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HSA publishes 2016 Annual Report

    HSA publishes 2016 Annual Report

The Health and Safety Authority haspublished its 2016 Annual Report outlining major activities, achievements and outcomes over the course of the year. Key highlights include:

10,477 inspections and investigations undertaken

6,497 inspections carried out in the high-risk farming, construction and fishing sectors

Written advice provided in over 4,301 inspections

369 improvement notices and 413 prohibition notices issued

17 prosecutions taken […]

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SIPTU calls for fire risk audit in light of deficiencies in school safety standards

    SIPTU calls for fire risk audit in light of deficiencies in school safety standards

SIPTU full-time and retained firefighter representatives have called for the urgent commencement of a comprehensive fire risk audit of recently built public and residential properties following the discovery of deficiencies in safety standards at several schools.
SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser, John King, said: “SIPTU organises full-time and retained firefighters in all local authority […]

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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week approaches

    Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week approaches

Ireland’s fifth annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week takes place in Ireland from 26 September to 2 October in this year. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and highlight the measures that can be taken to prevent it.
Carbon monoxide can, and does, kill. On average, six people in Ireland die […]

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Mace marks 2.75 million accident free hours on Facebook site

    Mace marks 2.75 million accident free hours on Facebook site

From the moment Mace Technology (Ireland) began work on Facebook’s new European Data Centre in Clonee, safety has been a top priority.
According to a report on the CIF website, the project is the largest Mace have undertaken in Ireland and has now achieved 2.75 million man-hours without a reportable accident. This is an achievement, which […]

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HSA construction inspection campaign to focus on occupational health

    HSA construction inspection campaign to focus on occupational health

A Health and Safety Authority (HSA) campaign to reduce occupational health risks in the construction sector has commenced. Inspectors from the HSA will be visiting 250 construction sites, nationwide, over the next week with a particular focus on reducing exposure to carcinogens.
The inspection campaign will be addressing exposure to carcinogenic dusts such as asbestos, […]

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Fears raised over stability of buildings built during boom

    Fears raised over stability of buildings built during boom

A Kilkenny member of the Institute of Clerks of Works and Building Inspectors in Ireland (ICWBII) has raised fears that some of the buildings constructed during the Celtic Tiger years could, potentially be unstable or dangerous. It follows a number of high profile cases including Priory Hall where major defects in building construction in the […]

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Improving Health & Safety in the industry

    Improving Health & Safety in the industry

The 28th of April marked the third annual Workers’ Memorial Day in Ireland, a day when the Construction Industry Federation gathers with its partners in Government, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Congress), Ibec and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to remember those killed, injured and bereaved through workplace accidents.
According to CIF Director of […]

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