HSE Safer Sites Initiative sees 40% of sites fail to meet standards.

Results from the HSE Safer Sites Initiative, which ran from 22 September to 17 October this year, reveal that of the 1,748 sites visited, dangerous practices or poor standards were discovered at 40% of refurbishment and repair sites visited, with 1 in 5 sites so poor, formal enforcement action was required.

A total of 691 of the sites targeted failed to meet current standards with 360 needing formal enforcement action, as practices were so poor. In total, the HSE issued 313 prohibition notices and 235 improvement notices.

Dust suppression solutions - simple and effective.

Dust suppression solutions – simple and effective.

Dust is still a major problem

Dust is still a major problem


The HSE initiative was focussed on health risks, and 35% of the notices served were for issues such as management of asbestos, failure to control exposure to harmful dusts, noise and vibration, and insufficient welfare. However, the most common issue identified by HSE inspectors was unsafe working at height, which accounted for 42% of notices.

Following the results of the campaign, HSE is urging the construction industry to ensure basic health and safety measures are in place on all sites. Detailed statistics from the initiative as well as images of both good and bad practice can be found on the HSE website.

Reactec Vibration monitoring

Reactec Vibration monitoring

Brandon Hire provides free advice on a range of health and safety issues, including working at height, Hand Arm Vibration, welfare and dust. For more information email: targetrisk@brandonhire.co.uk or call 01179 719119

Plasterboard logistics -saving time and reducing waste -Part 1

Reduce your plasterboard costs by up to 67 per cent!

Research has shown that increased efficiency when handling plasterboard sheet can lead to cost reductions of between 16 and 67 per cent. With the right tools, the right handling and the right recycling, the processing time for plasterboard handling can be reduced by around 50 per cent (Blomqvist, Camitz, Mattsson, 2009).

Swedish manufacturer, Starke Arvid, produces material handling equipment for the construction sector that can give significant savings for the drylining industry on new build and refurbishment projects with their range of products now available to hire from Brandon Hire. Behind the design of Starke Arvid’s products lies the simple principle: Work smarter, not harder and meet today’s tight schedules and deliver the best possible quality by using world class plasterboard logistics and ergonomics while improving your profitability!

You can save up to 67 per cent through effective handling!

Handling a plasterboard costs significantly more than buying one. Have you thought about all the activities required to insert a plasterboard into a wall or ceiling? By improving the efficiency of these activities the process become more cost-efficient.

Research as well as our own experiences have shown that increased efficiency when handling plasterboards can lead to cost reductions of between 16 and 67 per cent. With the right tools, the right handling and the right recycling, the processing time for plasterboard installation can be reduced by around 50 per cent (Blomqvist, Camitz, Mattsson, 2009).

Damaged workers and materials

This can lead to damaged workers and materials.

Board Trolley – for much more than boards

The Board Trolley Mini is the perfect tool for transporting smaller plasterboard quantities (up to 13 boards), other board materials or doors and windows. Narrow passages, renovation works or smaller projects are no problem for this nimble trolley with its two pivoting castors and solid, puncture-free rubber tyres. The vertical supports, which also function as handles, can easily be removed to fit the trolley into the boot of a car_NPP8009_NPP8017

HSE inspectors blitz on refurbishment and repair sites

HSE inspectors have kicked-off a month long blitz checking on health standards on refurbishment and repair sites. Health as well as safety is the message being taken to contractors as inspectors stage a series of unannounced visits across the country. Inspections will pay particular attention to the threats posed by harmful dusts such as silica and asbestos and other hazardous substances. Philip White, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, said: “Industry has made much progress in reducing the number of people killed and injured in its activities, but for every fatal accident, approximately 100 construction workers die from a work-related cancer.” During the last health initiative action was taken on one in six sites. White said: “Time and again we find smaller contractors working on refurbishment and repair work failing to protect their workers through a lack of awareness and poor control of risks. “This isn’t acceptable – it costs lives, and we will take strong and robust action where we find poor practice and risky behaviour. “Through campaigns like this we aim to ensure contractors take all risks to their workers seriously, and not just focus on immediate safety implications. They need to put in place practical measures to keep workers both safe and well”

Brandon Tool Hire specialise in dust extraction vacuum hire and the delivery of on-site support, toolbox talks and practicable advice on refurbishment and repair sites.