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Ethical Trading Register

Ethical trading: Stone Federation meets with stakeholders in the Royal Exchange, London.

British Land, Costain, Crossrail, Kier, Multiplex, SBID, Sir Robert McAlpine and Skanska were all represented when Stone Federation Great Britain met stakeholders in its creation of an...
Matthew Pencharz

Matthew Pencharz, former Deputy Mayor of London, says construction should help clean up the air.

Cleaner building sites could help improve air quality in cities, says Matthew Pencharz, the former Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and current Director of Off Grid Energy.He was responding...
Indian stone

Marshalls is fighting to improve the conditions of people in its supply chains so mothers do not bring their children into quarries, risking injury and exposure to silica dust, which can cause cancer.

Marshalls PLC – one of the UK's leading manufacturers of hard landscaping products, including natural stones sourced in the Far East – has become first to be verified against BRE'...
 
Construction firm Structural Metal Decks Ltd (SMDL) has been fined £105,000 after a worker was left paralysed from the neck down following an accident at a building site in Kilsyth, North...
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how Jair Morales was installing plywood boards covering holes on the third floor of a building at a construction site in Uxbridge, Middlesex, when he...
A Manchester building contractor and a company owner have been fined a total of £17,000 after a worker was seriously injured on a refurbishment site.The 53-year-old father of two from Salford...
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...

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