700,000 UK construction workers have suffered injuries caused by poor mental health
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by Harriet Clough
2w ago
1.5m construction workers in the UK have worked in a dangerous environment whilst suffering from poor mental health, with nearly 700,000 suffering injuries because of it Business insurer QBE has found that around half of all UK construction workers have worked in dangerous environments whilst suffering with poor mental health. On behalf of QBE, Opinium Research carried out an online survey of 362 UK construction workers aged 18+ from 24 April to 2 May 2024. Three quarters of UK construction workers with poor mental health said at some point they continued to work in a dangerous situation ..read more
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Fixing dangerous homes in England could save over £1.5bn in health and social care
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by Emily Potts
3w ago
New research from the Centre for Ageing Better has found that the NHS could save nearly £600m annually by fixing dangerous homes where the head of the household is aged 55 or older According to the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, based at the London School of Economics and Political Science, formal care costs for older people could be reduced by £1.1bn a year by 2027 by eliminating the most serious risks in Britain’s poorest-quality homes. Removing just three common health hazards from homes, bad condensation, excess cold, and rising dampness would lower social care costs considerably. If t ..read more
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Safer lone working and better inclusion – topics tackled at the Health & Safety Event
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by Harriet Clough
3w ago
Experts and companies from various industries discussed challenges, benefits, and innovative solutions in worker safety at the recent Health & Safety Event, held at the NEC in Birmingham from Tuesday 29th April to Thursday 1st May With five main stages at the Health & Safety Event – The Keynote Theatre, Practical Safety Theatre, The Knowledge Exchange, Driver Safety Zone and Lone Worker Safety Live – a wide variety of topics were discussed, including training needed, AI integration, safety, event management, and inclusivity. These talks emphasised the importance of technological advanc ..read more
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Uncovering mental health and wellbeing in The Conversation with Re-flow
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by Harriet Clough
1M ago
Episode 8 of Re-flow: The Conversation features Mark Haysman (managing director) and Jamie Lange (operations and fleet manager) of TMO Highways, discussing mental health, suicide prevention and employee wellbeing Episode 8 of Re-flow’s big-infrastructure analysing podcast The Conversation provides a resource as interesting to members of the workforce as it really should be to members of the public. Topics like incursions, worker mental health, suicide prevention, and employee wellbeing deserve to be part of the national conversation. After all, Highways, like other areas of big infrastructure ..read more
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Co-op Live Arena opening delayed for third time due to building safety concerns
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by Harriet Clough
1M ago
Peter Kay, Olivia Rodrigo and the Black Keys have all cancelled gigs after power and safety issues at BAM’s £365m Co-op Live Arena The Co-op Live Arena has faced numerous stumbles and abortive launches. Originally due to be opened by comedian Peter Kay last week, his shows were postponed to late May 2024 after the completion of the power supply to the fully electric sustainable venue was “a few days behind.” Designed by @populous, Co-op Live is poised to become the UK’s largest and most sustainable arena! Together with the addition of a 9,200-maximum capacity standing floor, this unique ..read more
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Storms are top disruption to work in last 12 months, say construction workers
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by Harriet Clough
1M ago
Storms, icy weather, floods and extreme heat caused significant disruption to work, according to construction workers surveyed ahead of World Day for Safety and Health at Work Extreme and unpredictable weather is the top cause of disruptions at work, frontline construction workers have said in a survey by SafetyCulture. Four of the top five disruptions to UK construction workers in the last 12 months are weather-related, with travel disruption on the roads, heat, icy weather, and floods also being identified. The findings come ahead of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on Sunday 28th ..read more
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How to foster an improved culture of safety in construction and attract new talent
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by Lydia Bamford
1M ago
Dominic Ashley-Timms, CEO of performance consultancy Notion, examines how those managing work sites can foster an improved culture of safety in construction and motivation to improve efficiency and attract the next generation Construction is the UK’s most dangerous industry, reporting more than twice as many work-related deaths than agriculture, forestry and fishing, and manufacturing. For managers, efficiency is key, but keeping people safe is also the highest priority. What if there was a way to achieve both simply by learning to approach people management differently? What if managers could ..read more
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Kent construction company fined £25,000 after worker falls from scaffolding
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by Lydia Bamford
3M ago
Amberley Homes, a construction company in Kent, has been fined £25,000 after a sub-contractor fell from an unguarded scaffolding opening Mark Tolley, 51, fell nearly two metres through an opening in a scaffold on 5 July 2017 while working on the construction of six houses. He sustained several broken ribs and serious internal injuries, including a punctured lung. He later died on 13 July 2017. Mr Tolley had been installing vertical hanging tiles on one of the new properties when he fell 1.8 metres through an unguarded opening in the scaffold and landed on the ground below. Amberly Homes had no ..read more
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Morgan Sindall improves site safety following crane incident at nuclear plant
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by Lydia Bamford
3M ago
Morgan Sindall has improved nuclear site safety following a crane incident at the Devonshire Dock Hall nuclear site at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria On 21 August 2023, a rail load was dropped from a single crane operated by Morgan Sindall at the nuclear site in Cumbria. Fortunately, there were no injuries to people or the environment. Morgan Sindall was contracted by BAE Systems in 2016 to incorporate new manufacturing and installation capabilities for the £100m project. The ONR issued the contractor with an improvement notice In December 2023, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) ordered Morg ..read more
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Engineered stone ban ‘won’t save lives’, says BOHS
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by Harriet Clough
3M ago
The British Occupational Hygiene Society has warned that “education, proper workplace controls and awareness” will be more effective at saving lives than a ban on engineered stone As companies in the UK start to follow Australia’s lead in banning engineered stone worktops, the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has argued in favour of more moderate, widespread measures. UK kitchen company Herringbone was the first to ban the sale of high-silica quartz worktops, a popular type of kitchen surface, which can expose stonemasons to tiny crystalline particles of silica when working wit ..read more
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