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Chancer in Belgium

28 February 2014 Email this article

Vertikal magazine has added another dubious luminary to its ‘Death Wishes’ hall of fame this month, with a picture taken in Belgium, near the Dutch border showing a worker balanced precariously on top of a pallet on two web slings as he carries out routine maintenance on a house. See more examples of dubious practices in our Rogues gallery ... more

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Window replacement firm fined for school asbestos dangers

28 February 2014 Email this article

A window replacement company has been fined after not taking appropriate measures to protect workers from deadly asbestos material during work at a school in Bury St Edmunds. Frames Conservatories Direct Ltd (FCDL), from Suffolk, removed old window panels containing asbestos at Westley Middle school over the school summer holidays in 2012, promising the school that the asbestos panels would be re ... more

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Suspended prison sentence for builder after bricklayer paralysed by fall

28 February 2014 Email this article

A Lincoln builder has been handed a four-month suspended prison sentence after a self-employed bricklayer broke his back in two places after falling three metres from faulty scaffolding. Robert Wilkin, 70, was left paralysed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life following the incident at a warehouse on Freeman Road, North Hykeham, on 14 February 2013. Mr Wilki ... more

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Cardiff contractors in court over worker’s roof plunge

28 February 2014 Email this article

A building contractor in Cardiff has been fined for breaking safety legislation following an HSE investigation into an incident in which a young worker broke his back in a seven-metre fall through an unprotected hole in a roof. Daniel Thorley, aged 25, was working on the roof of a new three-storey home in Dinas Powys for his employer Blackfair Ltd when he fell. He suffered spinal injuries, need ... more

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Three firms in the dock after asbestos failings

28 February 2014 Email this article

A trust providing housing and care for the elderly and two firms hired to carry out refurbishment work at its premises in Alnwick have been fined after staff and residents were put at risk of exposure to asbestos. West Yorkshire firm Express Elevators Ltd was contracted by Anchor Trust to replace the lift at a sheltered housing scheme in November 2012. PC Lifts, of London, was subcontracted to re ... more

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Recent storm weather takes a further toll on Brighton's West Pier

9 February 2014 Email this article

Sadly the West Pier in Brighton has suffered further structural damage in the recent storms, with large chunks falling into the sea. This is the latest calamity to beset the south coast landmark. Opened in 1866 after being designed and engineered by Eugenius Birch, the West Pier was closed in 1975 and has been deteriorating since. A run of bad luck began in 2002 when a huge storm resulted in the ... more

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IAPA shortlist announced

6 February 2014 Email this article

The shortlist of this year's International Awards for Powered Access (IAPA) has been revealed. The shortlist was decided at the judges' meeting in London, UK, on 4 February. The independent and impartial judging panel included: Andries Schouten, managing director of HDW Nederland and Gunco; Craig Paylor, former president of JLG and current president/owner of US-based National Truck Body (NTB) ... more

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Cheshire cheese firm fined after worker falls from forklift

5 February 2014 Email this article

A Cheshire cheese manufacturer has been fined for safety failings following an HSE prosecution after a worker injured his leg and ankle when he fell from the forks of a forklift truck during an unsafe loading operation at Joseph Heler Ltd, in Hatherton, near Nantwich. Chester Magistrates’ Court heard that the injured worker, a 53-year-old from Crewe, had been helping to load cheese onto a ... more

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Firm fined £250,000 over worker fall death at Wythenshawe warehouse

5 February 2014 Email this article

A logistics firm has been fined £250,000 after a worker was killed when he fell through a warehouse roof in Wythenshawe. Michael Sweet, 48, from Stockport, was cleaning out the guttering at Aramex (UK) Ltd on a trading estate near Manchester Airport on 12 December 2011 when he stepped on a fragile panel and fell to the concrete floor below. Aramex and Mr Sweet’s employer, roofing con ... more

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Plymouth roofer fined for employee’s fall from ladder

5 February 2014 Email this article

A decorator from Plymouth suffered severe injuries and later died of medical complications after falling seven feet from an untied ladder placed in a dangerous manner on a curved section of ironwork. 58-year-old Alan Beautner, was decorating the exterior of a house in Lipson, Plymouth in June 2011 when the ladder twisted free and he fell onto the concrete path below. He subsequently died of medic ... more

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