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Charter Health & Safety Solutions take a fresh approach to health & safety consultancy, with the experience, skills and flexibility to meet the modern company's health & safety requirements. We provide a wide range of health & safety services to advise our clients on their legal responsibilities.

Our initial consultation is free, so please get in touch if you require advice or a no obligation chat - from Health & Safety policies and procedures, DSE Assessments, Fire Risk Assessments and Asbestos Surveys through to Safety Training, Safety Audits and Site Inspections. Charter provides professional, practical advice to clients ranging from Architects to an International Entertainments Company. 

With offices on Lombard Street in the City of London and also Southampton and Salisbury, Charter Health and Safety Solutions can provide the complete health & safety package for your industry sector.   If you want competent advice to assist you in discharging your duties under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 or are unsure of your obligations under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk.  

posted by Admin on July 9th, 2014 in News

Charter Appointed Health & Safety Consultants to Farrer Huxley Associates







Farrer Huxley Associates is a practice of landscape and consultation experts based in Wenlock Road, London. This award winning practice has a number of nationally recognised, exemplar schemes in public open space, residential and education, and is unrivalled in its approach to consultancy, offering critical appraisals far beyond the scope of landscape.  

Farrer Huxley Associates have recently appointed Charter Health & Safety Solutions Limited to act as their Competent Persons as required by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.  

In addition to providing general health and safety advice, Charter will produce the Company Health & Safety Manual, Method Statements and Risk Assessments, and provide assistance with the gaining of CHAS Accreditation.

With offices in London, Southampton and Salisbury, Charter can provide the complete health & safety package for your industry sector.  If you want competent advice to assist you in discharging your duties under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation.

posted by Admin on June 20th, 2014 in News

Lancashire Building Firm in Court Over Poor Working Conditions


A Lancashire building firm has been fined for failing to provide basic facilities for its workers for nearly three weeks.

Two Brooks Valley Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an inspection of a construction site for a new mini-supermarket in Warton found workers had no shelter, no way of drying their clothes and no way of heating food and drinks.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard an inspector from HSE had visited the site on Lytham Road on 11 October 2013 and found the only facilities available for the four workers were a chemical toilet and an outside cold-water tap.

Two Brooks Valley Ltd, of East Beach in Lytham, was fined £650 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,050 after pleading guilty to breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 on 26 March 2014.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Allen Shute said:

“The four builders were expected to work in cold and wet conditions for nearly three weeks without basic welfare facilities being provided by Two Brooks Valley.

“The working conditions fell well below the minimum legal standards and are no longer tolerated in the 21st century. The company should have made sure suitable facilities, such as a cabin and access to hot water, were on the site before it allowed the building work to start.

“Instead, workers had to face needlessly unpleasant conditions over several weeks and this would have continued if we hadn’t carried out a routine inspection of the site.”  Source - HSE Website

If you want competent advice to assist you in discharging your duties under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk.  

With offices in London, Southampton and Salisbury, Charter Health & Safety Solutions can provide the complete health & safety package. 

posted by Admin on May 2nd, 2014 in News

Company Fined after Worker Falls


A stone quarrying company in Portland has been fined for safety breaches after a worker fell more than four metres onto a concrete floor, suffering a broken hip and head injuries, while replacing roof lights on a fragile roof.

Weymouth Magistrates’ Court heard that the 50-year-old employee,  from Weymouth, who does not wish to be identified, was on the fragile roof of Portland Stone Firm’s main depot in Easton Street when the incident happened on 16 August 2012.

He was using a ladder and the roof purlins to gain access to the work site because the cherry picker he usually used had been removed from the site by the company.

While replacing a light, he stepped back off the roof purlins and fell 4.5 metres through the fragile roof and onto the concrete floor inside the building.  He sustained a large gash to the back of his head and broke part of his hip bone. He had to undergo a number of hip operations and later lost his job with the company.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the planning and supervision of the work was inadequate, suitable equipment was not provided and Portland Stone Firms Ltd failed to ensure a safe system of work.

