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SAFETY, ACCESS, PLANT & TOOLS Latest HSE figures show construction deaths lower than five-year average 084 JULY 2014 RCIMAG.COM Zink Copper Stainless Thermal imaging training available online The FLIR and ITC webinars are available to anyone needing greater knowledge of thermal imaging techniques Zero fatalities among NASC members The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has launched its 2014 Safety Report, documenting the number of scaffolding accidents to have occurred for all NASC full contracting member companies in 2013. The report has shown that while there were 30 major injuries reported, and the total number of seven day injuries reaching 66, no fatalities were reported among the 13,749 operatives covered by the research. Adrian Rooney, chairman of the NASC Health and Safety Committee, said: “We have, once again, seen a fall in overall figures for accidents / incidents, despite an increase in the number of operatives. “The NASC Safety Report shows yet again that the efforts and commitment shown by its member companies, and above all those who work on NASC committees and groups to produce safety guidance, training and associated literature, are succeeding.” The research also showed that there were 15 falls from height in 2013, with the highest reported fall being from five metres. Six were from scaffolds or working platforms with five from under four metres and just one fall at four metres or above. The report also highlights that slips, trips and falls (STF) on the same level were the major cause of accidents in 2013, followed by manual handling, falls from height, and falls of materials. This is the tenth consecutive year that STF accidents have been the major cause of injury, amounting to nearly 43% of all injuries reported. Manual handling injuries increased from nine in 2012 to 17 in 2013, marking an increase of nearly 89%. The NASC also identified an increase in the number of seven-day incidents involving trainees in 2013. In fact, the highest number of accidents occurred in the 21-30 age group (42%), followed by the 31- 40 age group (18%), meaning that these two groups accounted for nearly 60% of all accidents. Overall the most common injury was a fracture of the hand, fingers and wrists (13%), followed by a fracture of the feet, toes & ankles (10%), sprain to the feet, toes & ankles (8%) and strain to the back. Robin James, NASC managing director, said: “Once again, the annual NASC Safety Report has revealed interesting and positive statistics and provided engaging analysis which can be used to help raise standards and levels of safety in the scaffolding and access industry. The rise in manual handling injuries and injuries to trainees is being looked at closely, and we will be encouraging members to work towards reducing these figures immediately.” www.nasc.org.uk/safety_reports FLIR is making a new series of thermal imaging training seminars available through the Infrared Training Center (ITC). The company says that thermal imaging has become an integral part in building energy management, which has recently reached new levels of importance in the built environment. Thermal cameras quickly and accurately identify the location of problems and allow the detection of energy waste, moisture and electrical issues. FLIR says that its products offer a cost-effective and easy way to help save customers money and expand opportunities. Understanding the science behind thermal technology is just as important as the technology itself, which is the reasoning behind FLIR making access to learning simpler and free through its new thermography webinars. Those interested can log in at www.infraredtraining.com/view/?id =60710 to access the webinars at any time. FLIR says the training is available to anyone wishing to incorporate thermal imaging into their work routine. For more information on the Infrared Training Center, visit: http://www.infraredtraining.com/ New figures have indicated that the number of construction workers killed in Britain last year fell to the lowest average rate in recent years. Provisional data released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveals that across all industries, 133 workers were fatally injured between April 2013 and March 2014, compared with 150 in the previous year. Of the 133, there were 42 fatal injuries to workers in construction, lower than the average figure over the last five years of 46. The latest rate of fatal injury is 1.98 per 100,000 workers, compared to a five-year average of 2.07. The overall rate of fatal injury has dropped to 0.44 per 100,000 workers, compared to 0.51 in 2012/13. Judith Hackitt, the HSE chair, said: “The release of the annual statistics always leads to mixed emotions. Sadness for the loss of 133 lives, and sympathy for their families, friends and workmates, but also a sense of encouragement that we continue to make progress in reducing the toll of suffering. “Whilst these are only provisional figures, they confirm Britain’s performance in health and safety as world class. For the last eight years we have consistently recorded one of the lowest rates of fatal injuries to workers among the leading industrial nations in Europe.” Minister of State for Health and Safety, Mike Penning, said: “Any death at work is a death too many. But these statistics show that workplaces are getting safer. “The Health and Safety Executive do an excellent job in making sure each and every one of us can go out to do an honest day’s work in the knowledge that our safety is being taken seriously.” HSE also released figures concerning deaths caused by mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. These show that 2,535 people died in 2012, which is an increase from 2,291 in 2011. Judith Hackitt said: “The high numbers of deaths relating to mesothelioma are a reminder of historically poor standards of workplace health and safety, which decades later are causing thousands of painful, untimely deaths each year. While we now recognise and are better positioned to manage such health risks, these statistics are a stark reminder of the importance of keeping health standards in the workplace on a par with those we apply to safety.” New tools catalogue The latest edition of the Screwfix catalogue has been released, and is now available to pick up free from Screwfix stores nationwide. The catalogue includes almost 14,000 items, with many rated and recommended by UK tradesmen. Customers now have access to a complete new range of hand tools from DeWalt, which is exclusive to the Screwfix catalogue. The catalogue’s collection of power tools has also been increased with the extended ranges from companies like Titan and Bosch. It also features deals from brands such as DeWalt and Evolution, including the first 4.0ah compact and cordless power drill from Makita. John Mewett, marketing director at Screwfix, said: “The latest edition of our much anticipated catalogue features even more leading brand ranges and essentials for busy tradesmen. The extensions we’ve made to our power tool and screw ranges in particular are designed to provide a greater choice of options for our customers. As well as extending key product ranges and introducing new brands, we’ve continued to broaden our nationwide network of stores, which are open from 7am on weekdays.” Customers can collect their free copy of the Screwfix catalogue from any of the 344 Screwfix stores or download the Screwfix catalogue app to their smartphone or tablet. www.screwfix.com 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk


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