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WINTER NEWSLETTER 2023

ROAD DISCHARGE POLLUTING RIVERS

Foul rainwater from road networks is contaminating rivers with chemicals, but National Highways says it doesn’t regularly monitor runoff.

Road pollution is unleashing a toxic cocktail of heavy metals, hydrocarbons, microplastics and other chemicals into England’s rivers, but no one is monitoring their effect on wildlife or public health, according to analysis by The Guardian and Watershed Investigations. The analysis found around 70 of these sites are in legally protected areas, important for habitats or wildlife, while roughly 250 are within 1km of a protected site.

National Highways wants to see a connected country and a thriving environment.” “We are committed to addressing all of our high-risk water outfalls by 2030 and our Water Quality Plan 2030” said Stephen Elderkin, Director of Environmental Sustainability at National Highways. Jo Bradley, a former Environment Agency (EA) officer who runs the Stormwater Shepherds not-for-profit said: “Road runoff contains metals and organic compounds that are toxic to humans and to the creatures that live in our rivers and seas.

The runoff enters rivers and streams every time it rains, and no one is measuring the pollutant levels or the environmental impact.The Environment Agency should be measuring this pollution and regulating the discharges to make sure that they don’t cause environmental harm.” An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “While highway outfalls are not directly regulated by the Environment Agency, we continue to work with the government and partner organisations to reduce pollution from our roads.

WE ARE COLLECTING GIFTS AGAIN

Thousands of children are living in poverty and will wake up on Christmas morning to no gifts under the tree. We want to help change this and make a difference, with your amazing donations.

Toys, Books, Socks, Gloves, Toiletries, Arts & Crafts, Building Blocks, Puzzles, Board Games, Dolls, Dress Up.

(all gifts must be new and unwrapped please)

Please drop your gift to New Forest Enterprise, Centre Reception, Chapel Lane, Totton, SO40 9LA

or call 02380 669305 for more details

Donations will need to reach us by 18th December.

THE FUTURE OF AI IN CONSTRUCTION

Over recent years, technology has played a pivotal role in transforming the way construction projects are planned and executed. The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now poised to revolutionise the construction safety landscape, promising to enhance workers’ well-being and minimise potential hazards. Construction safety have a number of existing challenges, which include:

· Accidents and Fatalities

· Inefficiencies in Safety Management

· Lack of Real-time Monitoring

Construction sites are where dangers lurk and risks thrive, necessitating an incessant pursuit of safer practices. In this era of unceasing technological advancements flooding every scope of human existence, it comes as no surprise that AI stands to transform areas of construction safety with the introduction of:

· Real-time Safety Monitoring

· Predictive Analytics for Safety

· Predictive Maintenance of Machinery

· Automated Safety Reporting

· Prompt Emergency Response and Communication

The future of AI in construction safety is brimming with potential. Keeping an eye on every detail and tracking it alongside the project’s design and scheduling presents challenges for project and site management teams. Could embracing AI address concerns around data gaps, tracking productivity and prioritising workers’ well-being, significantly altering construction industry landscape, making it a safer and more progressive sector.

TRAINING DATES

WORK AT HEIGHT

There’s no doubt we have come along way since photos, like the one above, were commonplace in construction around the world. That said, falls from height still account for a significant proportion of serious and fatal workplace accidents in the UK. It’s also fair to say that work at height risk assessments are a fundamental part of all construction sites and workplace training, with information readily available to all. So, why then do people continue to take risks when undertaking any task at height? Is it because they do not perceive it as an actual risk? Could it be a perceived sense that experience and “it’s never happened to me” attitude, somehow means the person is impervious to the probability of a fall? This notion that a level of experience makes us invincible to risk, is then reinforced. When in reality, the absence of accidents does not equal the existence of safety. In fact, anyone who has survived a fall from height will say that they didn’t see it coming.

Reiterating the real risks when working at height through regular communication, training, monitoring, and robust RAMS, is vital in the workplace, to empower and equip workers with enhanced risk perception skills. It might be this that tackles the invincibility cloak some workers wear and could prevent future falls.

COMPANY & DIRECTOR FINED

A West Midlands engineering company and its managing director have been fined for failing to protect their workers from welding fume.

Associated Metalmasters Limited and Managing Director Darren Spittle were prosecuted by the HSE following an inspection of the company’s former site at Woodside Industrial Estate, Dudley. HSE inspectors found the company had failed to put in place appropriate precautions to control the exposure of mild steel welding fume from metal inert gas (MIG) welding taking place at the site. A subsequent investigation found Associated Metalmasters Ltd had initially complied with two Improvement Notices served in 2016 and 2019. The notices required the company to make improvements to its MIG welding process. However, the company failed to sustain its compliance, meaning there was an inadequate control of exposure to welding fume. Darren Spittle, MD, was in control of the MIG welding process and was aware of the Improvement Notices. HSE said that the company could have sustained compliance with the notices by ensuring that industry standard controls for the welding were provided and maintained at the site. Metalmasters Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 7(1) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £3,896.30 Court costs in Sept 2023. Darren Spittle pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £2,000.

