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.
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.
1 week ago
I saw this yesterday. Decided to stop the guys using it to get above the ceiling. Just seemed like a good idea...it's only a 4m fall - what could possibly go wrong ... See MoreSee Less
£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.
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.” ... See MoreSee Less
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
3 months ago
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.” ... See MoreSee Less
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.” ... See MoreSee Less
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.” ... See MoreSee Less
Tyre-related deaths and injuries preventable say Highways England and Bridgestone
Almost three quarters of motorway incidents related to tyre failure could be prevented if drivers carry out simple checks, according to new research released today by Highways England and tyre company Bridgestone.
More than 30 people were killed or seriously injured in motorway accidents in 2016 due to illegal or faulty tyres. But an 18-month study says commuters, commercial drivers and other road users can do a lot more to help reduce accidents through regular checking.
Richard Leonard, Highways England’s head of road safety, said: “England’s motorways are the safest in the world but we’re determined to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on them.
“This important research confirms our view that road users must play a bigger role and get into the habit of checking tyre pressures and tread depths and looking out for nails and other debris stuck in tyres before setting out on journeys. These simple checks could save lives.”
Unveiled yesterday (24 April) at the annual Commercial Vehicle Show at Birmingham’s NEC, the research reveals that almost three quarters of tyre failure samples analysed by Bridgestone involved poor inflation or debris penetration issues – problems which could be potentially avoided with better tyre husbandry.
Both Bridgestone and Highways England, the government company for operating, maintaining and improving the country’s motorways and major A roads, are partners in the multi-agency road safety charity Tyresafe. They worked together to carry out the research over 18 months between the beginning of 2016 and last summer.
During the project, staff working for Highways England at depots across the West Midlands provided more than 1,000 pieces of tyre debris from motorways to a technical engineering team from Bridgestone to analyse.
The findings from 1035 tyre segments retrieved from the M1, M6, M40, M5 and M42 revealed:
56% of tyres failed due to road/yard debris penetration
18% failed due to poor inflation
8% failed due to poor vehicle maintenance
1% of tyres failed due to manufacturing defects
1% of tyres failed due to excessive heat
16% of the tyres couldn’t be specified to one particular problem
The tyre debris was taken from cars, vans, commercial vehicles and motorbikes, with under-inflation of tyres a key theme, along with poor vehicle maintenance, both of which accounted for 26% of the entire sample. When considering that 32 people were killed or seriously injured in motorway road traffic accidents in 2016 due to ‘illegal, defective or underinflated tyres’ Bridgestone and Highways England say simple tyre checks save lives.
In addition, the cost to the economy from a 2-hour delay on a busy stretch of motorway following a 2-lane closure stands at £135,360 and a massive £1,488,960 for a 3-lane closure lasting up to four hours .
Some of the samples were particularly alarming, with a temporary ‘space-saver’ spare tyre being run to destruction, while a number of potentially lethal and illegal ‘string’ repairs were also found on car tyres, which are completely unsuitable at any speed, let alone 70mph speeds on motorways.
Bridgestone technical manager Gary Powell, who oversaw the analysis of the debris with field engineer Peter Moulding and the rest of the firm’s technical department, said: “This report has taken a great deal of time and effort, involving a painstaking process of collecting tyre debris over 18 months and analysing it in depth thereafter. In conclusion, some simple tyre checks can save lives, not to mention reduce the risk of a stressful breakdown on a motorway.
“With proper vehicle inspection and maintenance programs, many of the failure methods noted should be detectable and preventable. In light of these results, we would also advise that tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are fitted to vehicles which don’t benefit from this technology already. It will assist with the detection of penetrations and deflations.” ... See MoreSee Less
This was completely preventable.
Horrific injuries due to DSEAR failures
A company specialising in spray foam insulation services has been fined after an inexperienced worker suffered severe burns while attempting to refuel petrol powered equipment.
