BSG Updates

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

10th May 2022

Skin Cancer Awareness Month – May 2022. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world, therefore not only is May Skin Cancer Awareness […]

HSE safety alert: Mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs): Failure to detect mechanical failure in drive units

4th May 2022

HSE has issued a safety alert advising of a serious technical fault found with mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs).

The alert requires those involved in MCWP […]

BSG Hub Mobile App now available on Apple

4th May 2022

Great news for BSG members! Our Mobile App is now available to download on Apple devices. Click here if you are an Apple user https://apple.co/3KCe4Kx for access […]

Splott church collapse: Four sentenced over scaffolder death

4th March 2022

Four men receive suspended prison sentences after worker dies following church collapse. South Wales Safety Consultancy Ltd fined £97,500 after pleading guilty to failure to […]

Storm Eunice: Rare Red weather warning issued for parts of the UK

17th February 2022

BSG recommends that should your site or operations be in an area which will be impacted by the forecasted storm, you will need to assess […]

Government to make it illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving ‘under any circumstance’

14th February 2022

New mobile phone laws, making it illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving under virtually any circumstance, will come into force on 25 March. The move follows a follows public consultation which found that 81% of people supported the proposals. 

Employers need to communicate highway code changes to all workers

14th February 2022

Employers who have staff that are required to drive as part of their work need to ensure that they communicate the implications of sweeping changes to the Highway Code as part of their policy for managing work-related road safety.

Building Safety: 2021 reflections and projections

14th February 2022

What a year it’s been for building safety. The construction sector has seen a significant amount of progress in this area. To give some perspective on how things have changed, partner Simon Lewis, managing associate Michelle Essen and solicitor Ryan Lavers at Womble Bond Dickinson looked at the biggest leaps forward in 2021; and have also cast an eye towards 2022 to consider what we can expect next.

Illuminating the future of roads

11th February 2022

Trials have been carried out by National Highways, which have seen the future of roads explored.

5 toxic workplace habits affecting employee wellbeing

10th February 2022

New research by Bupa has revealed five toxic workplace habits harming employee wellbeing, including ‘chronic procrastination’ and ‘workplace stress’. Lauren Gordon, Lead Behavioural Insights Advisor at Bupa, gives tips on how to overcome toxic habits.

Construction News launches 2022 mental health survey

9th February 2022

As part of CN’s award-winning mental health campaign, Mind Matters, an anonymous survey has been opened to get a picture of the mental health of UK construction workers and find out what has changed in recent years.

Health and safety compliance considerations for surveyors

8th February 2022

Whether you’re a commercial landlord or a prospective tenant, you might not realise that surveyors could be at risk in your property. These are a few of the elements often overlooked when surveying a building that could pose a threat to surveyors. 

HSE creates new toolkit for high-rise building safety cases

2nd February 2022

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has created a new toolkit to help inform owners and managers of high-rise buildings about the new safety case regime.

Mobile tower fall death: Background to a tragedy

1st February 2022

On 15 January 2022 at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court, Peter Saunders Builders Ltd was fined £16,000 after pleading guilty to breaching regulation 8 (a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, following an incident that saw one of its workers, Sean Harding, fall from height and subsequently die.

Multiple safety failings bring ban and fine

31st January 2022

An Irvine-based construction company and its director have been sentenced for multiple safety failings on a house-building site.

Designers of high-rise buildings urged to start preparations for new building safety regime

28th January 2022

Everyone involved in the design of high-rise buildings should take a proactive approach to managing building safety by planning ahead and preparing for the biggest overhaul of the regulatory framework in 40 years.  

Employers must provide same level of protection to all workers under amended PPE regulations

27th January 2022

Employers in Great Britain need to ensure they are ready to provide the same level of protection to workers who carry out casual work as employees who have a contract of employment when amended personal protective equipment (PPE) regulations come into force on 6 April.