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Knife Law

green trade must sharpen up their act

For a sector that prides itself on its good environment and health & safety record, the insulation industry is letting itself down badly in one key area – why do we allow our staff to use lethal weapons at work, putting themselves at risk of injury or even arrest?

Many vital controls are in place make workplaces safer and more measures are constantly under review – think PPE, access equipment and power tools – but it remains a fact the tool of choice for many insulation operatives to cut the materiel they are working with is likely to be a domestic kitchen knife, brought from a home-ware shop and have no safe way of carrying it or storing it when not in use.

The risk of injury is obvious: kitchen knives are not meant to be carried in overall pockets or – most alarmingly – shoved into the operative’s waistband.

It is time the insulation trade took responsibility for improving standards, focused on raising this issue and correct the outdated idea kitchen knives are the only tools insulation operatives can use.

Fortunately there is now a way for the industry to sharpen up its act…
Following a serious injury suffered by an insulation operative who tripped and fell on his unsheathed kitchen knife whilst moving around on site, a leading H&V company asked what the insulation trade was intending to do to prevent injuries to insulation operatives using inappropriate tool.

The response was the Safeblade System, designed to combat the numerous problems associated with knife safety in construction, including the safer storage, use and carrying of knives. Safeblade offers the first recognisable insulation trade tool, a vast improvement on the standard that has been allowed in the insulation industry for years.

TICA has used and successfully tested the Safeblade and sees it as an industry recognisable tool the improving standards.
Leading companies have introduced this ‘best practice’ standard into their working practice and have incorporated this system into their method statements/risk assessments.

The result is fewer accidents, a more responsible attitude by employers and Operatives; and a more professional approach to a key aspect of the trade.

We believe the Safeblade System is the answer to a long overdue problem within the insulation industry.

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