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Safe in the Sun. Risks in the Construction Sector

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Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. The main cause of skin cancer is exposure to damaging rays from the sun. Indoor workers receive 10–20 per cent of outdoor workers’ yearly exposure.

Please take a moment to take a look at this interesting video on the subject. Whilst the video, produced by Keir, focusses on the issue globally the current spell of good weather highlights the importance of sun protection when working outdoors in the UK.

The video is part of the  IOSH Youtube channel. You can subscribe here

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Mental Health in Construction – Building Resilience

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The construction industry can be a stressful environment and increasingly, the industry is waking up to scale of the issue. With this in mind, we have pulled together  some of the resources & materials out there on the web that look at this subject:

Construction News has an interesting News & Analysis Page on the Subject. Mind Matters looks at issues including a link to thier 2018 survey looking to assess the scale of the industry’s mental health issues. You can take part in the Survey here.

Mental Health can also create significant Health & safety issues as highlighted on The HSE Website here – Stress at work – Mental health at work and work-related stress – HSE.

Ultimately, to address the issue we need to focus on 4 areas:

  1. Building resilience & Support 
  2. Better Communication Skills 
  3. Better support 
  4. Better self-awareness 

And ultimately building a positive culture in the workplace that encourages people to think about & protect their Mental Health.

If you are interested in investigating this issue further, you may find the Brain PathWays Blog of interest.

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June 23rd is International Women in Engineering Day

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We are keen supporters of WES and INWED, please could I ask you to please join our Thunderclap campaign on Twitter and Facebook (with both your company and personal accounts!) and to share the link with your friends, family, colleagues and professional networks so that we can try and trend this year on 23 June for #INWED18! Details are below:

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/69695-inwed18

Thank you in advance

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The importance of effective communication and feedback

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Highwire is committed to delivering a high quality service. We are continually looking for ways to better understand the needs of our clients and what they think about the services we deliver.

As part of this commitment, we will now ask you to take a few minutes to give us some feedback at the end of a project.

We use Microsoft forms to collect the information. You can take a look at an example via the link below.

So when you receive a form, please take a few munites to complete it and tell us how we have done.  Your feedback will help us make Highwire even better for you!

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What’s Happening in Construction

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There are a number of interesting events happening over the next few months.

So here are a few dates for your diary, along with links to find out more

Dates for your diary is a regular feature in the Highwire Newsletter. If you want to stay up to date with what is going on in the industry, why not sign up?  Just get in touch here and we will be happy to add you to the list.

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The Image of Women in Construction

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The role of women in the construction industry is changing.

As part of our commitment to supporting this process, The Highwire team is delighted to be getting involved with a new NAWIC initiative – The Image of Women in Construction 

The project is a collaboration with photographer Morley von Sternberg (http://www.vonsternberg.com) in a photographic book that will reflect the person : properly, engaged in the moment. The aim is to showcase who the women really are, their passion, not only the fact that they are women working in construction.

The project aims to highlight the contribution of individuals to the industry, by capturing the real face of women and the range of roles in the construction sector.

You can find out more and get involved here

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New Civil Engineer 100 Awards 2018 – Shortlist Announced

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The Shortlist for the NCE100 Awards 2018 is now out and Highwire Finance Director, Liz Rickard, is on the judging panel. 

“I am delighted to be involved in this year’s awards ” says Liz. “It is a privilege to be on the judging panel for the awards, and to be able to  recognise & celebrate best practice in this exciting industry.”

You can view the full shortlist here. 

The winners will be announced at a gala event at The Troxy, London on 23rd May.

You will find full details of the awards here

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New Standard – Personal fall protection equipment. Anchor systems. Specification – BS 8610:2017

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In December 2017, the British Standards Institute launched BS 8610:2017. These are new standards for Personal fall protection equipment – Anchor systems and they represent a significant upgrade from the older standards they replace. As a consequence, they are somewhat more complex.

We recognise the importance of getting key standards and safety information distributed across our sector and to assist in this process, Highwire are working with BSIF and other sector experts to develop a simplified position paper.

We will publish this as soon as possible.

In the meantime, if you would like to know more we would love to hear from you.

Alternatively, you can access more details on the new standard here.

 

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Health and Safety matters to everyone

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Health & Safety often gets bad press for being a box-ticking exercise. However, a recent case handled by the HSE demonstrates that height safety needs to be on everybody’s agenda.

The case, which resulted in a scaffolder receiving a suspended sentence for not wearing a harness at height, highlighted the fact that this happened despite him being experienced and having had full training.

The moral of the story – Health & Safety is something that needs to be embedded within the culture of a company, and be seen as important to everyone, and not just those with “Health & Safety” in their job description.

You can read the full story here

 

 

 

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Specialist Height Safety Apprenticeship gets the go-ahead

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In early October the Height Safety Trailblazer Group received notification that their proposal to develop a Fall Protection Technician apprenticeship has been approved.

The approval recognised that an appropriate quality of training is available for the Height Safety sector. Approval of the apprenticeship on a national framework is immensely valuable. It means small to medium-sized companies will be able to access grant funding to support apprentice training. It ensures that our sector is able to obtain skilled worker cards for operatives, following the withdrawal of CRO cards this year

What is the Height Safety Trailblazer Group?

A Height Safety Trailblazer Group is a group of employers representing the Height Safety Sector. They have come together to develop standards for apprenticeships specific to relevant job roles in the sector.

The British Safety Industry Federation, Height Safety Group (BSIF HSG) has been formative in setting up the Trailblazer group. A key aim of the group was to ensure it is fully representative of the sector. SME installers make up 50% of the representation.

The group obtained specialist advice from trainers, educators and awarding bodies including BEIS, CITB, HSE etc.

High-Quality Fall-Protection Training

In approving the Height Safety Trailblazer proposal, the Construction Route Panel was particularly complimentary of the “well-written and clear proposal”.  Panel members noted how the proposal clearly explained details of the Fall Protection Technician role in a way that is accessible to someone who perhaps doesn’t have in-depth knowledge of the sector.

We anticipate that the new Fall Protection Technician programme will be available to apprentices next year.

In the meantime, the Height Safety Trailblazer Group will continue to develop the standard, extending it across a range of occupations throughout our sector.

For more details of the Height Safety Trailblazer Group and the new Fall Protection Technician apprenticeship, contact us at Highwire 

For wider information on Trailblazers see Future of Apprenticeships in England: Guidance for trailblazers.

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