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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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Construction site deaths hit an all time low

August 11, 2017

The good news is, deaths on construction sites are at an all time low, dropping to 30 deaths on site between April 2016 and March 2017. (Fatal injuries arising from accidents at work in Great Britain 2017, HSE) The bad news is that the construction industry is still responsible for more deaths than any other sector. […]

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How to write the perfect risk assessment

August 9, 2017

If you spend a lot time writing risk assessments, you’ll know that they can be time consuming and sometimes lengthy documents depending on the type of work you’re carrying out. There is usually a set process for writing a risk assessment that runs along the lines of: 1) Identify the hazards – this part of […]

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Are you doing enough to keep workers’ feet healthy?

August 7, 2017

Tradespeople were recently ranked among the healthiest workers in the UK. This might not come as a surprise given that site workers spend a lot of time on their feet, and many of their jobs include manual work. Carrying out manual work for several hours a day is bound to burn the calories, certainly more […]

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HANDS HQ update: Risk assessments only and archiving projects

July 28, 2017

Risk assessment only Do you ever undertake work that doesn’t need both a risk assessment and method statement? We have just launched the risk assessment only update, so no need to generate any documentation you deem unnecessary, all with a much faster process. If you are interested in activating risk assessment only, get in touch! Archiving projects Another […]

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HANDS HQ are finalists in two London Construction Awards!

July 27, 2017

  HANDS HQ is excited to announce we’ve been nominated as a finalist in two London Construction Awards i 2o17, the Health and Safety Solution of the Year Award, and Process Innovation of the Year Award. The prestigious London Construction Awards recognise excellence within the construction industry and we are delighted be nominated for these two awards. The awards […]

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Content library update: Carpentry plant machinery

July 27, 2017

  We’ve made some changes to the risk assessment library to include more risk assessments surrounding carpentry plant machinery. The list of new risk assessments shown below can be found under the plant and equipment section in the risk assessment library: Dovertailer machine risk assessment Hand­ fed planing machines risk assessment Tenoning machines risk assessment Pillar […]

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HANDS HQ joins health and safety software roundtable

July 17, 2017

Our CEO, Alex Green was invited to join a IT software roundtable with health and safety industry leaders to discuss the latest the advancements in IT, the positive effect it’s having on the industry, together with any limitations where IT is currently falling short. On the whole it was agreed that software is having a […]

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Content library update: cutting roof tiles

March 29, 2017

When cutting roof tiles, workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica (RCS).  This dust, if breathed in, causes severe lung diseases such as silicosis. Previously HSE allowed valley tiles to be cut using hand held power tools without wet dust suppression systems, which would introduce additional safety hazards, such as slips. Working in partnership, the HSE and […]

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