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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

    ROOF COLLAPSED UNDER EXCESS LOADING

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    Posted on 11th November 2018

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    Untrained operator suffered life changing crush injuries

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    Contractor failed to act properly despite HSE intervention

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    GAS MAIN STRIKE REPAIR CAUSED SEVERE BURNS

    Contractor excavator damage to gas pipe ends in £1.2m fine

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    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 7th NOV 2018

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices register latest version

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    Posted on 7th November 2018

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    Counterweight or suspension rope struck worker in lift shaft

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    Posted on 1st November 2018

    CONSTRUCTION INJURY AND ILL-HEALTH 2017/18

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    Posted on 1st November 2018

    DUMPER DRIVEN INTO OPEN UNGUARDED EXCAVATION

    Contractor fined over absence of suitable excavation / dumper precautions

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    Posted on 1st November 2018

    DEATH FAILED TO TRIGGER PREVENTIVE ACTION

    Prison term for director whilst his company ordered to pay £3/4m

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    Posted on 29th October 2018

    FAILURE TO MAINTAIN GUARDS PROVES COSTLY

    Woodworking machinery defective despite previous HSE advice

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    Posted on 26th October 2018

    CISRS LAUNCH SYSTEM SCAFFOLD INSPECTION COURSES

    Training courses prompted by growing use of system scaffolding

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    Posted on 25th October 2018

    HSE INSPECTS CLADDING REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT

    hselogo1Advice to Inspectors published on fire risk during work on tall buildings

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    Posted on 25th October 2018

    HIGHWAYS, RAIL AND WATER HEALTH & SAFETY HUBS

    Websites provide useful information, alerts and tools

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    Posted on 24th October 2018

    ELIMINATING CONCRETE DRILLING VIBRATION HAZARD

    Cutting specialist innovation avoids vibration exposure management

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    Posted on 24th October 2018

    NEW MEWP WORK AT HEIGHT RESCUE GUIDANCE

    Industry body publishes simple guidance on MEWP stranding actions

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    Posted on 24th October 2018

    HSE PUBLISH RIDDOR DATA VISUALISATION TOOL

    hselogo1Construction injury records made more relevant and easily used

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    Posted on 24th October 2018

    DESIGNER CPD EVENT HOSTED BY HSE, APS & IOSH

    CDM 2015 Construction Design Risk Management Event

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    Posted on 24th October 2018

    COUNCIL OVERLOOKED ICE RINK SLIPPING RISK

    Obvious risk of employees falling on ice rink was left uncontrolled

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    Posted on 22nd October 2018

    STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

    CROSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

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    Posted on 22nd October 2018

    YOUNG WORKER FELL FROM PETROL STATION CANOPY

    Steel fabricator after young construction worker falls on first day at work

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    Posted on 18th October 2018

    FIRM FINED OVER FAILURE AT ASSESS VIBRATION RISK

    Vibration regulations not acted upon until seven years in operation

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    Posted on 18th October 2018

    FAILURE TO ISOLATE LEAVES WORKMAN PARALYSED

    Conveyor guards removed before power source isolated

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    Posted on 16th October 2018

    TRADING STANDARDS AND HSE ACT IN CONCERT

    Director given prison term over fraud and health and safety breaches

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    Posted on 15th October 2018
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