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  • Six things we learned from IOSH’s first annual construction conference

    Mega phone 09 November 2018

    The prevalence of musculoskeletal diseases in the construction industry, the significant costs of ill health to employers and the importance of mental health support for construction workers were some of the key highlights discussed at the first IOSH Construction Group conference on Wednesday 7 November.

    Dr Michael Cash, Chair of the IOSH Construction Group, set the stage for an engaging discussion attended by more than 50 delegates from across the sector, where a number of key issues were raised:

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  • Greater efforts needed to combat older worker deaths

    Mega phone 01 November 2018
    Older worker

    The proportion of fatal injuries to workers over the age of 60 is the highest it has been in over a decade, figures published this week by the Health and Safety Executive have shown, highlighting the urgent need for greater workplace precautions to protect older workers.

    Nearly 40% of fatal injuries in 2017/18 - up from approximately 25% last year - were to workers aged 60 and over, despite them making up just 10% of the national workforce. This means there were 55 older-worker deaths, more than one a week on average.

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  • Building a healthier future for construction workers

    Mega phone 31 October 2018
    Construction worker

    The need for a continued focus on the protection of workers in the construction industry will be addressed at the first annual conference organised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Construction Group on Wednesday 7 November.

    The conference will explore mental health issues, musculoskeletal disorders and respiratory diseases caused at work – and how these issues affect a considerable number of workers in the construction industry.

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  • Developing countries’ miners face “substantial risk inequality”

    Mega phone 31 October 2018
    181031 Coal mines crop

    More employer and state commitment towards worker representation on health and safety issues can better protect coal miners in developing countries, new research suggests.

    Researchers from Cardiff University, funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), found that worker representation is restricted in many ways by mine management in India and Indonesia, two of the countries they studied.

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  • Will new manslaughter guidelines show red card to directors?

    Mega phone 30 October 2018
    high court

    As new sentencing guidelines for gross negligence manslaughter come into effect, IOSH calls for penalties that “reflect the gravity” of offences and more use of measures like director disqualification and retraining.

    From Thursday 1 November, those convicted of the offence in England and Wales will face longer prison sentences, up to a maximum of 18 years, as well as compensation orders.

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