Risk Assessment Changes

The HSE are looking at carrying out Risk Assessment Changes.  They are concerned that many people see the requirement to record significant findings of a risk assessment as something separate from other things they do to manage their business.

Risk assessments should be about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace.  More emphasis on controlling risk and less on written assessments but without reducing standards.

Summary of recent HSE Legislation Enforcement

A building company was fined £144,000 with costs of £43,606.15 when a worker fell 5 metres from the roof of a house in London.  The fall resulted in a 3 month hospital stay from injuries including a fractured spine and an induced coma for 2 weeks.  Works were carried out unsupervised and an enforcement notice was served after finding removed broken asbestos in a pile with other debris by the neighbour’s hedge.

A scaffolding business owner was sentenced to 4 months in prison suspended for 2 years. His partner (son) was sentenced to an 8 month prison sentence suspended for 2 years with costs of £25,661.  An employee fell 7 metres to his death after dismantling scaffolding.  He was stacking roofing sheets on a flat roof without edge protection and safety railing was removed so that sheets could be stacked.   There was no PPE worn, e.g. harnesses.  The condition of the scaffolding failed to meet current safety standards.

A Recycling company have been fined £300,000 with £8,903 in costs after failing to enforce the ‘safe stop’ process which should be followed when using dangerous machinery.

Star Wars

Finally, Star Wars film maker was fined £1.6 million with £20,861.22 costs for injuring Harrison Ford. He was knocked off his feet and pinned to the floor of the Millennium Falcon set as prop door closed on him.  The HSE found there was no automatic emergency cut off instead of relying on the reaction of the prop operator to bring the door to a stop.  The power and speed of the door was such that, had Mr Ford or anyone else struck on the head by the door as it closed, they might easily have been killed.

Waller Associates

In 1993 Steve Waller started Waller Building Services after training as a quantity surveyor. Waller Associates Limited was set up and Waller Building Services became a trading division within that company. In 2010, an opportunity arose that dove tailed well with the existing company structure.  A long established local Glazing company went into administration which produced the need for a commercial and domestic glazing supplier in the area.  Their commercial glazing manger, Paul Hayward, liked the way we operated as a company and therefore a new division was formed.

Waller Building Services

Clients include schools, local authorities and private customers. Our building services consist of smaller refurbishments through to extensions and new builds.

Waller Glazing Services

Our glazing projects include window, door and also glass repairs. We also carry out complete window and door installations. Additionally you can see examples of our glazing works by viewing the case studies on our website.

Building on Trust….

Waller Building and Glazing Services is registered to Fensa, Chas, Constructionline and Safecontractor. We are also approved by Kent County Council. Waller Associates is a company that you can trust. We would be happy to give you a quotation on any size of works. You can See examples of our building works by viewing the case studies on our website.

Contact Waller Building and Glazing

Based in Sittingbourne, Kent, we carry out works throughout as well as the south east of England. Consequently if you would like a quotation on any size of project, please contact us. Call 01795 424435. Additionally email mark@wallerservices.com

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CHAS Certified - Waller Services Kent

CHAS Accreditation

Waller Associates Limited has proudly renewed our Chas Accreditation this year!

Waller Associates

In 1993 Steve Waller started Waller Building Services after training as a quantity surveyor. Waller Associates Limited was set up and Waller Building Services became a trading division within that company. In 2010, an opportunity arose that dove tailed well with the existing company structure.  A long established local Glazing company went into administration which produced the need for a commercial and domestic glazing supplier in the area.  Their commercial glazing manger, Paul Hayward, liked the way we operated as a company and therefore a new division was formed.

Waller Building Services

Clients include schools, local authorities and private customers. Our building services consist of smaller refurbishments through to extensions and new builds.

Waller Glazing Services

Our glazing projects include window, door and also glass repairs. We also carry out complete window and door installations. You can see examples of our glazing works by viewing the case studies on our website.

Building on Trust….

