What should construction clients look for in a Principal Designer?

A Principal Designer is appointed by the client to have control over a project’s Pre-Construction Phase. The Principal Designer can be an organisation – or on a smaller project an individual – that has: A technical knowledge of the construction industry which is relevant to the project The understanding and skills to manage and coordinate …

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Could we be your Principal Contractor?

Acorn Safety Services is a full-service consultancy which has been established with the objective of meeting clients’ diverse health and safety needs within the workplace and helping them to be compliant with statutory health and safety regulations. Regardless of your requirement for CDM Client, Principal Designer or Principal Contractor services, retained health and safety consultancy, …

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Fire Risk Assessments on Buildings

In this blog we will consider why fire risk assessments are essential for certain types of buildings. In essence, fire risk assessments need to be carried out on all non-domestic properties and on communal areas of rented properties. The identified risks and subsequent safety measures that you put in place must be passed onto employees …

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Health and Safety book

We are thrilled to announce that we have launched a new no-nonsense guide to health and safety. The book, called ‘Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety – Stay out of Prison, Avoid Massive Fines and Cut Through the Red Tape’ has been written by two of Acorn Safety Services’ directors – Neil Munro and …

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John Crockett

John Crockett is Acorn Safety Services’ health and safety manager. He has worked in the Health and Safety industry for about 30 years. Prior to that he had been a project manager and a fitter for various construction companies so in total he has worked in the construction industry for around 45 years. In this …

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Risk assessments on construction sites

Managing health and safety on construction sites can be far more complex than in other workplaces. In factories and offices, you normally have the same teams working together, fulfilling regular duties. In comparison, on a construction site, the site is undergoing a transformation and teams from different trades come together to work alongside one another. …

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Refurbishment of Hospitals

When it comes to refurbishment projects, hospitals can be particularly high-risk environments. The potential for health and safety issues is immense as any construction work must be planned around the ongoing needs of patients and staff. Patients must continue to be cared for, operations must take place and prescriptions must continue to be provided. These …

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How can you protect your firm from Government Health and Safety Regulations?

Many businesses are growing increasingly frustrated with an ever-increasing workload generated by more and more Government health and safety regulations. Keeping up to date with the latest regulations can be a minefield for firms and when things go wrong, business owners are left facing the risk of prosecution, fines or even jail. In 2020 businesses …

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Retained Health and Safety Consultant

Clients have a responsibility to ensure their projects are undertaken safely. If they feel their contractors are not performing as they should be, or are unsure what their performance is like, we can carry out a site audit. This will identify which parts of their projects are being done well and which need attention. In …

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