Health and Safety

  1. Crowcon Answers Confined Spaces FAQs

    The Crowcon logo sits on a white background in the top left of the image, beneath it reads 'Detecting Gas Saving Lives'. Underneath this on a blue background, white text reads 'Crowcon Answers Confined Spaces'. On the right of the image a man in a red hazmat suit and gas mask is emerging from a large industrial pipe. Confined spaces pose a significant hazard to workers’ lives. Recently, BBC East Midlands published a story covering a corporate manslaughter trial taking place in Leicester Crown Court. Greenfeeds Limited is charged with two counts of corporate manslaughter after two of its employees, Nathan Walker (19) and Gavin Rawson (35), lost consciousness due to high CO2 concentrations and subsequently drowned inside a tanker.[1] Seven years before this incident in May 2009, two men, Maarten Pieter Den Heijer (30) and Robert MacDonald (45), died as a result of low O2 concentrations beneath the deck of a barge moored on Loch Creran, a sea farm near Oban. Scottish Sea Farms and Logan Inglis were fined £600 000 and £40 000 respectively (these fines were later reduced to £333 335 and £20 000) for breaches of health and safety regulations such as failing to train staff for working in confined spaces like the sealed chambers present on the Loch Creran barge.[2] Approximately 15 people in the UK lose their lives due to accidents in confined spaces; this number includes fatalities resulting from failed rescue attempts.[3] Therefore, it is vital to understand the risks, regulations, procedures, and equipment pertaining to working in confined spaces before you or your employees undertake any work. Thankfully, Crowcon has answered several frequently asked questions about confined spaces using the information outlined in the HSE's (UK) and OSHA's (USA) documentation on the subject.[4] Continue reading →
  2. Seaward Apollo+ Is More Than Just a PAT Tester

    On the left of the image some hands are holding a Seaward Apollo+ PAT Tester, fire extinguishers are in the background. In the middle of the image a column of interconnected hexagons house images of (from top to bottom) an emergency exit, forklift, and a man with a ladder. On the right of the image, white text on a red background reads 'The Apollo will streamline your PPM safety checks and risk assessment processes... ...it's so much more than a PAT tester'. Underneath the text there is a Seaward logo. Seaward’s Apollo 500+ and Apollo 600+ are 5th Edition compliant, downloadable PAT testers. In addition to a comprehensive selection of electrical tests and practical, ergonomic features such as an extensive memory, full QWERTY keyboard, and colour HD display, these market-leading models also include safety checks and risk assessments for streamlining your Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) routines. Continue reading →
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