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.

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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.

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Site safety is not difficult, but it is not a 'tick box' process. You need to talk to us to make sure your working practices are properly assessed.

According to specialist insurer ECIC, the latest HSE construction statistics revealed 30 fatal injuries to construction workers in 2018/19, which is only a small improvement on the annual average number of 36 fatalities over the last five years.

Additionally, instances in which the HSE had to stop work on construction sites due to unsafe practices accounted for 60% of all the prohibition notices issued between 2018 and 2019.
Richard Forrest Smith, Chief Executive Officer of ECIC, said that the statistics showed that, after years of “marked improvements in health and safety records,” safety standards in the construction sector seem to have reached a plateau.
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Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Anyone who drives on company time is probably driving 'at work'. This affects everyone...

Urgent action is needed to reduce fatal and serious crashes involving at-work drivers, says IAM RoadSmart
Urgent action is needed to tackle the stagnation in the number of people killed or injured in collisions involving drivers working or travelling on business, according to IAM RoadSmart.

car accidentThe road safety charity’s concerns about a worrying lack of progress in driving down the number of work-related traffic incidents are highlighted in its latest white paper, ‘The Role of Business Drivers.’

In the paper IAM RoadSmart calls on all groups – the Health and Safety Executive, drivers and their employers, government and police – to do more to address the fact that there has been virtually no change in the number of fatal and serious injury road crashes on UK roads in the last decade.

The number of collisions involving people driving for business has remained static, at one in four of all incidents, over the same period.

In 2009 there were 5,442 serious and fatal crashes in Britain involving an at-work driver; in 2018 this had risen to 5,506.

The paper also highlights some alarming practices and attitudes when it comes to employers and their drivers:

Nearly half of business leaders polled (49%) expect their employees to answer their phone at any time, including while driving for work;
Just over one in eight employees who drive for work (13%) and more than one in 20 leaders (6%) consider the hard shoulder a safe place to take a work call;
One in six UK employees who drive for work (17%) say they have been involved in an incident when driving for work due to a phone call from a colleague.
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, says in the report: “Employers need to do more to drive change across their workforce and to take their responsibilities to keep staff safe, particularly when they’re behind the wheel for business.”

The report also highlights the issue of the so-called ‘grey fleet’ drivers – those using privately owned vehicles for work-related journeys. This growing sector is one in which employers still need to exercise their responsibility for staff health and safety, IAM RoadSmart claims.

Tony Greenidge, IAM RoadSmart business development director, says in the report: “The penny hasn’t dropped for many organisations that their responsibility for a grey fleet driver is exactly the same as for a company car driver.”

He added separately: “If companies are expecting their employees to use their own vehicles for business journeys, they must ensure they are doing so safely and with appropriate guidelines, if they are to stay within the law.”

IAM RoadSmart claims responsibility for the disappointing lack of progress in reducing the number of collisions involving people driving for business must be shared between government, HSE, police, employers, vehicle manufacturers and drivers themselves.

It adds that the Corporate Manslaughter Act introduced in 2007 was expected to underpin safer business driving and safer roads objectives – but to date, not a single person has been prosecuted or sent to jail under it in relation to death caused by a company car driver.

Tony said: “Where there is clear evidence of poor driving behaviour no employer of a driver involved in an avoidable death while undertaking a business journey has been anywhere near a prosecution. It seems the legislation has proved difficult to apply.”

IAM RoadSmart has called for road safety to be at the heart of procurement practice in UK industry. It says that if a business cannot demonstrate a strong commitment to legislation compliance with regards driving for work safety, then they run the increasing risk that they might be disadvantaged when bidding for contracts in both the private and public sector.
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Given how tightly regulated these sites are, its should be impossible for anyone to cut their finger let alone have such a serious accident...

Crossrail accident ‘likely caused’ by poor scaffolding
An accident at Crossrail’s Farringdon station site that left one worker seriously injured was “likely” caused by scaffolding not being erected properly, according to a report from the JV building the station.

Farringdon StationConstruction News reports that the worker was hospitalised when scaffolding collapsed at the site in September. He has since been released. Another worker was injured in the incident.

The Bam / Ferrovial / Kier joint venture building the station investigated the incident and has now reported back to the Crossrail board that the “likely root cause” of the accident was scaffolding not being “properly erected”.

Scaffolding across the Crossrail project was checked over within 10 days of the problem being identified, the board was told. More than 60 advanced scaffolders working on Crossrail have also been briefed on the accident.

Details were revealed in new minutes from the October meeting of the project’s board.

The session also heard that the Costain / Skanska JV working on the project’s Bond Street station has now appointed an official to monitor air quality at the site on a full-time basis.

This was in response to fears about the air quality after three workers who had been employed at the site died in their sleep.

Initial monitoring at the site found no air-quality issues, but Crossrail has asked for the data covering the period when the workers died to be reviewed.

Crossrail is producing new health and safety videos and planning to “reboot” staff inductions in a bid to improve health and safety performance on the project.
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Clearwater Safety Group Ltd
Fines after scaffolder killed in fall fitting guardrails on fragile roof
Two contractors have been fined after a worker died after falling through a fragile roof during construction work at a factory in Staffordshire.
Fines after scaffolder killed in fall fitting guardrails on fragile roof

On 19 September 2015, at the Norton Aluminium foundry site in Norton Canes, a scaffold company employee was fatally injured after falling approximately 11.5 metres through a fragile roof.

