Telescopic Handler CSCS Training

This is a SOLAS, Construction Skills Certification Scheme, CSCS course

Course summary:

  • Legislation & Regulations
  • Employer and employee responsibilities
  • Safe Working Practices
  • Machine components and functions
  • Correct operating techniques
  • Pre-use checks and basic maintenance
  • Road Travel (where relevant)
  • Types and characteristics of materials and load
  • Site Safety
  • Shut down & securing procedures
  • Theory Examination & Practical Assessment

Certification:

SOLAS / QQI Certification which is valid for five years.

Mini Digger CSCS Training

This is a SOLAS, Construction Skills Certification Scheme, CSCS course

Course summary:

  • Legislation & Regulations
  • Employer and employee responsibilities
  • Safe Working Practices
  • Machine components and functions
  • Correct operating techniques
  • Pre-use checks and basic maintenance
  • Road Travel (where relevant)
  • Types and characteristics of materials and load
  • Site Safety
  • Shut down & securing procedures
  • Theory Examination & Practical Assessment

Certification:

SOLAS / QQI Certification which is valid for five years.

Site Dumper CSCS Training

This is a SOLAS, Construction Skills Certification Scheme, CSCS course

Course summary:

  • Legislation & Regulations
  • Employer and employee responsibilities
  • Safe Working Practices
  • Machine components and functions
  • Correct operating techniques
  • Pre-use checks and basic maintenance
  • Road Travel (where relevant)
  • Types and characteristics of materials and load
  • Site Safety
  • Shut down & securing procedures
  • Theory Examination & Practical Assessment

Certification:

SOLAS / QQI Certification which is valid for five years.

360 Degree Excavator CSCS Training

This is a SOLAS, Construction Skills Certification Scheme, CSCS course

Course summary:

  • Legislation & Regulations
  • Employer and employee responsibilities
  • Safe Working Practices
  • Machine components and functions
  • Correct operating techniques
  • Pre-use checks and basic maintenance
  • Road Travel (where relevant)
  • Types and characteristics of materials and load
  • Site Safety
  • Shut down & securing procedures
  • Theory Examination & Practical Assessment

Certification:

SOLAS / QQI Certification which is valid for five years.

180 Degree Excavator CSCS Training

This is a SOLAS, Construction Skills Certification Scheme, CSCS course

Course summary:

  • Legislation & Regulations
  • Employer and employee responsibilities
  • Safe Working Practices
  • Machine components and functions
  • Correct operating techniques
  • Pre-use checks and basic maintenance
  • Road Travel (where relevant)
  • Types and characteristics of materials and load
  • Site Safety
  • Shut down & securing procedures
  • Theory Examination & Practical Assessment

Certification:

SOLAS / QQI Certification which is valid for five years.

Construction firm fined for fatal wall collapse in DIY store

A building company has been fined €250,000 for breaching construction regulations which resulted in the collapse of wall at a Longford DIY store three years ago, killing two men and injuring two others.

Yesterday in a special sitting of Longford Circuit Criminal Court a construction company, ‘Vincent Ruane Construction Ltd’, was fined a total of €250,000 before Judge John Hannan.

Previously, on the 5th July 2016, the company pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 44(d) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006.

On the 29th January 2013 a serious incident occurred in the Connacht Gold (Aurivo) Co-Operative Society retail store located in Farneyhogan on the Athlone Road in Longford. As a result two persons Mr Patrick Gaffney and Mr Sean Mulleady lost their lives; two more members of the public were seriously injured with a number of others present suffering minor injuries and trauma.
The fatalities and injuries occurred as a result of a large portion (circa 104m2 equating to circa 1000 blocks or 25 tons) of an internal masonry block wall collapsing into the retail section of the store.
Both men were standing at the customer service counter when a high wind event occurred, entered into the building through an open roller door and exerted sufficient force on the block wall causing it to fall into the retail store. Both were very seriously injured and died later in hospital as consequences of being struck by the falling masonry.
 
The HSA investigation determined:
  • The masonry wall was built in January / February 2012 by Vincent Ruane Construction Ltd.
  • A significant deviation from the original wall specification occurred, from plasterboard slabs to masonry blockwork.
  • The masonry wall did not have any structural head or end restraints installed into the wall to effectively tie the wall to the structural portal frame, thereby giving it stability.
As a consequence of this failure a block wall of area 104m2 equating to circa 1000 concrete blocks weighing approx. 25 tons collapsed into the retail store of Connacht Gold.
Martin O’ Halloran Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Authority said, “This accident should not have happened. The wall should have been built to the proper building standards ensuring it is fit for purpose.  As a result of this failure a number of families have suffered tragic loss and injury to loved ones.”

In a victim impact statement on behalf of her mother Patsy, Denise Nolan, a daughter of the late Mr Gaffney, told the court that her father had survived a back operation and a triple heart surgery and also beaten cancer before tragedy struck three years ago.

 

On the day of the incident, Patsy Gaffney had been waiting in the car for her husband when she was alerted to an incident inside the store.

She found her husband surrounded by debris, sitting upright with blood pouring from a head wound.

“He was able to tell me that he ‘wasn’t going to make it this time’,” she said.

On behalf of Mr Mulleady’s wife Teresa, her sister Eileen Sorohan said instead of receiving flowers from her husband on New Year’s’ Day, she now puts them on his grave.

 

Judge Hannon said the maximum fine the court could hand down was €3m.

 

Safe Pass

The SOLAS Safe Pass Programme was developed following an initiative by the Construction Industry Training Committee.

