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HSE Covid Video

HSE Inspectors are visiting work places to ensure the risk of spreading Covid-19 has been assessed and acted upon. The video below tells you more about the spot-checks planned.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are Covid-secure.In October HSE has been checking workplaces...
A transport company has been fined £5,000 after an agency driver died following a pallet of stone tiles he was delivering falling on him.High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 23...
Dust campdown

HSE is clamping down on dust with inspections focusing on the construction industry in October.

25 September 2020 | Health, Safety, Ethical & Environmental | 2 Comments
Health & Safety Executive Inspectors across Great Britain will be targeting construction firms during a month-long inspection initiative starting on Monday 5 October. They are focusing on dust in...
 
Canterbury Cathedral stonemasons

One of the stonemasonry workshops at Canterbury Cathedral, where the number of people employed is to be cut back.

Cathedral stonemasons are becoming a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.There are 10 cathedrals that have their own stonemasonry workshops in the Cathedral Workshop Fellowship, the original nine...
Stone Cladding

Draft changes to BS 8298-4 are now out for consultation. You have until the end of the month (31 August) to comment on the proposals.

BS 8298 is one of the more useful British Standards as far as the stone industry is concerned, offering guidance on the use of stone for cladding buildings. Part 4 of the standard is currently being...
Ethical Stone Register

Two more major stone companies join the Ethical Stone Register.

The Ethical Stone Register continues to welcome more natural stone companies as specifiers and clients increasingly look for ethical assurances about the materials they select for their projects....
WFF Director Mem Zekayi

WFF Director Mem Zekayi: “There’s no such thing as a cheap quartz surface: the raw material always costs the same, so somebody somewhere is paying for a cheaper job.”

A report highlighting the extra risk to stone workers of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) specifically from working quartz has been published by the American peer reviewed medical magazine Chest...
Covid-19 latest

The latest developments in coronavirus help and restrictions as the country gets back to work.

10 June deadline for further 80% Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeThe Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, where the government pays up to 80% of an employee's salary, is changing from 1 July so...
HSE logo

Remember to provide toilet and hand washing facilities for delivery drivers, says HSE.

As businesses re-open and require deliveries of products and materials, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published a document in conjunction with the Department for Transport to reassure...
HSE

Take action of avoid Legionnaires' disease as you re-start water systems, says HSE.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning about Legionnaires' disease in unused water supplies as people return to work.This is clearly a potential danger for stone companies...
Sick pay reclaim

If you paid sick pay to anyone in relation to the coronavirus Covid-19 you can reclaim it from HM Revenue & Customs from 26 May.

The coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will launch online next week (26 May).The scheme enables companies with fewer than 250 employees to claim back coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay...
Back to work

A fourth, updated version of The Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures has been published.

The Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures have been updated for a fourth time. The changes have been made to incorporate a number of technical changes as a result of...
Back to work

Stone Federation presents a list of resources you should check out before returning to work.

In response to the Prime Minister's announcement last Sunday outlining a return to work and the follow-up 50-page document published on Monday, Stone Federation Great Britain has published a...
government guide

A new 31-page PDF from the government for safe siteworking and £14million to the Health & Safety Executive to make sure you stick to the guidelines.

The Government has published supplementary guidance for working safely onsite. The 31-page document is intended to be used alongside the Construction Leadership safe site operating procedures...
BoE economic forecast

The Bank of England last week warned of the fastest and deepest recession in the UK since the 'great frost' of 1709.

Parliament was given more details on 11 May of the three-point 'roadmap' to a return to work from the Cornavirus lock-down in England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are going their own...

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