Waller Building and Glazing Services is registered to Fensa, Chas, Constructionline and Safecontractor. We are also approved by Kent County Council. Waller Associates is a company that you can trust. We would be happy to give you a quotation on any size of works. You can See examples of our building works by viewing the case studies on our website.

Contact Waller Building and Glazing

Based in Sittingbourne, Kent, we carry out works throughout as well as the south east of England. If you would like a quotation on any size of project, please contact us. Call 01795 424435. Additionally email mark@wallerservices.com

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Health & Safety

Due to a breach of health & safety regulations, a building company were fined £40,000 with £3,000 costs under the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 and Regulation 22(1)a of the CDM Regs 2007. Building materials fell through the site hoarding onto the pavement and highway.

Working At Height

Furthermore a roofing company was fined £18,000 with £4,089 costs after a worker fell through a roof light 3 metres to the ground and suffered injuries to his head, wrist and hip. Another company was fined £10,000 with £1,355 costs after a worker slipped and fell 7 metres through a roof sheet when replacing roof lights.  In this case no risk assessment had taken place or precautions taken to prevent falls from the edge of the roof or various fragile elements.

Hand-Arm Vibration

2 construction firms have been fined £12,000 with £8,246 costs. The other £280,000 with costs of £8,246 under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 for failing to adequately manage risk where workers were regularly exposed to hand arm vibration through the use of range of vibratory tools.

Waller Associates

In 1993 Steve Waller started Waller Building Services after training as a quantity surveyor. Over the next few years the company grew and it was in July, 2000, when the decision was made for Waller Building Services to become a Limited company.  Therefore Waller Associates Limited was set up and Waller Building Services became a trading division within that company. In 2010, an opportunity arose that dove tailed well with the existing company structure.  A long established local Glazing company went into administration which produced the need for a commercial and domestic glazing supplier in the area.  Their commercial glazing manger, Paul Hayward, liked the way we operated as a company and therefore a new division was formed.

Waller Building Services

Clients include schools, local authorities and private customers. Our building services consist of smaller refurbishments through to extensions and new builds.

Waller Glazing Services

Our glazing projects include window, door and also glass repairs. We also carry out complete window and door installations. You can see examples of our glazing works by viewing the case studies on our website.

Building on Trust….

Waller Building and Glazing Services is registered to Fensa, Chas, Constructionline and Safecontractor. We are also approved by Kent County Council. Waller Associates is a company that you can trust. We would be happy to give you a quotation on any size of works. You can See examples of our building works by viewing the case studies on our website.

Contact Waller Building and Glazing

Based in Sittingbourne, Kent, we carry out works throughout as well as the south east of England. If you would like a quotation on any size of project, please contact us. Call 01795 424435. Additionally email mark@wallerservices.com

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HSE Update

There has been an HSE update enforcement action relating to working on fragile roofs, working at height and accidents with plant and vehicles.

This included a window fitting company (GFT Frames Ltd). They were fined £6,000 plus £9,953 in costs and the principal contractor at a construction site being fined £20,000 with £9,953 in costs under the CDM Regs 2007.  This was for safety failings after a worker fell a total of 3 metres whilst installing glazed units in a block of flats under construction.

The employee had been carrying window frames through the stairwell of the block of flats under construction. There were no stairs in place, just a ledge which was part of the structure that would act as a landing half way up the stairs once they were installed. After completing the unloading all the frames, the employee and colleague were accessing the first floor, up through the void.   As Mr Sheppard climbed onto the first floor from the ledge, he slipped, falling approximately 1.7 metres back to the landing and then a further 1.3 metres to the ground floor. He sustained two fractured ribs and a broken thumb.

The HSE investigation found GFT had failed to properly plan, supervise or carry out the work at height in a safe manner under the Work at Height Regulations 2005.  Furthermore the principal contractor had failed to plan manage and monitor the construction phase and failed to provide workers with a site induction.