HSE told the court that safety measures such as working platforms fitted with guardrails, proper crawling boards, edge protection around the perimeter of the roof, safety nets under the roof or a harness system to mitigate any fall should have been put in place by the company.

Portland Stone Firms Limited of Easton Street, Portland, Dorset pleaded guilty to two breaches of health and safety law including a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay £18,992 costs. Source - HSE Website

Falls from height remain one of the most common reasons for injuries and fatalities at work.  If your company undertakes work at height then Charter Health and Safety Solutions can provide advice and assistance in complying with your duties under the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

With offices in London, Salisbury & Southampton, please email info@chartersafety.co.uk or contact your nearest office to arrange your free initial consultation.

posted by Admin on April 18th, 2014 in News

PM Building Contractors Renew Safecontractor Accreditation


Safecontractor is a leading Health and Safety pre-qualification assessment scheme and along with other Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) members, such as CHAS, are dedicated to promoting higher health and safety standards in competence and compliance whilst striving for a reduction in bureaucracy and duplication.

Charter Health and Safety Solutions have recently assisted another of our Clients in renewing their Safecontractor Accreditation.

PM Building Contractors, based in Bartley in the New Forest, provide quality decorating, property refurbishment, boiler installations, extensions, alterations and building services to both commercial and domestic clients in the Hampshire and Dorset area.  Maintaining Accreditation will allow PM Building to continue being awarded contracts and provide services to their major clients, in particular the local authorities of Hampshire, Portsmouth and Winchester.

If your company, large or small, requires Safecontractor Accreditation to satisfy a client or tender requirement, then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk.  Our offices are located in London, Salisbury and Southampton.

In addition to Safecontractor, Charter can also supply guidance on and assist with gaining SMAS, ContractorPlus and CHAS Accreditation.

posted by Admin on March 28th, 2014 in News

CDM Co-ordinator Services in London


Charter Health and Safety Solutions are a pro-active consultancy who have acted as CDM Co-ordinator on numerous projects across the capital and are currently in the final stages of the refurbishment and fit-out of floors 5&6 of 33 Cannon Street, near St. Paul's Cathedral.

The Client for this project is an international company that partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy, environment and infrastructure; health, social programs and public safety & defence markets.

Charter have also provided assistance to the Principal Contractor, CHBC Group, another international company who are based in Dublin.  CHBC offer a convenient central point of management and reference for all of the required support services in a total turnkey environment.

In addition to being trained and qualified Health & Safety professionals, all our CDM Co-ordinators are Registered Members of the Association of Project Safety and have extensive experience acting in this role.  

If you have any project that requires the appointment of a CDM Co-ordinator then please contact our London office on 020 7868 1797 or email info@chartersafety.co.uk where our staff can advise and assist you in carrying out your duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

For projects further afield contact our Southampton or Salisbury offices.

posted by Admin on March 14th, 2014 in News

Health and Safety Consultants in Salisbury


Charter Health & Safety Solutions take a fresh approach to health & safety consultancy, with the experience, skills and flexibility to meet the modern company's health & safety requirements. We provide a wide range of health & safety services advising our clients on their legal obligations. 

Please get in touch if you require advice or a no obligation chat - from acting as competent advisers in both general and construction health & safety, Asbestos Surveying, Site Inspections through to providing CDM Co-ordinator Services. Charter provides professional, practical advice to clients ranging from watercress farmers, motor vehicle dealerships and theme parks.

With offices in Salisbury, London and Southampton, Charter can provide the complete health & safety package for your industry sector.   If you want competent advice to assist you in discharging your duties under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, then please contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk.

posted by Admin on March 7th, 2014 in News

Roofing Contractor Prosecuted for Putting Workers' Lives at Risk


A roofing contractor put the lives of workers at risk by failing to protect them from falls as they worked up to nine metres above ground on a barn roof, a court has been told.

Neil Popham, 50, was hired to build agricultural buildings at a farm in Over Stowey, in Somerset. During the construction in May 2013, a complaint was made to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about the safety of workers during the roof installation.

As a result, an HSE inspector visited the site and her investigation led to the prosecution of Mr Popham at Taunton Magistrates on Monday 3 March 2014.

