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The latest news from the Stone Industry

Dust

Silica dust from cutting stone, engineered quartz and concrete can be a killer. HSE will be visiting construction sites in October and November to make sure you are getting it right.

This month (October) HSE is carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative with a focus in particular on measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by...
Silica dust

This is a picture of a young man in a small British worktop fabrication factory cutting a piece of engineered quartz. It is not staged. He is not wearing a mask and although there is a water wall it is behind him as he sends RCS out into the workshop. Conditions like this are leading to silicosis among people employed in making worktops. It is becoming a growing concern around the world.

Engineered quartz presents possibly a greater danger of causing silicosis among people who breath in the dust from it as they cut and process it than sandstone, granite or slate.In a report this week...
Vibration update

HSE is running a HAVS refresher course at the HSE training centre at Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire, on 2 October. You can book your place(s) here.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its hand-arm vibration exposure calculator, which is a spreadsheet you can download from the HSE website here (do not disable the macros or it won...
 
HAVS

Pictured above is a mason using a pneumatic chisel. All power tools pose a potential vibration risk to the user and companies that ignore the risk are facing severe penalties when prosecuted as well as leaving themselves vulnerable to compensation claims and subsequent rises in insurance premiums.

Dacorum Borough Council in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £28,672.62 costs for exposing seven grounds maintenance workers to Hand Arm Vibration...
Navkaar

A photograph taken by an HSE Inspector of the Navkaar site in Blackpool where workers lives were put at risk.

For two-and-a-half years a company in charge of the renovation of a property in Blackpool put its workers at risk of serious personal injury or death.The workers did not have the appropriate...
Crush

Company fined £1million with more than £100,000 costs after a worker was crushed to death by an excavator. 

Photo: HSE

A construction company has been fined £1million and ordered to pay more than £100,000 costs after a worker was crushed to death by an excavator on a site the company was working.Southwark...
HAVS

All power tools pose a potential vibration risk and companies that ignore that risk are facing severe penalties when prosecuted as well as leaving themselves vulnerable to compensation claims and subsequent rises in insurance premiums.

A company providing specialised services in rock drilling, cliff stabilisation and rock anchors and its director have been sentenced after a number of workers were diagnosed with hand arm vibration...
dirty loo

A picture of the site toilet taken by the HSE Inspector.

Failing to provide warm water in a site toilet that was not kept clean cost a company in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, an £8,000 fine plus £1,814.90 costs when it appeared before...
Prosecution

Pictures taken by the HSE Inspector at The Solid Surface Shop UK Ltd in Sheffield. The company ignored five Improvement Notices to tackle health & safety issues, including dust and vibration injury exposure.

Kitchen worktop company The Solid Surface Shop UK Ltd has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £6,181.51 costs for ignoring five Improvement Notices from the Health & Safety...
crashed staircase

A man's leg was crushed beneath the 1.7tonne staircase when it fell. The leg had to be amputated just below the groin.

An installer has had his leg amputated just below the groin after a section of staircase weighing 1.7 tonnes fell on him when the fabric slings being used to lift it into position failed.As a result...
silica killer

Respirable crystalline silica is a slow, long-term killer. The HSE is trying to stop workers being exposed to it.

A company told by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to stop exposing its workers to respirable crystalline silica when they sawed flagstones but continued to do so has been fined £20,000...
The pub

The pub where a worker fell from a scaffold tower suffering life changing injuries.

A few days before the Health & Safety Executive published fatality figures of 2018/19 showing that falls from height still kill more people at work than any other single cause, a company and its...
Ieuan Rees

Ieuan Rees talking to the BBC having gone viral on YouTube.

Lettercutter Ieuan Rees has become a YouTube sensation with a video that was recorded in 2012.Ieuan, from Ammanford in Carmarthenshire, Wales, is now 78 years old. The video has suddenly attracted...
In prison

The three Lupu brothers imprisoned for running a modern slavery ring on construction sites in London and the South East of England.

Three brothers living in Ilford, East London, and operating as part of what the Metropolitan Police describe as a Romanian organised crime group have been sentenced to a total of 28 years in...
The Door & Hardware Federation is hammering home the significance of appropriate training following the death of a woman killed in an industrial door incident. The Incident took place in August...

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