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The latest news from the Stone Industry

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...
Pre-cast concrete products manufacturing company CPM, with ranges including the Redi-Rock stone-effect products, has been fined £660,000 following the death of a 43-year-old employee who was...
An employee suffered serious internal injuries while working in an excavation at Ghyllgrove Junior & Infants School in Basildon, Essex, when the handbrake of a parked dumptruck failed and the...
 

Asbestos fibres. Stone Federation warns they have been found in white marbles from Africa.

White marble originating from Africa could contain asbestos. The warning has been issued by Stone Federation Great Britain.It says asbestiform minerals have recently been identified in a sample of...

Be carful how you use ladders. After an employee was injured in a 3m fall from an unsecured ladder a company has been fined £850,000 for a health & safety breach.

Watch out when using ladders. A Bradford window installation company has just been fined £850,000 with £1,083 costs after an employee fell 3m from a ladder that was not footed or tied in...

Masonry workshops are becoming safer and healthier places to work thanks to improved materials handling such as these Dal Forno pillar cranes and vacuum lifts sold by D Zambelis.

In the March issue of Natural Stone Specialist magazine Robert Merry decried in his Merry Month column the risk to the health & safety of people working in the industry of man-handling the large...
Slaves

These are the cramped living conditions uncovered at a terraced house in East London, where 22 people were living.

Investigators from the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) carried out simultaneous swoops at five residential addresses in London yesterday morning (21 February) to rescue people they...
Ethical Stone Register

The first companies on the Ethical Stone Register received their Ethical certificates at the launch of the register in Bloomsbury House, London, on 1 February. In the picture (left to right) are Steve Turner of Amarestone, Rob Harris of Burlington, Marcus Paine of Hutton Stone. Marcus is shaking hands with Stone Federation President Tim Yates and on the right is Jane Buxey, Chief Executive of Stone Federation GB.

Stone Federation Great Britain's Ethical Stone Register (ESR) was officially launched at Bloomsbury House in London on 1 February, when three of the four companies that took part in pilot schemes...
While a convenience store was having a disabled access ramp constructed, two elderly customers fell over it and suffered broken bones.It cost the contractor building the ramp a £600,000 fine...

Employers are reminded to monitor vibration exposure.

HSE is reminding companies of their responsibility to monitor workers’ health after a South Wales court handed out a £100,000 fine to an employer for exposing workers to Hand Arm...
Howden Joinery Ltd has been fined £1.2million with £33,902 costs following the death of a visiting HGV driver at one of its premises.Carlisle Crown Court heard on 22 November how Richard...

An Indian sandstone quarry. The Times of India reports a case where a man with silicosis has not received the compensation that was introduced for mine workers with the disease in 2013.

Indian sandstone is a popular paving product in the UK but it takes its toll on the people of Jaipur, India, who work in the mines from which it is extracted.Sandstone is high in silica, which can...

The new Ethical Stone mark from Stone Federation Great Britain.

Stone Federation Great Britain has introduced its members to a new ethical stone logo.It was launched at the Federation’s Members Event at Manchester United Football Club’s Old Trafford...

Health & Safety fines up 80% although there were fewer prosecutions.

Although there were fewer prosecutions for health & safety infringements in 2016/17, the value of the fines imposed on those convicted shot up 80%.There were 554 proesecutions with fines imposed...
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...

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