This month we are giving you a chance to get your SSSTS training course absolutely free!

Importantly you don’t have to be an existing Goldcross customer, the draw is open to all – so whether you are:

  1. An existing; tradesman, specialist, operative, labourer, supervisor, manager or first aider
  2. Someone who is thinking of becoming a supervisor in the; construction, rail, road, utility, engineering or safety related sectors

this may be an ideal opportunity for you to cover your current/future training expenses or perhaps take those important steps to gaining a supervisor qualification.

How can You win?

The draw will run from Sunday 01st through til midnight on Tuesday 31st May and all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is:

  • Book a 2 day SSSTS course via the Goldcross website for any time over the next four months (May – August 2022), either with a deposit or full-payment.

That’s all there is to it.

The Prize Wheel

We will be using the ‘Wheel of Names’ to determine the winner and the video recording of the ‘wheel spin’ will be broadcast on our social media pages on Monday 06th June.

Terms and Conditions

The winner and prize:

  • will be determined by ‘chance’ using the ‘Wheel Of Names’.
  • the ‘wheel of names’ will be spun by an entity independent from Goldcross and also witnesed appropriately.

Entry into the draw:

  • Only those bookings for which Goldcross have recieved payment (deposit or full payment) will be entered into the draw.
  • One entry per delegate booked on an SSSTS course will be allocated i.e. bookings with 4 delegates will receive 4 entries.
  • The name of the person (company, entity) making the booking will be the name entered.

Prize:

  • Should the winner have paid in full for the course they will receive a full refund, covering the cost of one delegate, in full.
  • Should they have only paid the deposit, Goldcross will cover the cost of one SSSTS course, for one delegate, in full – subject to its standard terms and conditions.
  • The value of the prize will not exceed the cost of:- one 2 day SSSTS course.

Goldcross provides this draw in good faith and accepts no responsibility for any: loss, error, misunderstanding or misrepresentation that may arise as a result of it’s provision.

Please don’t keep it to yourself – ‘Spread the word’ on social media and let your friends know about the draw.

A MANCHESTER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY was fined after loft conversion and ground floor extension work to a three-bedroom domestic property in Stretford caused much of the house to collapse.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that on 4 May 2020, Mughal Construction Limited had been carrying out a loft conversion when it collapsed, causing workers to flee from the site.

Loft Conversion Collapse

The loft conversion house had insufficient temporary supports and workers did not have sufficient skills, knowledge and experience, to carry out the work safely.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had failed to properly plan, manage, and monitor the work. It had failed to provide adequate health and safety measures to prevent the risk of collapse at the property including sufficient measures to ensure it remained safe and stable.

Mughal Construction Limited of Levenshulme Trading Estate, Printworks Lane, Manchester pleaded guilty of breaching Regulations 13(1) and 19(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,000.

HSE inspector, Phil Redman, said after the hearing: “This was a very serious incident, and it is fortunate nobody was injured as a result of the collapse. Where contractors fail to take suitable and sufficient precautions whilst carrying out structural alterations HSE will take appropriate action including prosecution.”

Gurmit Properties Limited were fined today for safety breaches after a substantial part of a wall at a construction site at Barnsley Road, South Elmsall collapsed, seriously injuring a child.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that, Gurmit Properties Limited (GPL) were the owners of the site at Barnsley Road, South Elmsall. The company had previously received a large delivery of aggregate, which was deposited on land next to the construction site. Officials from the local council attended the site and ordered the materials to be removed. GPL then brought the materials back on to their site storing them behind the wall.

On 7th February 2018 an eight-year old child was walking with her mother along Harrow Street, adjacent to GPL’s construction site, when she was hit by the collapsing wall. She sustained serious injuries, including crush injuries to her foot which resulted in the amputation of a big toe.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that GPL had not assessed the structural integrity of the wall to ensure it was safe to be used as either a secure boundary for the site or as a retaining wall for storing materials. When the materials were stored against the wall it failed and this led directly to the collapse and the injuries to the child.

GPL were a client and a contractor within the meaning of Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and failed in their duty to ensure that the wall was either safe for use as a secure site boundary or as a retaining wall for storing materials.

Gurmit Properties Ltd of Albion Street Castleford West Yorkshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company has been fined £22,500 and ordered to pay £11,998.80 in costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Chris Tilley commented: “ The company should have appointed a competent person to carry out an assessment of the wall at the start of the project to establish whether it was safe to use as a boundary wall and then carried out a similar assessment when the wall was then used as a retaining wall for storing materials.

