Heath & Safety

13May 2020

What Exactly Will That Mean for the SME ? On Saturday 09th May Minister Heather Humphreys announced the Governments new Return to Work Safely Protocol document.  Minister Humphreys noted that this document was designed to support employers and workers to put measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID 19 in the workplace.  […]

01Jun 2017

According to the Irish Health and Safety Authority, Forklift Trucks (FLTs) are among the most dangerous of all vehicle types operated in the workplace. It is thought that in many cases of workplace injury involving Forklift Trucks, there may have been complacency about the dangers of operating Forklift Trucks. Because they are so commonly used […]

02May 2017

Near Miss or Workplace Accident? A life saved is an invaluable gift to all concerned.   Reflecting upon this year’s National Workers Memorial Day and indeed absorbing the words of wisdom from the HSA’s CEO Mr. Martin O’ Hallaron, I feel it necessary to mention to and indeed to remind all business owners of the […]

13Apr 2017

Do you have staff, workers or contractors working in Confined Spaces on behalf of your business? Perhaps you’re not 100% sure if you do? Think of any place including a vat, chamber, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, well, ductwork, roof spaces, basements, or even a small enclosed room with limited exits, where there may […]

27Jun 2015

An alarming article appeared in a recent issue of the Health and Safety Review (HSR) magazine noting the likely cause of the loss of a baby by miscarriage as being directly related to the mother’s workplace environment and workplace activities. At a practiced level, workplace pregnancy risk assessments are something we are all familiar with […]

27Jun 2015

Having a passion for what you do makes getting up for work every morning so much easier. So to I believe is knowing that you are going to work in a safe, well organised and well structured workplace. A fantastic example of this is something I came across as part of a university research project […]

27Apr 2015

In the April 2015 issue of the Health and Safety Review (HSR) magazine, it was noted that in 2013, there was in increase of 10% across the board in workplace fires. Documented high risk areas are as follows: Outside Storage                                 414 Fires Farm Buildings                                  193 Fires Warehouses                                       154 Fires Factories                                             105 Fires Evidence notes over […]

27Jan 2015

Throughout my working career to date, I have found myself in a position where shift work was part and parcel of the working contract. While studying after school and at college before becoming a “life long” mature student, starting work at 5.00pm and finishing at 12 midnight was something I became accustomed to. This particular […]

27Jul 2014

The Irish Injuries Board recently reported that activities involving the use of machinery in the workplace are accounting for a very high number of serious personal injuries. In 2013 alone, it was noted that 10% of all workplace claims were attributed to incidents involving the use of machinery. These included crush injuries, loss of digits, […]