Source: SHP

WHAT’S ON

Light Up Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Romsey

30 Nov 2023 – 31 Dec 2023

Immerse yourself in a truly unforgettable, magical light trail experience like no other, a shimmering Winter Wonderland for the whole family!

https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/hilliergardens

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market

Winchester

17 Nov 2023 – 21 Dec 2023

Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is renowned for its bustling atmosphere, stunning location and handpicked high quality exhibitors, which attracts visitors from around the world.

https://www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk 

Jane Austen Birthday Ball

Alton Assembly Rooms

30th November 2023

Jane Austen’s Birthday Ball is a wonderful evening showcasing the beautiful regency era of dance and fashion. The Hampshire Regency Dancers will be on hand to provide demonstrations, and if you don’t have a regency costume, then you are welcome to wear smart evening wear as an alternative. Price includes a buffet and there will also be a licensed bar.

https://www.eventim-light.com

These events are not recommendations, they are for information only. MSA cannot be held responsible for lack of enjoyment, financial loss or issues arising from these activities. Activities are undertaken at the readers choice and risk.

MEAT COMPANY FINED

A Herefordshire catering and retail butchers has been fined after a teenage worker severed four fingers while operating machinery that hadn’t been suitably guarded.

On 18 July 2020, the 18-year-old man was operating a grinding machine at LDA Meats Limited, Lyndon Business Park, Lower Road Trading Estate, Ledbury.

While he was mincing some lamb, he slipped on the wet floor and, in an attempt to save himself, put his hand out and into the machine. This caused him to sever his fingers when his hand came into contact with the rotating worm thread in the machine.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the machine had not been suitably and sufficiently assessed to identify the hazardous parts, the risks associated with the machine or the required control measures to prevent access to dangerous parts.

“Permenantly disfigured”

The HSE also found the machine was not subject to routine guard checks. This meant an issue with the safety cut out device within the lid of the machine had not been detected or remedied. It was possible for the machine to be operated with the lid open resulting in access to dangerous rotating parts.

At Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court on 26 September, LDA Meats Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regs 1998. The company was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,339.80.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Seren Linton said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided – instead a teenage worker was permanently disfigured at the very start of his working life.

“Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risks from dangerous parts of machinery.”

WELCOME DARRYL

In October, we welcomed Darryl Jones to our team. Darryl, a highly experienced site supervisor, is our new H&S Consultant and you will see him out on site with Matt or Andy over the coming months, so feel free to say hi!

CHILD SUFFERS FRACTURED SKULL

A slate tile fractured the skull of a three-year-old child when it came off a roof at a construction site at the Moonfleet Manor Hotel in Weymouth, and struck the young girl. She was leaving the hotel with her father after attending a swimming lesson. The girl received first aid and taken to hospital where she was put into an induced coma. She then underwent a two-hour operation to remove fragments of slate from her head. The slate had come off the hotel roof and fell approximately five metres before striking the child. The roof was being renovated by Rocare Building Services Limited, where they had taken off the old tiles and began replacing them with new slates. The new slates had been stacked around the roof, leading to one piece falling off.

Rocare Building Services Limited had been appointed by Moonfleet Manor as the principal contractor to oversee the refurbishment work which also included replacing windows and restoring chimneys and gutters.

Quadra Built Environmental Consultancy Limited had been hired by Moonfleet Manor as the principal designer, in charge of planning, managing and monitoring the pre-construction phase. The company failed in the planning and design stage to properly assess the risks of objects falling from height and hitting people. There was insufficient consultation and collaboration between the various duty holders.

    The HSE found that scaffolding was not fit for purpose because it did not have sufficient measures to prevent items falling such as protective fans, covered walkways or, at a minimum, brick guards around the entire perimeter. Such measures are cheap and readily available within the industry.

    Moonfleet Manor ignored requests and failed to put in measures to address an obvious hazard of falling objects coming into contact with members of the public using the busy thoroughfare to the swimming pool. Moonfleet Manor was more concerned about putting convenience of the guests and preventing the hotel from looking like a building site than the safety of their guests, the judge found.

    Rocare pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and Regulation 10(1) of Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined £160,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,554.78.

    Quadra Built Environmental Consultancy Limited was found guilty of breaching Regulation 10(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay £25,000 in costs.

    LFH (Moonfleet Manor) Limited was found guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay £143,482.04 in costs.