HSE Construction Refurb Press Release

HSE launches second phase of construction inspection campaign

Construction projects across Britain are being urged to act now to ensure the health and safety of their workers is protected as the second phase of a targeted inspection initiative gets underway today.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says 43 workers were fatally injured in 2015/16, and an estimated ten times that number died from construction related ill-health, with a further 65,000 self-reported non-fatal injuries.

HSE is now asking every construction contractor, client and designer to ensure they are not adding to this unacceptable toll of harm by failing to manage well-known risks.

In addition to things such as falls from height, the campaign will focus on control of harmful dusts including respirable silica from concrete, brick and stone, asbestos and wood dust, as well as work at height, structural safety, materials handling, good order and welfare provision.

HSE points to the mis-conception that health issues cannot be controlled in construction. It says harmful dust, whether silica or wood, is a serious issue and can be managed effectively with the right design, equipment and training.  Health effects may not be immediate, but the ultimate impact on workers and their families can be devastating.

HSE carried out over 2000 inspections during the first phase of the initiative earlier this year with action being taken to address these issues in almost half of visits

HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction and Director of Construction Division Peter Baker commented: “In phase 1 of this campaign HSE’s inspectors found lots of good examples of small sites working safely and protecting workers health from exposure to harmful dusts, proving it can be done. My message to smaller businesses is don’t wait for an accident or a visit from an HSE inspector – learn from the success of others and act now.

“Nearly half of construction fatal accidents and injuries reported to HSE involved refurbishment work.

“Some small refurbishment sites continue to cut corners and not properly protect their workers resulting in an unacceptable number of deaths and injuries each year.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More information about harm in the construction industry can be found at: https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/industry/construction/ HSE news releases are available at https://press.hse.gov.uk
  3. Free HSE guidance is available for construction employers and workers at www.hse.gov.uk about how to manage risks and prevent harm, as well as maintain productivity and business viability.
  4. Join the conversation online at @H_S_E on twitter and SaferSites on Facebook.
  5. For more information on HSE’s campaigns visit: https://www.hse.gov.uk/strategy/index.htm for Helping Great Britain Work Well and https://www.hse.gov.uk/gohomehealthy/index.htm for Go Home Healthy.

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Family of woman who died after being scalded by Premier Inn shower receive compensation

The Telegraph have reported on a recent case,

The family of a tourist who died after being scalded by a Premier Inn shower have finally received compensation and an apology from the hotel owners.

Kalyani Uthaman, from India, had been holidaying at a branch of the hotel in Edinburgh when she was severely scalded by the shower. The 59-year-old later died in hospital having suffered multiple organ failure.

Her son, Sundar Uthaman, said he feels “vindicated” following the settlement, which was made nearly five years after the incident in August 2012.

The family’s lawyers had argued for a six-figure sum, claiming the hotel, owned by Whitbread PLC, had failed in its duty of care.

Speaking from Bangalore, Mr Uthaman told the BBC: “I’m still angry at what they did and the fact it wasn’t until Thompsons Solicitors raised the court proceedings that they issued an apology.”

A spokesman for Premier Inn said: “We are very sorry for the tragic accident that occurred to Ms Uthaman in 2012 and our thoughts are with her family.

“We take millions of bookings every year and we would like to reassure our guests that this was an isolated incident.

“We constantly monitor and regulate the water temperature of our showers in line with industry best practice, which is based on Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulatory guidance and NHS health care guidelines.”

 A Crown Office spokesman said the incident had been investigated by police, the council and health and safety experts and a decision had been made not to hold a fatal accident inquiry.

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Alan Butler Award Presentation

Yesterday we were proud to be able to present a Silver the Alan Butler Award to Birmingham Health, Safety & Environment Association on behalf of Safety Groups UK.   The Alan Butler Awards celebrate the achievements of the Safety Groups encourages high standards of work in individual Groups and recognise this by publicising their achievements across the Groups movement.

Thank you to BHSEA for the warm welcome I received yesterday.

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10th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2017)

This week is the 10th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2017) and will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade.  Here at Qube Environmental we have our own success to celebrate as Cameron Derricutt who joined the team at Qube Environmental in December of 2015 has passed and completed his Level 2 qualification.

Cameron joined Qube as Office Admin Assistant as part of his apprenticeship in Business Administration.  Over the last year his job has changed significantly in supporting the Managing Director with increased responsibilities including everything from day to day administrative tasks, helping to deliver client work and joining him on client visits.

Cameron now holds the position of trainee water technician/legionella risk assessor and plans to progress toward obtaining his industry related qualifications.

