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Construction Site Risks

Why do construction workers take risks?

September 19, 2017

Despite the many risk assessments and disciplinary procedures prevalent in the construction industry, workers continue to risk their health and safety on-site. If workplace safety is governed by employee behaviour, it’s interesting to consider why people take these risks. Lack of awareness and poor communication A study published in Health & Safety Practitioner magazine revealed […]

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Meet HANDS HQ at the Manchester Health and Safety North Expo

September 13, 2017

  UK’s No.1 health and safety app , HANDS HQ, is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the Health and Safety North expo in Manchester, taking place between 10th – 11th October 2017. HANDS HQ will be on hand to demonstrate the many new features of the app including the new construction phase plan update that many of […]

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Why construction companies are still using outdated RAMS processes

September 12, 2017

There are a lot of benefits of digitising risk assessments and method statements (RAMS). It enables accurate, compliant documents to be created quickly, stored securely and easily shared with the project team and personnel. Swapping out cumbersome Word documents for step-by-step software also ensures flawless, professional custom documents. Despite this, there’s sometimes a reluctance to […]

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Why do accidents happen on construction sites?

September 7, 2017

The rate of fatalities at work has remained broadly level for a number of years, with the average number of annual deaths currently sitting at 142. Whichever way you swing it, that’s a high number, and a stark reminder that businesses must do all they can to prevent accidents and mitigate risk. The construction industry […]

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Health and Safety Culture

How to engage your team in a health and safety culture

September 5, 2017

The most robust set of policies and procedures on the planet won’t prevent accidents from occurring if your business doesn’t have a safety-first culture. Thankfully, in construction, engineering, manufacturing and other high-risk industries, the importance of health and safety isn’t in question, as for a lot of businesses it lies at the heart of their […]

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Method Statement

How to write a method statement

August 31, 2017

Method statements outline the way a task or project will be carried out. Often referred to as a ‘safe system of work’, they detail the steps required to complete a job safely. These important documents are expected to contain detail about the hazards that may be encountered and the control measures required to lower risk, […]

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How to write a CPP (Construction Phase Plan)

August 29, 2017

A construction phase plan (CPP) must be drawn up for every construction project, as governed by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. It doesn’t need to be complicated, but if you’re either the principal contractor or sole contractor on a project, you’ll be responsible for: creating the plan; overseeing and organising the work; and […]

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Construction Site Fatalities

Construction fatalities 2016/17: Full breakdown

August 24, 2017

Between April 2016 and March 2017, 137 people were killed at work in the UK. Construction accounted for nearly 22% of those deaths with 30 onsite fatalities, the highest from an individual industry in the past year. Taken at face value, that figure alone will be enough for people operating within the sector to question […]

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What is a risk matrix

What is a risk matrix and why should you be using one?

August 22, 2017

A key part of any risk assessment is evaluating the risks that have been identified to consider what control measures can be put in place. Evaluating this risk might be based on various factors involving the type of work, the harm that the risk might cause, how likely the risk is and eventually, what can […]

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The top 10 communication skills every construction project manager needs

August 14, 2017

Successful projects are driven by great communication and project management activities are reliant on the project manager’s ability to communicate well. Without great communication, timescales slip, workers become disillusioned and the absence of leadership results in substandard output. A 2016 research paper by RICS Cobra looked at the project manager communication skills that are most […]

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