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The latest news from the Stone Industry

Bonded labour

Bonded labour and child labour is still used in some Indian quarries, says report.

Update: On 3 September, the Observer newspaper reported that John Lewis and Habitat are among retailers that have stopped selling kitchen worktops, tiles and headstones made with Indian...
HSE

Think you have been charged unfairly? Now you can appeal against FFI charges to a completely independent panel.

There is a feeling that HSE sends letters and issues warnings just so it can benefit from the charges it makes for doing so. HSE denies that. And to emphasise that it does not charge unfairly the...
cutting quartz

In Australia, a stonemason is suing 10 engineered quartz distributors for diseases he says he has contracted from dry cutting quartz for worktops, which is what is happening in the picture above taken in a workshop in England. The man cutting the quartz is not wearing a mask and is working away from the water wall so the dust is going into the factory where other people were working.

A stonemason in Australia is suing 10 distributors of engineered stone. He says working the high silica content materials has left him debilited with disease.He is seeking compensation, alleging he...
 
RCS

Australian mason Karl Bartosek says dry cutting engineered quartz for worktops has left him with silicosis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is believed to be the first time silica dust has been associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) reminds stone companies of the dangers posed by high silica content dust as a stonemason in Australia who dry cut engineered quartz sues 10 distributors...
dust

America introduces RCS dust exposure levels half those of the UK.

The eight-hour exposure level to silica dust in America is being cut to half the UK limit from September, which could be a sign of what is on its way in the UK.The exposure limit for workers in the...
Ethical Trading Register

Ethical trading: Stone Federation meets with stakeholders in the Royal Exchange, London.

British Land, Costain, Crossrail, Kier, Multiplex, SBID, Sir Robert McAlpine and Skanska were all represented when Stone Federation Great Britain met stakeholders in its creation of an...
Matthew Pencharz

Matthew Pencharz, former Deputy Mayor of London, says construction should help clean up the air.

Cleaner building sites could help improve air quality in cities, says Matthew Pencharz, the former Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and current Director of Off Grid Energy.He was responding...
Indian stone

Marshalls is fighting to improve the conditions of people in its supply chains so mothers do not bring their children into quarries, risking injury and exposure to silica dust, which can cause cancer.

Marshalls PLC – one of the UK's leading manufacturers of hard landscaping products, including natural stones sourced in the Far East – has become first to be verified against BRE'...
Construction firm Structural Metal Decks Ltd (SMDL) has been fined £105,000 after a worker was left paralysed from the neck down following an accident at a building site in Kilsyth, North...
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how Jair Morales was installing plywood boards covering holes on the third floor of a building at a construction site in Uxbridge, Middlesex, when he...
A Manchester building contractor and a company owner have been fined a total of £17,000 after a worker was seriously injured on a refurbishment site.The 53-year-old father of two from Salford...
HAVS

Power tools can lead to HAVS and firms have a duty to protect employees from exposure to excessive levels of vibration.

A company based in Oxfordshire has been fined £6,000 with £2,263.45 costs after a worker contracted severe hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).HAVS comes from the use of hand-held power...
The director of a construction company has been sent to prison for eight months and banned from being a director following a young worker being burnt when he followed an instruction to stand on top...
Wind turbines

Issues of sustainability have not gone away, even if they do seem less urgent.

Although there have been distractions lately, sustainability is still an issue. Failing to address it could be losing you business and increasing your overheads.Maybe greenhouse gasses released into...
Facemask test

HSE demonstrating a facemask test during a safety and health awareness day (SHAD) run in conjunction with Stone Federation Great Britain last year.

Half of 10 brands of facemasks from different manufacturers tested by the Health & Safety Executive had faults or failed. All of them carried a CE mark.The results are published in a report (...

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