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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. 

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

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    POOR LIFT MAINTENANCE CLAIMED LIFE OF CHILD

    Affordable housing business and contractor fined over £1.5m

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    Posted on 15th January 2019

    NEW CPA CRANE SAFETY GUIDANCE ISSUED

    Guide covers use of mobile lifting appliances beside railways

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    Posted on 14th January 2019

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    DIRECTOR JAILED OVER PAINT STRIPPER ILLEGAL SALE

    Banned and restricted chemicals sold contrary to legal requirements

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    Posted on 5th January 2019

    CLIENT FAILED TO PROCURE ASBESTOS SURVEY

    Demolition work released large quantities of asbestos fibres

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    Posted on 2nd January 2019

    LIVE WORKING IGNITED CLOTHES OF ELECTRICIAN

    Spanner came into contact with live terminal causing life-changing burns

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    Posted on 31st December 2018

    WORKMEN FELL FROM ‘BIN’ ATTACHED TO EXCAVATOR

    Premature removal of scissor lift prompted unsafe system of work

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    Posted on 31st December 2018

    MANY SITES FAIL HSE HEALTH RISK CONTROL TEST

    HSE Construction site ‘blitz’ finds breaches at 43% of site visits

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    Posted on 31st December 2018

    MAKESHIFT FALL ARREST SYSTEM CAUGHT ON CAMERA

    Contactors fined for using harness not attached to suitable anchor

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    Posted on 31st December 2018

    HYDRAULIC RAM SEVERED HAND OF WORKMAN

    Major contractor failed to follow own policies and procedures

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    Posted on 31st December 2018

    ALL WORK AREAS NOT INCLUDED IN ASBESTOS SURVEY

    Company fined after asbestos containing materials were released

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    Posted on 31st December 2018

    FESTIVE GREETINGS TO ALL OUR READERS

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    Posted on 18th December 2018

    POSITIVE STORY ON FRAGILE SURFACE HAZARDS

    Major roofing contractor testifies to working from below roof

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    Posted on 18th December 2018

    LEISURE CENTRE USER FELL ILL AFTER SHOWER USE

    Legionella risk assessment and control measures found wanting

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    Posted on 18th December 2018

    STONE CUTTING MACHINE GUARDS FAILED HSE TEST

    Precautions taken following HSE enforcement fell into disuse

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    Posted on 18th December 2018

    ROOFWORK CREATED CARBON MONOXIDE RISK

    Falling rubble damaged and blocked home chimney flue

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    Posted on 18th December 2018

    HSE SAFETY ALERT: TOWER CRANE BRAKES

    Collapse of tower crane jib in high winds prompts HSE warning

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    Posted on 11th December 2018

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    Principal contractor “signed off” contractor storage arrangements

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    Posted on 11th December 2018

    CONCRETE EJECTED BY PUMPING UNIT CLAIMED LIFE

    Company and director failed to train and supervise pumping operations

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    Posted on 5th December 2018
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