45 Brickhill Drive

Bedford MK41 7QA


t: 01234 218 543

e: altosafetyltd@btconnect.com

February 2013: Alto Safety client rated ‘Excellent’ in external audit by the NHBC


'Excellent' is the top-level classification awarded by the NHBC and was received by one of our clients following their first external audit.  Ten areas were noted as being ‘outstanding’.


Comments made by the auditor included:   “ There were a great many ..best practice items seen…”


“…the relationship between [our client] and its subcontract staff…is unparalleled within any other construction organisation I have previously audited.”


“Normally the level of implementation does not match the high standards set out within the arrangements but in this case, I was pleased to see evidence to the contrary.”



HSE launches safety clampdown on construction sites…

Unsafe practices on construction sites across the country are to be targeted as part of a national initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.

To support a month-long drive to improve standards in one of Britain's most dangerous industries, inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will visit sites where refurbishment or repair works are taking place.


From today (18 February) until 15 March, teams will make unannounced visits in most areas to ensure duty holders are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height.

They will also check for general good order, assess welfare facilities and check whether suitable PPE, such as head protection, is being used appropriately.


In the London area, separate visits will also take place in the weeks ahead looking specifically at the construction of domestic basements, and at potential issues relating to inadequate temporary works for excavations, such as propping.



HSE Transport for London publishes 'Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety'

Following research undertaken by the Transport Research Laboratory, TFL has published a report “Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety”, which makes 12 recommendations, including that road collisions connected to building sites should be reported as if they were workplace accidents, and that contractors set out safe delivery routes which avoid narrow roads, risky junctions and schools.


See Here  for more details


Web-link: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/microsites/freight/documents/publications/construction-logistics-and-cyclist-safety-summary-report.pdf

HSE Notification of Coventional Tower Cranes Regulations 2010

These are due to be revoked in April 2013, subject to sufficient parliamentary time being available.  In the menwhile the regulations remain in force.

HSE Fee for Intervention (FFI) begins…

The first FFI invoices were issued by HSE during week commencing 21 January 2013 and the amount invoiced for the two months from October to November was £727, 644.


An earlier Freedom of Information request revealed that 373 construction sites were visited under the scheme between

 1 October and 30 November 2012.  This is out of a total number of 903 visits made to all businesses by the HSE: construction made up more than a third of the visits!

Alto Safety LTD

45 Brickhill Drive, Bedford MK41 7QA

Tel: 01234 281 543

Email: altosafetyltd@btconnect.co.uk