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DfT Announces Urgent Cycle Safety Review

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that an urgent review into cycle safety in the UK is to be carried out after numerous incidents involving cyclists, such as the recent death of mother-of-two Kim Briggs who was knocked down and killed by cyclist Charlie Alliston.

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http://www.hivis.net/blog/161/dft-announces-urgent-cycle-safety-review/
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING SAFETY EYEWEAR

When it comes to safety clothing and personal protective equipment, you need to look at the job you’re going to be doing before you start shopping so that you know you have all that’s required to do the work safely.


http://www.hivis.net/blog/159/what-to-look-for-when-choosing-safety-eyewear/
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Advice For Construction Site Safety Issued

There are numerous pieces of legislation governing the safe running of construction sites in the UK, but it never hurts to go back to the basics and remind yourself of what you as an employee, or what you as an employer, need to do to keep yourself and everyone else healthy and safe.

Virtual College has recently written an article covering the basics, looking at everything from keeping your workforce healthy to making sure they wear the correct high visibility clothing.

In fact, where uniform is concerned there are a few things to remember. Aside from providing people with the right hats, jackets and other high-vis clothing in the first place, you need to ensure you regularly review its condition and replace it when necessary.

“Uniform and equipment should also be reissued when it becomes worn as it may compromise safety,” the website stated.

Making sure every person on a site knows the correct emergency procedures, including the safe routes to evacuate, is another essential.

It also points out that the best way to prevent accidents from occurring is to hazard-proof a site, which means conducting regular inspections, addressing any issues that are identified promptly and encouraging your workforce to talk openly about any concerns they have where the site or its safety is concerned.

Last month we talked about the importance of keeping your high-vis and protective workwear in good condition, which means taking the time to clean it properly. Failing to do so could leave you at greater risk of being involved in a workplace accident and suffering an injury.

https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/news/construction/2017/08/how-to-create-a-safer-working-environment

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DROP IN NUMBER OF ENGINEERS DEPICTED WEARING HARD HATS

If you are responsible for purchasing hivis clothing then you should have heard of the The Sainsbury Management Fellows Hard Hat Index.

http://www.hivis.net/blog/157/drop-in-number-of-engineers-depicted-wearing-hard-hats/
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Employee Sustains Life-Changing Hand Injuries At Work

Ensuring that all members of staff wear the appropriate safety clothing while on the job is a must for all companies, but especially those working in more dangerous sectors like construction and manufacturing.

Preventing accidents from happening should always be a top priority but even if all equipment is provided and full training given to all workers, accidents can – and will – still happen.

The Health and Safety Executive has just prosecuted a Devon-based textile company after one of its employees sustained life-changing hand injuries while preparing a piece of machinery for the next shift. Anthony Seward, 21, suffered severe crush injuries when his hand was drawn into rotating rollers, resulting in the partial amputation of four fingers.

Following an investigation, the HSE fined the company in question £300,000. It was found that the firm hadn’t safeguarded the machinery correctly. A guard had been provided but when it broke it wasn’t repaired and was replaced instead with an emergency stop wire.

“An individual’s health and safety should not be made worse by the work they do. Duty holders have the responsibility to ensure all dangerous machinery has the appropriate level of safety guarding for employees to be able to operate it,” HSE inspector Paul Mannell said.

When deciding on what equipment to provide, you should always carry out a risk assessment for the job in question. Ask yourself questions such as who will be exposed to what, how long will they be exposed for and how much are they going to be exposed to. Always choose products that are CE marked as they comply with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002.

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http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/textile-company-fined-after-worker-suffers-crushed-hand/

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Why You Should Clean Your Hivis Workwear Properly

Those of you in industries that require you to do your jobs dressed in hivis workwear must make sure you know how best to keep it clean – or you could actually be putting yourself at even more risk than you might otherwise have thought.

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http://www.hivis.net/blog/152/why-you-should-clean-your-hivis-workwear-properly/
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Cold Weather On The Way This Weekend

Those of you working this weekend (August 5th-6th) should make sure you’ve got your workwear body warmers to hand, since the report is in and it looks like it’s going to be a relatively chilly one for August.

The latest information from The Weather Channel shows that temperatures will be dropping below normal for this time of year over the next few days – and it might well continue into next week as well.

Forecaster Michael de Villiers said: “Temperatures in the UK are forecast to decrease and fall about two or three degrees C below average by Sunday. This is because the south-westerly flow at the start of this week will be replaced by a cooler westerly flow.”

For much of the UK and Ireland, temperatures are expected to reach the high teens, although East Anglia, the south-east and some parts of the Midlands could see the mercury reach around 21 degrees C.

Accidents can increase when the workplace is cold, so make sure you have the right kind of equipment at your disposal to help prevent anything from happening. If it is chilly, think about adopting a layering system with your clothes – wearing your garments to protect you from whatever conditions you’re facing.

This means that you’re better able to adapt your clothing based on your environment or your own personal level of activity. If you’re not doing much moving about, your layers will be really helpful – and if you suddenly have to start moving a lot, it’s easy to just shed a layer and then put it back on again.

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Workers ‘Must Be Equipped For Safety’

A recent checklist has been published that employers should use to make sure workers are equipped to go about their daily duties safely.

http://www.hivis.net/blog/151/workers-must-be-equipped-for-safety/
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Cyclist Injured In Leicester Hit & Run

A cyclist in Leicester has been involved in a hit and run accident this week (July 19th), with the driver concerned fleeing the scene after a few moments of hesitation.

According to the Leicester Mercury, CCTV footage shows that the woman was hit as she biked across a junction in the city’s West End. The recording has now been handed over to Leicestershire Police, with a search now underway for the car involved.

Owner of Snutch News Subhash Varambhia heard the crash as he was preparing his shop to open the following day. He told the news source: “The driver stopped for a few seconds but then reversed and drove away. How could you do that? How could you leave someone like that? The driver didn’t even get out of the car to see if she was alive. The woman was lying in the road and screaming in pain. Neighbours came out to help her and someone called an ambulance.”
Witnesses did say, however, that she hadn’t been wearing a helmet, didn’t seem to have lights showing on her bike and that she also wasn’t wearing any hivis clothing.

Cyclists do need to take their own safety into their own hands by wearing reflective clothes, having lights on their bikes and by wearing the appropriate headgear just in case something does happen. Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings and check before you pull out on roads or making turns. And remember that traffic islands and T junctions are where a lot of accidents happen, so take extra care when approaching road spots like these.

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/driver-didnt-even-out-car-218992
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Driving To Europe? Make Sure You Pack A High Vis Jacket

British drivers could be risking heavy penalties if they don’t have high visibility jackets in different European countries.

http://www.hivis.net/blog/150/driving-to-europemake-sure-you-pack-a-high-vis-jacket/
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