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

I contacted Rob last week with a Risk assessment issue. His response was immediate and highly supportive. He managed to sort our problem in super quick time and at a very competitive price. Very impressed and would highly recommend using his services.
Thank you very much.

Rick Stone

Aquamassage 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.

 

Mission Statement

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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Fines for Southern Gas and a construction firm after gas leak
A major UK gas distribution company and a Kent based construction company have been fined after a gas main ignited whilst it was being repaired. Two workers were injured as a result.
Folkestone Magistrates Court heard how, on 27 May 2016, Southern Gas Network Plc (SGN) employees were called to a gas escape at Thanet Way in Whitstable, Kent. The gas escape had been caused by employees of Cliffe Contractors Ltd damaging a medium pressure polyethylene gas main during construction work. During the repair by Southern Gas Networks, the gas ignited causing the injuries to two SGN employees. One worker suffered severe burns while the other sustained cuts and bruises.

Investigating, the HSE found Cliffe Contractors Ltd had not followed safe digging techniques when excavating around the pipeline. This resulted in the gas main being damaged by a mechanical excavator, leading to a significant amount of gas being released. Subsequently, SGN did not follow their own procedures or recognised safe systems of work when repairing the main.

Southern Gas Networks Plc of Station Approach in Horley, who had pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at an earlier hearing, was fined £1.2million and ordered to pay costs of £18,975.43.

Cliffe Contractors Ltd of Anthony’s Way in Rochester, who had pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at an earlier hearing, was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,689.13.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Principal Specialist Inspector Martin Wayland said: “This incident, in which a worker could have easily been killed, could have been avoided if safe excavation by Cliffe Contractors had been carried out and safe mains repair policies had been followed by SGN. Both companies were aware of the precautions that were required to be taken.”
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Driving for work is the most dangerous activity most employees ever undertake, making driver safety a vital consideration for businesses. Employees who drive on business are more likely to be killed at work than those employed as deep sea divers or coal miners.
There are hundreds of thousands of injuries on the roads every year and literally millions of collisions that result in expensive damage to vehicles and property. According to figures from the Department for Transport (DfT), around a third of all road traffic incidents may involve somebody who was driving as part of their work at the time and almost all are avoidable.

Driving for Better Business is a Highways England campaign, supported by the Government and a broad range of other organisations such as the Health and Safety Executive, to raise awareness of the importance of work related road safety in the business community and public sector, by using advocates drawn from these communities to promote the business benefits of managing it effectively.
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A charity set up by Cambridge City Council to hold live events has been fined £30,000 after a cyclist was struck by a fairground lorry during the set-up for a funfair held alongside the city’s annual Bonfire Night fireworks display.

All they needed to do was to have a properly thought out plan. Event safety is one of the many ways we can help organisations
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£500k fine after worker lost the use of his legs
Two companies have been fined over half a million pounds after a site worker suffered a severed spine and is unlikely ever to walk again.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that, on 5 November 2015, Marcel Păduraru, a 30-year-old Romanian construction worker, fell through a fragile plastic skylight into a basement three metres below.

Grangewood Builders Ltd had been appointed as the principal contractor to carry out a £5m refurbishment at a large house in London. Grangewood engaged Trenchco Ltd to carry out specialised demolition work.

The HSE’s investigation found that, despite work being carried out next to the skylight, neither company had checked if it was fragile or took action to stop people falling through it.

Furthermore, neither company ensured the work was adequately planned and, as a result, safe systems of work were not identified and implemented. Site hazards ranged from lack of edge protection to manually handling 200kg wooden beams.

The investigation also revealed that the Trenchco supervisor directly controlling the work had no formal training relating to supervision and some of the workers, including the Romanian victim, had to rely on unofficial interpreters to pass on instructions and tell them what the health and safety records contained.

Charges
Grangewood Builders Ltd of Lionel Road, Canvey Island, Essex pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. It was fined £270,000 and ordered to pay £7,025.98 in costs.

Trenchco Ltd of Clewer Crescent, Harrow Weald, Middlesex pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 15(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. It was fined £270,000 with £7,025.98 in costs.

