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Working at height causes a young apprentice major injuries.

Posted on the 13th of May 2014 in News & Views

Working from heights hits the headlines again, a failure to use proper equipment has resulted in a teenage construction apprentice being injured after a fall from height. The Dutch building firm was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £1,046 in costs after the youngster fell from over 6 metres and was seriously injured.

The apprentice was on a scaffold tower, which had not been secured with outriggers and was on an uneven surface.  The tower was accidentally nudged by colleagues on the ground and it toppled and fell.  Luckily he was wearing a hard hat, however it broke from the force of the fall and he suffered a fractured skull and shattered his ankle.  If it were not for the hard hat, the injury could have been fatal and if the right equipment had been used for the job; entirely preventable.

Working at height accounts for 6,300 employees being injured at work last year. 

To avoid you or your staff becoming a statistic - try our new RoSPA approved Working at Height training course.   It's easy-to-use, and reasonably priced and it's CPD certificated, so this course can count towards your CPD targets!  Take a look with a free 14 day trial by clicking HERE.

Asbestos failures in the news again.

Posted on the 12th of May 2014 in News & Views

A building firm has been fined £10,000 for placing workers at risk from exposure to deadly asbestos fibres and breaching the Control Of Asbestos Regulations 2006.  The London based company had taken on a refurbishment project of a warehouse in Wokingham and had got the necessary asbestos survey carried out on the site 2 months before work was due to start.  However, he failed to pass the results on to the site manager which showed that Asbestos Insulating Board was present before the work began.  Once started, workers mistook the board for asbestos cement, a lower risk material, which they removed without the proper precautions or equipment.
Normally the removal of asbestos insulating board should only be carried out by a licensed contractor who has received specific training and follows strict working practices.  Some lower content asbestos materials, like asbestos cement, can be removed by a non-licensed contractor but only if the correct precautions have been taken and the right equipment is used.

For more information on Asbestos, its’ dangers, whereabouts and what to do if you find it, our online Asbestos Awareness programme is the perfect training course to take when undertaking any building project, - big or small.

Managing stress in the workplace

Posted on the 9th of May 2014 in News & Views

The European Agency for Health at Work has launched their yearly campaign, which for 2014-2015 is focusing on managing stress in the workplace. 

Research that shows that 4 in 10 workers feel that stress is not managed well in their workplace.  Stress can result in a number of stress-related illnesses and in fact stress was the main contributing factor to 11 million working days being lost in 2011. 

Where better to start managing your stress and pressure levels then by completing our ‘How Stressed are you?’ questionnaire.  It gives you an idea of how stressed or under pressure you are and what actions you should take, if any at all.  And why not try our Stress Awareness in the Workplace online training course with a free 14 day trial

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Using iHasco courses to train groups.

Posted on the 30th of April 2014 in Health and Safety FAQs

Some classroom based training can be very time consuming, costly and, dare I say, boring.  And in fact, information forced down the throats of less than enthusiastic learners is very often easily forgotten and therefore, a total waste of time and money.  And classroom training can work out extremely costly - there’s hiring the tutor, the classroom space, travelling to and from training centres and possibly having to rebook if there are any absences. 

The great thing about iHasco training is that it can be used individually or to train in groups using a ‘Trainers Licence’.  At a reasonable cost, we supply everything you need to use our training in a group learning session including test papers and answers, certificates and the training programme itself.  As our courses are all available online you simply gather your staff, log in and away you go. Also if anyone misses the session, they can simply complete the course on their own at a later date.

We’ve created our courses to be extremely interactive; using different media like videos and amazing graphics which makes our training truly enjoyable.  This means that knowledge is gained rather than imposed so retention levels are higher than classroom based lectures. 

So if you would like to use our fantastic courses to enjoy training with your staff, give us a call on 01344 867088 or email us at