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Data from a study in the US reveals falls are still responsible for majority of deaths in construction.

11 January 2015 Email this article

Five construction workers a week killed by falls, says USA’s CFOI   New data from the USA’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) says that approximately five construction workers a week are killed by falls from heights, and that nearly half of them (48.8%) are from heights of 20ft or less. The statistics showed of the fatal falls in construction, 39% were from roofs ... more

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Aircraft firm gets it wrong with work at height

11 January 2015 Email this article

A Hampshire-based aircraft maintenance company has been sentenced for safety failures after three workers were injured in separate falls at its airfield in Lasham, with two incidents occurring in the same month. The first incident at ATC (Lasham) Ltd saw an employee fall five metres from an aircraft door to the runway tarmac while repairing a faulty door, causing injuries that were at first tho ... more

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Four prosecuted after roof fall death

11 January 2015 Email this article

A developer, scaffolding company, its director and a roofer have been sentenced after a worker fell around seven metres to his death in Staffordshire. Stafford Crown Court heard that in December 2010, experienced roofer Phillip Lonergan, from Burton-on-Trent, was installing the roof on a new warehouse being built by E2 Developments Ltd on land at Cotton Lane in Tutbury. He was standing on th ... more

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Unsafe roof work leads to fine for builders

11 January 2015 Email this article

  A West Midlands building firm has been fined after twice being spotted carrying out unsafe roof work just days apart.  An employee of Chohan Builders (West Midlands) Ltd was seen working on the roof of a house in Quinton on 13 June this year, having used a poorly-built tower scaffold to access the roof.  A Prohibition Notice was served by the HSE as the access to the scaff ... more

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HSE calls for New Year resolution on health and safety blame game

11 January 2015 Email this article

Businesses ought to turn over a new leaf and stop blaming health and safety for poor or over-the-top decisions, says the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The regulator launched its 40th anniversary year with a call to stop the culture of blaming anything and everything on non-existent ‘health and safety’ rules. It has also recently published research from the University of Exe ... more

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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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