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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
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.”
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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.
Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Company director sentenced following nephew’s death
A roofing company and its director have been sentenced for safety breaches after the death of an employee.

Daniel Shrimpton was removing flashing from the roof of a two-storey terraced house in Wimbeldon. He was found lying unresponsive on the ground soon after beginning work and died later that day in hospital. Daniel Shrimpton was Ray Strank’s nephew and the only employee of Ray Strank Roofing Ltd. The incident happened on 9 December 2015.

A joint investigation between the HSE and the Metropolitan Police found Ray Strank Roofing Limited had failed to properly plan the work and that suitable control measures were not in place.

The most appropriate form of work at height equipment for the job, advise the HSE, would have been a scaffold, erected on two sides of the building to provide edge protection to all the open edges of the roof. However a scaffold was not present on site on the day of the incident and not priced for. Ray Strank Roofing Limited’s failings were due to the neglect of Ray Strank, the sole director, says the HSE.

Ray Strank Roofing Limited of Sandbourne Avenue, London pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £50,000 with costs of £5,500.

Ray Strank of Sandbourne Avenue, London pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work with costs of £5,500.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Gabriella Dimitrov said: “This was a tragic incident, which could so easily have been avoided by the carrying out of correct control measures and safe working practices.

“Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work fatalities in this country, and the hazards associated with working at height are well-known. Similarly, the precautions and systems of work available to control these hazards are also well known and well documented.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

Clearwater Safety Comment -The whole point of all the rules and regulations is to keep people safe at work. This tragedy happened because the Company hadn't priced to have a scaffold. If the Company had approached us we could have saved this young man's life.
Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Council in court after worker’s head trapped
Darlington Borough Council has been sentenced after a self-employed labourer was injured when a pack of roof trusses fell on him.
Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court was told how, on 5 October 2017, a self-employed labourer was working for two self-employed bricklayers sub-contracted to Darlington Borough Council. He was walking past the front of the building plot at Allington Way, Darlington, when a pack of roof trusses fell on him, trapping him by the head and arm.

Investigating, the HSE found there was an overall failure to adequately monitor work activities at the site at Allington Way, Darlington. Contributing factors to the incident included:

Inadequate arrangements for the storage of roof trusses;
Failure to manage the amount of materials on site;
Failure to plan for parking of vehicles on site;
Poor housekeeping on site.
Darlington Borough Council of Town Hall, Darlington pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £28,000 with £1,648.45 in costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Andrea Robbins said: “It is vital that work activities on construction sites are properly planned, managed and monitored to prevent issues like this developing on site – the failures found here ultimately led to the roof trusses falling onto the labourer, causing serious injuries. This could have been prevented.”
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Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Fines after dangerous work at height observed
A ground maintenance company and its subcontractor have been fined after two men worked on a roof without suitable measures in place to prevent a fall from height.
Glasgow Sherriff Court was told that on 19 January 2017 Inex Works Civils Limited subcontracted repair work on the roof of 183 St Vincent Street to Colin Martin. Mr Martin and an employee were photographed on the roof. Mr Martin had slithered down a sloping roof to work on the roof edge, whilst an employee held on to a piece of webbing strap that was attached to a rope which in turn was attached to the harness of Mr Martin. Neither the employee or Mr Martin were attached to a suitable anchor point. Mr Martin was observed throwing a brush and black bin bags up to his employee.

Investigating, the HSE found that Inex Works Civils Limited had failed to ensure that the subcontractor, Colin Martin, had properly planned a safe system for working at height on said roof with appropriate equipment, and that Colin Martin carried out work at height whilst wearing a harness that was not attached to a suitable anchor point and was instead held by his employee, exposing them both to the risk of serious injury or death from a fall from height.

Fines

Inex Works Civils Limited of Mid Road, Cumbernauld pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 15(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £1,300.

Colin Martin of Rowan Avenue, Milton of Campsie pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at height regulations 2005 and was fined £2,000.

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