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The latest news from the Stone Industry

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 eaten in...
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...
 
Dust

Workplace exposure can cause cancer. That's the message of Safety & Health at Work Week, 22-28 October.

Granite, sandstone, slate. They contain a lot of silica. Engineered quartz has even more. Fine silica particles in the air get into your lungs and they stay there… growing… turning your...
HAVS

Two-thirds of RIDDOR reports by companies relate to vibration injuries.

Another company has received a hefty fine for ignoring the risk of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) to its employees. It should be a warning to all stone companies whose employees use power tools....
HSE
The director of a building company that carried out unnecessary building repairs and put employees at risk when it did so has been given a suspended prison sentence, banned from being a director,...
HSE
Health & Safety Executive is targeting dust on construction sites this month (October).Inspectors will be visiting construction sites across Great Britain to see if businesses have measures in...
SHAD

Paul Pitts said using a grinder produces a noise level of about 105dB, which can result in a noticeable loss of hearing after just two years. Here he is demonstrating how effective ear protection can be at reducing the noise exposure level.

The Health & Safety Executive and Stone Federation SHAD this month (September) reminds the industry that the work environment can be a dangerous place and making it safer can be just a question...
Vibration

£400,000 HAVS fine should be a warning to all companies whose employees risk being exposed to vibration injuries.

A company has been fined £400,000 and ordered to pay £39,620.92 costs for exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).The judgement came from Cardiff Crown Court this month (8...
Directors who continued to operate a dangerous site in spite of HSE inspectors' prohibition notices, improvement notices and notifications of contravention, have been fined, ordered to carry out...
Two companies have been fined £270,000 each after a site worker's spine was severed in a fall through a roof on a building site in London.Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard this...
Flamasble

When using flammable solvents take note of the warnings.

Simon Thomerson, Director of Clearview Design & Construction Ltd, has been jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to a health & safety breach that resulted in two brothers working for...
building site

Building sites kill four times as many workers as the all industry average. Photo from HSE.

The construction industry has once again topped the table of workplace deaths in figures published today (4 July) by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).Of the 144 deaths resulting from incidents...
Michael Allen is 64 years old. His penalty for failing to pay a £274,671 fine for health & safety offences that led to life changing injuries to an amployee of his construction company is a...
HAVS is serious

Balfour Beatty's £500,000 HAVS fine should be a warning to masonry companies whose employees are exposed to vibration.

Contractor Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions has been fined £500,000 with costs of £195,000 for exposing workers to Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) over a nine-year period and failing...

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