Congratulations to the South Coast Branch of IOSH
Last week saw the IOSH annual network conference and the South Coast Branch won the “Excellence in Communications” Award for which The Wilkins Safety Group would like to congratulate them.
Our connection to this is that their Communications Officer is none other than our Senior Health & Safety Consultant, Adam Hammond.
Adam is seen above collecting this award on behalf of the South Coast Branch. So that is two awards ceremonies in two weeks for Adam.
IOSH, The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, are the biggest health and safety membership organisation in the world and are the only Chartered body for health and safety professionals. Adam is a Chartered Member and Jon has recently addressed the South Coast Branch about the CDM 2015 Regulations.
This week’s 2 recent HSE cases also look at accidents that could and should have been avoided.
- A carpenter and a steel-fixer had been standing on a temporary wooden platform above a stairwell opening on the 9th floor of a construction site when the platform suddenly gave way beneath them.
- A Worker had his left thumb was severed, resulting in him receiving skin grafts in hospital and being unable to work for 15 weeks
Staying safe at work this autumn
As the summer is rapidly changing to the colder and wetter conditions of autumn, many of us will be looking forward to staying indoors through the darker months.
However, for many workers, this is simply not an option. What’s more, with the change in weather comes a new set of risks – some which can be deadly. However, by following these simple steps, the risk to workers can be significantly reduced
In the rain
One of the biggest dangers in wet weather is that you are more likely to be injured by slips, trips and falls, with those working at height perhaps most at risk – 15% of all deaths from slips, trips and falls are from roofers alone yet they still have to go up on the wet roof.
So is there anything they can do to protect themselves?
One of the simplest measures to prevent this kind of accident is to choose appropriate clothing. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) offers the following advice for those working in the cold and the rain: