Archive for September 2010

FLAWED FALL ARREST SYSTEM PROVED TO BE FATAL ERROR

Posted on 30th September 2010
Hay bale ‘fall arrest system’ failed to protect workman during roofing project

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BP CREATES NEW POWERFUL SAFETY AND RISK DIVISION

Posted on 30th September 2010
New safety division has sweeping powers to oversee and audit world-wide ops

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NEW TIMBER FRAME FIRE SAFETY GUIDANCE PLANNED

Posted on 30th September 2010
FPA & RISCAuthority to publish guide for services installation in timber frame 

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H&S PROSECUTION SYSTEM IN SCOTLAND SPARES WITNESSES

Posted on 30th September 2010
Scotland united in praising success of new procedures for safety prosecutions  

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UPDATE ON WORK OF HSE CONSTRUCTION DIVISION

Posted on 29th September 2010
Report highlights Inspector activity, enforcement priorities and key risks

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WIND FARM HIGH FINE FROM ‘NEW’ PROSECUTION SYSTEM

Posted on 29th September 2010
Workman struck by craned load on wind turbine resulted in leg amputation

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CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS MAKER MACHINERY FAILURE

Posted on 29th September 2010
Horrific hand injury follows rotary valve machinery guarding inadequacies

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HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 29th SEPT 2010

Posted on 29th September 2010
Prosecutions and notices database weekly update and analysis

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COUNCIL FINED FOLLOWING FAILURE TO WARN OF ASBESTOS

Posted on 28th September 2010
No warning to plumber on asbestos risk in dealing with water leak

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UNSAFE DISMANTLING OF STEEL FRAMED BUILDING

Posted on 28th September 2010
Workmen stepped out of cherry-picker provided for safe access to job 

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CHEMICALS MIX-UP GENERATED FATAL TOXIC GAS

Posted on 28th September 2010
High fines imposed on major food manufacturer and chemicals distributor

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CHEMICAL FUME SCARE HALTS CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Posted on 28th September 2010
Workers affected by fumes generated in mystery chemical reaction on site

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MAJOR CONTRACTOR FINED AFTER FOOTBALL GROUND DEATH

Posted on 23rd September 2010
Labourer suffered fatal fall after guardrail failed under rubbish chute loadings

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DOMESTIC CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONTRACTOR SAFETY

Posted on 23rd September 2010
Worker injury claim against homeowner highlights CDM domestic client debate   

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SMALLER CONTRACTOR TRAINING EVENT IN SCOTLAND

Posted on 23rd September 2010
Free event to help smaller Borders construction companies cut deaths

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MAJOR FOOD RETAILER FINED OVER DANGEROUS ‘DESIGN’

Posted on 22nd September 2010
CDM design duty highlighted by penalty for specifying inappropriate floor tiles

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COMMONWEALTH GAMES PROJECT BRIDGE COLLAPSE

Posted on 22nd September 2010
Pedestrian bridge collapses seriously injuring at least five labourers

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BUILDING MATERIALS MANUFACTURER FINED AFTER FATALITY

Posted on 22nd September 2010
Company prosecuted after fatal injuries inflicted by mixing machine blades

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MANAGEMENT OF ASBESTOS IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS

Posted on 22nd September 2010
HSE report finds action needed on ‘system build’ asbestos by 20% of councils

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GOVERNMENT REVIEW OF HEALTH AND SAFETY

Posted on 22nd September 2010
Consequences of the review for construction sector appear to be minimal

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HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 22nd SEPT 2010

Posted on 22nd September 2010
Prosecutions and notices database suggests CDM 2007 notices rising

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CONTRACTOR AND SUPPLIER PILING RIG SAFETY ALERTS

Posted on 21st September 2010
Collapsed piling rig prompts safety alerts to spell out preventive lessons

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DEVELOPER AND SCAFFOLD CONTRACTOR AWAIT SENTENCE

Posted on 21st September 2010
Deceased joiner was on scaffold platform with unguarded internal edge

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ROOFLINE CONTRACTOR FAILED TO HEED WARNINGS

Posted on 21st September 2010
Firm fined after putting lives at risk during roofline refurbishment

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COWBOY ROOFING CONTRACTOR CAUGHT RED-HANDED

Posted on 18th September 2010
Prosecution suggests an increase in HSE ‘proactive’ construction proceedings  

