The General Secretary for construction union UCATT, Steve Murphy has warned that “The combination of increased construction activity and the Government’s attacks on safety laws is sadly likely to lead to an increase in construction deaths in the future.”
The warning comes after figures released by the union revealed that deaths in the construction industry in London had increased from the previous year.
And construction workers in Yorkshire saw the number of deaths double in 2012/13 from 3 to 6. In Scotland deaths increased from 3 to 5 and there was 1 death in the north-east compared to none the previous year.
The findings found that overall deaths in the UK decreased from 39 down from 49 in 2011/12. However, Murphy doesn’t believe the reduction is down to improvements in safety.
“The reduction in construction deaths is welcome. However, construction remains the most dangerous industry in the UK. The reduction in
This past weekend, many parts of the United Kingdom braced itself for severe storms which passed across Southern regions in the early hours of Monday morning. In some places, winds were recorded at over 80mph leaving 220,000 homes without power and tragically a 17 year old girl dead after being struck by a falling tree.
With forecasting technology able to predict these events well in advance, we’re able to prepare for extreme weather in good time. However, we should all take extra care and precautions when it comes to these ferocious conditions. Below are ten steps to take before, during and after severe storms.
Before the Storm:
Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture, wheelie bins, trampolines and anything else that could be blown about and cause damage.
Close and securely fasten doors and windows.
Park vehicles in a garage if available. Where possible, keep vehicles clear of trees, walls and fences.
During the Storm:
Stay indoors as much as possible. If you do go
Some of this country’s leading and most respected experts on lone worker safety will once again come together on Tuesday, 26th November 2013 at London’s Olympia Conference.
“We are very happy to welcome Skyguard once again to our annual LONE WORKER SAFETY 2013 Conference & Exhibition” Robert Kaiser, CEO of PPSS Group and organiser of this event has stated today.
“For us it was crucial to collaborate with the very best in this field and we believe that by adding Skyguard to the list of exhibitors we are offering our visitors an even wider choice of lone worker safety device and technical advice and guidance”, he continued.
Skyguard provides Europe’s premier personal safety service for lone workers and people at risk. Skyguard offers a range of state-of-the-art personal safety devices linked to their purpose built, UK based, 24/7 Incident Management Centre certified to the highest lone working industry
Lothian Health Board has been fined for safety failings after a lone worker was attacked while making a home visit to a patient with mental health issues.
The community psychiatric nurse was visiting a 58-year-old female patient who had been suffering from psychiatric illnesses for more than 30 years when the attack happened.
HSE’s investigation found that the injured person was an experienced nurse whose role involved visiting patients in the East Lothian area who were receiving community treatment for mental or psychiatric illnesses.
During the incident the nurse was forced to the floor, threatened and had her hair pulled so violently that several clumps were pulled out. Since the incident, she has been understandably apprehensive about undertaking home visits and has experienced unwelcome ‘flashbacks’.
Haddington Sherriff Court heard that at the time of the incident there were no risk assessments in place for Community Health team workers dealing with client violence or aggression, or for lone working in
“I like to be out and about, staying in gets me down,” says great-grandmother Kathleen Barker.
MySOS user Kathleen Barker and grand daughter Joanne.
But for Kathleen’s family, this has become a concern in the last 18 months, following her diagnosis with dementia.
They want Kathleen, 82, to enjoy as much independence as she can, but they also want to keep her safe, especially as she can sometimes end up wandering, becoming lost and confused, and has been known to wander at night.
Granddaughter Joanne Barker, 38, lives near to Kathleen in Collier Row and regularly checks in on her.
Jo knows her Nan’s condition is worsening and she needs support, but she also knows she is not yet ready for a care home.
This meant the family were faced with a difficult choice, how could they ensure Kathleen gets the right