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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...
HSE

Think you have been charged unfairly? Now you can appeal against FFI charges to a completely independent panel.

There is a feeling that HSE sends letters and issues warnings just so it can benefit from the charges it makes for doing so. HSE denies that. And to emphasise that it does not charge unfairly the...
cutting quartz

In Australia, a stonemason is suing 10 engineered quartz distributors for diseases he says he has contracted from dry cutting quartz for worktops, which is what is happening in the picture above taken in a workshop in England. The man cutting the quartz is not wearing a mask and is working away from the water wall so the dust is going into the factory where other people were working.

A stonemason in Australia is suing 10 distributors of engineered stone. He says working the high silica content materials has left him debilited with disease.He is seeking compensation, alleging he...
RCS

Australian mason Karl Bartosek says dry cutting engineered quartz for worktops has left him with silicosis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is believed to be the first time silica dust has been associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) reminds stone companies of the dangers posed by high silica content dust as a stonemason in Australia who dry cut engineered quartz sues 10 distributors...
dust

America introduces RCS dust exposure levels half those of the UK.

The eight-hour exposure level to silica dust in America is being cut to half the UK limit from September, which could be a sign of what is on its way in the UK.The exposure limit for workers in the...
Ethical Trading Register

Ethical trading: Stone Federation meets with stakeholders in the Royal Exchange, London.

British Land, Costain, Crossrail, Kier, Multiplex, SBID, Sir Robert McAlpine and Skanska were all represented when Stone Federation Great Britain met stakeholders in its creation of an...
Matthew Pencharz

Matthew Pencharz, former Deputy Mayor of London, says construction should help clean up the air.

Cleaner building sites could help improve air quality in cities, says Matthew Pencharz, the former Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and current Director of Off Grid Energy.He was responding...
Indian stone

Marshalls is fighting to improve the conditions of people in its supply chains so mothers do not bring their children into quarries, risking injury and exposure to silica dust, which can cause cancer.

Marshalls PLC – one of the UK's leading manufacturers of hard landscaping products, including natural stones sourced in the Far East – has become first to be verified against BRE'...

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