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DURHAM CATHEDRAL FATAL FALL DURING GLASSWORK

Posted on 17th September 2010

Glass painter dies after possible fall from ladder at Durham cathedral

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BUILDING CONTROL TO HELP RAISE SAFETY AWARENESS

Posted on 17th September 2010
HSE and BCA sign ground-breaking agreement to improve health and safety

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HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 15th SEPT 2010

Posted on 15th September 2010
Prosecutions and notices summary plus analysis of significant notices issued

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EXCAVATOR QUICK HITCH INQUEST CONCLUDES

Posted on 14th September 2010
Quick hitches come under the spotlight again after groundworker death

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TIMBER FRAME FIRE HITS HEADLINES ONCE AGAIN

Posted on 14th September 2010
Firefighters deal with blaze on timber framed flats under construction

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MAJOR FOOD MANUFACTURER PROSECUTED AFTER PILLAR FELL

Posted on 14th September 2010

Minor structural dismantling work should have been carried out by specialists

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GLAZING FIRM FINED FOR UNCONTROLLED RISK AT HEIGHT

Posted on 14th September 2010

HSE take prosecution action before window fitters injured in fall from height 

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PC AND CONTRACTOR FINED AFTER EXCAVATOR DEATH

Posted on 13th September 2010

Demolition worker died after being struck by excavator bucket 

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EMPLOYER FAILED TO MANAGE FRAGILE ROOF RISK

Posted on 9th September 2010
Young worker fell through rooflight during gutter cleaning operation 

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SELECTING CONTRACTORS FOR SAFE MAINTENANCE

Posted on 9th September 2010
Engineering employers to run nationwide seminars on safer maintenance

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FIRE SAFETY IN CONSTRUCTION FREE UPDATE EVENT

Posted on 9th September 2010
Working Well Together group hosts fire seminar in the Eastern Region

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MAJOR PLAYER FINED AFTER ASBESTOS PROSECUTION

Posted on 9th September 2010
Failure to follow asbestos survey advice led to exposure risk on MOD site  

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CONSTRUCTION FATAL INJURY REPORTS JULY 2010/11

Posted on 9th September 2010
Monthly overview of UK construction project fatal injuries July 2010

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DEEPWATER HORIZON LESSONS FOR CONSTRUCTION

Posted on 8th September 2010
BP publishes internal investigation report on Gulf of Mexico explosion

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TELEHANDLER FATALITY DURING US COMMS TOWER ERECTION

Posted on 8th September 2010
Telecoms wireless tower project ends in death as telehandler overturns  

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HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 8th SEPT 2010

Posted on 8th September 2010
Prosecution cases and enforcement notices added to the HSE register

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BUILDING FIRM FINED FOLLOWING WOOD MACHINE INJURY

Posted on 7th September 2010
Machine operator seriously injured in workshop spindle moulder accident

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INQUEST HEARS OF ‘UNPREDICTABLE’ FRAGILE ROOFS

Posted on 7th September 2010
Fatal fall through fragile roof highlights need for radical change in methods

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CLIENT FAILED TO ENGAGE COMPETENT CONTRACTOR

Posted on 6th September 2010
Demolition death provides client contractor competence check wake-up call

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MOBILE OVERTURNS LANDING ON NEARBY HOME

Posted on 3rd September 2010
Workman trapped and injured as mobile crane lifting operation goes wrong  

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GOVERNMENT REVIEW OF HEALTH AND SAFETY

Posted on 2nd September 2010
Major contractors call for changes in HSE approach on larger projects 

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HSE ASSISTANCE FOR SMALLER CONSTRUCTION FIRMS

Posted on 2nd September 2010
Safety and Health Awareness Day in Leeds offers free advice and support

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JOINER BURNED IN ELECTRICAL EXPLOSION AND FIRE

Posted on 2nd September 2010
Workers overalls catch fire after electrical short-circuit sparks fire

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HSE SAFETY NOTICE: CRUSH RISK ON POWERED GATES

Posted on 2nd September 2010
Death of two children prompts HSE gate safety standard update notice 

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HOME BUILDER AND DIRECTOR PROSECTUTED AFTER FALL

Posted on 1st September 2010
Director and company failed to prevent falls or provide safe system of work

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HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 1st SEPTEMBER 2010

Posted on 1st September 2010
Prosecution cases and enforcement notices added to HSE register

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SCAFFOLD COLLAPSE ON ESSEX HIGH STREET

Posted on 1st September 2010
Pedestrians narrowly avoid injury as scaffold topples in Chelmsford

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