“This incident could have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and adopting safe working practices.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

As reported on HSE Media.

It’s Competition time again – yes, we are giving you another chance to win a training voucher courtesy of Goldcross Training up to the value of £399!

The voucher can be used in a variety of different ways i.e. you can take one course or you can take multiple courses (up to the value of the voucher) and you can spend it on either ‘online’, ‘classroom’ or ‘e-learning’ based training.

Importantly you don’t have to be an existing Goldcross customer, the competition is open to all – so whether you are:

  1. An existing; tradesman, specialist, operative, labourer, supervisor, manager or first aider
  2. Someone who is thinking of entering the; construction, rail, road, utility, engineering or safety related sectors

this may be an ideal opportunity for you to cover your current training expenses or perhaps take those first steps in gaining the required qualifications to enter a new industry/sector.

How can You win?

The competition will run from Monday 11th April through til midnight on Wednesday 20th April 2022 and all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is:

  • Visit the Goldcross Training ‘Facebook Page’ – visit: https://www.facebook.com/GoldcrossTraining/
  • Scroll down the page to our most recent competition post and answer the following question:  Who traditionally delivers ‘eggs’ over Easter?

That’s it and remember ‘you have to be in it to win it’ so make sure you answer the question on our facebook page – Good Luck!

Additionally why keep it to yourself? ‘Spread the word’ and let your friends know about the competition.

The Prize Wheel

This time we have made it a two-stage process and the ‘Wheel of Names’ will be used to determine:

  • The winner
  • The value of the prize voucher which could be anything from £199 up to £399!

as a bonus should the value of the first prize not land on £399 – the wheel will be spun a second time to select a second winner for a voucher of £199 so the full prize pot is guaranteed to go!

The video recordings of the ‘wheel spins’ will be broadcast on Facebook on Thursday 21st April.

Terms and Conditions

The voucher:

  • will be valid for 12 months.
  • Can also be redeemed against any Goldcross course booked over the period of the competition.
  • can only be redeemed against a Goldcross Training provided training course.
  • has no redeemable ‘cash value’.
  • can only be redeemed by the named winner of the competition.

The winner and prize:

  • will be determined by ‘chance’ using the ‘Wheel Of Names’
  • the ‘wheel of names’ will be spun by an entity independent from Goldcross and also witnesed appropriately.

Ventilation, protective equipment and appropriate guarding are some of the measures businesses should consider as Britain’s workplace regulator is carrying out inspections to protect the respiratory health of workers.

From April, health and safety inspectors across Great Britain will be visiting business within woodworking industries such as sawmilling, manufacture of composite boards, and carpentry, as well as other industries where wood dust exposure can occur.

Woodworking industries have the potential for high incidence rates of occupational asthma and work-aggravated asthma caused by worker exposure to inadequately controlled wood dust in the workplace.

Inspectors will be looking for evidence that employers have considered the control measures required to reduce workers exposure to wood dust, that workers understand the risks of exposure to wood dust, and effective control measures have been put in place to protect workers from harm. Inspectors will take enforcement action when necessary to make sure workers are protected.

HSE’s head of manufacturing David Butter said: “Around 12,000 workers died last year from lung diseases linked to past exposure from work, with thousands more cases of ill-health and working days lost. Wood dust can cause serious health problems. It can cause asthma, which carpenters and joiners are four times more likely to get compared with other UK workers, as well as nasal cancer. Our campaign aims to help businesses whose workers cut and shape wood to take action now to protect their workers’ respiratory health.

“Through visiting wood working businesses, our inspectors are able to speak to a range of dutyholders and look at the measures they have in place to comply with the guidance and protect workers from respiratory diseases such as occupational asthma and nasal cancer.  

“Businesses can act now to ensure they are complying with the law by ensuring the control of wood dust at source by fitting and using extraction on machines.  Ensuring they fit and use guards on machines to protect fingers and hands and ensure those that use the machine to understand the risks and how to control them. Checking that guards are well adjusted will minimise danger and ensure that dust capture remains effective.

“Our inspection initiative aims to ensure employers and workers are aware of the risks associated with the activities they do. They must recognise these dangers and manage these risks through reducing exposure. Dutyholders need to do the right thing, for example, through completing a risk assessment, ensuring workers are trained, appropriate guarding is fitted and adjusted correctly, and reducing exposure using local exhaust ventilation (LEV) and using suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to protect workers, where required.”

For the latest advice and guidance visit www.hse.gov.uk/woodworking/

As reported on HSE Media.