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Health, Safety, Ethical & Environmental

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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...
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...
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...
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...

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