Commenting after the hearing, HSE Inspector Andrew Verrall-Withers said: “The risks relating to fragile skylights being fallen through and the simple solutions to avoid this are well known. The failings at the site were not limited to the unprotected plastic skylight. Other activities such as the demolishing of a roof without edge protection could also have resulted in a serious incident.

“While these companies may have wanted health and safety compliance, their failure to pay enough attention to their actual performance at the site resulted in a tragedy occurring. No one should go to work and return unable to walk again.”
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I saw these two muppets yesterday in Hove. The guy on the right is cutting tiles on the floor with a small disc cutter. His boy is holding a sheet - a flammable sheet, as a shield. No other protection for themselves or the people walking past...FAIL! ... See MoreSee Less

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ARCHITECTS AND BUILDERS FINED...

Construction companies fined £170k for ‘numerous’ serious breaches
Serious health and safety breaches, including failures that put workers’ lives at risk, have led to the sentencing of Coast & Country Construction Limited and Paul Humphries Architects Ltd.

Exeter Magistrates’ Court was told that a concern was raised in early 2016 about the lack of health and safety controls at a large timber frame extension being built onto Manor Lodge Residential Home in Exmouth. On 1 March 2016, HSE inspectors visited the site and found numerous health and safety breaches.

During the site inspection, uncontrolled high-risk activities were witnessed that put workers at risk of death, serious injuries or ill health. The risks included falls from height, fire, slips and trips and poorly controlled wood dust. The inspection found there was a total disregard for health and safety and site management.

In particular, the risk of fire spread associated with the construction of a timber frame extension adjoining an existing building had been mismanaged: 80 physically and/or mentally impaired residents of the home were put at risk of injury or death due to the possibility of fire spreading into the home.

The subsequent investigation by the HSE found that the work was not properly planned, nor appropriately supervised or carried out in a safe manner. Coast & Country Construction Limited (formerly known as Make a Loft a Home) as the principal contractor, had a duty to control how the work was carried out and to ensure that the work would be completed safely. The timber frame extension work was designed by Paul Humphries Architects Ltd who failed to perform their duties as the principal designer and failed to consider the risk of fire spread to the vulnerable residents.

Coast & Country Construction Limited of Concord Road, Exmouth did not attend court but were found guilty in their absence to breaching Section 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and have been fined £150,000 with costs of £6,039.

Paul Humphries Architects Ltd of Salterton Road, Exmouth pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 (1) and 11 (3) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regs 2015, and were fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,039.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Nicole Buchanan said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take enforcement action against those that fail to control workplace risks appropriately.”
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When will companies learn - pedestrians and moving vehicles do not work well together in the same space...

£180k fine after transport worker crushed
A worker who suffered fatal crush injuries had become trapped between two heavy goods vehicles while working on site for a transport company. Colin Lawson Transport Limited has been fined £180,000.

Graham Forsyth was fatally injured in the incident, which happened in May 2016. The HSE’s investigation revealed that the company had failed to provide a safe system of work and adequate training for their staff.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, Colin Lawson Transport Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 and Section 33(1) (a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £180,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Connor Gibson commented: “This incident could have been prevented if the company had put a safe system of work in place when moving vehicles.”

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”
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A catalogue of errors caused this. The edge protection was the final straw...

A construction company has been sentenced after an employee fell from the first floor of a school in Wakefield.

On 26 August 2014, the 61-year-old worker was asked to remove fall bags from the first floor of Sandal Endowed Primary School. The bags were too bulky to fit safely down the stairs. He took the bags to the roof and proceeded to throw them over the edge. One of the bags became caught on the edge protection, dislodging it and taking both him and the edge protection over the edge.

The employee fell and landed on the unprotected end of a scaffolding pole resulting in broken ribs and internal injuries, and later removal of part of his bowel due to infection.

The HSE’s investigation found that George Hurst & Sons Ltd failed to implement the British Standard for edge protection.

George Hurst & Sons Limited of Don Pottery Yard, Rowms Lane, Swinton, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and as the company have gone into administration has been fined £1.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Yolande Burns commented: “This accident would not have happened if the standard had been met. The breaches were ongoing for a period and many other employees were exposed to the risk of falling over the edge of the building.

“Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related injuries in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.”
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