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.

 

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.

Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Love the quote "...failing to grasp "
Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Safety failures caused plasterer to fall
A plastering contractor has been fined after a self-employed plasterer fell from height during the construction of a house.
Safety failures caused plasterer to fallThe incident happened on 9 July 2018, when the plasterer was due to start work on the project. Visiting Highfield Caldecott, Cambridge on his way back from another job, the plasterer helped a labourer to move plaster boards from ground level to the first-floor landing. There was no edge protection.

The plasterer fell 2.4m from the landing. He spent three weeks in hospital and suffered fractures to his wrists, ribs, eye sockets, skull and nose.

The HSE’s investigation found that the plastering contractor Michal Fletcher had failed to properly plan, manage and monitor the work; specifically failure to:

Plan for the right equipment, such as guard rails, to be provided;
Manage the work to ensure that effective preventative and protective measures were put in place to control the risk of falling;
Monitor the work effectively as the need for guard rails was not identified during routine checks.
Michael Fletcher of St Alban’s Road, Cambridge pleaded guilty a breach under Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay full prosecution costs of £935.60.
Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Builder sentenced after putting workers at risk with unsafe work practices
26th March 2019

A Salford building contractor has today been sentenced after exposing workers to danger of falls from height and exposure to silica dust.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, in July 2018, whilst carrying out repointing work at a house in Altrincham, Kenneth Morris allowed his employees to work on unguarded platforms six metres in height. The workers were also not provided with adequate protection from silica dust during the removal of mortar.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) began investigating after receiving information from members of the public. During the investigation, it was found that Kenneth Morris had made a deliberate decision not to provide the correct scaffolding or means of dust capture in order to save money. Mr Morris had also failed to insure his employees against any injury or ill health sustained during the course of their work.

Kenneth Morris, trading as K & M Pointing of Basten Close, Salford pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 3 (1) And Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Section 1 (1) of the Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 and has received a 26 week prison sentence suspended for two years, 180 hours community service and ordered to pay £2,000 in costs.

After the hearing HSE inspector Matt Greenly said: “HSE receives thousands of concerns from members of the public each year and we investigate those which show serious risk. Corners must not be cut when dealing with employees’ safety, such as working at height.”
Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Fine after 12-year-old fell from ladder at unsecured site
Contractor Westdale Services Limited has been fined £160,000 after a 12-year-old boy slipped off a scaffold ladder on an inadequately guarded site.
Fine after 12-year-old fell from ladder at unsecured siteOn 6 May 2017, two boys were able to climb the rungs of a ladder within scaffolding erected by Westdale Services at Southville Flats in Cwmbran by placing their feet either side of a ladder guard that did not cover the rungs completely.

One boy climbed to the top platform of the scaffold and climbed the uppermost ladder to a height of approximately 10 metres.

The ladder slipped, causing him to lose his balance and fall to the ground. He sustained life-changing injuries requiring multiple operations.

The boy now has no bladder or bowel control and is only able to walk short distances due to being unstable on his feet.

The HSE’s investigation found the security arrangements for preventing access to the scaffolding, especially by children from a nearby school, were inadequate.

Westdale Services Limited of Askern, Doncaster pleaded guilty to safety breaches and was fined £160,000 with costs of £22,310.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Michael Batt said: “The death or injury of a child is particularly tragic and a lot of thought must go into securing construction sites.

“Children do not perceive danger as adults do. The potential for unauthorised access to construction sites must be carefully risk assessed and effective controls put in place.

“This incident could have been prevented by removal of the ladder completely or installing an appropriately sized ladder guard to cover the full width of the rungs.”
Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
I can't help but wonder how inefficient the HSE must be if they can't at least cover their costs...

The HSE has increased the hourly charge made under its Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery regime by almost 20%, with a raise from £129 to £154 per hour.

The change came into effect on 6 April, at the beginning of the new financial year.

FFI applies to any organisation that receives a notification of contravention (NoC) from an HSE inspector, confirming that a “material breach” of health and safety legislation has taken place.

The total amount recovered is based on the amount of time it takes HSE to identify the breach and take any further action, multiplied by the hourly rate. The fee was first introduced on 1 October 2012.

The rise reflects the HSE’s aspiration to make the FFI regime, which has been running at a deficit, self-financing.


The increase in the recovery rate by almost 20% means that non-compliance now comes with more significant repercussions for companies
Natalie Walker, Pinsent Masons

In a statement, the HSE said: "HSE must set the FFI rate with the aim of recovering its full cost and in recent years it has operated at a deficit (ie cost more than recovered in income).

"A combination of this and cumulative inflationary pressures support the increased hourly rate."

According to the HSE’s last report and accounts, in 2017/18 FFI invoices brought in income of £14.93m against the £16.64m cost of operating the scheme.

In 2016/17, FFI income was £15.05m against costs of £16.96m.

Commenting on the increase in the hourly FFI rate on the website out-law.com, Natalie Walker of law firm Pinsent Masons said: "The increase in the recovery rate by almost 20% means that non-compliance now comes with more significant repercussions for companies.

"This emphasises the importance of organisations being proactive in their approach to safety and prioritising health and safety compliance," she wrote.

In a post on LinkedIn, solicitor Rhian Greaves of Pannone Corporate described the increase in the hourly FFI rate as “quite a rise!”.

According to HSE guidance on the application of FFI, “a material breach is when, in the opinion of the HSE inspector, there is or has been a contravention of health and safety law that requires them to issue notice in writing of that opinion to the dutyholder”.

According to the HSE website, the fee may include the inspector’s time during visits, while preparing reports and in obtaining specialist advice.

FFI also covers the costs of any investigation or enforcement action taken by the HSE, although the HSE website points out that there is no charge for either verbal or written advice from inspectors.

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