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    CONSTRUCTION HEALTH AND SAFETY NEWS: 28 APRIL 2008

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    SUMMARY

    The News Desk this week includes: HSE enforcement, crane safety and leadership.

    HSE ENFORCEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION

    Nationwide roofline company face fine after work at height breaches 

    This well known company has been prosecuted after fitters were repeatedly exposed to the risk of falling from height from poorly constructed tower scaffolds. The company were fined £6K and ordered to pay £16k costs after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety law including Work At Height Regulations 2005.

    Comment: Domestic and commercial refurbishment projects continue to be plagued by poor standards as regards work at height. This was amply demonstrated b y the HSE refurbishment initiative in Feb 2008.  HSE will no doubt continue to target this sector during the coming months and are likely to institute more prosecutions where risk is uncontrolled, whether or not an there has been an accident. 

    Ladder fall lands contractor with £10k fine  

    An employee severed an artery when a ladder slipped whilst repairing a window. The ladder was unsecured, unsuitable for the work and the injured man had not received training.

    Prosecutions added to the HSE database in the last week  

    The above link finds prosecutions taken by HSE Construction Division that have been added to the database in the last week. The four records added relate to two incidents. One concerns unsafe demolition work at height and other arises from an incident in which a workman was injured falling through roof joists.   

    Enforcement notices added to the HSE database in the last week 

    The above link finds the 115 Prohibition and Improvement Notices issued by HSE Construction Division and added to the database in the last week. The notices were served in February 2008 when the HSE carried out an enforcement initiative on falls, slips, trips and good order.  

    CRANE SAFETY

    Strategic Forum for Construction (SFfC) makes progress on tower crane safety

    The third SFfC Tower Crane meeting took place on the 21st of April 2008 and reviewed progress on health and safety practices within the tower crane sector. The outcomes were:

    • Maintenance and Thorough Examination guidance to be launched on the 13th of May 2008 and communicated widely;
    • Guidance on planning, induction, competence and a Code of Practice on operator working conditions by September 2008.
    • Communication of incidents and near misses throughout the industry and public access to information on tower crane activity locally.

    Defective crane cause death and results in £170k 

    A company has been fined £200k in fines and costs after the death of a 34 year-old employee who was killed whilst working beneath a crane. A limit switch fitted to the crane was defective causing a lifting block to fall. The switch should have been properly maintained and regularly tested.

    LEADERSHIP IN H&S

    HSE pod cast on health and safety leadership

    The HSE Chair has prepared a pod cast on Leadership aimed at directors. The pod cast covers why health and safety leadership is important, what is expected of directors and board members and the link with Corporate Manslaughter.

    OTHER NEWS

    Mystery surrounds death of worker found next to vehicle on site

    Sound advice for those driving as part of your work 

    Accident at excavator factory

    Was your building work carried out by this man?

    Fire leads to site evacuation

    AND FINALLY …

    Cornwall and Devon residents urged not be distracted by men at height!

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