The employee was working on the corrugated asbestos cement roof to move and fit temporary scaffold guardrails as part of a larger roof refurbishment project at the site.

The HSE’s investigation found that Stephen John Brennan, trading as SB Scaffolding, failed to ensure the health and safety of his employees in relation to the work taking place on the fragile roof at the site.

The investigation also found that Sandwell Roofing Limited, a contractor in overall control of the roof refurbishment project, failed to ensure that people not in its employment were not exposed to risks arising from work on the fragile roof.

Stephen John Brennan of Birmingham, pleaded guilty to safety breaches and was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years, 180 hours of unpaid community service and ordered to pay costs of £14,000.

Sandwell Roofing Limited of Stourbridge also pleaded guilty and was fined £41,125 and ordered to pay costs of £33,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Andrew Bowker said: “Falls through fragile roof materials remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities during construction work.

“These risks are well known, and the required control measures well documented in both HSE and industry guidance. This was a tragic and wholly avoidable accident that led to the death of a young man. This death could easily have been prevented if suitable safe systems of work had been in place.”
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Sorry to be a bit of a grinch but it only takes a minute for a fire to take hold...

Two important tips:

1. Please remember to turn off your Christmas lights when you leave your home or go to bed.

2. Please put out candles when you leave the room and before you go to bed.
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Sorry to be a bit of a grinch but it only takes a minute for a fire to take hold... Two important tips: 1. Please remember to turn off your Christmas lights when you leave your home or go to bed. 2. Please put out candles when you leave the room and before you go to bed.
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Driver eye care – minimising risk
Stark Government statistics show that up to a third of all road traffic accidents involve someone who is working at the time. Jim Lythgow, Director of Strategic Alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, explains the law around driver eye care and how firms can minimise the risk to their workers.
DrivingWith the Department for Transport recording 1,784 reported road deaths in 2018, a conservative estimate would, therefore, suggest that in excess of 500 deaths per year involve someone driving for work purposes. A figure corroborated by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

HSE statistics show that there were 147 workplace fatalities in the UK in 2018/2019. This figure does not include deaths on the road. These figures show that driving is clearly one of the most hazardous tasks performed for work.

What can be done to minimise road deaths?
There are numerous options for safety managers to implement safety checks on vehicles, plan safer journeys, make work schedules reasonable, etc, but what about the drivers themselves? Driver checks and training go a long way, but perhaps the most basic first step, that can be overlooked, is to ensure that the driver has eyesight that is adequate for the task.

Our recent research has shown that nearly half (45%) of employers worry employees’ eyesight is not adequate for driving. This represents a concerning number whose employees – and company reputation – may be at risk.

Driver eye care – the law
The standards for driving vision are well-defined, but arguably, are not well enforced. The law states that drivers must be able to read, with glasses or contact lenses if necessary, a car number plate (of the new style made after 1 September 2001) from a distance of 20 metres. Most people are aware of the ‘number plate test’ as it is carried out on the day they undertake their practical driving test.

Drivers may not be aware, however, that the law states that they must also meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving by having a visual acuity of at least decimal 0.5 (6/12) measured on the Snellen scale (with glasses or contact lenses if necessary). Drivers must also have an adequate field of vison, as ascertained through tests by an optician.

The problem is, firstly, that the number plate test only takes place once, at the very start of a driving career, and secondly, that the equivalent tests by an optician are not obligatory but the requirements must still be met. In practice, this means that most drivers may only be asked to prove that their eyesight is adequate after an incident has taken place.

Workplace regulations
Much of the issue may well be the perception that driver eyesight is the responsibility of the driver alone. While the law itself is lacking, the Health and Safety requirements are entirely prescriptive.

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 makes it clear that employers have as much responsibility to those who drive for work purposes as they do for employees undertaking any other working task. The act obliges employers to: ‘take appropriate steps to ensure the health and safety of their employees and others who may be affected by their activities when at work. This includes the time when they are driving or riding at work, whether this is in a company or hired vehicle, or in the employee’s own vehicle.’

It is, therefore, part of the employer’s duty of care, to employees who drive in the course of their work, to ensure that every reasonable action has been taken towards their safety. This surely includes confirming that they are able to see adequately for the task.

Moreover, this duty of care relates to all drivers, whether they drive a company car and driving is their main or sole working task, or if they occasionally drive their own vehicle to the post office or an off-site meeting.

Employers would be wise to view driver eyesight as no less than a matter of joint responsibility.

Safety measures
If the law itself is confusing in how it actually relates to the individual taking eye tests, the HSE regulations at least are unambiguous. For the safety manager it may, at first, appear to be a minefield. The simple solution though is to provide eye care for all, in one blanket scheme.

This may seem an expensive way to ensure that drivers are covered but eye care is generally a low-cost provision and the additional benefits can far out way the initial overhead.

There are many added health benefits to eye care, above and beyond those of checking adequate vision. These include checking the health of the eyes but also the ability to detect the signs of other, wider health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, risk of stroke, etc.

Added to these positive health benefits, and the morale boost of offering a valued employee benefit, is the advantage of helping to ensure that drivers are fit for the task. Even if insurance covers the main costs of an accident, there are likely to be many additional expenses and uninsured loses. Of course, the cost to the company reputation and the individuals involved may be beyond monetary value.

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