BSG Updates

GB work fatalities up by almost a third

30th July 2021

Covid disruption, wide-scale furloughing of workers and a 10% reduction in weekly hours worked has been accompanied by a 28% year-on-year increase in the number […]

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Director lied about forklift incident which left driver paralysed

29th July 2021

A director who lied about how a lorry driver sustained life-changing injuries has been ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

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Buildings under 18m no longer require EWS1 forms after independent research finds “no systemic risk of fire in blocks”

28th July 2021

Buildings under 18m no longer require EWS1 (External Wall System) forms, following new advice from fire safety experts commissioned by the Secretary of State earlier this year.

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Building Safety Bill: Familiar concepts, ‘but much to learn’

26th July 2021

England’s Building Safety Bill has finally made its way to parliament; “the first formal legislative step in the government’s vow to ‘deliver the biggest changes to building safety for nearly 40 years’.”

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Five tips for managing hot weather hazards

26th July 2021

Hot weather presents some challenges in the building industry. Alex Minett, from the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme, offers some tips for employers to mitigate the risks.

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Building Safety Bill published, outlining ‘biggest improvements to building safety in nearly 40 years’

9th July 2021

The Building Safety Bill has been published, outlined by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick as the next “key step in an extensive overhaul to building safety legislation”.

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Utilities company fined after member of the public died following fall into excavation site

5th July 2021

A utilities company has been fined after a member of the public suffered fatal injuries after falling into an excavation on a footpath.

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Building contractor fined following the death of worker on house building site

1st July 2021

Nickell and Richmond Limited has been prosecuted following a case brought by HSENI, and fined £40,000.

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Why contractors should be thinking about acoustic health

1st July 2021

Contractors should be thinking about acoustic health and what they can do to improve current standards, argues Ben Hancock.

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Mace, Kier, Wates and Willmott Dixon among Building a Safer Future Charter ‘champions’

1st July 2021

A total of 12 companies including several major contractors and housebuilders have become the first Building a Safer Future (BSF) Charter “champions”.

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Government details fire safety-related changes to planning system

1st July 2021

The government has released details of new requirements in the planning system to bolster fire safety in high-rise residential buildings, in response to the Grenfell […]

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BSI publishes competence criteria for everyone working on a building

1st July 2021

A new set of competence criteria for everyone working on a building has been published by UK national standards body, BSI.

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Construction workers urged to open up over stress

1st July 2021

The construction industry is being encouraged to start talking about employee stress with the launch of a joint initiative between the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) […]

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How to avoid common risk assessment mistakes

24th June 2021

Reflecting on the past year, one thing is for sure – Covid has highlighted the importance of risk assessment like never before. Former HSE inspector […]

National Hard Hat Awareness Week Promotes Recognition of Concussion

15th June 2021

DURING HARD HAT AWARENESS WEEK, 14-20th June, Headway – the brain injury association, and leading safety manufacturer Centurion are working together to promote the importance […]

HSE Blitz Alert: Health and safety spot checks and inspections during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

27th May 2021

Please be aware that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas […]

Greencore Construction records Carbon Negative Houses video on BSG site

20th May 2021

An impressive and very professional video posted today by one of our members, Greencore Construction, about Carbon Negative Houses. The vid was recorded on a […]