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Surrey firm shopped by the public for unsafe working at height

1 November 2013 Email this article

A Surrey roofing company has been fined for unsafe work at height after concerned members of the public spotted workers walking on a fragile roof without any fall protection. Following an HSE investigation about the work on a former industrial building in Gillingham, Industrial Roofing Limited – who had been sub-contracted to replace and repair gutters at the site - was prosecuted. When a ... more

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Blackburn builders’ merchant fined after failing to check worker was competent

1 November 2013 Email this article

A Blackburn-based builders’ merchant has been sentenced after a man fell through the roof of its Blackburn warehouse in September 2010, after they failed to check whether he was competent to carry out the work. R&J (Builders Hardware) Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the worker, aged 44, fell through a roof light September 2010. Preston Crown Court was ... more

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Give yourself a helping hand - WAH Poster

1 November 2013 Email this article

Manual handling may sound like one of the more innocuous things that goes on in the workplace, but the statistics say otherwise.   In 2011/12, they were over 30,663 handling injuries to employees, and these made up almost three in ten of all injury reports. Similarly, one in ten major injuries and almost a third of over 3 day injuries to employees involved handling of some sort.   Th ... more

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Less Power, More Access – The Monkey Tower Mini™

28 October 2013 Email this article

Monkey Tower Mini™ is human powered so has no batteries to go flat or replace and no electronics or hydraulics to maintain. The light weight (80kg) of Monkey Tower Mini make it simple for a single person to manoeuver and it can be lifted over obstacles or up stairs. Monkey Tower Mini™ offers access over desks and can be used without even disturbing computers or other equipment on ... more

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New Poster - You must be competent

27 September 2013 Email this article

This months poster reminds operators that they must be trained and familiar with the equipment they are using. Operators must:  • be competent to operate the MEWP in the working conditions to which they are exposed,  • be instructed in local hazards and site rules, • have attended a recognised basic training course, and • be familiar with the make and model ... more

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Company prosecuted for worker fall failings

27 September 2013 Email this article

A Cheltenham-based company has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell more than 11 metres through a barn roof while installing solar panels. Daniel Harvey, 28, broke his back in three places, fractured his pelvis, broke several ribs, lacerated his liver and punctured a lung in the incident at a farm in Westbury-on-Severn in December 2012. He is still unable to work and is aw ... more

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Builder pays price after career-ending mezzanine floor fall

27 September 2013 Email this article

The owner of a Leeds building firm has appeared in court after two workers were injured, one seriously, when they fell from a mezzanine floor they were dismantling. One worker, then 61, broke two vertebrae and was in hospital for five days following the incident in July 2012. He is now unable to continue working in the construction industry because of impaired lifting and carrying abilities. The ... more

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Firm fined after worker falls eleven feet through roof

27 September 2013 Email this article

A midlands maintenance firm has been fined after an employee was seriously injured when he fell 11 feet through a fragile roof while carrying out roof work in Nottingham. Stephen Bassford, 58, fractured his pelvis, wrenched his shoulder and sustained severe gashes to his face and left elbow in the incident in July of last year. He required extensive physiotherapy and stitches and was unable to wo ... more

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UK construction industry facing skills ‘time bomb’

27 September 2013 Email this article

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has issued a stark warning to the UK construction sector – that it faces a skills ‘time bomb’ if it fails to recruit new workers to replace more than 400,000 people set to retire in the next 5-10 years. It cites labour market research, published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) which shows that across the UK: 19% ... more

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British Safety Council launches safety and environment awards

27 September 2013 Email this article

The British Safety Council has launched this year’s Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards, designed to recognise and celebrate health and safety and environmental management excellence. The 2013 awards mark the 34th year of the Sword of Honour, awarded for health and safety management excellence, and the 4th year of the Globe of Honour awarded for environmental management e ... more

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