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MUTA-related press releases and coverage

MUTA generates regular press releases on newsworthy stories to raise awareness of the association and promote the message of working safely. Individual members can use MUTA's public relations expertise to get news of an interesting event, product or service out to the trade press.
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November 2017 Newsletter
StructureSafe now RoSPA approved. MUTA member receives HSE visit. The effects of hitting a power line. Use Your Member Benefits. 

StructureSafe now RoSPA approved!
We are delighted to announce that MUTA's new online training course, StructureSafe Online, has been approved by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) against their strict criteria.

StructureSafe Online has been developed by industry experts and online training specialists to help all staff understand the importance of health and safety through engaging activities. It's the UK's first online training course for the temporary structure industry. 

Here's how you will benefit from StructureSafe Online:
  • Make sure everyone goes home safe at the end of the day
  • Quick, simple and inexpensive to ensure all your staff are trained
  • No need to send your staff away for training, no need to bring trainers in
  • New staff can be trained before they start with you
  • Proof you have trained your staff – many HSE prosecutions cite lack of training
  • Reduce your risk of being sued
  • Can be taken anytime, anywhere and on any device
For MUTA members, it costs £19.99 for a single course. If you have 10 or more staff that need training, it only costs £14.99 per course!

For more information, please contact us on 01379 788673 or email info@muta.org.uk.

MUTA member receives HSE visit
A MUTA member based in Southern England recently received an unexpected premises visit from a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector. 

As a result of the inspection, the member has been asked to provide a risk assessment for a workplace activity within 4 weeks of the visit taking place.

It's important to make sure you and your colleagues are always ready for a HSE visit as they can happen at any time - MUTA's Guide to Safe Working Procedures can help you prepare.

The effects of hitting a power line...
A scaffolding company and its Director have been sentenced after a worker lost his hands and feet after hitting a power line. 

The worker was erecting scaffolding in December 2016 when the structure came into contact with 33KV of overhead power lines. Subsequently the worker received an electric shock which led to his hands and feet being amputated. 

The company and its Director pleaded guilty to safety breaches and were fined £80,000 after appearing in Swindon Magistrates' Court. 

To read further, click here.

For guidance on power lines relating to temporary structures, see pages 16 and 17 of the Best Practice Guide, here

Use Your Member Benefits

IFAI Staking Study
The Tent Rental Division of the IFAI (our American counterparts) have kindly shared their staking guide which provides information relating to the effectiveness of different staking arrangements based on soil conditions. It can also help you work out what staking method is required on a particular site.
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11|10|17
October 2017 Newsletter
Untrained staff is a thing of the past. Visit us at the Showman's Show. NEW! Guidance Note. Use Your Member Benefits. 

Untrained staff is a thing of the past...
MUTA are pleased to announce that the UK’s first online health and safety training course for the temporary structure industry will be launched at the Showman's Show on the 18 and 19 October 2017.

StructureSafe Online has been developed by industry experts and online training specialists and will help all staff understand the importance of health and safety through engaging activites. 

As a MUTA member, here's how you will benefit from StructureSafe Online:
  • Make sure everyone goes home safe at the end of the day
  • Quick, simple and inexpensive to ensure all your staff are trained
  • No need to send your staff away for training, no need to bring trainers in
  • New staff can be trained before they start with you
  • Proof you have trained your staff – many HSE prosecutions cite lack of training
  • Reduce your risk of being sued
  • Can be taken anytime, anywhere and on any device
Not to mention there is a price advantage for members - the course costs £19.99 for a single login. If you have 10 or more staff that need training, it only costs £14.99 per login!

MUTA will be running live demonstrations of StructureSafe Online at the Showman’s Show so make sure you visit stand 81 within the Main Exhibition Hall. 

Visit us at the Showman's Show
MUTA will once again be exhibiting at the Showman’s Show in October. We hope that you will visit the stand and find out more about all the projects we are working on and of course StructureSafe Online. 

We will also have brand-new member packs available on the stand which will include details of your member benefits and a copy of MUTA's Best Practice Guide. 
 
