Monthly Archives - May 2014

Unloading steel needs slings not forks

Stonemason struck down by silica dust at school

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder   A private school in Clitheroe has been fined £100,000 after one of its stonemasons developed a potentially fatal lung disease. The 55-year-old from West Derby, near Liverpool, who has asked not to be named, was employed by Stonyhurst College for almost 12 years where he was exposed to high levels of silica dust. He was diagnosed with silicosis, directly related to silica dust exposure, in July 2011 – four months before being made redundant [...]

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Growth in new home registrations starts to slow

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Latest figures from the NHBC for April show new home registrations slipping down into around 3-4%, compared with last years totals. A year ago the same monthly figures were soaring around 30% compared to 2012 as the industry started to shift out of the doldrums. But the latest figures suggest the rapid growth in new home registrations is subsiding to a more “sustainable” level. But this falls short of the growth hoped for by Government. In [...]

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Cowboy Builder Craig Miles jailed for defrauding

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder A FORMER Camelford man who conned a couple out of their life savings in a bungled renovation project has been jailed for six years for fraud. Cowboy Builder Craig Miles was hired by Wadebridge couple Trevor and Linda Simpson to convert their dilapidated grade two listed barn into accommodation for family holidays and for the use of underprivileged children from Chernobyl, Truro Crown Court heard on Friday. The retired teachers paid around £100,000 to [...]

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Asbestos removal firm fined £109,000

Asbestos removal firm fined £109,000

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Asbestos removal firm Angus Group Ltd fined £109,000 A Paisley-based asbestos removal company has been fined more than £100,000 for exposing workers to dangerous fibres while demolishing a former school building. A court heard Angus Group Ltd did not properly manage the removal of asbestos-containing materials from the former Ermine Infants’ School, Lincoln. The Health and Safety Executive discovered the safety breaches in 2012. Angus Group was fined £109,000 and ordered to pay £42,100 in costs. It [...]

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Unloading steel needs slings not forks

Cumbrian oil firm fined after worker’s fall

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder   Cumbrian oil firm fined after worker’s fall. A Cumbrian oil distributor has appeared in court for safety breaches after an employee fell from the top of a tanker. Carrs Billington Agriculture (Sales) Ltd, which trades as Wallace Oils, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at its depot in Langwathby on 12 November 2012. Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard how David Strong, 39, from Carlisle, had returned to the depot following [...]

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HMRC to turn spotlight on umbrella companies

HMRC to turn spotlight on umbrella companies

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder The taxman is turning the spotlight on umbrella companies as the clampdown on false self employment in construction continues. Thousands of site workers are being shifted into being paid via umbrella companies by employment agencies as the industry tries to avoid taking staff on directly. But industry experts believe HM Revenue & Customs will be clamping down on the practice. Umbrella companies make PAYE and National Insurance deductions for workers and allow them to offset [...]

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Unloading steel needs slings not forks

Habitat Construction fined £110,000 after worker’s fall

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder London based Habitat Construction has to pay more than £126,000 in fines and costs after a worker was paralysed by a fall from an unguarded window space into a basement. The 38-year-old from Beckenham damaged his spinal cord in the incident at Grove Park, in Southwark, on 1 July 2011. He is no longer able to walk or work. His employer Habitat Construction LLP was sentenced yesterday (22nd May) for safety failings following an investigation [...]

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HMRC to turn spotlight on umbrella companies

Cheshire builder jailed for tax fraud

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder A 49-year-old Wilmslow man has been jailed for tax fraud after pocketing nearly £115,000 of tax that he deducted from subcontractors instead of paying to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Peter Jones from Central Place, Station Road, Wilmslow was registered under HMRC’s Construction Industry Scheme as PJD Cheshire Builders, employing subcontractors for work carried out on renovations and property development. When he de-registered, HMRC’s investigations revealed that he had continued to employ subcontractors for [...]

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Police alert as Cowboy Builders con pensioners out of thousands of pounds

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder A gang of cowboy builders have conned Hampshire pensioners out of thousands of pounds it has been revealed. Police have launched an investigation into a series of cowboy builders incidents and urging members of the public to look out for their elderly and vulnerable neighbours. Detectives are linking five incidents that occurred during February and March in the north of the county and in bordering police areas. During the incidents elderly members of the public [...]

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Pensioner charged £4000 for roofing work – Cowboy Builders

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder A BASINGSTOKE pensioner who was driven to the bank to withdraw cash for a cowboy builders is one of several people to have been duped. Police are investigating a series of rogue trader incidents in Hampshire, and are urging members of the public to look out for their elderly and vulnerable neighbours. Detectives have linked five incidents that happened in February and March, in the north of the county and in bordering police areas. During [...]

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