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Health & Safety

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Charles Wilson Engineers is committed to ensuring that the equipment we supply our customers is supplied in a safe and well maintained condition.

Every item of equipment is serviced and maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (P.U.W.E.R) and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (L.O.L.E.R). Should you require, our Training Department can assist you in ensuring that your workforce is correctly trained to operate various types of work equipment in a safe manner. Please see our Training section of this website for further details.

Working at Height

Falls from height are the most common cause of fatal injury and the second most common cause of major injury to employees.

The Work at Heights Regulations came into force in 2005. Their purpose is to reduce the number of accidents associated with working at height.

The new regulations require detailed risk assessments to be carried out for anyone working at heights.

Experience shows that these events usually arise due to poor management control rather than because of equipment failure.

  • Failure to recognize a problem.
  • Failure to ensure that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment has been completed.
  • Failure to ensure the safe systems of work are followed.
  • Failure to provide safe systems of work.
  • Inadequate information, instruction, training or supervision provided.
  • Failure to use appropriate equipment.
  • Failure to provide safe plant/equipment.

We offer an extensive range of the latest products that will enable hirers to carry out their duties with reduced risks to themselves and to others.


Exposure to noise can cause temporary or permanent hearing damage. Damage can involve loss of hearing ability and people may also suffer a permanent sensation of noises or ringing in the ears, known as ‘tinnitus’.

Hearing loss caused by exposure to noise at work continues to be a significant occupational disease. We acknowledge that noise represents a significant safety risk to equipment operators.

Under The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) it is a requirement that a noise assessment be made by a competent person when the noise created in a working environment exceeds 80dB(A).

We strongly recommend that every possible effort is made to reduce noise exposure in the workplace. We are constantly striving to ensure that the equipment we supply you,  incorporates the latest noise reduction technology for the customer.

In each section of this brochure, you will find (where applicable) manufacturers information relating to noise emissions.

One essential method of controlling the potentially harmful effects of noise is to ensure that all employees working in or around a noisy environment are issued with and use the correct Personal Protective Equipment.


Dust is created in one form or another when most power tools are used.

Continued exposure to dust can, over a period of time result in respiratory problems, eye infections and irritation to the skin.

Providing operators use the correct Personal Protective Equipment such as goggles, appropriate respiratory protection, gloves and protective suits, exposure risks are greatly reduced.

In addition to this we strongly recommend the use of dust extraction/suppression equipment which will combat the problems relating to potentially harmful particles that might be present in the atmosphere.

Hand Arm Vibration

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is vibration that is transmitted into the hands and arms of an operator when they are using hand held powered work equipment.

Regular and frequent exposure to hand arm vibration can cause a range of conditions collectively known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), as well as specific diseases such as the nerve disorder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

At Charles Wilson Engineers, we are committed to supplying the latest equipment that has been designed to reduce the effects of vibration on the operator.

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 1995 requires employers to take specific action when the daily vibration exposure reaches a certain ‘action value’. In order to simplify the process of identifying and assessing employees at risk, you will find detailed information relating to the vibration output of each applicable machine.

Each tool, where relevant, will be labelled to clearly indicate the vibration risk of that item to the operator. The labeling system for each piece of equipment breaks the risk areas down into three colour coded ‘traffic light’ levels according to the vibration level produced.




Reducing the Risk

There are ways to reduce the risk from vibration:

  • Keep warm and wear protective gloves
  • Take short breaks to exercise your hands
  • Do not grip the tool too tightly – the tighter the grip the greater the vibration
  • Only use tools that are serviced regularly
  • Avoid the use of blunt points, chisels or drill bits
  • Read and follow the safety instructions supplied with the machine
  • See if there is an alternative tool available with a reduced vibration level