I would like to thank Rob for his excellent expertise and assistance with Health and Safety issues. He was extremely efficient with answering any queries and delivering the required documents very quickly! Would certainly recommend this company and will be using these services again in the future. HVC Ltd

Clearwater Safety Group Limited provide professional but realistic business risk management advice to SME’s across East and West Sussex and Hampshire, through Surrey into South London and over into Essex and Kent.

We have four divisions:

Clearwater safety Clearwater fire Clearwater events Clearwater business

Clearwater Safety specialises in general health & safety which includes construction, CDM and training.

Clearwater Fire carries out Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Management Strategies, determines alarm equirements and associated activities.

Clearwater Events help organisers of public events with their safety management, including working with SAG’s.

Clearwater Business works with directors to create business continuity or disaster recovery plans.

The Clearwater Safety Group firmly believes that the management and control of risks belong at the very core of all business activities. Looking after the health and well-being of your staff makes sound business sense – less time off due to sickness or injuries, no need to train replacement staff, and no fines or compensation payments. Planning for the unexpected is looking after your business.

 

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Clearwater Safety specialises in general health & safety which includes construction, CDM and training.Clearwater Fire carries out Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Management Strategies, determines alarm requirements and associated activities. Clearwater Events help organisers of public events with their safety management, including working with SAG’s. Clearwater Business works with directors to create business continuity or disaster recovery plans. The Clearwater Safety Group firmly believes that the management and control of risks belong at the very core of all business activities. Looking after the health and well-being of your staff makes sound business sense – less time off due to sickness or injuries, no need to train replacement staff, and no fines or compensation payments. Planning for the unexpected is looking after your business.

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A testimonial from a satisfied client to my colleague who introduced me.

I am writing to express my thanks for your kind introduction to Rob Slater of Clearwater Safety Group Limited. We have enjoyed the benefit of the services of Airtight for many years now and this introduction was very welcome. As the individual in charge of Health & Safety for my firm, I felt the need for a review of our existing policies and procedures with regards to Health & Safety. With up to 85 staff in our offices at any one time, this is an area of great importance. At our initial meeting, Rob was able to give me very clear guidance on the legal requirements and demonstrated excellent technical competence in his field. Rob followed up on that meeting and gave me a concise quotation covering the areas of our policies and procedures that needed to be addressed. Crucially, as part of his engagement. Rob acts as a named ‘Competent Person’ as required by law, which is reassuring for me as a business owner. In my dealings with Rob, I have found him to be punctual, reliable and importantly, very practical given the context of our ‘low risk’ office environment. I would have no hesitation in continuing to recommend the services of both Airtight and Clearwater to my business contacts. With kind regards Yours sincerely, Craig Manser BSc(Hons) ACA
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Inadequate planning led to fork lift crush injury

An employee’s foot was crushed by a falling metal grid weighing a tonne, and suffered a broken foot which led to the amputation of three toes.

Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court was told how, on 15 December 2016, Nicholas Jenkin, an employee of welding and fabrication firm Swadlincote Aluminium and Welding Co Ltd, had been instructed to paint several metal truck wash grids when one of the metal grids, weighing a tonne, slipped through the forks of a forklift and landed on his foot, crushing it.
Failure to plan

The Health and Safety Executive found that the company had failed to properly plan the task or ensure the forklift driver had received adequate training to fully operate the vehicle. The company also failed to ensure a safe system of work was in place, such as the use of a sling on the forklift truck, which would have stopped the metal grid from slipping through the forks.

Swadlincote Aluminium and Welding Co Ltd, of Unit 3 Suttons Business Park, Swadlincote, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £4,400 and ordered to pay costs of £860.40

Speaking after the hearing Health and Safety Executive Inspector David Keane said: “This injury could have easily been prevented had thorough planning been carried out.

“Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from injury while operating fork lift trucks.”
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Gross negligence manslaughter: ‘Precedent set’ as technician jailed in gate installation case

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A technician who fitted an automated gate to the garden of a house near Norwich has been jailed for manslaughter after it fell onto the home owner and killed her.

Jill Lunn, 56, died in April 2013, when the automatic gate fell on her at her home in Blofield Heath, near Norwich.

When the remote-controlled automatic mechanism failed, Mrs Lunn tried to pull the 300kg iron gate closed. However, safety-stop devices had not been fitted to prevent it sliding off a steel track on the ground when opened by hand.

The gate was installed by Robert Churchyard, 52, who was working for Automated Garage Doors & Gates Ltd. He had worked for the company for 20 years. Both he and the company were found guilty of safety offences at Norwich Crown Court in September. They were sentenced yesterday.

Churchyard was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for manslaughter by gross negligence; the company was fined £12,000 for breaching the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008.

According to the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF), the case sets a precedent with regards to the future of safe automated gate installation and maintenance.

DHF general manager Michael Skelding said: “This sentencing serves as a stark warning to everybody involved in the automated gate sector that they must ensure all doors and gates are checked for safety against current standards and regularly maintained by properly trained specialists. As this court case clearly demonstrates, both individuals and companies could face prosecution in the event of an accident.”
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Florence tourist death: Falling masonry kills Spanish visitor to Basilica di Santa Croce

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Falling masonry in one of Florence's most famous churches killed a 52-year-old tourist from Spain on Thursday, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The tourist and his wife were visiting the Basilica of Santa Croce, one of the Renaissance city's top tourist attractions, where such Italian luminaries as Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo Machiavelli are buried.

ANSA says he was struck in the head by a decorative element that dropped from a height of 20 meters (66 feet) in one of the church's aisles.

According to media reports the stone fragment was about 15 centimeters by 15 centimeters (six inches by six inches) and gave support to a beam.

Authorities were checking the stability of the gothic-era church, which was expected to remain closed to visitors at least through Friday.

Neither the Culture Ministry in Rome, officials at the church or police were immediately available to provide additional details.
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Student lettings firm fined £150,000 for fire failings

13 February 2017

A NOTTINGHAM-based student lettings company has been ordered to pay £190,000 in fines and costs after multiple fire safety breaches were identified at a site housing 23 residents.
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Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) visited the accommodation run by Nottingham Student Lettings Limited at Castle Gate and found that no suitable risk assessment was in place. There was also no fire detection system, emergency lighting or safe means of escape from the premises as the only way into the building was via a staircase that had an industrial laundry on one of its landings.
On 1 October 2013, NFRS issued a Prohibition Notice to Robert Singh, director of Nottingham Student Lettings, which banned the premises from being occupied until remedial work was carried out. NFRS gave Singh an extended period to comply until March 2014 but he failed to make improvements and ignored the notice.
Nottingham Student Lettings appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 19 January and pleaded guilty to five breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. It was fined £150,000 and ordered to pay costs of £40,000. Singh was also handed a three-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs.

The Nottingham Post, reports Judge Stuart Rafferty as warning that if a fire had occurred in the building, death was not simply highly probable, but an “inevitability”. He said: “It could not be said within any degree of realism to have been a safe building. It was far from it. The risk of death was not theoretical, it could well have occurred.”

Speaking after the hearing, NFRS station manager Tom Clark said: “Regrettably, not only did Mr Singh put the young people living at his property at serious risk in the event of a fire, he refused to follow the advice of fire inspection officers in how he could make the appropriate improvements to remove the risks, and meet current fire safety legislation.“
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Hotelier in dock for fire safety breaches

17 March 2017

A HOTEL in East Sussex has been prosecuted after a member of the public tipped off authorities that the building was unsafe.
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In October 2015, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) received a complaint that the Royal Victoria Hotel in St Leonard’s was offering accommodation that was not of sufficient standard. Inspectors from ESFRS visited the hotel and found a number of fire safety failings, which included fire doors that offered inadequate protection in the event of a fire. ESFRS issued an enforcement notice to the owner of the 52 room hotel, Dr Woo Sueng Shin, but he failed to make the necessary improvements within the agreed time period.

