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SPOT-CHECKS HSE is urging the construction industry to ensure basic health and safety measures are in place after a month long inspection initiative found 40% of sites are failing to properly protect workers.

Unacceptable conditions and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the 1,748 repair and refurbishment sites visited by HSE inspectors, with 1 in 5 sites so poor, formal enforcement action was required. Many of the issues found


Following a branding project, Paul Huber Ltd, a UK based EHS consultancy with international clients, launches its new brand under the name of Daedalus Safety Ltd.

The new name was inspired by the Greek mythological figure, Daedalus. According to legend, Daedalus was an engineer who built complex labyrinths and solved safety puzzles. He was chosen as the company’s namesake since its mission is to come up with practical solutions to solve clients’ environmental, health and safety puzzles.

Paul Huber, Founder and Managing Director of Daedalus Safety, said: “The change of brand name is a result of looking more closely at how we work with clients, and what is distinctive about our approach to serving our customers.”

“The new logo of Daedalus Safety is based on the age-old symbol of a maze, a puzzle that we are ready to solve,” he added.

The re-launched website of Daedalus Safety Limited contains a description of the services offered and also features client testimonials, as well as job openings within the company as it expands. Its goal is to grow to 10 consultants by 2016.

“Our team consists of experts in such fields as environment, fire, health and safety management, ergonomic assessment and design, occupational health support and others. Each of our experts has many years of experience in the EHS field at companies such as as Compaq Computers, Sun

Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, Bank of New York, Marriott Hotels, Starwoods Hotels, L’Oreal, Diageo, Uniq Foods and Marks and Spencer. We are hoping to attract several more experts of similar calibre to join our team within the coming months,” explained Paul Huber.

The new name, website and visual identity are the result of a branding project undertaken in cooperation with Brussels-based consultancy Schmoozy Fox.

could have been easily prevented with straightforward management and planning.

The focus of the initiative was on health risks and 35% of the notices served were for issues such as management of asbestos, failure to control exposure to harmful dusts, noise and vibration, and insufficient welfare.

However, failure to provide basic safety measures for people working at height was once again the most common issue found by inspectors with 42% of all enforcement notices served for this activity.

HSE’s Chief of Construction, Philip White, said: “The inability to properly plan working at height continues to be a major issue, despite well- known safety measures being straightforward to implement. It is

just not acceptable that inspectors had to order work to stop immediately on over 200 occasions because of dangerous practices.

“We also find health is often overlooked as its implications are not immediately visible, however the effects of uncontrolled exposure to deadly dusts such as asbestos and silica can be irreversible. We urge industry to ensure the most basic of measures such as use of protective equipment and dust suppression methods are put in place to help protect the future health of workers.

“We need to continue to educate industry through initiatives like this and encourage a change in behaviour on small projects where over half the industry’s fatal accidents still occur and many workers become seriously ill.”


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