in asbestos break down into little pieces, releasing into the air and then breathed in. These fibres get stuck in the lungs, and over a long time, can cause permanent lung damage.

Despite being completely banned in the UK in 1999, asbestos is a still a real issue in the industry, and it’s awful that so many tradespeople die from related diseases every year.

Some people might not experience symptoms for decades after their exposure to the material, so it’s important that individuals remain vigilant, and see a doctor immediately if they spot any signs.

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