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The latest news from the Stone Industry

Ethical Stone Register

Indian company Stone Age has joined the Ethical Stone Register to provide assurances that its stone comes from slave-free sources.

Stone Age Private Ltd has become the first Indian company to have achieved a listing on Stone Federation Great Britain's Ethical Stone Register. Indian companies in particular have been...
DCM prosecution

Abel (UK) Director sent to prison for indiscriminately selling restricted substances including DCM paint strippers online.

Nicholas Corbett, a Director of Abel (UK) Ltd, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for the online sale of products containing prohibited substances, including the paint stripper ...
dry cutting quartz

Concerns about silica dust in processing engineered quartz grow. The products have an even higher concentration of silica than sandstone or granite.

The Queensland Government in Australia has issued an urgent safety warning for stone processors to stop dry cutting engineered quartz. The warning follows claims by 26 workers for compensation for...
 
HSE

All contact with HSE might soon be charged for.

The Health & Safety Executive is considering charging for all contact it has with industry.In 2012, faced with swingeing Government cuts, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) introduced fees...
Stress app

Suffering from stress or depression? Download the free app from Lighthouse Club.

The statistics are grim: two construction workers take their own life on average every single day. Stress, anxiety and depression account for a fifth of all work-related illness, especially among...
Wind turbine

One of the two wind turbines installed at Ryder quarry by Longcliffe, which used ISO 50001 to reduce energy costs and identify energy investment opportunities.

A new version of ISO 50001 has just been published. This is an update of the international energy management standard introduced in 2011, which can benefit even small businesses by reducing energy...
A construction company was fined £5,280 by Luton Magistrates’ Court on 19 November and ordered to pay costs of £3,204 for failing to adequately protect the entrance to a cellar that...
modern slavery

Modern slaves in the construction industry can be invisible in plain view. A good day for them is to be paid any wage at all, avoid violence and not be badly injured in a workplace accident, says Zak Garner-Purkis, Head of Content at Construction News.

Modern slavery in the UK construction industry is a reality. This is a comment from Zak Garner-Purkis, Head of Content at Construction News: Why should we speak to you? We’ve not eaten in...
CSCS card

Andrew Weeks has been sent to prison for more than three years for forging official documents including CSCS cards.

A man who forged documents including CSCS cards, Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) cards, forklift truck operator certificates, Powered Access Licences and CCDO cards for...
Dust

Workplace exposure can cause cancer. That's the message of Safety & Health at Work Week, 22-28 October.

Granite, sandstone, slate. They contain a lot of silica. Engineered quartz has even more. Fine silica particles in the air get into your lungs and they stay there… growing… turning your...
HAVS

Two-thirds of RIDDOR reports by companies relate to vibration injuries.

Another company has received a hefty fine for ignoring the risk of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) to its employees. It should be a warning to all stone companies whose employees use power tools....
HSE
The director of a building company that carried out unnecessary building repairs and put employees at risk when it did so has been given a suspended prison sentence, banned from being a director,...
HSE
Health & Safety Executive is targeting dust on construction sites this month (October).Inspectors will be visiting construction sites across Great Britain to see if businesses have measures in...
SHAD

Paul Pitts said using a grinder produces a noise level of about 105dB, which can result in a noticeable loss of hearing after just two years. Here he is demonstrating how effective ear protection can be at reducing the noise exposure level.

The Health & Safety Executive and Stone Federation SHAD this month (September) reminds the industry that the work environment can be a dangerous place and making it safer can be just a question...
Vibration

£400,000 HAVS fine should be a warning to all companies whose employees risk being exposed to vibration injuries.

A company has been fined £400,000 and ordered to pay £39,620.92 costs for exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).The judgement came from Cardiff Crown Court this month (8...

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