Health & Safety

Worker is left paralysed after fall from gritter

Worker is left paralysed after fall from gritter

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder A Cumbernauld worker is left paralysed after falling from the top of a road gritter while trying to clear a blockage. His employer has now been fined £12,500 for breaching the Work at Height Regulations. Colin Shields, 34, was standing on top of the gritter at Inex Works Ltd’s premises in a bid to help his colleagues dislodge compacted grit salt from inside the machine when the incident happened on 28 December 2010. Airdrie Sheriff [...]

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Worker injured by falling debris on London housing site

Worker injured by falling debris on London housing site

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder A man has been injured by falling debris from a crane at a residential development in Chiswick, west London. Emergency services were called to Colonial Road, Chiswick, at around 2pm on Tuesday 10 June following reports of a man injured on a building site from falling debris. A Bellway Homes spokeswoman confirmed the falling debris incident occurred at its Chiswick Point development, where Graham Construction is the main contractor on the 126-home scheme. The man [...]

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Ereconomic Construction fined for staircase fall

Ereconomic Construction fined for staircase fall

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Wolverhampton’s Ereconomic Construction has been fined £6,000 after a worker was hurt when he fell from a staircase. The 52-year-old man broke his collarbone in the incident during the construction of a new cinema at New Square in West Bromwich on 31 May 2013. The Health & Safety Executive prosecuted. Sandwell Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday that Ereconomic Construction Ltd had been contracted by Odeon Cinemas to fit out the new complex. The injured man [...]

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Unloading steel needs slings not forks

Unloading steel needs slings not forks

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Failure to unload steel beams safely has cost a pair of engineering firms £26,000 in fines. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the companies after a lorry driver had his hand crushed by a beam rolling off a forklift truck whilst unloading steel. Kevin Bradley, then aged 54, had delivered the beams to Falburn Engineering Ltd’s premises in Plean, Stirling, on 6 October 2010. He was working with a Falburn forklift truck driver [...]

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Carefree scaffolders prosecuted by HSE

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Carefree scaffolders prosecuted by HSE. Scaffolders on a central London site were blasé about the risks they faced that they sent shivers through shoppers. One witness was so alarmed that they filmed the men working and sent the images to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Clerkenwell-based JOS Scaffolding Ltd was prosecuted yesterday (4th June) on the strength of the photographic evidence and a subsequent HSE investigation into safety failings. JOS was working in Tavistock [...]

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Ereconomic Construction fined for staircase fall

Scottish Council fined after elderly lady falls through floor

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Scottish Council fined after elderly lady falls through floor. The council has been fined £20,000 after an elderly tenant fell through an access hole that its building workers had negligently left uncovered in her block of flats. Margaret O’Donnell, 77, broke her shoulder and cracked her thigh bone in the fall in February 2010 while workers were installing a new central heating boiler in her Paisley flat. Paisley Sheriff Court heard yesterday (4th June) that [...]

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Asbestos materials deal ends with a death and a jail sentence

Asbestos materials deal ends with a death and a jail sentence

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder A man who sold second-hand roofing panels containing asbestos has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after a construction worker was killed installing them. Robert Marsh, 64-year-old director of RM Developments (2005) Ltd of Newport, Shropshire, supplied the pre-used roofing sheets containing white asbestos to a farming partnership building a barn in Frankley, Worcestershire. Worcester Crown Court heard that after Mr Marsh supplied the roofing sheets, the partnership hired steel erector Tony Podmore [...]

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Scaffolder TG20:13 guidance goes mobile

Scaffolder TG20:13 guidance goes mobile

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has launched a Google Android app version of its Scaffolder TG20:13 eGuide. This provides a mobile, digital good practice guide for tube and fitting scaffolding. The Scaffolder TG20:13 app is now compatible with all Google Android platform devices. It was developed in conjunction with TG20:13 technical authors CADS. It can be downloaded from the NASC website. Existing and prospective owners of the full suite of TG20:13 publications will [...]

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McNicholas fined for unsafe London roadworks

McNicholas fined for unsafe London roadworks

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Virgin Media and contractor McNicholas have been made to pay more than £11,000 after pleading guilty to three offences relating to unsafe London roadworks. The prosecution was brought by Transport for London, which is staging a crackdown on unsafe working and unnecessary delays and disruption caused by utility companies. Virgin Media pleaded guilty to two offences committed on Chertsey Road, Twickenham in February 2014. These included carrying out unsafe working practices and breaching permit conditions, namely [...]

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HSE alert over cherry picker safety

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder The HSE has issued an alert over cherry picker safety following an investigation into seven deaths where operators were crushed. The alert advises hirers and owners that simple covers over operator controls are not sufficient precaution against crushing when working below fixed structures like steelwork and roofing. In five of the accidents to be placed under scrutiny the operator was crushed between an overhead obstruction and a cover or shroud fitted over the controls [...]

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