Posts Tagged ‘health’


Accidents on Building Sites – and a Charity that Helps Victims

August 11, 2017


Accidents in the workplace happen. In the construction and warehousing world, they can easily lead to serious injury, even death. Here are just a few examples – and some good news.

One report in The Construction Index concerns a contractor employed to work on a cottage in Dorset. The site was sloping and the original foundation was shallow. As the contractor dug below the level of the old foundation, the gable wall collapsed. This knocked him to the ground, but some masonry also went through the window of the excacator, switching it into gear. The contractor’s leg was pulled in and caught under the track – it later had to be amputated. It means a hefty fine for the construction company – and a builder who can’t work any more.

In this second report, a builder’s labourer in London suffered multiple leg fractures when the newly-built first floor of a house collapsed, having been overloaded with concrete blocks. The labourer fell 3m to the ground, with concrete falling around him. He still can’t walk properly and is unable to return to work.

Finally, this report concerns a construction worker on the new Queensferry Crossing in Scotland, who was hit and killed by the boom of a crane he was directing.

Thank goodness, then, for The Lighthouse Club Benevolent Fund– the construction industry’s charity. They can give financial help to thousands of families plunged into financial crisis when they lose their breadwinner’s income through illness, injury or death. It has branches all over the UK and Ireland. Find out more by clicking the link above, or call 0161 429 0022.


Preventing Falls from Ladders etc. in the Workplace

July 26, 2017

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Clever? OK, maybe. Sensible? No way! A third of all reported fall-from-height incidents involve ladders and stepladders. On average, this accounts for 14 deaths and 1200 major injuries to workers each year. Many of these injuries are caused by inappropriate or incorrect use of the equipment.

This article, Preventing Falls on the Jobsite, reached us today.  It gives a lot more information, including falls from lifts and scaffolding.

For example, do you know the “three points of contact” rule? If not, you’ll find them in the article.
There’s a really helpful guidance leaflet from the Health & Safety Executive that you can download FREE from this link:
Safe Use of Ladders and Stepladders – an Employers’ Guide .

A Word From Our Top Dog

July 11, 2017


“You’d have to be barking to forget your hi-viz and your hard hat!”

This is Biff, alias ‘Buster the Boxer’ from the John Lewis Christmas advert. Image courtesy of his owner, our fine TBS Daventry customer, Mick Howe.


Under the COSHH? Your Guide to Hazardous Substances

July 7, 2017


Whether you’re in the building trade or a DIY-er, some of the materials or substances you use could harm your health – particularly your eyes, lungs or skin. These hazardous substances can come in many forms:

  • Chemicals
  • Fumes
  • Dust and powders
  • Vapours
  • Mists
  • Liquids and gels
  • Gases
  • Biological agents

So in our trades, anything from paint to cleaners, solder to sawdust might pose a long-term risk to your wellbeing. It pays to be clued up!

What’s more, did you know that if you’re an employer, you are required by law to assess the health risks to your employees of any job you send them on?

Image: Health & Safety Executive

Image: Health & Safety Executive

Well, here’s the good news. The government’s Health and Safety Executive has a branch called COSHH, standing for Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. They produce a lot of useful material for you to refer to.  We suggest you start with their free downloadable guideWorking with substances hazardous to health.

For tradesmen who also employ other workers, COSHH tells you how to do the legally required risk assessment. You can also search their site for requirements specific to you line of work.

For consumers, COSHH is behind those international symbols on product packaging – like those in the image at the top of this post. Your consumer right is to know any COSHH information about hazardous properties in anything you may be buying.

TBS tries hard to make this information available. Our website aims to give a link to COSHH sheets for each product we sell where this applies. If you find we’ve missed one, please tell us.


Working in Dust and Fumes? Here’s How to Guard Your Health!

June 30, 2017


We all have a moan about Health & Safety now and again, but some parts of it are really vital. Just ask a retired tradesman whose lungs are half full of MDF dust if he’d do things differently next time around!

The debate is on over whether MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) dust causes cancerthis article tells you more. What is certain is that the dust particles have an unusual shape, which causes them to stick to the lungs. So you’d do well to be prepared!

Dust and fumes of any sort are a health risk in any number of trade and DIY situations. Particular care should be taken with the following:

  • soldering  
  • welding
  • using adhesives
  • sawing certain materials, e.g. MDF
  • grinding metal  

Here you can read more about the dangers of construction dust and how to guard yourself against it.

TBS takes these things seriously. We stock a range of masks and respirators to protect your lungs and nasal passages.

Ox FFP1 Respirator Pack : general purpose face masks for average levels of dust.

Ox FFP2 MDF Respirator Pack : a denser weave for finer, higher density dust.

If you’re dealing with FUMES, you need to be extra careful. Thinners, adhesives, some solders, and the fumes from welding require a full mask for proper protection. TBS stocks the Ox Twin Half Mask Respirator.


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