Aims of Safe Pass

  • To raise the standard of safety awareness in the construction industry;
  • To ensure that all site personnel undergo basic health and safety awareness training with a view to making a positive contribution to the prevention of accidents and avoidance of health hazards;
  • To maintain a register of personnel who have received such training;
  • To provide all participants with a SOLAS Safe Pass registration card which will indicate that the holder has attended a formal course in health and safety awareness.

Benefits

For Employers

  • Improved safety culture;
  • Reduction in accidents on site;
  • Reduction in lost time due to accidents;
  • Improved employee morale;
  • Identification of personnel with recognised safety awareness training.

For Employees

  • Improved health and safety awareness;
  • Recognition of safety training;
  • Personal development
  • Provision of a Safe Pass registration card;
  • Improved employment prospects.

This initiative was incorporated into the Construction Safety Partnership Plan which was launched by Tom Kitt T.D., Minister for Labour, Trade and Consumer Affairs in October 2000. Detailed consultation took place between SOLAS and expert working groups representing the Social Partners with the support of the Construction Industry Training Committee. The consultation focused on the content and delivery of the SOLAS Safe Pass Programme and took into account the target group to whom it was to be delivered.

Course Content

Training Modules

  • The training modules incorporated within the one-day Safe Pass Programme are:
  • Promoting a Safety Culture;
  • Duties and Responsibilities at Work;
  • Accident Reporting and Prevention;
  • Working at Heights;
  • Excavations and Confined Spaces;
  • Working with Electricity Underground and Overhead Services;
  • Personal Protective Equipment;
  • Use of Hand Held Equipment, Tools and Machinery;
  • Safe Use of Vehicles;
  • Noise and Vibration;
  • Manual Handling;
  • Health and Hygiene.

The health and safety awareness training provided under the SOLAS Safe Pass Programme – while complying with the provisions of the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act 2005, the Safety Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006 – must not be seen to relieve employers of their statutory duty to provide other appropriate health and safety training for their employees.

Manual Handling Training

Our Manual Handling course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge to conduct all manual handling activities in a manner that will prevent injury and is based on the HSA course guidelines

The course deals with informing participants on the consequences of lifting incorrectly, because if persons understand the consequences of incorrect lifting they will pay more attention to lifting correctly.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Perform specific Manual Handling tasks competently to a recognised standard.
  • Complete essential risk assessment prior to completing manual handling tasks.
  • Identify Ergonomic factors associated with their work activities.
  • Complete a series of exercises designed to improve strength, endurance and flexibility, the key components of physical fitness.

All trainees who successfully complete the course will receive the relevant certification.

PAT Testing Training

Electrical equipment is present in virtually all workplaces, and that includes portable appliances. Managers and responsible persons in low risk environments have a duty to carry out visual and pre-use checks on equipment.

The regulations on Portable Appliance Testing in Ireland can be found in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, SI 299, 2007. The regulation directs employers to ensure that all portable equipment used in their place of work is periodically inspected and tested by a competent person.
• Legislation
• Health and Safety
• What is PAT Testing & Why Test?
• Visual inspection of portable appliances & Good Houskeeping
• Equipment Classification
• Testing Class I appliances, Testing Class II appliances, Testing an IEC lead and Testing an extension lead
• Understanding fuse rating
• PASS / FAIL in relation to Portable Appliances
• Labeling
• Insulation, Earth Bond & Functional Test
• Record keeping
• Plug wiring and general information about how electricity works

Ammonia Consultancy Safety Services

 

Ammonia has been the refrigerant of choice for industrial refrigeration systems in Ireland and the UK for over 50 years.  Ammonia (including Anhydrous Ammonia (R717) Refrigerant) is one of the very few natural refrigerants on the market and offers significant benefits, particularly in the face of the impending phase-down of HFC refrigerants.

 

Many Ammonia refrigeration systems have been operating safely and efficiently in Ireland and the UK for thirty or even forty years.  To ensure safe operation throughout their long life, ammonia refrigeration systems do need to be properly maintained and managed.  Good practice in the design, installation and maintenance, along with compliance with applicable legislation and guides can ensure that ammonia systems continue to provide safe, reliable and efficient refrigeration service.

At Ayrton Group, we can provide you with a range of services, with the intention of ensuring you have a preventative approach to your equipment for safeguarding your staff, neighbours & your plant.

Whether you own or operate a refrigeration unit, a cold storage facility or use ammonia gas for any other purpose, we at Ayrton Group can help you.

These services include:

  • Ammonia Dispersion Modelling
  • Risk assessing all areas of Ammonia storage & usage
  • Compliance with the Irish Pressure Systems Regulations 2012
  • Dealing with the New EU Pressure Equipment Directive
  • Compliance with the ATEX Directives and ammonia: (the EU directives relating to the flammability of Ammonia & Equipment and Worker Protection
  • SMARS: “Safe Management of Ammonia Refrigeration Systems” Guide: The new industry guide (replacing the former HSE publication PM81) for designers, installers, owners and operators of ammonia systems
  • Preparing an Emergency Response Plan (for Hazardous Substance (Ammonia) Leaks)
  • Dealing with the Emergency Services in the event of a leak, and preparation for such a leak
  • Ammonia Gas Detection systems
  • BLEVE; risk assessments of the area of BLEVE & prevention of a BLEVE
  • Evaporative Condensers for ammonia systems (the proper operation, care and maintenance of evaporative condensers & cooling towers)
  • Pressure Relief Valves: PRV types, selection, installation and maintenance
  • Training of your Team/ staff to be prepared for a leakage, what to do, how to prevent such leakage
  • Risk assessments of current signage & advice of signage requirements.