• Myriad of tools on floor & hard hat
    Health & Safety

    Construction Industry Culture

    Culture Club If you are of a similar age to me, I bet the first thing that came into your head on reading that title was Boy George and all those great Culture Club songs.  Actually, I didn’t really like them at the time – I was more into heavier stuff, but it’s funny how you like the songs that were big in your teenage years when you hear them again in later life.  Something to do with reminiscing, I suppose.  So, what’s this got to do with construction health and safety?  Erm, ah yes, culture. There’s a new (relatively speaking, of course) culture club now, which has been formed…

  • People in hard hats on construction site
    Health & Safety

    What Is a Permit to Work?

    Permission to speak, sir? That was it, wasn’t it – Corporal Jones’ usual request whenever he felt he had something important to say to Captain Mainwaring. I’m showing my age again with these ancient references – for the benefit of younger readers, I’m referring to the excellent 1970s BBC comedy Dad’s Army. Anyway, the point is that Jones always sought permission to proceed in circumstances where something important needed to be done – important in those World War II days of the Home Guard because there was some risk associated with getting it wrong.

  • Man lifting a brick with hard hat on
    NEBOSH & Assessments

    Manual Handling

    HEAVE!! “Go on, put your back into it” is a fairly common phrase, usually uttered as a form of encouragement when someone is struggling to lift a heavy object. But when you think about it, it’s a very strange thing to say, given that putting your back into it is precisely the wrong thing to do.  It’s the kind of encouragement that could lead to some significant injuries, not least the commonly referred-to ‘slipped disc’. Over the years, I’ve delivered many manual-handling training courses and, almost without fail, there is at least one delegate who has suffered a back injury.  Most have no hesitation in emphasising just how painful and…

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    News, Updates & Events

    HSE Conference, Sudan

    RRC’s Conference Helps Spread HSE Awareness in Sudan As part of its aim to achieve safer working in Sudan, RRC Training Middle East (RRC ME) held a very successful two-day conference, ‘Enhancing HSE Culture for Sustainable Solutions’, in Khartoum. A high level of audience participation, plus excellent opportunities for networking, were the order of the day at the conference, which was attended by more than 200 delegates from public and private organisations from all over Sudan, representing the many burgeoning industries, including construction, energy, mining and manufacturing. The importance of HSE to Sudan’s government, the increasing need for local training and the damaging effects of accidents on Sudan’s economy were…