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The latest news from the Stone Industry

Navkaar

A photograph taken by an HSE Inspector of the Navkaar site in Blackpool where workers lives were put at risk.

For two-and-a-half years a company in charge of the renovation of a property in Blackpool put its workers at risk of serious personal injury or death.The workers did not have the appropriate...
Crush

Company fined £1million with more than £100,000 costs after a worker was crushed to death by an excavator. 

Photo: HSE

A construction company has been fined £1million and ordered to pay more than £100,000 costs after a worker was crushed to death by an excavator on a site the company was working.Southwark...
A company providing specialised services in rock drilling, cliff stabilisation and rock anchors and its director have been sentenced after a number of workers were diagnosed with hand arm vibration...
 
dirty loo

A picture of the site toilet taken by the HSE Inspector.

Failing to provide warm water in a site toilet that was not kept clean cost a company in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, an £8,000 fine plus £1,814.90 costs when it appeared before...
crashed staircase

A man's leg was crushed beneath the 1.7tonne staircase when it fell. The leg had to be amputated just below the groin.

An installer has had his leg amputated just below the groin after a section of staircase weighing 1.7 tonnes fell on him when the fabric slings being used to lift it into position failed.As a result...
silica killer

Respirable crystalline silica is a slow, long-term killer. The HSE is trying to stop workers being exposed to it.

A company told by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to stop exposing its workers to respirable crystalline silica when they sawed flagstones but continued to do so has been fined £20,000...
The pub

The pub where a worker fell from a scaffold tower suffering life changing injuries.

A few days before the Health & Safety Executive published fatality figures of 2018/19 showing that falls from height still kill more people at work than any other single cause, a company and its...
Ieuan Rees

Ieuan Rees talking to the BBC having gone viral on YouTube.

Lettercutter Ieuan Rees has become a YouTube sensation with a video that was recorded in 2012.Ieuan, from Ammanford in Carmarthenshire, Wales, is now 78 years old. The video has suddenly attracted...
In prison

The three Lupu brothers imprisoned for running a modern slavery ring on construction sites in London and the South East of England.

Three brothers living in Ilford, East London, and operating as part of what the Metropolitan Police describe as a Romanian organised crime group have been sentenced to a total of 28 years in...
The Door & Hardware Federation is hammering home the significance of appropriate training following the death of a woman killed in an industrial door incident. The Incident took place in August...
GO Stonemasonry dust

A photograph taken by an HSE Inspector at GO Stonemasonry.

Just as the Health & Safety Executive has announced it is intending to crack down on workplace dust in the coming weeks, a stonemasonry company has been fined £8,000 with £10,000...
HSE

The board being used as a ladder to access the attic from which the electrician fell into the stairwell below.

Do not try to make do on site. That's the message of a £20,000 fine for a company plus suspended prison sentences and fines for individuals after a subbie suffered multiple fractures, a...
Scaffold

The scaffold from which the timber fell and hit a 3-year-old girl.

A self-employed builder was given a suspended jail sentence when he appeared in court on 4 June after a three-year-old girl suffered severe head injuries when a length of timber fell on her. The...
Prosecution PIC

Uninsured employees working six metres off the ground without any safety measures and exposed to respirable silica dust because their employer wanted to save money. 

A Salford building contractor has been sentenced after exposing workers to the dangers of falls from height and exposure to silica dust.Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard on 26 March how,...
HAVS monitoring

Ignoring risks of vibration injuries to employees is getting more expensive, but it is only one of the risks this person is exposed to. He has no protection against the high silica content stone dust and petrochemical resin dust from cutting this quartz slab, which he is doing in the direction away from the waterwall, sending the dust out into the workshop. There is no guard on the angle grinder and debris on the floor constitutes a trip hazard.

The cost of ignoring the damage that vibration can cause to employees using power tools is increasing. And companies that ignore the risks are more likely to get prosecuted.The latest prosecution was...

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