Waller Associates

In 1993 Steve Waller started Waller Building Services after training as a quantity surveyor. Over the next few years the company grew and it was in July, 2000, when the decision was made for Waller Building Services to become a Limited company.  Therefore Waller Associates Limited was set up and Waller Building Services became a trading division within that company. In 2010, an opportunity arose that dove tailed well with the existing company structure.  A long established local Glazing company went into administration which produced the need for a commercial and domestic glazing supplier in the area.  Their commercial glazing manger, Paul Hayward, liked the way we operated as a company and therefore a new division was formed.

Waller Building Services

Clients include schools, local authorities and private customers. Our building services consist of smaller refurbishments through to extensions and new builds.

Waller Glazing Services

Our glazing projects include window, door and also glass repairs. We also carry out complete window and door installations. You can see examples of our glazing works by viewing the case studies on our website.

Building on Trust….

Waller Building and Glazing Services is registered to Fensa, Chas, Constructionline and Safecontractor. We are also approved by Kent County Council. Waller Associates is a company that you can trust. We would be happy to give you a quotation on any size of works. You can See examples of our building works by viewing the case studies on our website.

Contact Waller Building and Glazing

Based in Sittingbourne, Kent, we carry out works throughout as well as the south east of England. If you would like a quotation on any size of project, please contact us. Call 01795 424435. Additionally email mark@wallerservices.com

 

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Waller Associates is now a SafeContractor Accredited Company

The SafeContractor scheme provides a health and safety audit service for contractors who want to reassure their clients that health and safety is being handled correctly and sufficiently on their sites. Waller Associates is a SafeContractor Accredited Company.

Consequently,our qualified auditors review your health and safety policies, procedures and documentation, taking into consideration your trade, industry sector and business size. As a result, our safety audits are tailored to suit your business, to assess whether there is suitable and sufficient health and safety compliance within your business.

Waller Associates

In 1993 Steve Waller started Waller Building Services after training as a quantity surveyor. Over the next few years the company grew and it was in July, 2000, when the decision was made for Waller Building Services to become a Limited company.  Therefore Waller Associates Limited was set up and Waller Building Services became a trading division within that company. In 2010, an opportunity arose that dove tailed well with the existing company structure.  A long established local Glazing company went into administration which produced the need for a commercial and domestic glazing supplier in the area.  Their commercial glazing manger, Paul Hayward, liked the way we operated as a company and therefore a new division was formed.

Waller Building Services

Clients include schools, local authorities and private customers. Our building services consist of smaller refurbishments through to extensions and new builds.

Waller Glazing Services

Our glazing projects include window, door and also glass repairs. We also carry out complete window and door installations. You can see examples of our glazing works by viewing the case studies on our website.

Building on Trust….

Waller Building and Glazing Services is registered to Fensa, Chas, Constructionline and Safecontractor. We are also approved by Kent County Council. Waller Associates is a company that you can trust. We would be happy to give you a quotation on any size of works. You can See examples of our building works by viewing the case studies on our website.

Contact Waller Building and Glazing

Based in Sittingbourne, Kent, we carry out works throughout as well as the south east of England. If you would like a quotation on any size of project, please contact us. Call 01795 424435. Additionally email mark@wallerservices.com

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STEM Gold Certificate

STEM Gold Certificate.

The STEM Gold certificate shows that we are a business that is measuring and monitoring its environmental impacts and has taken action to reduce them.  The business has reported its progress to Low Carbon Kent and other stakeholders. This is a KCC scheme which helps businesses to improve their environmental performance through a series of assessments and certificates (blue, silver and gold).  These levels correspond to the 3 phases of the National Standard BS 8555.

The benefits are that the scheme can:

  • enhance your green credentials
  • help you achieve nationally recognised accreditations such as Carbon Trust Standard, BS 8555 and ISO 14001
  • help you to comply with the law
  • save your business money by removing inefficiencies.