Shin appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 24 February and pleaded guilty to breaching the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, for contravening an enforcement notice. He was ordered to pay a fine of £1,174 and full costs of £4,264.

In sentencing, the Magistrates commented that he had ignored reminders regarding the outstanding work over an extended period of time and had misled the fire service when he wrote to them and advised them that the work had been completed. Inspectors later found that this was not the case.

ESFRS group manager for business safety Richard Fowler said: “It is an expectation that those who are in the hospitality industry place fire safety high on their agenda and have a full understanding of the expectations placed on them in order to keep people safe from fire.
“Inspecting officers worked closely with Dr Shin to ensure the hotel was brought up to a minimum standard of fire safety but he continued to ignore the serious nature of this case. We will always seek to prosecute those who persistently fail to protect others in order to ensure that those people who may be working or staying at a hotel are kept safe.”
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Study: Quarter of firms ‘don’t undertake regular safety checks’ on vehicle fleets
Regular safety checks on vehicle fleets are not being conducted by a quarter of businesses, research has claimed.

The study by TomTom Telematics, which surveyed senior managers at 400 UK-based firms, also found only 43% checked license and insurance documentation more than once every six months.

But on a positive note, 89% of managers did check driver documentation, regardless of time period.

Some 15% of respondents said organisations only checked documentation when a new employee joined – and did not schedule follow-up checks.

Beverley Wise, the UK & Ireland director at TomTom Telematics, said: “Ensuring vehicles and drivers are roadworthy is a fundamental requirement for any organisation that expects employees to drive for business purposes.

“If organisations are to safeguard employees and protect themselves from risk, it is important to have comprehensive systems in place not only for ensuring checks are conducted frequently but also to ensure findings are properly recorded and acted upon where necessary.”
Manual checks

There was also a lack of technology involved in safety checks on vehicles. Three-fifths of those surveyed, who check driver documentation, still do it manually – with the remainder conducting electronic checks.

In the specific case of companies operating grey fleets – vehicles owned by employees but used for business purposes – 21% do not conduct any checks on drivers’ insurance documentation.

Wise added: “Since the paper counterpart to the photocard licence was abolished more than two years ago, endorsements and disqualifications have only been recorded electronically.

“Therefore, businesses should strongly consider moving from manual to electronic checks to ensure they are building a more comprehensive picture on driver risk.”
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Man charged over 12 offences

03 August 2017

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The landlord of a hotel in Morecombe, Lancashire, has admitted to twelve offences relating to placing people at risk of death and serious injury, after a number of fire safety defects were found at the property.

As a result of a complaint to Lancashire County Council, Sunny’s Inn in Morecambe, was visited by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) and County Strategic, Lancaster City Council Environmental Health and Principal Housing Options.

Investigators found that several people were staying at the time, with two being long term residents and other short term residents staying for varying periods.

They found that a smoke detector in one of the bedrooms was covered with a plastic bag, and in another bedroom, the smoke detector was covered by a sock, meaning any smoke from a fire would not be detected at an early stage.

Fire doors were wedged open with fire extinguishers, meaning a fire could spread easily throughout the rooms.

The ‘dumb waiter’ was wedged open, meaning any fire on the ground floor could quickly spread to upper floors through the dumb waiter shaft.

A cardboard box was left in an escape corridor which could have tripped residents’ trying to escape and could have also caught fire.

Some of the doors to the bedrooms would not close, therefore making it easier for fire to spread.

Landlord Syed Masood Ahmed had previously received a number of fire safety notices but continued to allow the premises to be used for sleeping accommodation.

Mr Ahmed pleaded guilty to twelve offences at Lancaster Magistrates Court.
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