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AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2023

TEMPORARY WORKS

Temporary works (TW) are the elements of a project that are required to facilitate the building of permanent works during construction, including groundworks, bridging, structural solutions and more. Temporary works ensure stability and strength as well as manage possible fatigue. The installation of temporary works is a crucial stage of engineering and construction as it provides a safe working environment for all involved.

Temporary works can include scaffolding, shoring, falsework and excavation support. Although temporary works are often removed after use, they do require carefully coordinated designs, equipment and supervision particularly as many TW projects include working at height activities, which can present hazards. Therefore, it is crucial that safety is adhered to and attention given to the design and construction of TW.

Whilst it is uncommon for people to have accidents when installation of temporary works is complete, erecting temporary works does present risks. The most common hazards associated with erecting temporary works include:

  • Excavation collapses
  • Objects falling from a height
  • Getting trapped under collapsed platforms
  • Getting struck by moving machinery

Failure to provide suitable design, selection and assembly can place huge risks on temporary works, increasing the risk of injury as well as presenting additional challenges associated with delayed projects on site.

WOMAN IN CONSTRUCTION

Women working in construction and engineering is on the increase. 37% of new entrants into the construction industry that came from higher education are women. Women make up around 14% of construction industry professionals and this number is only set to rise with more and more women in construction and engineering jobs. Misconceptions about gender-specific roles are gradually diminishing with a growing number of women choosing a career in construction and engineering. It is a common misconception  about the construction industry that it is full of old-fashioned attitudes. There is still some work to do, but there are thousands of exceptionally talented female construction workers who are changing how women in construction are perceived. There are so many different construction jobs for women and with so many  rewards and benefits of working in the industry, there’s plenty of room for career progression and skill development, so it’s an industry well worth looking into.

    TRAINING DATES

    POP UP TOILETS: RISK OF CRUSHING

    Someone was killed when working underneath a raised telescopic pop-up toilet. He was in the void below when the pop-up toilet lowered, crushing him.

    There is a risk of people being crushed when they are underneath a raised, unpropped pop-up toilet.

    There’s potential danger from:

    • the lowering of a raised pop-up toilet during cleaning, maintenance or inspection activity
    • intentional or unintentional access to the chamber underneath a raised, unpropped pop-up toilet

    Action required

    Designers, manufacturers, suppliers, owners, and anyone providing information for, or carrying out, cleaning, maintenance or inspection of pop-up toilets must manage risk during work.

    For the full story and additional guidance: HSE.gov.uk/safetybulletins/popup-toilets

    COMPANY FINED AFTER WORKER HIT BY FORKLIFT TRUCK

    A Blackpool clothing firm has been fined £40,000 after a man was seriously injured when he was hit by a forklift truck. The self-employed delivery driver suffered multiple leg fractures while delivering goods at a site in Blackpool in March 2022. The 53-year-old had to be airlifted from the scene and spent a month in hospital. He has undergone multiple follow-up operations and, over a year later, has still not recovered sufficiently to be able to work. The HSE found T. Print Limited had failed to ensure that there were adequate measures in place to ensure the safe segregation of delivery drivers from the unloading and loading activities, as the delivery driver was not instructed to stand or wait in a safe area during the unloading of his vehicle. The dangers should have been identified by a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks. T. Print Limited, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £4,696.95 in costs at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on 20 July 2023. HSE Inspector Matthew Shepherd said: “The company had failed to implement a safe system of work for its loading and unloading activities thereby exposing delivery drivers to the risk of being struck by the forklift truck conducting the unloading operation.

    “All work settings that use forklift trucks need to consider the risks arising from their use and implement adequate segregation controls to ensure the safety of pedestrians, such as delivery drivers, during these activities.”

    Source: SHP

    WHAT’S ON

    The Big Eat at Royal Victoria Country Park

    Netley Abbey

    8th, 9th & 10th September 2023

    The event is free to attend.

    There will be local bands performing as well as entertainment for kids. A wide range of Street Food will be available as well as other local artisan stalls.

    www.thenostalgiashow.com

    Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival

    Hayling Island

    Over 180 anglers from all over the UK will be on the beaches of Hayling Island in pursuit of bass, mullet, and other saltwater species. The festival welcomes all ages and abilities and focuses on sustainability, practising catch and release.

    www.orvis.co.uk

    BattleZone: Apocalypse

    With New Forest Activities, Beaulieu

    21st – 29th October 2023

    Paint the battlefield dead as your ghoulish troops creep up on the enemy, using infra-red technology guns to spook your way to victory. Head into the woods for two hours of halloween-themed warfare. With mysterious mini-games and screamish scenarios – fun for everyone!

    www.newforestactivities.co.uk

    Poppy Fields at Winchester Cathedral

    Winchester Cathedral

    31st October – 4th November 2023

    As you step inside the ancient surround of the cathedral, you will be enveloped in a sea of poppies tumbling down the old stone walls, some still baring their own lasting scars of wars they have weathered. Accompanying the projections is specially composed music by David Harper, as well as a moving tribute to the NHS.

    www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

    Light Up Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

    Romsey

    30 Nov – 31 Dec 2023

    The magnificent Sir Harold Hillier Gardens are set to shine bigger and brighter than ever before! Immerse yourself in a truly unforgettable, magical light trail experience like no other, for the whole family!

    www.gov.uk/thingstogo/hilliergardens

    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.

    TOILET TISSUE MANUFACTURER FINED £1 MILLION

    A Welsh company that manufactures kitchen and toilet tissue paper has been fined £1million after an employee was seriously injured when he was struck in the face by a crane hook.

    On 5 November 2019, the man who worked for Sofidel UK Limited based in Neath, was attempting to free a paper reel, which had become stuck on the exit rails of a paper machine, by using an overhead crane.

    During the operation, part of the crane contacted the spinning reel causing the crane hook to swing violently striking the man in the face. He suffered the loss of an eye, multiple fractures to the face and lost 9 teeth.

    An investigation by the HSE found that Sofidel failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment to identify the hazards posed by paper reels which did not eject correctly from the machine.

    They also failed to ensure that control measures were in place and that employees were provided with information and instructions on what to do should this situation arise. The issue was happening regularly, yet no risk assessment had been undertaken despite operators being provided with basic equipment to use in these circumstances. At Swansea Magistrates’ Court on 13 July, Sofidel UK Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. They were fined £1million and ordered to pay costs of £13,446.50.

    PPE – IS IT A LEGAL REQUIREMENT?

    Yes – the Personal Protective Equipment At Work PPE Regulations 1992 states that every employer needs to ensure that suitable PPE is provided to workers who might be exposed to anything that could risk their health and safety while on site.

    For full guidance: HSE.gov.uk/ppe

    FIRE SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE

    Who’s responsible

    You’re responsible for fire safety in business or other non-domestic premises if you’re:

    • an employer
    • the owner
    • the landlord
    • an occupier
    • facilities / building manager, managing agent or risk assessor

    You’re known as the ‘responsible person’. If there’s more than one responsible person, you have to work together to meet your responsibilities.

    Responsibilities

    As the responsible person you must:

    • Carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly
    • Tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified
    • Put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
    • Plan for an emergency
    • Provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training

    Alterations, extensions and new buildings

    When building new premises or doing building work

    on existing premises, you must comply with building regulations. This includes designing fire safety into

    the proposed building or extension.