Two women have been injured in a scaffolding accident in Leicester. It is believed that strong weather conditions caused the scaffolding to collapse on this busy Leicester street, injuring two women in the process.
As advocates of helath and safety procedures and legistlations, Label Source are regularly seen posting content both in our blog and across our social media channels condemning those companies who disobey health and safety legislation, or fail to meet the health and safety standards required of their business. However, on some unfortunate occasions, like this one it seems, accidents can happen through no fault of the company - or indeed anyone!
If the wind is strong enough to pull down scaffolding and unfortunately injure civillians in the process, then indeed there is nothing any degree of health and safety legislation could have done to prevent such a tragic accident. Occasionally accidents are unavoidable. However, any business is required by duty to protect themselves, their staff, and the general public by ensuring they meet health and safety requirements at all costs, and this is the best thing we can possibly do to attempt to minimise awful accidents like this from happening. Health and safety legislations are there to protect us and ensure our safety, and abiding by them religiously is the best way to ensure this.
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If you're working with scaffolding, please ensure you have the appropriate safety signs, labels, notices and tape in place to minimise the risk of accidents at all costs. Our range of scaffolding safety products can be viewed here.
For any advice on which scaffolding safety products you need, please don't hesitate to give us a call on 0800 3761 963.
Maintenance labels are used to identify equipment, machinery, fittings, fixtures, tools and process plants have been maintained to a certain standard. These are used and displayed to inform workers and users of the risks and dangers, which are associated with the equipment that is to be handled.
Label Source provides a range of labels, tags and signs to help identify the dangers. Our range of Maintenance labels are used for a variety of procedures such as asset marking, tool numbering, identifying equipment, numbers, and dates maintained, who was maintained and serviced by, when the equipment needs repairing and serviced. The labels also include information informing people if the equipment is in or out of service, greased or non-greased. These labels can be used on mechanical plumbing, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment. The Maintenance labels are available in a self-adhesive material, and self-adhesive aluminium foil.
Furthermore, Label Source supply a range electrical maintenance tags. These tags are used for strict instructions, warning workers not to use, touch, operate, close, move the equipment. We also provide a range of yellow caution and warning stags informing workers of high voltage, wiring, and current of the equipment that is about to be handled. These tags are a tie on semi-rigid polypropylene plastic material.
These also come in a range of signs, which are to be displayed clearly, informing workers and users of any dangers and risks of the equipment. The signs are used to identify circuits, electrical appliances, serial numbers and equipment numbers. These rigid plastic signs are pre-drilled and can be used short term or for more permanent needs.
Using asset tags helps you to keep your goods/assets organised, particularly if you are loaning them to other people or taking them off-premises on a regular basis. Also, if your items go missing, or if they are stolen, a unique asset tag will help you to track them down and verify that they belong to you.
Why Use Asset Tags?
A good example of a product that uses asset tags are library books, you will have seen how libraries keep track of their books using these tags. Asset tags allow them to check books out so they know where they are even when off premise. This also allows libraries to identify which books belong to them.
This is vital for products that are frequently lent to other people but have high value or are valuable in that they are often needed by other people. It also helps people tell the difference between what belongs to them or to wherever they are borrowing from.
Examples of items that might be labeled with asset tags include:
- Computers and printers
- Electronic equipment
- Library books
Plus any other assets that need to be monitored and/or may be at risk of theft.
Where to Buy Asset Tags
We sell a huge variety of asset tagging products here at Label Source, including barcode stickers (for electronic asset management) serial numbering labels (which can be branded with your company name and logo), and a variety of stencils that can be used to assert your ownership.
However, if none of our standard products meet your requirements, you may be more interested in our Custom Asset Tag Builder.
This tool is exclusive to Label Source, and it can be used to create completely bespoke asset labels. You can input your own text, select your preferred numbering/barcoding system, and even choose from 27 different colour combinations. Our custom asset tags come in a range of different sizes and materials, so no matter what you need, we are more than capable of catering to you.
Click here to start using our Asset Tag Builder, or contact Label Source for more information about implementing an asset tagging system and how we can help.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and the organisation is using this auspicious occasion to appeal to businesses in Wales and the rest of the UK.
In a press release - published earlier this week - the HSE stated that worker wellbeing should be the "top priority" for businesses in 2015, citing the following statistics:
- 7 people in Wales lost their lives at work over the course of 2013/14
- A further 4,291 people in Wales suffered worked-related injuries over that same period
- Some 56,600 people in Wales were made ill through their work over the same period
- 2013/14 statistics for the entire UK: 133 deaths at work, more than 79,500 work-related injuries, and over 1.1 million people made ill through work
These numbers are actually an improvement on the previous year, but while the world of work does appear to be getting safer, the fact remains that too many people are being put in unnecessary danger.
If you are an employer, we urge you to follow the HSE's advice and put the health and safety of your workers ahead of all other concerns. Here are a few ways in which to do this:
- Put up the correct safety signs where necessary. Ensure that the signs are as visible and as easy-to-read as possible.
- Have any electrical installations tested regularly by a certified inspector to ensure their continued safe operation.
- Think carefully about hygiene, particularly in bathrooms, toilets and kitchen areas. Ensure that all employees practise good hygiene.
- Familiarise all employees with emergency procedures - what to do if there is a fire, who to call in the event of a medical emergency, etc. We supply of health and safety posters for this purpose.
Health and safety, for the most part, is nothing more than common sense, but employers must be cautious and attentive to keep their employees safe. Don't let your company add to the HSE's injury total for 2015!
When working with electricity there is always a risk of hazard as workers become exposed to hazards because job sites can be surrounded by tools and materials, fast-paced, and often exposed to the weather. This can cause serious injury and, in some cases, deaths. Precautions can be taken to prevent this from happening in the workplace. As part of your health and safety training programme, one precaution is displaying suitable electrical safety signs around the workplace, warning workers of the risks and dangers of operating equipment and appliances. These signs are aimed to avoid hazards which include:
- Coming into any contact with an electrical voltage can cause a current flow through your whole body, resulting in an electric shock or burns.
- Fires can occur from faulty electrical equipment or their inappropriate use.
- The risk of explosions.
Our electrical safety signs can highlight the dangers to prevent needless accidents occurring, and warn workers, visitors and the general public of electricity risks. By displaying these signs, lives can be saved. Label Source supply a range of signs and labels that comply with the BS 7671 wiring regulations for low voltage electrical installations. The standard is based on IEC 60364, and the 17th edition came into effect in 2008. This regulation covers inspection and testing of electrical safety of electrical works. All new industrial, commercial and domestic installations have to be to this standard.
These electrical warning signs must be displayed in and around the workplace to prevent, accidents which can lead to fatalities. Protect your employees in the workplace!