The court was told that on the day of the inspector’s visit, three workers were on top of a steel agricultural building installing roof sheets. The roof height varied from seven metres to nine metres.

There was no edge protection to prevent anyone falling off the building and inadequate netting to mitigate the effects of any fall. In addition, the workers had accessed the roof using a ladder that was not tied to prevent it falling.

Mr Popham had received enforcement notices relating to safe working at height on previous jobs.

Neil Popham, of Higher Heathcombe Farm, Enmore, near Bridgwater, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £950 in costs.  Source - HSE Website

Falls from height remain one of the most common reasons for injuries and fatalities at work.  If your company is engaged in construction work then Charter Health & Safety Solutions can provide advice and assistance in complying with your statutory duties under the Work at Height Regulations 2005.  

With offices in London, Salisbury & Southampton contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation.

posted by Admin on March 7th, 2014 in News

Wiltshire Scaffolding Company Renew CHAS Accreditation


Charter Health & Safety Solutions have recently provided assistance to another of our Clients in renewing CHAS Accreditation. Chapple Scaffolding are a specialist scaffolding contractor based in Amesbury near Salisbury.  Renewing CHAS Accreditation has enabled Chapple Scaffolding to continue to work on large Housing Association and Ministry of Defence projects.

The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) is the recognised Government backed health and safety pre-qualification in the UK.  It is available for suitably competent suppliers.  The aim of the scheme is to save time and resources by avoiding unnecessary duplication in the first stage of competence assessment and it is used by the Public Sector such as Local Authorities, NHS, Emergency Services, Government Departments and also by many Construction companies in the Private Sector.

If your company, large or small, requires CHAS Accreditation to satisfy a client or tender requirement, or you want to save time and money by not having to complete the health and safety section of pre-qualification questionnaires of SSIP members then please contact our Salisbury office on 01980 655108 or email info@chartersafety.co.uk for a competitive quote.

In addition to CHAS, Charter Health and Safety Solutions can also provide guidance on and assist with gaining Exor, ContractorPlus, Constructionline and Safecontractor Accreditation.

posted by Admin on February 28th, 2014 in News

Surrey Building Firm Prosecuted After Ignoring Asbestos Safety Rules


A building contractor has been fined for ignoring asbestos safety rules after the potentially deadly material was discovered in a basement area at the independent Woldingham girls’ school in Caterham.

Buxton Building Contractors Ltd, which was carrying out refurbishment work at the school in 2011, had commissioned a specialist survey to identify the presence of asbestos in the undercroft part of the building, but then failed to act when the results were positive.

The firm allowed a number of different contractors, including a teenage apprentice, to work in the area until one worker raised the alarm himself when he broke through the ceiling and exposed asbestos insulation boarding.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident, which came to light on 21 July 2011, and subsequently prosecuted the company for safety breaches.

Guildford Crown Court was told that Buxton Building Contractors Ltd was the principal contractor for a scheme to remodel the school’s dining area and kitchen. The firm had asked a surveyor to look specifically at the undercroft area as it had been omitted from an earlier asbestos report.

HSE’s investigation found the survey had highlighted the presence of the hazardous material, however, Buxton Building Contractors had failed to act either to deal with it or to provide any safeguards on site. It had allowed unrestricted access by a variety of other workers, including a 19-year-old apprentice electrician who had been working in the undercroft for at least two weeks.

After the worker discovered the presence of the asbestos insulation board, the area was sealed off by a licensed asbestos contractor.

Buxton Building Contractors Ltd, of High Street, Caterham, Surrey, was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £26,217 after admitting a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to plan, manage and properly monitor the construction work at the school.  Source - HSE Website

If your company is engaged in construction work or you have a 'Duty to Manage Asbestos in Non-domestic Premises', then  Charter Health & Safety Solutions can provide advice and assistance (including conducting Asbestos Survey's) in complying with your statutory duties under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.  

With offices in London, Salisbury & Southampton contact your nearest office or email info@chartersafety.co.uk to arrange your free initial consultation.

posted by Admin on February 28th, 2014 in News

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