According to the Health and Safety Authority’s (HSA) latest Annual Review of Workplace Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities, there was a total of 53 work-related fatalities in 2020. The largest number of fatalities, 23 (43.4%), occurred in agriculture, forestry and fishing, while there were 15 (28.3%) fatalities in construction, the second-highest level of fatalities. Construction fatalities, however, have shown considerable variation in recent years, dropping to five in 2017 and showing increases since then.
Covid-19 Restrictions on Construction Activity in Ireland: Covid exemption period for social housing projects extended to 30th April 2021.
Murphy International rapid antigen testing programme addressing risk of coronavirus being brought into workplace
Following the Christmas break, on 04 January, all Murphy International staff and workers returning to sites, depots and offices underwent rapid antigen testing, with a second round of testing completed on the week starting 14 January. This was to ensure that all of its employees are further safeguarded from Covid-19 and were given extra security in their working environments.
Dermot Carey, Director, Safety and Training, CIF, writes that Covid-19 will still be with us in 2021, but the sector has led the way in adapting to keep our workplaces safe.
The ‘Construction Industry Helpline’ can be call anytime on 1800 939 122, and the Construction Industry Helpline app can be downloaded on Android or Apple devices.
Mike McLoughlin, Health & Safety Manager, John Paul Construction, writes about the innovative ways in which the contractor used technology and social media to convey its safety messages during Construction Safety Week 2020.
Derek Murphy, Head of Environmental, Health and Safety, Designer Group, writes that one thing that 2020 has shown us all is that the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff and subcontractors must be at the core of every company’s operations.
Hilti has developed several dust control solutions for the majority of customers’ application needs.
Gas Networks Ireland has won the ‘Health and Safety Initiative of the Year’ award for its ‘HazCon’ app at the Networks Awards 2020.
According to Spectrum Health, heart disease is Ireland’s leading cause of death, with much of this being preventable?