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13 December 2010

AN UNSECURED scaffolding board resulted in 55-year-old Peter Walton dieing after falling 5m in Altham near Accrington. As a result, Howorth Scaffolding Services Ltd and Glenmill Group (Developments) Ltd appeared before Preston Crown Court last month (October) facing charges of health & safety law breaches, which they admitted.
Howorth Scaffolding of Hapton were fined £25,000 with £13,793 costs and Glenmill Group of Nelson were ordered to pay a nominal fine of £1 with costs of £13,793. The judge said the fines reflected the companies’ current finances.

A FLAME shot 4m into the air when a Teesside worker accidentally plunged a 1.5m steel bar into an 11,000volt underground electricity cable. Fortunately, the man, 24-year-old Robert Stubbs, let go of the bar and only suffered minor burns.
HSE’s investigation showed the incident could have been avoided if a suitable and sufficient assessment had been carried out and the proper safety systems had been put in place by his employer, Coast & Country Housing Ltd of Redcar.
Consequently, Coast & Country appeared before Teesside Magistrates this month (November), where they admitted breaching Electricity at Work and Management of Health & Safety at Work regulations. They were fined £8,000 with £2,939.20 costs.

HSE IS PROVIDING an opportunity to take part in a fully funded joint workshop for health & safety representatives and their managers.
These worker involvement workshops focus on developing a more collaborative approach to the management of key health & safety risks, covering topics such as hand arm vibration, working at height and musculoskeletal disorders.
They are open to any size of organisation that has identified a need to improve their current health & safety consultation arrangements and can be delivered either within an organisation (a minimum of eight people must be present) or in conjunction with other organisations.
Find out more about locations, dates and content of already planned workshops by calling HSE’s dedicated training provider (Premier Partnership) on the ‘do your bit’ number, Tel:01302 349629, or email [email protected]

NEARLY ONE in four of the 150 small construction sites in London visited by the Health & Safety Executive so far in an autumn purge has had a prohibition notice served on it. And the visits continue.
Small construction sites across London are being targeted by HSE inspectors in a bid to reduce death and injury in one of the most dangerous industries.
HSE figures show that of the 59 construction workers who died in London between 2005 and 2010, 30 were the result of falls from height and more than 70% of those falls occurred on small sites.

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