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Health, Safety, Ethical & Environmental

The latest news from the Stone Industry

London company Marble City have been fined £100,000 with £47,564 costs and Directors Gavin and Jamie Waldron were fined £10,000 each after one man was killed and two injured when...
The stone industry in America is coming under the same environmental and ethical trading pressures as the stone industry in the UK. There, the Marble Institute of America (MIA) has just established a...
Comments by importers of Indian stone reported in this magazine that seem to diminish the issue of child and bonded labour in the Indian stone industry have angered some readers.In last month’s...
 
The price of cheap stone can be too high.
Last month Building magazine became the latest bit of the media to ‘expose’ the use of children in the stone extraction and processing industry in India. Quoting Anti Slavery Interna-...
The launch of the Clean Air? Take Care! campaign.
Masks and other breathing apparatus are supposed to be the last line of defence against dust and fumes when all other efforts have been made to prevent the creation of dust and to remove it from the...
The first stone Health, Safety, Ethical & Environmental workshop in London last month. More are to be held. And this month Stone Federation launch their StoneSafe campaign.
For a small sector, the stone industry has a high incidence of death, injury and ill health among its workforce. To raise awareness of the dangers, and the responsibilities of firms to protect...
HSE has launched a campaign called ‘Do your Bit’ to get workers as well as their employers involved in health & safety. The initiative will run for the next year. A new section on the...
Footage by a TV film crew accompanying medical staff who attended a fatal accident has helped convict a construction company following the death of a 25-year-old worker.Regentford Ltd, of Rookwood...
Showing what can be achieved with Lithfin's Outdoor Cleaner.
It has been a general rule of thumb that the nastier the chemical the better it works. But growing concern about the damage we are causing to the planet we live on is resulting in a search for ever...
Stone Federation have this month published a document called Selecting the Correct Stone, part of which has been used as a response to an early day motion by MPs last month that called on firms to...
The Sentencing Guidelines Council last month (February) published definitive guideline on the penalties for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences which lead to the death of an...
Caught in the act: On the roof of the Black Horse without a harness.
A Merseyside builder has been fined £1,500 with £1,000 costs after he and another man were spotted working on a pub roof in St Helens without safety equipment.The Health & Safety...
Consultant Barry Hunt answers readers questions.
In this regular column, Consultant Barry Hunt answers reader enquiries. If you have a question, email it to: [email protected] marked for Barry’s attention.Q: I have been told granite worktops can...
Yorkshire-based stone and conservation company William Anelay have been fined £30,000 with £6,000 costs for exposing their masons to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust.The company...
Orange-brown biotite mica, a common constituent of granite and many other stones, typically exhibits zircon inclusions with associated dark haloes.
In this regular column, Consultant Barry Hunt answers reader enquiries. If you have a question, email it to: [email protected] marked for Barry’s attentionQ: I have been told granite worktops can...

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