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We need bigger penalties for corporate manslaughter, says Sentencing Council

27 November 2014 Email this article

Large organisations committing corporate manslaughter could face tougher fines of up to £20 million in England and Wales, a Sentencing Council review has proposed as part of a public consultation into the issue. Fatal health and safety offences could also carry fines of up to £10 million, the new guidelines said. In 2013/14, there were 133 cases of fatal injuries at work while 70 memb ... more

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Worker accidentally brings down the house - video

27 November 2014 Email this article

A worker using a cherry picker in Greater Manchester came a cropper when he changed the appearance of a house just a little bit more than he meant to. Luckily, it doesn’t look like anyone was hurt! View the video here     ... more

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Forty per cent of sites not working safely at height

27 November 2014 Email this article

A month of unannounced inspection visits from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to construction sites across Britain have found that a worrying 40% of sites are failing to sufficiently protect workers. After visits from 22 September to 17 October 2014 at 1,748 sites, the HSE found one in five sites were so poor, formal enforcement was required. Some of these issues could have been easily so ... more

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PASMA tests scaffold safety for Tower Week

27 November 2014 Email this article

Mobile access tower industry body the Powered Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association (PASMA) is challenging people to take the Tower Test, designed to let people find out how much they really know about the most common mistakes made when working at height on scaffold towers. The test was released ahead of Tower Week – a national awareness week spotlighting scaffold towers, which w ... more

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Fragile roofs - Fragile lives

27 November 2014 Email this article

A new short film has been released online on the dangers of fragile roofs, made by the CITB with the assistance of the HSE and the co-operation of Working Well Together (WWT) The ten minute film, 'Fragile roofs - Fragile lives', follows the devastating effects of falls through fragile roofs on four people and their families. The film is to raise awareness of the nine people who die each year fall ... more

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New HSE Asbestos web app

27 November 2014 Email this article

The HSE has released a new Asbestos awareness app. For use on mobiles, tablets and desktop. The app features an Asbestos photo gallery, how-to guides and even a tool for finding a licensed asbestos contractor. To download the app, visit the HSE site ... more

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Builder fined over unsafe roof work in Stalybridge

27 November 2014 Email this article

A Tameside builder has been fined after he allowed workers to carry out unsafe roof work in Stalybridge, despite previously receiving a formal warning about the issue. Gerard Hurst, who trades as Ashton Roofing and Building Construction, was prosecuted by the HSE after the building work on Brushes Road was spotted by a passing inspector in May 2014. Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that ... more

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Scaffolder in court for dangerous work

27 November 2014 Email this article

An Essex scaffolder has been prosecuted following unsafe work at a Chelsea property. Christopher Harker, from Epping, trading as C&H Scaffolding, clambered up and down the outside of a four-storey scaffold in Cheyne Walk on in March 2014, completely unconcerned by the fact a fall could have proved fatal. He and his assistant also casually leaned through openings up to 10 metres above the gr ... more

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Wimbledon building firm risked workers’ lives

27 November 2014 Email this article

A construction company in south west London has been prosecuted for exposing its workforce to serious dangers on a building site in Holland Park. Several serious risks were identified during a visit by the HSE in November 2013 as part of a nationwide campaign by the HSE focussing on basement construction works. Westminster Magistrates were told that the HSE had found a catalogue of safety faili ... more

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Facelift - 2014 round-up

27 November 2014 Email this article

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back of all the highlights from the last 12 months. Here’s our top picks:   New indoors premises at Ashford In July, we launched a new depot in Ashford, Kent. Based on the Lympne Distribution Park, just off junction 11 of the M20, the depot also contains a large indoor training facility in response to a growing demand for go ... more

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