On 11 January 2015, workers at Greenseal Insulation Ltd were spraying insulation into a ceiling cavity of a retail outlet. The foam spraying equipment was installed in a van parked outside the premises. When foam ceased from the spray gun, one of the operatives entered the van to refuel the equipment. A jerry can was fixed with straps within the compartment containing a compressor and generator (both petrol operated). The worker took the jerry can, opened it and petrol sprayed all over him and the compartment. Ignition followed immediately, covering him in flames.
Following the event he was in a coma in hospital for three months and subsequently spent over a year in hospital.
Investigating, the HSE found that Greenseal failed to ensure that risk from dangerous substances, namely petrol, was either eliminated or reduced so far as is reasonably practicable.
The HSE advise that in order to minimise the risk, the company could have taken a number of reasonably practicable actions, including the use of diesel powered spray foam equipment or reducing the frequency of refuelling by installing a larger fuel tank or tanks. Refilling could then be reduced to once a day and taken place at the beginning of the day when the equipment was cool and not in operation.
The potential for spilling petrol could have been reduced by storing it away from sources of heat and confining it to smaller containers or by using a non-spilling fuel delivery nozzle.
Greenseal Insulation Ltd of 45 Wycombe Road, Birmingham, B28 9EN pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002. The company was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,779.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Gabriella Dimitrov said: “This was the worker’s second day on the job. He suffered horrific injuries due to the company’s failure to adequately consider the risks from refuelling and implementing safer alternatives to the system of work requiring refuelling petrol powered equipment every two hours.” ... See MoreSee Less
Don't blame elf and safety. This is ridiculous!!!😡
HSE blasts school tree felling decision
The Health and Safety Executive has criticised schools that “hide behind non-existent” healthy and safety regulations, after a primary school was given the green light to fell a 150-year old chestnut true.
St John’s Primary School in Knaphill, Surrey, won the right to cut down the 18-metre high tree, following a meeting of Woking Borough Council’s planning committee last month when a proposed tree preservation order was rejected.
The committee reports show that the school’s headteacher, Sarah May, had written to the councillors, objecting to the order, partly on the grounds of health and safety.
According to the committee report, Ms May said area surrounding the tree has to be closed to the removal fallen chestnuts in order to “ensure the health and safety of the children”.
And her letter also warned leafs from the tree cause a “slip hazard if left on the ground” and bird droppings have caused “an impact on the provision for children within the play area”.
But commenting on the issue, a spokesperson for the HSE said: “It seems school and councils still regularly hide behind non-existent health and safety regulations to excuse all kinds of questionable decisions. “Through initiatives like Mythbusters, the public are increasingly aware that health and safety is simply used as a catch all phrase in these cases, and people who make these decisions increasingly open themselves up to ridicule.
“Here at HSE, we like to think that chestnuts have fallen from trees for millennia and leaves do indeed get wet and slippery, it is nature, and is likely continue for some time yet! However, while it is nature, it certainly isn’t health and safety, which is a set of laws designed to prevent death, serious injury and ill-health in the workplace, not eradicate any risk at all from people’s lives.” ... See MoreSee Less
5 months ago
Prison sentence and £50,000 fine in roof fall case
A Preston egg production company and a joinery sub-contractor have been fined after a worker fell through a roof.
The employee of T& J Leigh had been helping the joinery contractor Harry Jackson to re-roof an old feed mill building when he fell five metres through a gap, to the concrete floor below causing serious head and arm injuries.
Investigating the incident, which took place at Ghyll View Farm in Longton on 1 November 2016, the HSE found the roof work was not properly planned with no measures in place to prevent or mitigate a fall through or from the roof.
T & J Leigh (a partnership) of Ghyll View Farm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc act 1974 and was fined a total of £50,000 with costs of £2,855.32.
Harry Jackson of Much Hoole pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc act 1974 and was given a 16 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and pay costs of £2,855.32.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Steven Boyd said: “This avoidable incident resulted in serious injuries, a fall from this distance could easily have been fatal.
“Roof work should always be properly planned with measures put in place to prevent a dangerous fall.
“Companies commissioning roof work should make reasonable checks regarding the competence of a contractor to undertake work at height safely” ... See MoreSee Less