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Build UK Confirms Support for CLOCS to Improve Road Safety

Build UK has put its substantial weight behind the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) Programme to reduce the number of incidents involving construction vehicles and vulnerable road users.

Speaking in front of 185 senior industry figures at today’s CLOCS Conference & Exhibition at the ExCeL in London, Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE set out how Build UK will be working with its members across the contracting supply chain to take the lead on the issue of road safety.

With 40% of cyclist fatalities in London between 2011 and 2014 involving construction HGVs, contractors and fleet operators have worked with Transport for London through CLOCS to improve the management of work-related road risk and protect cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and other road users. This has included common standards on the design of construction vehicles giving drivers better visibility and safer site entrances.

Build UK, which is a CLOCS Champion, has developed a campaign called ‘Don’t Break the Chain’ in support of CLOCS as the recognised industry standard. The campaign includes a practical guide on Becoming a CLOCS Champion and a series of posters setting out the roles of all those involved in the industry when it comes to road safety. Main and Specialist Contractors will be encouraged to sign up as CLOCS Champions to show that they understand their responsibilities when setting up sites and making deliveries.

Suzannah Nichol MBE said:

“Build UK members are committed to improving safety across all aspects of their business and, by following the agreed CLOCS standards when delivering to sites, they can help to play their part in making our roads safer. I am delighted that some of our members have already endorsed CLOCS and we are confident that more will be keen to get involved now we have set out the steps required to make construction vehicles safer.”

London’s Transport Commissioner Mike Brown MVO, who hosted the CLOCS Conference, said:

“Build UK’s drive to implement CLOCS’ safety principles throughout their nationwide membership cements the scheme’s place as the national road safety standard for construction logistics. In just three years, CLOCS has made great strides in improving safety for vulnerable road users across the country and was recently lauded with an international road safety award. CLOCS has ensured that road safety is treated with the same importance as site safety and the key safety principles of the programme are now being implemented on more than 3,000 sites across the country.”

 

Businesses in the construction industry can sign up as a CLOCS Champion at www.clocs.org.uk

Children’s fancy dress costume safety to be tested

An investigation into the safety of children’s fancy dress costumes is to be carried out by Trading Standards.

Hundreds of retailers face spot checks to test flammability of costumes to see if they meet safety standards.

An assessment is also taking place to see whether European safety standards are tough enough.

Last year the daughter of Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman suffered serious burns when her Halloween outfit caught fire.

The presenter said at the time she hoped speaking about the experience could prevent similar accidents.

Spot checks

Figures show that 94 people in England were admitted to hospital as a result of their clothing either igniting or melting last year, of which 21 were children under 18.

The investigation follows a call from MPs for tougher fire safety regulations for children’s fancy dress.

It will look at retailers of all sizes, including those online, and will check whether the costumes are meeting current safety standards required for toys.

Evidence will also be fed to a separate assessment being carried out by the British Standards Institute which will look at whether Halloween costumes should be classed as toys, rather than clothing.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid, who granted funding for the spot checks, said: “My immediate concern as a father and a minister is that children wearing these fancy dress costumes are safe.

“It is unacceptable for any costumes to be sold that do not comply with safety standards…

“Parents should feel confident that any fancy dress they buy meets required standards.”

Trading Standards officials will report their findings later in the autumn.

Reacting to the news of the investigation, Claudia Winkleman said: “We’re extremely happy the government are taking action on this and we’re so grateful to the supermarkets who are selling safer costumes. ”

Witch costume

Winkleman’s eight-year-old daughter was in a witch’s costume when it brushed against a candle and caught fire last year.

The TV presenter told the BBC at the time that the tights of the outfit had “melted into her skin” and they had struggled to put the fire out.

She added: “It was like those horrific birthday candles that you blow out and then they come back.”

Leon Livermore, chief executive at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), said he welcomed the government funding for the Trading Standards investigation.

“CTSI takes issues of product safety very seriously, and hopes the evidence gathered as part of this investigation will help to establish whether the current flammability standards are still fit for purpose,” he said.

Andrew Opie, from the British Retail Consortium, said it was committed to ensuring that all testing was “robust” and that safety standards were “sufficiently rigorous”.

He said retailers had gone “a step further” in testing children’s costumes according to “more stringent nightwear flammability standards” and had worked with British Standards to have the existing toy flammability standard (EN 71-2) reviewed.

They were also developing new codes of practice for testing on flammability safety and safety labelling, he said.

Original Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34349261

Palletline health & safety excellence recognised with RoSPA Gold award

Leading UK palletised distribution network, Palletline has been awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Occupational Health and Safety Award for the third year running.

Recognised for outstanding excellence in health and safety, Palletline once again impressed the judges to come out on top. The award will be presented to the Palletline team at a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on July 14, 2015.

Palletline managing director Graham Leitch said: “Palletline has created a culture where health and safety considerations are central to every task undertaken by every member of staff. Thanks to our policy of continually reviewing, honing and improving our health and safety procedures, our accident rates are a massive 79 per cent lower than the pallet industry average.

“We believe that a strong safety focus feeds into all areas of the business and ties in with our focus on innovation and service excellence to improve everything we do for members and their customers. We are delighted that the exemplary work of our health and safety team, led by Ken Bell, continues to be recognised by RoSPA and we look forward to accepting the award.”

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “The RoSPA Awards encourage improvement in occupational health and safety management. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as Palletline Plc, contribute to raising standards overall and we congratulate them.”

Palletline is a nationwide, member-owned cooperative network with more than 6,000 vehicles, 12,000 staff and access to over five million square feet of warehousing space.

The network provides high quality, time sensitive collection and delivery services to a diverse range of customers, including retailers, home delivery firms, manufacturers and construction companies.

Original Source: http://bit.ly/1Fqc8yI