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Health, Safety, Ethical & Environmental

The latest news from the Stone Industry

One of the Shattered Lives posters from HSE.
Slips, trips and falls in the workplace left 10,000 people injured last year. There were even 21 construction workers killed in such incidents. Now the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has...
A self-locking dolly from Americans Abaco sold in the UK by D Zambelis.
Anywhere there is a potential for someone to crush, cut, graze or break bits of themselves there is a better way of carrying out that task and probably some device to make it easier, or at least some...
Crown Oil UK have launched a diesel fuel they say has 100% carbon offset. Available to construction, utility, plant and rail industries, the standard red-diesel carbon offset against carbon reduction...
 
A contractor was fined £750 with £750 costs last month (December) after a labourer drowned while building an extension at a house in Wembley, Brent.The court heard that the 21-year-old...
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have once again issued warnings about ‘A’ frames following the prosecution of a company where another serious crush injury led to a man having his...
Every year thousands of workers in Britain develop serious diseases because of what they breathe in at work. Masons are at particular risk from the silica in the dust in their environment because all...
Respiratory disease is the second biggest killer in the UK and deaths from occupational lung disease are rising rapidly.
Alan McArthur, Technical Specialist for 3M, manufacturers of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in the UK, discusses some of the issues involved in using masksThere is no room for cynicism or...
How safe is your workshop for the people in it? BOHS members can held you protect your masons from industrial disease and injuries.
There is a legal requirement for companies to assess workplace risks and avoid exposing employees to them. Anthea Page, Examinations and Communications Manager of the British Occupational Hygiene...
Every day at least one British worker is seriously injured – including amputations, fractures and dislocations – in a forklift truck accident. Every six weeks someone dies.And there are...
Roy Bush of the Health, Safety, Ethical & Environmental Executive, presents an occasional column on health and safety.
by Roy Bush, Health & Safety Executive Inspector with responsibility for the stone industry. If you have health & safety issues you want to discuss with Roy, telephone him on 01604 738322 or...
The Health & Safety Executive is again warning stone companies to carry out risk assessments following the prosecution of stone wholesalers Stoneville in Brentford, London, in relation to the...
Growth in imports of stone hard landscaping went into reverse last year
Hard landscaping is increasingly becoming urban art and stone has played no small part in that, as the projects mentioned below show. But one of its attractions is its ecological soundness. The...
Where’s the water wall? It’s behind you! And the lethal RCS from the high silica granite or engineered quartz is going straight into the workshop
The stone industry is killing its workforce with silica dust and has made hardly any progress to stop doing so since visits by the Health & Safety Executive between 1992 and 1995.That is the...
Safe handling can produce benefits that go straight on to the bottom line.
Health & safety at work issues are often seen as an annoyance – a cost without a benefit. It is an attitude the Health & Safety Executive want to change because, they say, a safer place...
Fireplace fixing regulations are to be reviewed following an inquest in December into the death of a four-year-old boy after a 50kg stone mantlepiece fell on him.The coroner’s report criticised...

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