Lone workers are hugely common within the UK with almost 8 million of them making up 22% of the workforce – and this figure is constantly on the rise.
Lone working includes remote workers (even those working from home), night/out of office hours workers, contractors and the self-employed, i.e. anyone who does not work under direct supervision and spends some or all of their working day alone would be classed as a lone worker.
These types of workers are extremely vulnerable with statistics from the British Crime Survey highlighting that 150 lone workers are attacked every day with the risks being higher for those who work in a public-facing role. (more…)
Last year almost two thirds of workplace accidents were caused by just three types of hazards: manual handling, slips, trips and falls and being struck by an object. These are all relatively avoidable and given the correct training and equipment you can ensure that your team are not part of the statistics this year. (more…)
RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) are a registered charity devised to prevent workplace accidents that can cause life altering accidents. Their mission brings people together to discover life-enhancing skills which reduces accidental injuries, allowing everybody to enjoy life to the maximum. RoSPA collaborate with experts from a range of industries as well as people who have been affected by accidents. (more…)
A slip, trip or fall in the workplace can lead to a serious injury or worse. 31% of non-fatal injuries in the UK in 2017/2018 were caused by slips, trips and falls. With 100 people dying from work-related incidents, the fight to reduce harm in the workplace continues. By reducing any potential hazards that lead to incidents in the work environment, you help lower the risk of accidents and injuries. (more…)
Every business has to complete a risk assessment. For any company that employs over five people, it is a legal responsibility to document all risk assessments undertaken in the workplace. RAMS are documents that can be completed after a risk assessment and they are not as well known as risk assessments because there is no legal requirement to complete them by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
What are RAMS and how do they differ from risk assessments? Our guide will reveal everything you need to know about RAMS and when you should use them. (more…)
Employers are responsible for the health and safety of all employees and visitors to their premises. Visitors include customers, suppliers and the public. Essentially, it is an employers’ duty to look after every person on site and make sure they do not come to harm. There are also regulations in place to deal with certain hazards and also for industries where hazards are particularly high. (more…)
In the construction industry, having the essential safety equipment is a health and safety expectation. No matter the task expected to be completed, there are hazards which will require unique safety measures to be put in place to protect staff. Without proper precautions in place, these risk factors can be life threatening. (more…)
The Abrasive Wheels training course is designed to increase awareness for anyone who uses abrasive wheels as part of their job. (more…)
When working at height, appropriate precautions are required in order for staff to stay safe. Working in these conditions presents an array of different hazards for workers to contend with that usually wouldn’t be a big issue at ground level. According to Health and Safety Executive, there are around 40 fatal injuries a year (equating to 28% of workplace accidents) as a result of falls from height – just over half of these were in the construction sector. There is also an estimated 43,000 cases of non-fatal accidents caused by falls from heights. Therefore, being aware of potential hazards and how to avoid them in the workplace is crucial for both employers and employees alike. (more…)