Waller Associates

In 1993 Steve Waller started Waller Building Services after training as a quantity surveyor. Over the next few years the company grew and it was in July, 2000, when the decision was made for Waller Building Services to become a Limited company.  Therefore Waller Associates Limited was set up and Waller Building Services became a trading division within that company. In 2010, an opportunity arose that dove tailed well with the existing company structure.  A long established local Glazing company went into administration which produced the need for a commercial and domestic glazing supplier in the area.  Their commercial glazing manger, Paul Hayward, liked the way we operated as a company and therefore a new division was formed.

Waller Building Services

Clients include schools, local authorities and private customers. Our building services consist of smaller refurbishments through to extensions and new builds.

Waller Glazing Services

Our glazing projects include window, door and also glass repairs. We also carry out complete window and door installations. You can see examples of our glazing works by viewing the case studies on our website.

Building on Trust….

Waller Building and Glazing Services is registered to Fensa, Chas, Constructionline and Safecontractor. We are also approved by Kent County Council. Waller Associates is a company that you can trust. We would be happy to give you a quotation on any size of works. You can See examples of our building works by viewing the case studies on our website.

Contact Waller Building and Glazing

Based in Sittingbourne, Kent, we carry out works throughout as well as the south east of England. If you would like a quotation on any size of project, please contact us. Call 01795 424435. Additionally email mark@wallerservices.com

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Martin Temple has been appointed as the new chair of the HSE with effect from 1 May 2016.

The HSE is the national regulator for workplace health and safety.  It aims to prevent death, injury and ill health in Great Britain’s workplaces. It does so:

  • Through research
  • By providing information and advice
  • By promoting training
  • By producing new or revised regulations and codes of practice
  • By working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement

Recent enforcement action taken by the HSE reported this month has included:

Demolition

A client was fined £30,000 in October 2015 under the CDM Regs 2007 for demolition works carried on site of Chesham Community Hospital in Buckinghamshire.  A site visit from HSE found presence of asbestos containing materials among debris, demolition arrangements not recorded in writing and witness accounts of dangerous practices including unsafe work at height and use of construction machinery, poor site security and a lack of welfare facilities.  There was a serious risk of injury from collapse of partially demolished buildings in the HSE’s opinion.

The same contractor was found on another site in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in June 2015 in control of workers unsafely dismantling parts of the building to recover recyclables, such as metal.  No risk assessment had been done regarding respiratory exposure to asbestos containing materials.  The client told the HSE the contractor was working without their knowledge on the site and had alerted the police.

At the trial the Contractor was found guilty of breach of the CDM Regs 07, Control of Asbestos Regs 2012, Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 and was sentenced to four months suspended custodial sentence and 200 hours community service order.  He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,200.

Fragile Roofs

A self-employed builder was fined £16,000 with £3,330.80 under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after his employee fell through a fragile sky light on a farm building.  The employee was replacing broken roof tiles and stepped onto an adjacent fragile roof to remove debris when he fell through the fragile skylight into a tractor scraper parked below breaking his collar bone, ribs, chipped his spine and head injuries was unable to work for six months.  The HSE found that there was no suitable and sufficient risk assessment of the job, no information or instruction has been given or specific working at height training.

Working at Height

A construction company were fined £6,600 under the Work at Height Regs 2005 after a worker fell through a void sustaining serious injuries to his back as well as a broken foot.  The company were contracted to pour concrete onto the first floor of a building under construction and an employee caught his boot and tripped whilst walking across a floor under construction dislodging an unsecured wooden board placed over the void falling 4.5 through the void.

A company have been fined £20,000 with costs of £1,776 for beaching Work at Height Regs 2005 after a worker from Romania dismantling falsework (at form of temporary structure) fell thirteen metres down a service riser shaft on a building that was under construction.  The HSE found there was an unsafe system of work and inadequate supervision of workers.

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The HSE have published their 2016 strategy document, Helping Britain Work Well with six strategic themes and have had a Board restructure with an interim chair being appointed to head the 7 board members.

