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Worker loses life after fall from roof

31 May 2016 Email this article

A Birmingham maintenance company has been fined after a worker died as a result of falling from the roof of a five-storey building. Birmingham Crown Court heard how H20 Plumbing Services Limited were contracted to carry out repairs to two motor rooms situated on the roof of a building on Hagley Road, Birmingham. Two workers set up a station immediately outside of a protected area in which t ... more

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Two companies fined after worker falls three metres from ledge of building

31 May 2016 Email this article

A window fitting company and the principal contractor at a construction site have been fined for safety failings after a worker fell a total of three metres while installing glazed units Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court heard how on 4 November 2014 an employee of GFT Frames Limited (GFT), was installing glazed units in a block of flats on a construction site at Western Avenue, Bournemouth whe ... more

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Timelapse video released of Bedfordshire M1 bridge installation

26 May 2016 Email this article

Highways England has released a short video showing giant steel beams being lifted into place over the M1 near Dunstable as part of the £162m A5-M1 link road project. A Costain Carillion joint venture is building a new 2.8-mile dual carriageway to improve the east-west connection between the A5 and the M1, north of Dunstable. It includes three new junctions, including a new motorway junctio ... more

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Dock worker hurt in man basket fall

26 May 2016 Email this article

A Scottish plant hire company has been fined £26,000 after a worker was seriously injured falling from a man riding basket. Wick Sheriff Court heard how Hugh Simpson Ltd was contracted to unload Deugro Danmark ships once they had docked at Wick Harbour. Hugh Simpson provided its own equipment for unloading and was in overall charge of the lifting operations. It subcontracted JGC Engineering ... more

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Boom collision brings down bridge

26 May 2016 Email this article

A delivery truck carrying a boom lift struck a bridge in Oklahoma City at last week, causing a section of it to collapse.  The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon when a tractor trailer belonging to Sunbelt Rentals with a JLG articulated boom lift passed under the May Avenue Bridge which carries the Northwest Expressway. It seems that the boom caught the underside of the bridge and cause ... more

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New sails for Brixton Windmill

19 May 2016 Email this article

Brixton Windmill, celebrating 200 years and National Mills Weekend, got new sailcloths Saturday 14th May. They were designed and printed by local design company Eley Kishimoto, creative ambassador for Brixton Windmill’s bicentenary year and part of the Brixton Design Trail team. Millwright Paul Selwood used our Ascendant 22 truck mounted cherry picker to fix th ... more

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Olympic construction halted in Rio over health and safety fears

13 May 2016 Email this article

With less than three months to go until the start of the games, work on parts of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park and Olympic Village was halted on Monday amid fears for the safety of workers, Brazil's Ministry of Labour and Employment said. Officials who reviewed work on a television tower in the Olympic park and digging work at the Olympic village shut down operations at those and two other s ... more

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Forklift driver saved by health and safety

13 May 2016 Email this article

The forklift truck driver who escaped from the wreckage of the collapsed racking (Forklift driver survives eight-hour ordeal by cheese, theguardian.com, 6 May) probably owes his life to the safety cage of his truck, not to some divine intervention. Great news that he survived, and it makes a good story, but the real question is, what were the conditions that led to the collapse? Pallet rackin ... more

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Company fined after agency worker seriously injured

13 May 2016 Email this article

A Suffolk cargo handling company has been fined £100,000 after an employee suffered serious injury when a sheet of marble weighing one tonne fell on him.  Ipswich Crown Court heard how an employee of Extreme Handling Limited was working at GMA Warehousing and Transport Limited’s Felixstowe site. He was assisting a fork lift truck operator to move a one tonne sheet of marble from ... more

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Scaffold company fined for safety failings

13 May 2016 Email this article

A Scaffold company in Bridgend has been fined for safety failings following a routine inspection. Llanelli Magistrates’ Court heard how OW Scaffolding was working at Heol y Parc, Cefneithin when they had a routine inspection which highlighted several safety failings. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 30 September 2015 found that ... more

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