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Prosecution PIC

Uninsured employees working six metres off the ground without any safety measures and exposed to respirable silica dust because their employer wanted to save money. 

A Salford building contractor has been sentenced after exposing workers to the dangers of falls from height and exposure to silica dust.Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard on 26 March how,...
HAVS monitoring

Ignoring risks of vibration injuries to employees is getting more expensive, but it is only one of the risks this person is exposed to. He has no protection against the high silica content stone dust and petrochemical resin dust from cutting this quartz slab, which he is doing in the direction away from the waterwall, sending the dust out into the workshop. There is no guard on the angle grinder and debris on the floor constitutes a trip hazard.

The cost of ignoring the damage that vibration can cause to employees using power tools is increasing. And companies that ignore the risks are more likely to get prosecuted.The latest prosecution was...
The collapsed wall

Company fined £900,000 after this wall collapsed and killed an employee.
Photo: HSE

A company that went into administration following the death of an employee has been fined £900,000 that it is unlikely ever to pay. It was also ordered to pay costs of £60,336.99, which...
 
Two building companies have been fined a total of £860,000 and been ordered to pay costs of more than £45,000 following the death of a man who fell 14m after going through a temporary...
A construction company has been fined £600,000 after an employee was run over and killed by a dumper truck.Edinburgh Sherriff Court heard on 1 February how Allenbuild Ltd had been the principal...
Falls

Flashback to the falls prevention campaign from the Health & Safety Executive in 2010.

London company Formation Construction Ltd has been given a £300,000 fine by Westminster Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay £17,528 costs after an employee cutting a hole to...
Ethical Stone Register

Indian company Stone Age has joined the Ethical Stone Register to provide assurances that its stone comes from slave-free sources.

Stone Age Private Ltd has become the first Indian company to have achieved a listing on Stone Federation Great Britain's Ethical Stone Register. Indian companies in particular have been...
DCM prosecution

Abel (UK) Director sent to prison for indiscriminately selling restricted substances including DCM paint strippers online.

Nicholas Corbett, a Director of Abel (UK) Ltd, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for the online sale of products containing prohibited substances, including the paint stripper ...
dry cutting quartz

Concerns about silica dust in processing engineered quartz grow. The products have an even higher concentration of silica than sandstone or granite.

The Queensland Government in Australia has issued an urgent safety warning for stone processors to stop dry cutting engineered quartz. The warning follows claims by 26 workers for compensation for...
HSE

All contact with HSE might soon come with an invoice attached.

The Health & Safety Executive is considering charging for all contact it has with industry.In 2012, faced with swingeing Government cuts, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) introduced fees...
Stress app

Suffering from stress or depression? Download the free app from Lighthouse Club.

The statistics are grim: two construction workers take their own life on average every single day. Stress, anxiety and depression account for a fifth of all work-related illness, especially among...
Wind turbine

One of the two wind turbines installed at Ryder quarry by Longcliffe, which used ISO 50001 to reduce energy costs and identify energy investment opportunities.

A new version of ISO 50001 has just been published. This is an update of the international energy management standard introduced in 2011, which can benefit even small businesses by reducing energy...
A construction company was fined £5,280 by Luton Magistrates’ Court on 19 November and ordered to pay costs of £3,204 for failing to adequately protect the entrance to a cellar that...
modern slavery

Modern slaves in the construction industry can be invisible in plain view. A good day for them is to be paid any wage at all, avoid violence and not be badly injured in a workplace accident, says Zak Garner-Purkis, Head of Content at Construction News.

Modern slavery in the UK construction industry is a reality. This is a comment from Zak Garner-Purkis, Head of Content at Construction News: "Why should we speak to you? We’ve not...
CSCS card

Andrew Weeks has been sent to prison for more than three years for forging official documents including CSCS cards.

A man who forged documents including CSCS cards, Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) cards, forklift truck operator certificates, Powered Access Licences and CCDO cards for...

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