Cameron said “Qube Environmental team has such an inclusive family-like feel.  Everyone is always willing to help and support me.  It is challenging and fast paced and no day is ever the same here, but I couldn’t ask for a better place to do my apprenticeship. I’ve learned so much from my team and my manager, Debra, she really is a pleasure to work with.

The team at Qube Environmental has helped me develop so much. I don’t think many apprentices have the level of responsibility that I do but I have worked hard to be trusted in my role and I am proud of all I have achieved here so far.”

 

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It has been a great year here at Qube Environmental.

It has been a great year here at Qube Environmental.
  
We couldn’t have done it without the support of our customers, associates, colleagues, family & friends.
 As this year draws to a close, we thought we’d take this opportunity to say thank you and to share a bit about what we’ve been up to in 2016.
  • We’ve continued to provide cost effective Asbestos & Legionella Compliance Consultancy to new and existing clients throughout the UK.
  • We achieved ISO 14001 certification and retained our ISO 9001 certification.
  • We achieved Legionella Control Association Membership and CHAS accreditation.
  • Judith continues to stand as Chairman of the North Staffs Health and Safety Group and has also been elected as trustee and committee member of UK Safety Groups.
  • We continue to actively support our chosen local and UK charities, Katharine House Hospice, Eccleshall First Responders & Cancer Research UK.  Today instead of sending Christmas cards or gifts we have made a donation to our chosen charities

All that remains to say is to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year from all at Qube Environmental.

Please note that our offices will be closed for the Festive Season from lunchtime on Friday, 23rd December 2016 re-opening on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. 
We will be monitoring email so if your request is of an urgent nature, please send your email to urgent.response@qube-uk.co.uk and you will be contacted by a member of staff as quickly as possible.

Severn Trent send out warning to customers about blue water

Severn Trent Water has released this information,

Severn Trent customers have been asked to look out for an illegal fitting on their toilets that could lead to their water turning bright blue.

Customers should check to see whether their toilets feature an illegal inlet valve that, when combined with a blue toilet block, can result in the blue toilet water being siphoned back to the kitchen tap after a loss of supply.

Dan Littlewood, Water Fittings Senior Technician at Severn Trent, said: “Essentially, the incorrectly installed valves are submerged in water in toilet cisterns and won’t cause a problem unless there happens to be a loss of supply.

“Once that happens, the valve effectively ‘sucks’ the water all the way back to the kitchen tap and our customers end up with bright blue water that, for obvious reasons, they shouldn’t drink.

“We’d urge everyone to take a look at their cistern and to make sure that everything’s nice and legal and, if it’s not, then fitting a Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) valve as per it’s installation requirement note can prevent contamination.”

Advice from Severn Trent is to only use WRAS products in accordance with their installation requirement notes.

“From our point of view, it’s bad enough that our customers have had a loss of supply,” said Dan.

“We really don’t want them to have to deal with blue water as well when it’s relatively easy to make sure that it’s never an issue.”

In order to check your valve, go to www.wras.co.uk, and Severn Trent is happy to advise anyone in doubt if they email water.regulations@severntrent.co.uk.

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One in six sites failed a recent inspection blitz by the HSE focusing on health risks.

Construction Enquirer have reported that inspectors concentrated on significant health risk issues, such as respiratory risks from dusts containing silica materials, exposure to other hazardous substances such as cement and lead paint, manual handling, noise and vibration have found that one in six sites failed during their recent inspection blitz.

The two-week blitz saw 560 sites visited with conditions so bad on 13 jobs that work had to be stopped immediately..

Enforcement notices were also served on a further 85 sites and 107 Improvement Notices issued.

A total of 239 health-related Notices of Contravention were served at 201 of the sites.

HSE’s Chief Inspector, Heather Bryant, said: “We recognise the construction sector’s progress in reducing the number of people killed and injured by its activities.

“But it is clear from these figures that there is an unacceptable toll of ill-health and fatal disease in the industry.

“So, to encourage the industry to treat health issues in the same way as safety, HSE’s inspectors will consolidate the efforts of this initiative throughout the rest of the year by looking at the prevention and control of health risks in construction, alongside their continued assessment of the management of safety risk issues.

“We will make sure the construction industry ‘Thinks health’ as well as safety.”

Qube attend Lets Do Business at the Britannia Stadium

Judith Richardson Director pictured on our stand at Lets Do Business held at the Brittania Stadium on the 8th November 2011.  Offering free advice to business owners on Asbestos related matters.