Archive for October 2011

DIRECTOR FAILED TO PREVENT DEATH OF BUILDING OWNER

Posted on 28th October 2011
Fatal fall through fragile plastic rooflight caused by failure of control

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DANGEROUS WORKING PRACTICES CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Posted on 28th October 2011
Contractor cuts corners in provision of edge protection for work at height 

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CONTRACTOR FAILED TO MANAGE ASBESTOS DURING REFURB

Posted on 28th October 2011
Lack of survey resulted in construction worker exposure to asbestos dust 

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LONDON 2012 SAFETY BASED ON ‘COLLABORATIVE’ APPROACH

Posted on 28th October 2011
Success comes from involvement, ‘fair’ blame culture, recognition and leadership 

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INCIDENT:TOWER CRANE OPERATOR RESCUE

Posted on 27th October 2011
Prior training proves useful as unwell crane operator recovered from height

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MANUFACTURERS ISSUE WARNING ON HSE COST RECOVERY

Posted on 26th October 2011
Minor oversights have potential to destroy company and HSE relationships 

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STONEMASON TV ROLE PROMPTS HSE VISIT AND PROSECUTION

Posted on 26th October 2011
Action not taken despite dust 300% above safe levels and enforcement notice

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MAJOR CONTRACTOR AND UNIONS WORK ON SAFETY INITIATIVE

Posted on 26th October 2011
Kier launch workforce survey and consultation as part EU ‘maintenance’ week

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HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 26th OCTOBER 2011

Posted on 26th October 2011
Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

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FITTER PROSECUTION HIGHLIGHTS ‘WIDESPREAD’ GAS DANGER

Posted on 22nd October 2011
Bogus gas engineer given two years in jail for false claims and dangerous work

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FALLING SCAFFOLD POLE INJURED PASSING PEDESTRIAN

Posted on 21st October 2011
Scaffolding contractor fined for failing to exclude public during dismantling ops 

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FATALITY: LADDER FALL ON COMMERCIAL REFURB PROJECT

Posted on 21st October 2011
Contractor dies after falling from ladder during external work on bank building 

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MANAGING PAVING, ROAD AND HIGHWAYS HEALTH RISKS

Posted on 21st October 2011
HSE seek working group members to improve health through supply chain

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INCIDENT: NAILGUN “FREAK” INCIDENT

Posted on 21st October 2011
Six-inch nail embeds into body of workman during staircase repair

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CROWN PROSECUTION ERRED ON MANSLAUGHTER DECISION

Posted on 20th October 2011
CPS makes “unreserved apology” for mistakes in dealing with workplace death

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STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY PUBLISHES LATEST NEWSLETTER

Posted on 20th October 2011
Reports and expert comment on a range of structural safety issues and incidents

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US ‘PREVENTION THROUGH DESIGN’ STANDARD PUBLISHED

Posted on 20th October 2011

New standard aims to improve avoidance of risk through design on US projects

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SCAFFOLDING CONTRACTOR ERECTED UNSAFE SCAFFOLD

Posted on 19th October 2011
Bus collided with scaffolding over public road causing workman to fall 4m

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LORRY MOUNTED CRANE CLAMP CRUSHED CO-WORKER

Posted on 19th October 2011
Trained operator prosecuted after misuse of equipment ends in disaster 

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HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 19th OCTOBER 2011

Posted on 19th October 2011
Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

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OLYMPICS BUILD TEAM SHARE HEALTH AND SAFETY LEGACY

Posted on 18th October 2011
New ODA website contains useful best practice on construction safety

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HSE UPDATE FALL FAQS AFTER PHONE LINE CLOSURE

Posted on 14th October 2011
Falls from height updated web pages published after HSE Infoline shutdown

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FATALITY: CONTRACTOR STRUCK ON LONDON STREET

Posted on 14th October 2011
Utilities worker died whilst working for water company near ‘manhole’

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FATALITY: ELECTROCUTION IN MOBILE ACCESS PLATFORM

Posted on 14th October 2011
Workman electrocuted whilst working in MEWP close to high voltage powerline 

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ASBESTOS PLEURAL PLAQUE SUFFERS WIN PARTIAL VICTORY

Posted on 13th October 2011
Supreme Court overturns Lords ruling on pleural plaque damages in Scotland

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INCIDENT: WALL COLLAPSE ON MAJOR SCHOOLS PROJECT

Posted on 12th October 2011
Substantial section of wall fell on Sheffield pavement adjacent to bus stop

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GENERAL CONTRACTOR CARRIED OUT ILLEGAL GAS WORK

Posted on 12th October 2011
Community service order imposed on unregistered builder

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HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 12th OCTOBER 2011

Posted on 12th October 2011
Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

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IMPROVING SITE SAFETY WHILST CUTTING PROJECT COSTS

Posted on 11th October 2011
Effective coordination early in project design secures safety of all at lower cost

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NEW APPOINTMENT BY HEIGHT SAFETY GROUP

Posted on 11th October 2011
Work at height specialist announces appointment of former HSE expert 

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BUILDING CONTRACTOR WORKED WITHOUT ASBESTOS LICENSE

Posted on 9th October 2011
Control failures risked exposing workers to asbestos-containing materials

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STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE LEAVES TWELVE DEAD IN CHINA

Posted on 9th October 2011
Concrete car park structure collapses on major construction project

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SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT BUILDING SAFETY SCARES

Posted on 9th October 2011
Roof safety systems corroded and concerns over stability of granite cladding   

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CONSTRUCTION FATALITIES AUGUST 2011

Posted on 7th October 2011
Latest HSE records reveal drop in construction related deaths during August 

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FATALITY: OVERTURNING DUMPER TRUCK

Posted on 6th October 2011
Workman dies after dumper truck overturns on small domestic project

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INCIDENT: SCAFFOLD COLLAPSE IN LONDON

Posted on 5th October 2011
Pictures show scale of potential disaster on busy Fulham high street 

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HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 5th OCTOBER 2011

Posted on 5th October 2011
Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

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HSE SEEK TO SPREAD OLYMPICS BEST PRACTICE

Posted on 4th October 2011
ODA Safety Chief offers insight into achieving “outstanding” safety performance 

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ARCHITECT AND CONTRACTOR ADMIT GUILT AFTER SITE DEATH

Posted on 4th October 2011
Northern Ireland firms poor assessment, design and supervision led to collapse

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