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Road firms puzzled by kerb regs

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CONTRACTORS are still confused over moves by the Health and Safety Executive to outlaw the laying of kerbs by hand.

Despite the publication of guidance on how contractors should approach kerb laying and the HSE's announcement of a safety blitz concentrating on the use of mechanical aids to move kerbs, some contractors remain puzzled about when they can or cannot man-handle kerbs.

The confusion centres on the lack of a definition of a 'short stretch of kerbs' by the HSE.

In its latest guidance it states short stretches can be laid manually if all other solutions, including alternative construction methods, have been explored.

An HSE spokesman said: 'There is no need for confusion.The manual handling of kerbs should be eliminated. If contractors work through the hierarchy of control measures the likelihood is they will not need to handle kerbs at all.'

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