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HAVS

Power tools can lead to HAVS and firms have a duty to protect employees from exposure to excessive levels of vibration.

A company based in Oxfordshire has been fined £6,000 with £2,263.45 costs after a worker contracted severe hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).HAVS comes from the use of hand-held power...
The director of a construction company has been sent to prison for eight months and banned from being a director following a young worker being burnt when he followed an instruction to stand on top...
Wind turbines

Issues of sustainability have not gone away, even if they do seem less urgent.

Although there have been distractions lately, sustainability is still an issue. Failing to address it could be losing you business and increasing your overheads.Maybe greenhouse gasses released into...
 
Facemask test

HSE demonstrating a facemask test during a safety and health awareness day (SHAD) run in conjunction with Stone Federation Great Britain last year.

Half of 10 brands of facemasks from different manufacturers tested by the Health & Safety Executive had faults or failed. All of them carried a CE mark.The results are published in a report (...
The 57 year-old manager of an access plant hire firm was sentenced to two years imprisonment on 6 January for his neglect of health & safety obligations that led to the death of one man and...
Three companies have been fined more than £2million between them in Lincoln Crown Court after a worker’s leg was broken in six places when a trench collapsed on him.After the incident,...
Dust is a priority

Occupational lung disease is a priority health topic in HSE's Health & Work Strategy launched by the Government on 15 December.

The Department of Work & Pensions launched the Health & Safety Executive's new Health & Work Strategy on 15 December.The British Safety Council has welcomed it, saying it starts an...
Health & Safety

Accidents waiting to happen – in the past year there have been 144 deaths as a result of accidents at work.

Health & safety statistics for 2015-16, published on 2 November by the Health & Safety Executive, show Construction once again recording the highest number of deaths for any sector at 43,...
Cornish construction company MJL Contractors Ltd has been fined £200,000 after a worker had to have both legs amputated around the knee after being crushed by a dumper truck.Roger Daw, 58, was...
Tom Cleary

Tom Cleary (above): Following new sentencing guidelines in February, firms are putting crisis management plans in place in case of a health & safety prosecution. The table below shows the guidelines for fines on small companies.

You don’t have to look far to see evidence of the impact the new sentencing guidelines for health & safety infringements are having. In fact, you don’t have to look any further than...
Cambridge construction company Frazer Stannard Ltd has been fined £100,000 after a 10m long piece of temporary hoarding around a building site fell on to an elderly woman, pinning her to the...
Cornish construction company MJL Contractors Ltd has been fined £200,000 after a worker had to have both legs amputated around the knee after being crushed by a dumper truck.Roger Daw, 58, was...
Vibration exposure

Measure and control vibration exposure – click here to read HSE guidance.

A manufacturing company in Somerset has been fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,490 with a £250 victim surcharge, for exposing workers to excessive vibrations from the...
A company director has been jailed for 12-months, disqualified from being a director for seven years, and ordered to pay £4,000 costs following the death of one of his workers, who was crushed...
Work at height violation

A picture taken of Walltopia's men on a roof. It cost the company a £500,000 fine.

A Bulgarian construction firm working in Derby has been fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,013.25 after its workers were seen accessing a roof 11m high from a pallet on the...

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