To register to visit, click here

NEW! Guidance Note
Following requests from members, MUTA have published a new guidance note regarding what precuations can be taken in the event of a lightning strike. 

ATLAS, RoSPA and MUTA member, Losberger UK, have all provided their assistance with the creation of this document. 

Despite much information being available regarding lightning storms, there is no definitive answer on what course of action must be take in the event of a lightning strike. The information included within the guidance note may help to reduce the risk.

Use Your Member Benefits

IFAI Staking Study
The Tent Rental Division of the IFAI (our American counterparts) have kindly shared their staking guide which provides information relating to the effectiveness of different staking arrangements based on soil conditions. It can also help you work out what staking method is required on a particular site.
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18|08|17
August 2017 Newsletter
Inspection Process Results. General Data Protection Regulations. Making Tax Digital. New Member Applications. Use Your Member Benefits.

Inspection Process Results
Average on-site inspections scores have increased slightly from last year although some members scores have increased by 20% points. This goes to show that the Inspection Process is being taken seriously and the feedback from MUTA's Inspector is being taken on board. 

Throughout the course of the year we have noticed that some best practice areas of the inspection criteria are unrealistic to achieve so these will be reviewed and addressed at the year end. As always, any feedback on the existing inspection criteria would be welcomed. 

We have been notified by some members that they have not received their inspection reports. If you have recently had an inspection and have not received your report, login to your My Account section on the members' website and you will be able to view copies of your reports. Alternatively, email info@muta.org.uk

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
New data protection laws come into force in the UK on 28 May 2018 and will fundamentally affect all personal data you hold, including employees, customers, or prospects.

The regulations are far reaching and the potential fines for breaches are up to 4% of turnover. We are working on comprehensive guidance but this is unlikely to be published until the autumn when there should be further clarity from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

In readiness, for GDPR, and perhaps mindful of a previous data breach, J.D. Weatherspoon have just deleted their entire customer database. Click here to read more.

You can see the latest guidance from the ICO, here.

Making Tax Digital
Some members have previously expressed their concerns regarding Making Tax Digital so we are pleased to announce that the Government have watered down the requirements (or extended the deadlines) for all businesses to digitally send tax information to HMRC.

It will not be mandatory for businesses to use the digital system until April 2019. This will apply to businesses who have a turnover above the VAT threshold - smaller businesses will not be required to use the system but they can do so voluntarily. 

Click here for more information.

New Member Applications
We are currently processing an application from the following organisation:

Great British Bell Tents
www.greatbritishbelltents.co.uk

If you know this organisation, please contact us to let us know if you would be happy to support their application or if you have any concerns. Any comments will be kept strictly confidential. 

Use Your Member Benefits

Vehicle Decals
Full members of MUTA have the right to use the MUTA member logo in their own marketing materials, helping you win business in a competitive marketplace. 

We now have MUTA branded vehicle decals in stock so you can promote your membership on your company vehicles. Decals are free for orders of up to 10. Just email info@muta.org.uk.
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24|07|17
July 2017 Newsletter
NEW! Guidance Note - Toolbox Talks. IstructE TDS Guide - 4th Edition. Supplier Member Adverts. New Member Applications. Use Your Member Benefits.

NEW! Guidance Note - Toolbox Talks
MUTA have recently published a new toolbox talks guidance note and checklist which are available to download from the members' website.

The guidance note explains the purpose of a toolbox talk and gives an overview of what topics should be included. An example checklist has also been created but please make sure you tailor this to suit the job and the site requirements. Please remember that a toolbox talk is different to a site induction. 

MUTA are also working on a guidance note regarding what action to take in the event of a lightning strike. If you would like to be involved in the development of this, please email info@muta.org.uk

IstructE TDS Guide - 4th Edition
The Institute of Structural Engineers have updated their Temporary Demountable Structures (TDS) Guide, replacing the 3rd edition from 2007. Adrian Dann of Danco helped to author the section on marquees and tents.

