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    Construction Health and Safety News:28 Jan-01 Feb 2008

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    Prosecutions

    Man injured as wall falls during demolition

    A demolition contractor has paid £25k in fines and prosecution costs after a workman was injured during demolition. He was struck by the collapsing front facade wall.

    Two workmen died after contact power line

    A traffic management company has been found not guilty of offences arising from a double fatality in 2002. The case led to an important Court of Appeal ruling on forseeability in health and safety cases. A co-defendant has pleaded guilty to other offences and will be sentenced at a later date.

    Gas installation caused risk to tenant

    A landlord who carried out unauthorised gas installation work has been ordered to pay £10k in fines and costs. He was not CORGI registered.

    Prosecutions added to HSE database this week

    Those added this week involve: fall into a excavation; unsafe use of ladder; control of asbestos; trench collapse and fall through fragile roof.

    Fatal And Other Incidents

    Fatal injury as man falls from scaffold on major Swansea project

    A workman has died after falling some 11m from height during dismantling of a platform on the Ferrara Quay project in Swansea. See also Local report and BBC report.

    HSE Enforcement In Construction

    Enforcement notices added to HSE database this week

    32 notices were added and the majority concern scaffold problems and work at height. Two notices relate to project management under CDM and two others deal with the management of vehicles and plant on site. Three notices were served requiring asbestos awareness training.

    Occupational Health

    HSE publish guidance on managing occupational health risks in construction

    The Health and Safety Executive has published a comprehensive guide to the essential aspects of managing occupational health in construction. A section of the HSE website is now dedicated to occupational health with guidance for clients, designers, principal contractors and contractors.

    National Men’s Health Week 9th-15th June 2008

    The theme this year is health of men in the workplace. The aim is to encourage men to take advantage of occupational health initiatives available in their workplaces and by helping employers strengthen and expand such initiatives.

    Constructing Better Health (CBH)

    CBH is a construction industry backed occupational health scheme designed to help construction workers and their families. A number of standards can be downloaded from the site.

    Olympics 2012

    Training Issues

    Other News

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