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£120,000 fine for firm after worker sprains ankles.

Newcastle upon Tyne Magistrates’ Court has fined Meldrum Construction Services Ltd (MCS) £120,000 with £1,969 costs after a worker suffered sprained ankles when he fell down a...
Indian sandstone quarry

Unicef says India has 200,000 children working in quarries, many unpaid to pay off family debt. Stone Federation Great Britain intends to make ethical trading a condition of membership.

Stone Federation Great Britain is to establish an Ethical Stone Register (although it might be given a different name by the time it is launched) and it intends to make ethical trading one of the...
Air Control Industries

This is Stephen Thurgood-Perry, an Applications Engineer with Air Control Industries, in one of the company’s personal cleaning booths, where dust is blown off clothes and extracted through the floor of the booth.

Dust is increasingly recognised as a problem in stone processing, especially respirable crystalline silica (RCS), exposure to which is now legally limited in the UK to 0.1mg per cubic metre of air....
 
Deaths at work 2015-16

Britain is safe and getting safer as a place to work, although there were two more deaths in the past year than the year before.

Construction work still kills more people than any other industry sector, according to provisional figures published on 6 July by the Health & Safety Executive.However, that is largely because it...

Avoid power cables when working on scaffolding.

A stonemasonry company in Perth has been fined £16,000 after an apprentice stonemason was seriously injured when he came into contact with an overhead power line.Perth Sheriff Court heard on 14...
LIfting

Companies are warned to make sure all lifting gear is regularly checked and serviced.

Please note: The story below might not be the final outcome of this case. A legal question has been raised about whether February's harsher guidelines for fines in health & safety cases...
SHAD in Leicester

Jane Buxey, Chief Executive of Stone Federation Great Britain, with Ian Smart from the Health & Safety Executive during the SHAD at Schlüter in April.

The focus was on dust and respirable crystalline silica (RCS) when Stone Federation Great Britain and the Health & Safety Executive teamed up to present a SHAD (safety & health awareness day...

Kailash with his Nobel Peace Prize.

Natural Paving Products, which has always actively fought slavery and child labour in the Indian supply chain of its natural paving products, has partnered with Kailash Satyarthi, the 2014 Nobel...

People die when the walls of excavations are not supported.

HSE has issued a warning again about the dangers of working in excavations on construction sites. When the walls of excavations collapse, workers can be buried alive and die.The latest warning comes...
Grab lifting

HSE warns companies to assess the risks properly when using a grab to lift a slab of stone.

A Suffolk cargo handling company has been fined £100,000 after an employee suffered serious injury when a slab of marble said to weigh a tonne fell on him. Ipswich Crown Court heard on 6...
Man in pit

The scene that confronted an HSE Inspector when he went through the front door. He brought the work to an immediate end.

HSE has issued a warning again about the dangers of working in excavations on construction sites. When the walls of excavations collapse, workers can be buried alive and die.The latest warning comes...
Man working in excavation

A scene that confronted an HSE Inspector at one site. There is a man working at the bottom of this hole with unsupported walls. You can read the story here.

A company has been fined £2.6million with £54,000 costs after an employee was killed when the trench he was working in collapsed on him.James Sim, 32, from Barry, South Wales, was...
Fallen hoist

The hoist that became detached at Leicester last year – photo by Alex Hannam.

BSI, the business standards company, has revised BS 7212 Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Construction Hoists. Hoists are used to transfer people and / or goods between landing levels on...
A Derbyshire company has been fined £6,600 for breaches of the Work at Height Regulation 2005 after a man tripped, dislodged a board covering a hole and fell 4.5m. He suffered serious injuries...
An employer has been sent to prison for six months after an employee was killed when a trench collapsed on him.Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard how William Ryan Evans was contracted to...

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