The 4th edition contains information on the procurement, design and use of TDS and updates include: 
  • The ramifications of The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 in the UK
  • Revisions following experiences at the London 2012 Olympics - where TDS were used on an unprecedented scale
  • A dedicated chapter on loading 
  • Extensive reference to current standards that have relevance worldwide
MUTA have been offered a discounted rate on a bulk order from the Institute of Structural Engineers so if you would like to purchase a hard copy of the new TDS guide, please email info@muta.org.uk

Supplier Member Adverts
The MUTA eshot is sent every month and for the last year supplier members have been promoting their products and services to fellow members via the advert spaces below.
 
If you're a supplier member and you would like to make the most of this free member benefit, please email info@muta.org.uk with approximately 100 words and a jpeg image of your company logo.

Supplier members can also display banner adverts on the MUTA website. Login and visit your My Account area for more details. If you don't have your login details, please email info@muta.org.uk

New Member Applications
We are currently processing applications from the following organisation:

H J Hambley Ltd
www.hambleys.co.uk

If you know this organisation, please contact us to let us know if you would be happy to support their applications or if you have any concerns. Any comments will be kept strictly confidential. 

Use Your Member Benefits

Fuelcards
MUTA members can access a fuelcard from The Fuelcard People which will enable to you to obtain discounted fuel from all the well-known brands such as:
  • BP
  • Shell
  • Esso
  • Texaco 
  • UK Fuels
Fuelcards can also be used in most major supermarkets. To access this member benefit, visit the members' website
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21|06|17
June 2017 Newsletter
Inspection Process Results. NEW! Guidance Notes. Telescopic Ladders. New Member Applications. Use Your Member Benefits. 

Inspection Process Results
Following the changes to the Inspection Process last year, improvements are being made by members in terms of health and safety and working practices. Now with feedback from previous inspections, some members scores have increased by 20 percentage points from 2016. 

Whilst it is great to see so many improvements made by members, it is vital to ensure that statutory requirements are met on every job and at your premises. Failure to do so could result in prosecution and here are some recent examples in allied industries: The Member Services Team will continue to organise inspections and please don't forget that MUTA's Inspection Process document clearly outlines what constitutes as a 0, 1, 2 or 3 for on-site and premises inspections. It's far better to have MUTA's Inspector highlighting concerns than the Health and Safety Executive or a Local Authority!

NEW! Guidance Notes
MUTA have produced two new guidance notes for members concerning anti-slavery and human trafficking and anti-corruption and bribery policy, both of which can be downloaded from the members' website, here.

Anti-slavery and anti-corruption policies are mandatory for large companies. However, to ensure compliance through the supply chain, these are being requested at all business sizes as some members have recently discovered.

Two free policy templates have also been added to the 'Reference Documents' section of the members' website to assist with compliance on these two topics.

If you have any specific topics for future guidance notes, please let the Member Services Team know on info@muta.org.uk

Telescopic Ladders
The Ladder Association have released a safety guide concerning telescopic ladders which includes information on:
  • Buying safe ladders and making sure they meet the product standard, BS EN 131
  • Using a telescopic ladder and advice on good practice when working at height 
  • Maintaining a telescopic ladder to ensure it remains in good condition
The guide was produced following enquiries led by Derbyshire County Council's trading standards team, who discovered a total of 13 different telescopic ladder types all failed to meet the product standard, BS EN 131. 

Click here to download the safety guide.

New Member Applications
We are currently processing applications from the following organisations:

Thorns Group
www.thorns.co.uk

Holmstead Events
www.holmstedevents.co.uk

If you know these organisations, please contact us to let us know if you would be happy to support their applications or if you have any concerns. Any comments will be kept strictly confidential. 

Use Your Member Benefits

Fuelcards
MUTA members can access a fuelcard from The Fuelcard People which will enable to you to obtain discounted fuel from all the well-known brands such as:
  • BP
  • Shell
  • Esso
  • Texaco 
  • UK Fuels
Fuelcards can also be used in most major supermarkets. To access this member benefit, visit the members' website
 
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