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Accidents on Building Sites – and a Charity that Helps Victims

August 11, 2017

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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.

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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 .
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