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Recording data on all workplace incidents and near misses, from seemingly insignificant events to serious injury, is essential for all organisations. Whilst some may deem it unnecessary or tedious to report every minor accident in the workplace, such as an employee tripping or narrowly avoiding injury caused by faulty equipment, recording these instances can be an effective strategy to prevent major incidents from occurring in the future. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) requires employers to report and keep records of incidents on site from ‘dangerous occurrences' that include near-misses, to work-related accidents that cause death. However, there are a number of other types of incidents that [...]
Tue, Apr 23, 2019
Source: Construction Articles
Acoustic professionals shared best practice in sound insulation testing at a workshop organised by the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC). Almost 100 testers from ANC member companies attended the event, held in Birmingham. The ANC launched their Approved Document E Registration Scheme in 2003 to provide independent verification of pre-completion sound insulation testing. Since then the scheme has gone from strength-to-strength, recording over 450,000 tests over the years. Latest figures reveal a pass rate of 97.4 per cent from approximately 30,000 tests carried out in 2018. Part of this success stems from the commitment of ANC testers to share experiences gained across the industry. Dan Saunders, Chairman of the ANC, said: “What makes the difference [...]
Thu, Apr 18, 2019
Source: Construction Articles
As part of a safe system of work, lock out tag out should be employed to ensure hazardous energy has been safely isolated. When conducting maintenance, repairs or cleaning work on any machinery and equipment, a safe procedure should be in place to ensure stored energy has been safely dispelled, and re-energisation does not accidentally occur. Here we have highlighted the essentials for a lock out tag out procedure. What is Lock Out Tag Out When correctly implemented and followed, a lock out tag out procedure ensures that machinery or equipment is completely shut off, stored energy safely isolated and re-energisation cannot occur accidentally. Recognised as a safety standard, lock [...]
Wed, Apr 17, 2019
Source: Construction Articles
The world of Structural Warranties can be complicated for self-builders. From choosing the right provider to fully understanding what your Structural Warranty does, there is so much to consider. But, understanding exactly what a Structural Warranty is and why you need one, will help you to choose the right cover for your self-build project. To help you, the experts at Self-Build Zone have put together a definitive guide to Structural Warranties that covers everything you need to know so that you can make an informed decision. This information should also help make sure that your project is fully covered, [...]
Wed, Apr 17, 2019
Source: Construction Articles
Thanks to aspirational TV programmes like Grand Designs, it's no surprise that 1 in 7 Brits are currently researching the self-build process. The government are even getting on board by introducing more incentives in the hope of boosting the number of self-builds by 35% year-on-year. To help, Insulation Express have uncovered the biggest opportunities in the UK for aspiring self-build homeowners, property investors and SME builders. The results have been collated into a map which highlights the top 30 cities; the data also includes the number of available plots and the average plot price for each city: https://www.insulationexpress.co.uk/blog/uks-biggest-self-build-opportunities/ Stand out stats include: 1 million Brits plan on building [...]
Wed, Apr 17, 2019
Source: Construction Articles
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