• Total Access Total Access Ethentic Ethentic
    Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data

    INJURY TOLL FROM ROOFLIGHT FALLS CONTINUES UNABATED

    Workman ‘cheats’ death in 5m fall through rooflight on agricultural building

    Towy Valley Fabrications has been fined following an incident on a farm near Llandeilo on 15 April 2011 in which a workman was injured when he fell from a roof.

    Magistrates heard that Daniel Elliot, 24, from Nottingham was an inexperienced steel erector involved constructing a new pitched roof between existing buildings on the farm. The work involved the demolition of a small existing roof and installation of new steel frames between the buildings.

    Mr Elliot was standing on the roof of an existing buildings pulling up an electrical extension cable when he stepped backwards onto a fragile rooflight and fell 5.5m to the ground below. He fractured his spine and pelvis in the fall and has not been able to return to work as a steel erector.

    HSE heard of the incident from the mother of by Mr Elliot. Investigators found that the work was not properly planned and supervised to ensure appropriate measures were in place to control the risks.

    Little understanding of safety measures needed

    Anthony William John Daniel, trading as Towy Valley Fabrications of Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1) the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. He also pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay £2,651 in costs.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector, Phil Nicolle said:

    “Anthony Daniel undertook the erection of a steel framed agricultural building with little understanding of the need for the safety measures that routinely apply to such construction work.

    He employed an inexperienced worker and exposed him over the course of several days, to risks of a fall from height ultimately resulting in the fall of 5.5m which caused serious injury. Mr Daniel then failed to notify HSE of the incident.

    There is no room for complacency when undertaking work at height in the construction industry. The risks are well known. Employers must ensure the work at height is planned, managed and supervised by competent people and where they are undertaking any of those roles themselves that they are competent to do so.”

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

    PANEL STRUCK WORKMAN DURING LIFTING OPERATION

    Third party contractor falls victim of poor lift planning

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 21st May 2018

    DIRECTOR LED HAZARDOUS WORK AT HEIGHT

    Three occasions when work lacked suitable and sufficient precautions

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 21st May 2018

    RISK ASSESSED BUT CONTROLS FOUND WANTING

    Joiner fell through unprotected opening on roof of new building

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 21st May 2018

    RIBA CRITICAL OF HACKITT REVIEW FINAL REPORT

    High rise residential review dismissed as “major missed opportunity”

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 21st May 2018

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 16th MAY 2018

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices register latest version

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th May 2018

    CONSTRUCTION SECTOR DEATHS: THE ‘BIG THREE’

    HSE in-year fatalities for 2017/18 may indicate upward trend

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th May 2018

    SCAFFOLDING SITE ACCIDENTS AT RECORD LOW

    NASC Annual Report reveals all time low in 2017 incidents

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th May 2018

    DUMPER TRUCK HAND-BRAKE NOT MAINTAINED

    Workman injured when pinned against stack of concrete blocks

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th May 2018

    SPARE POWER INTERLOCK KEY CAUSED DEATH

    Dangerous machinery safety precautions defeated for maintenance tasks

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th May 2018

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 9th MAY 2018

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices register latest version

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 9th May 2018

    COLLAPSED CAR PARK WAS UNDER REPAIR

    Rusted steel supports triggered collapse of fascia and floor

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th May 2018

    DUMPER OVERTURN CAUSED FATAL INJURIES

    Precautions during spoil heap creation were inadequate

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th May 2018

    HARDWOOD DUST CONTROL NOT MAINTAINED

    Manufacturer failed to examine and test local extraction system

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th May 2018

    SCAFFOLD CONTRACTOR OVERLOOKED MAJOR HAZARD

    Well-known risk unidentified during scaffold erection project

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th May 2018

    THREE FIRMS FINED £1/2M FOR FRAGILE RISK FAILURES

    Fall through rooflight hazard poorly planned and managed

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 2nd May 2018

    CONTRACTORS IGNORED ASBESTOS RISK

    Asbestos pipe lagging worked on without licence and proper precautions

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 2nd May 2018

    HSE ENFORCEMENT UPDATE 2nd MAY 2018

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices update and analysis

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 2nd May 2018

    SOFT LANDING BAGS TRIGGERED A FALL!

    Fall arrest bag thrown from scaffold took workman with bag

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 1st May 2018

    FAILURE TO NOTIFY HSE PREVENTED INVESTIGATION

    Regulator prosecutes over RIDDOR non-compliance

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 1st May 2018

    CLIENT AND CONTRACTOR TOGETHER IN COURT

    Fragile roof fall exposes client failure to manage project

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 1st May 2018

    UNTRAINED DUMPER DRIVER SURVIVES OVERTURN

    Inadequate barriers plus lack of operator and manager training

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 1st May 2018

    PROJECT CLIENT PROSECUTED UNDER CDM 2015

    Building demolished without suitable precautions to prevent danger

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 1st May 2018

    LORRY RUNAWAY CLAIMED LIFE OF DRIVER

    Workman died after being drawn under trailer

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 25th April 2018

    PETROL VAPOUR DANGER LEFT UNCONTROLLED

    Workman suffered severe burns during refuelling equipment

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 25th April 2018

    HSE ENFORCEMENT UPDATE 25th APRIL 2018

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices update and analysis

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 25th April 2018
    Total Access Total Access Ethentic Ethentic
    Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data