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    PROSECUTION – ASBESTOS  

    Refurbishment and asbestos contractors to pay over £1/4m

    A refurbishment contractor who failed to manage asbestos has been fined £150k and ordered to pay £30k in prosecution costs. HSE inspectors visiting a 15 storey tower block found asbestos containing materials (ACM) in debris on floors and in black sacks.

    The asbestos removal contractor was also prosecuted and fined £70k with costs of £13k. The building was contaminated and asbestos insulation board (AIB) had been removed without use of techniques to prevent fibre release.

    Guidance to Inspectors on enforcement published

    HSE has now published the asbestos enforcement guidance it provides to Construction and Local Authority Inspectors on when and how to enforce the provisions of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. The guidance indicates in what circumstances inspectors are expected to consider serving enforcement notices and prosecution.

    Comment: This detailed guidance provides for a more transparent policy and greater clarity as to the circumstances that may require contractors and others to take greater care. However, some may ask: (a) Will all inspectors remember such detailed prescription when carrying out their work? and (b) may it not limit inspector discretion that enables decisions to be framed by the facts of each case which often works be to the benefit of dutyholders?   

    INCIDENT – WORKER TRAPPED

    Workman saved from approaching tide 

    A workman employed by a major civil engineering contractor has been saved from drowning after he was trapped in coastal mud flats as the tide approached.  

    CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

    Guidance on ‘Whistleblowing’ workplace risks

    BSI has produced a publicly available specification PAS 1998 Whistleblowing Arrangements Code of Practice.  The guide is available to download and sets out good practice for effective whistleblowing arrangements as part of good governance.

    Whistleblowing is the popular term used when an employee raises a concern about a possible fraud, crime, danger or other serious risk (including health and safety in the workplace) that could threaten customers, colleagues, shareholders, the public or organisational reputation.  

    ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY

    Prosecution Cases taken by HSE Construction

    Seven records relating to 5 prosecution cases have been added to the HSE database during week commencing 04/08/2008. The cases involved (fine in brackets): 

    1. Fatal accident to employee arising from loading and off loading pipes (£4k)
    2. Co-defendant with case 1 above (£4k)
    3. Working on flat roof without edge protection and risk to the public (£2k)
    4. Unlicensed asbestos removal and contamination of site (£7k)
    5. Injured person fell from a roof whilst dismantling AC clad shed (£10)
      
    Prohibition and Improvement Notices issued by HSE Construction

    There have been 22 enforcement notices added to the HSE database during week commencing 04/08/2008. 

    MANSLAUGHTER 

    Company director pleads guilty after fatal fall

    A construction company director has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after a court heard how a Chinese worker fell to his death at a Norfolk building site. The workman fell from scaffolding in January 2008 while working as a labourer at a bakery and café undergoing refurbishment. The 44-year-old defendant was released on bail and will be sentenced in September 2008. He could face a period in prison.  

    INCIDENT – EXCAVATION

    Workman trapped after trench collapse

    Firefighters have freed a workman trapped in an excavation on a Farm in near Newbury Berkshire.

    Comment: This workman is very lucky to be alive. We have reported at least two excavation deaths in recent months. 

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    Sharing major project best practice can leave a lasting legacy

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    Posted on 5th September 2018

    SCHOOL STAFF LACKED ASBESTOS AWARENESS TRAINING

    Council fined £200k over asbestos flue and gasket rope failures

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    Images show aftermath of mobile elevating platform collapse

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    Posted on 5th September 2018

    SAFETY ALERT: DEFECTIVE SCAFFOLD COUPLER

    National Access and Scaffolding Confederation issues warning

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    Posted on 31st August 2018

    DEMOLISHING INTERNAL WALL REVEALED ASBESTOS

    Firm lacked survey and asbestos management plan for premises

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    Posted on 31st August 2018

    NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY TEST FOR ARCHITECTS

    RIBA raise the bar for members on design risk management and ‘life safety’

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    Posted on 31st August 2018

    POWER BUSINESSES FAILED ON LIFTING OPERATION

    Panel fell on workman during turbine maintenance project

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    MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE FIRM COMMITS TO ZERO HARM

    Behaviours to deliver zero lost time injury incident rate by 2021

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    MANAGING TOWER CRANE FALLING OBJECT RISK

    CPA issues new technical information note

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    POST EXPLOSION ASBESTOS WORK WAS UNSAFE

    Asbestos cement panels removed and cut with power tools

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    Posted on 31st August 2018

    FALL THROUGH UNFLOORED FACTORY ROOF SPACE

    Non-routine tasks require assessment and clear risk controls

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    Posted on 31st August 2018

    SEVENTH LONDON CYCLIST DEATH DURING 2018

    Building products vehicle involved in death of Queens doctor

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    Posted on 17th August 2018

    MAJOR CONTRACTOR FAILED TO SUPERVISE LIFT

    Errors whilst lifting pre-cast concrete blocks fined £600,000

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    Posted on 14th August 2018

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    REVERSING VEHICLE CLAIMED LIFE OF ‘BANKSMAN’

    Workman trapped whilst assisting colleague in reversing lorry

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    Posted on 7th August 2018

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    Posted on 6th August 2018
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