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The latest news from the Stone Industry

Manager jailed

 The custody image of Mark Francis Bray, sent to prison following the fatal fall of a roofer whose signature Bray forged on a risk assessment. Photo supplied by Greater Manchester Police.

Mark Francis Bray was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court yesterday (14 January) to two years in prison as the result of an employee falling to his death and Bray subsequently forging the...
MSD

Areas of the body affected by musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). For more information about such injuries click here. If you have found a way to save people suffering from such injuries, you can enter the Risk Reduction by Design Award - but entries must be in by the end of January.

Around 500,000 people a year in Britain suffer from work-related strains, aches and pains from muscles or bones. Those injuries lead to about 7million lost working days.Have you developed some way of...
A 23-year-old man working on the construction of student accommodation in Lincoln died yesterday (9 January) after being trapped under a digger that overturned.The man was working for Chesterfield-...
 
Winners

Winners in last year's LafargeHolcim Awards for sustainabile construction. There is $2million in prize money for this year's winners.

There are prizes totalling $2million up for grabs in this year's prestigious LafargeHolcim Awards, an international green build competition. Entires must be in by 25 February.With stone keen to...
Fall

A picture taken by an HSE Inspector of where the fall occured in a water tower at Richard McAlpine's Stone Gappe Hall.

Construction company Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd has been sentenced for health & safety breaches after worker Mark Smith fell 4.8m through an unprotected opening in a water tower at one of the...
Simon Bradbury

Simon Bradbury, who sells Turrini water and dust management systems, says bags can be better than filter presses for stone fabricators.

Simon Bradbury of Stone Industry Group represents Turrini Claudio water treatment and dust management systems in the UK. Here he says bags are better than filter presses for dealing with the waste in...
Extinction rebellion and natural stone

Extinction Rebellion protestors in London. Concerns about the environment are growing again.

Photo: Paul Slade www.planetslade.com

This could be the right time for stone companies to be emphasising the sustainable, low carbon benefits of building and decorating with natural stone.Those waiting in Piazza Bra for a bus to take...
NSF report

American company NSF International has flagged up the possible threat of food contaminants in untested quartz worktops.

While concern has been rising across the western world about the danger of silica dust when making quartz worktops, Americans have now added the spectacle of food contamination by the resins used in...
Silica

Concern over silica dust in Australia has led to action taken against 100 firms in New Zealand, reports news broadcaster.

More than 100 companies in New Zealand have had enforcement action taken against them for exposing employees to silica dust.The report comes from New Zealand broadcaster 1 News Now. It says the...
Incident

The overturned dumptruck following an incident in which the driver died.

Picture: HSE

A leading construction company has been fined £225,000 and ordered to pay £11,822.90 costs following an incident in which a worker was killed when a dumper truck overturned.Chelmsford...
Lime mortar mixer

Lime as mortar for use with stone construction is just a small part of the lime industry, as is clear from the British Lime Association's report.

The British Lime Association (BLA) has published its 2019 Sustainable Development Report, highlighting that the sector maintained its impressive sustainability performance as UK production continued...
Dust

Most companies producing sandstone masonry in the UK understand the risk from silica dust and take appropriate precautions. The same is not always true in the worktop market, especially outside the factory environment when fixing.

Throughout October the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) once again targeted construction sites with an inspection initiative focussing in particular on measures in place to protect workers from...
Vibration

£600,000 fine for HAVS offences.

Another company where employees were not protected from vibration that led to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) has been prosecuted by HSE. It has been fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs...
Bridge saw

Is it safe? HSE will be checking on bridge saw safety in quarries in the new year.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is planning to visit dimensional stone quarries in the new year to check its guidance on guards for bridge saws is being followed.HSE says working close to...
Prequalifications

The construction industry is getting behind a new scheme designed to simplify and strengthen the construction prequalification process.

A prequalification scheme for the construction industry, the Common Assessment Standard, introduced in May has had a positive response from the industry. According to CHAS  (...

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