Ageing workforce: the risks for construction

Comment: Stephanie Eaves, PhD student, Loughborough Design School We are currently experiencing an ageing population, which is contributing to an ageing workforce. In October 2006 it became illegal to discriminate against a worker on account of their age, as well as an abolishment of the official retirement age and the state pension age being increased […]

How long for New Zealand to reach UK safety record?

New Zealand has a long-standing problem with workplace deaths and injuries, but matters came to a head when, in November 2010, a methane gas explosion in the Pike River coal mine on the west coast of the South Island killed 29 men. The subsequent Royal Commission of Enquiry found considerable fault with the employer and […]
Behavioural Safety

Forklift truck safety: simple steps to change behaviour

By Phil Chambers BSc, CMIOSH Strategic Safety Systems Too often, one reads of accidents where a forklift truck is involved. Typically, these result in major injury or death. The readers of SHP Online should already be aware that the key steps to preventing forklift truck accidents are: Pedestrians and vehicles should be kept separate, so […]

Safety and Health Expo 2014: bringing safety to life

An overview of SHE 2014 from Lindsey Bredin, PR manager for the exhibition. The show is put on in association with SHP. With Safety & Health Expo’s move to London from Birmingham’s NEC this year, UBM Live really wanted to change the way safety and health was presented at the exhibition. Not only was the show […]

ESOS: are you in or out?

AND what do you do about it? ESOS has been in force for two months but do you know what it stands for, whether it applies to your organisation, what you have to do (if anything) and by when?  If you’ve answered “No” to any of these questions, you’re not alone.  We have been getting […]

Stockline tragedy: 10 years on

It was 10 May 2004 and having just returned from giving evidence to the Department of Work and Pensions’ inquiry into HSE, I remember hearing a thunder-like noise. An explosion had ripped through what was widely to become known as the Stockline Plastics Factory, half a mile from the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) offices, […]

Asbestos awareness: circling the globe

September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day in the United States, but for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), asbestos and mesothelioma awareness occurs every day of the year. The September event calendar is a great example of the numerous asbestos and mesothelioma awareness that are circling the globe. It’s utterly staggering. Each day, more than […]
Behavioural Safety

Accident prone

Everyone makes mistakes. Martyn Brown looks at common error traps and how, through the ‘human performance equaliser', they can be avoided.

Personal training

Blanket training can be ineffective and costly and arguably does not benefit those that it is designed to help, argues David Towlson. The world of learning is changing and technology means it will become more personalised.
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