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Combatting HAVs - hands-free drilling

Morgan Sindall is trialling a new hands-free percussion drill called Sindrilla, which is mounted into a frame, weighted, and guided by a drill mast. It is hoped that it will help eliminate Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS - also known as ‘white finger’ - which is the severe damage to nerves, blood vessels and joints caused by exposure to vibration. Anyone who uses hand-held power tools for a significant length of time is at risk. Operatives will simply need to press a button to turn the drill on and it will lower itself and start drilling. The drill also has a vacuum unit to draw up dust as the machine drills thus also helping to control exposure to dusts which can cause lung disease if not

Latest HSE construction industry statistics show there is still a long way to go

The HSE has recently released its latest health and safety statistics for the construction industry, which show there is still a lot of progress to be made by the industry as a whole to ensure we are protecting our workers from injury and work-related ill-health. Some of the headlines: Health There were an estimated 82,000 work-related ill health cases (new or long- standing), of which: - 62% were musculoskeletal disorders - 25% were stress, depression or anxiety. Cases of musculoskeletal disorders account for a higher proportion of ill health cases in construction than in all industries (44%). Approximately 3,000 construction workers suffer with breathing and lung problems associated with t

B & CE pilot group to test out its new occupational health provision product

B&CE has launched a pilot group of 18 companies to help develop a new product to improve occupational health provision across the construction industry. The pilot group, made up of major contractors and SME’s who represent thousands of construction workers, self-employed workers, and occupational health service providers, will play a key role in testing iterations of B&CE’s new product during its development phase. Having a consistent approach to health data will assist the industry in determining where it needs to spend time and effort to reduce harm, and will enable the industry to better measure the effectiveness of our health strategies. Furthermore, their ambition of providing a portabl

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Crane Signage incident

In a recent incident, an acrylic panel detached from a lightbox on the rear jib of a tower crane, striking a local resident.  

 

To avoid similar incidents, ensure an inspection is completed on all light boxes and other accessories attached to tower cranes.

Crane manufacturers approval must be sought when accessories (such as signs, lightboxes and lights) are attached to tower cranes and mechanical fixings must be used to secure panels.

From a design perspective, attachments must be designed to take both wind loads and dynamic forces and approved by temporary works.

An inspection and maintenance regime must be put in place and followed.

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