Recent enforcement action has been taken by the HSE to the following building companies with regards to working at height and asbestos health and safety working breaches.

Asbestos

A roofing company disturbed asbestos at a Primary School. They were found to have failed to monitor and identify the substance as key staff had not been asbestos awareness trained.  They were fined £20,000 with £1,737 costs under the CDM regulations 2007.

A building company was fined £267 plus £1765 costs under the Control of Asbestos Regs 2012 for exposing the public to asbestos when carrying out a garage conversion into a bedroom in a private house.  The garage collapsed with a roof potentially containing asbestos and this was put into rubbish bags.

Working at Height

A company was fined £14,000 with costs of £6919 under the Working at Height Regulations 2005 after a 16 year old worker fell through a roof skylight and cracked 3 vertebrae due to poor supervision and training.

A company were fined £153,000 after a worker from Ashford was injured installing solar panels in a private house in Kent.  He crashed through an outbuilding to a swimming through roof lights.  The worker had used a scaffold tower, ladder and safety harness but had not been instructed properly on how to use these or formally trained.

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There have been recent changes to the Consumer Rights Acts 2015 which replaced three big pieces of consumer legislation – the Sale of Goods Act, Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations and the Supply of Goods and Services Act.

The Consumer Rights Act introduces:

  • 30 days to get a refund.  This is the first time a specific framework has been created in which you can reject a faulty item and get a refund, e.g. goods are of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose and as described.
  • A tiered remedy system. This sets out rights to a refund depending on how long you’ve owned the product, e.g. you are outside the 30 day right to reject.  If you discover a fault within the first 6 months from purchase, it is presumed to be there since the time of purchase unless the retailer can prove otherwise.
    • Failed repairs –

    • After one failed attempt by the retailer to repair or replace the faulty item, you’re entitled to ask for a refund or price reduction.
    • A second repair or replacement.

    • If you don’t want a refund or price reduction, you have the right to ask to request another repair or replacement at no cost to you.
    • Deductions from refund.

    • No deductions can be made from a refund in the first six months of purchase (with the exception of motor vehicles where a reasonable reduction may be made for the use you’ve had of the vehicle).
    • Digital Content Rights.

    • This gives consumers rights in relation to online digital content supplied free with other paid for items and digital content supplied on a physical medium, such as a DVD.
    • Unfair terms in consumer contracts.

    • It will now be easier for consumers to challenge hidden fees and charges.  Now the key terms of a contract, including price, may be assessed for fairness unless they’re both prominent and transparent.
    • Pre-contract information.

    • The Consumer Rights Act states that if a retailer provides pre-contract information in relation to a service and you take this information into account, the service must comply with that information.
    • Delivery rights.

    • The retailer is responsible for goods until they are in your physical possession or someone appointed to accept them.  There is a default delivery period of 30 days during which the retailer needs to deliver unless a longer period has been agreed.  If the retailer fails to deliver within the 30 days or agreed date the consumer has the right to terminate the purchase and get a full refund if they can prove it was essential that it was delivered on time.  If it isn’t time essential but another reasonable delivery time can’t be agreed the consumer also has the right to cancel the order for a full refund.
    • Contracts for services which can include double glazing .

    • This includes the following: the trader must perform the service with reasonable care and skill, information which is said or written is binding where the consumer relies on it, the service must be provided for a reasonable price and must be carried out in a reasonable time.
    • Remedies for Contracts for services;

    • The trader should either redo the element of the service which is inadequate or perform the whole service again at no extra cost within a reasonable time and without causing significant inconvenience or where repeat performance is impossible or can’t be done in a reasonable time a price reduction can be claimed.
    • Terms of contracts;

    • may be deemed unfair if they are contrary to the requirements of good faith – meaning they must be designed, negotiated and entered into with the consumer in a fair and open way, or they cause a significant imbalance between the rights of the retailer and the consumer to the detriment of the consumer.
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