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HSE Construction ebulletin

Issued: 24 January 2024

An update on the latest information for employers and employees in the construction industry.

Visit the HSE website for all the latest updates.

HSE launches ‘Asbestos – Your Duty’ campaign

'Asbestos: Your Duty' campaign logo

HSE’s ‘Asbestos – Your Duty’ campaign targets those responsible for managing asbestos in buildings (dutyholders).

To support dutyholders, we recently updated our web pages for the duty to manage asbestos in buildings. This includes guidance on:

  • what the legal duty is and the steps required to comply with the law
  • who the dutyholder is, depending on the type of building etc, and what they must do
  • new templates of an asbestos management plan and an asbestos register with a site plan
  • examples of how asbestos can be managed across different industries

The campaign provides dutyholders with a range of resourcesYou can:

Refreshed asbestos guidance published

We have also recently updated HSE’s asbestos webpages. The updated webpages simplify the navigation as well as remove outdated content and replace it with up-to-date, refreshed guidance. This includes the following:

Crush risk from powered tilting stabilisers – HSE safety notice issued

HSE is aware of 3 fatal incidents in Great Britain since 2019, where the operator of a lorry loader has been crushed against the bodywork of the vehicle by the retracting leg of a powered tilting stabiliser.

On some lorry loaders with powered ‘tilting’ stabilisers people can be crushed against the bodywork of the vehicle when the stabilisers are being retracted.

There is a risk of serious injury or death when a powered tilting stabiliser is being rotated to a vertical position.

Those involved in lorry loader operations should include the crushing hazard from tilting stabilisers in their risk assessments and include appropriate control measures in all lorry loader procedural documentation, such as lift plans.

View the safety notice

Health and safety events

There are a range of upcoming virtual and in-person events and training courses organised by, or which involve HSE including:

Find out more about HSE’s training and events.

Recent HSE enforcement activity


Council fined £2 million after worker killed carrying out road repairs

Links for further guidance and information: Risk assessment


Construction firm fined after failing to provide basic facilities to workers

Links for further guidance and information: Managing construction health risks: Welfare

Work at height – installation work

Firms fined over £600,000 after worker suffers fatal fall from roof

Links for further guidance and information: Assessing all work at height

Work at height – fragile roofs

Roofing firm and company business partner sentenced following HSE investigations

Links for further guidance and information: Fragile surfaces

Work at height – ladders

Company and director sentenced after worker fractures arm and leg

Links for further guidance and information: Using ladders safely


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