Turner Access Higher Safety Total Access
Total Access Ethentic Chipmunk Data
Chipmunk Data Turner Access Ethentic

DEVELOPER PENALISED OVER STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE INCIDENT

Deliberate flouting of HSE enforcement notice warning of instability

A Sheffield property developer has been prosecuted after a building collapsed sending tonnes of rubble through a neighbouring shop roof narrowly missing two shopworkers on 4 February 2011.

Developer Ghulam Rasul put the lives of the workers and of the local community at serious risk when he deliberated flouted a legal enforcement notice ordering him to halt all demolition work because the building was potentially unstable.

Sheffield Magistrates heard (25 May) that a prohibition notice was issued by HSE in 2008 because of “serious safety concerns”. However, Mr Rasul restarted demolition work in late 2010 which increased instability and the potential for a collapse.

On 4 February 2011 the gable end did collapse and some ten tonnes of brick and rubble crashed through the roof of an adjacent shop narrowly missing the shopworkers. South Yorkshire Police closed the road and a team from Sheffield City Council’s dangerous structures unit arranged for the structure to be safely demolished.

Defendant recklessly ignored advice and put the lives at risk

Ghulam Rasul, of Balfour Road, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to an offence under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and to breaching a Prohibition Notice. He was fined a total of £6,000 and ordered to pay £2,418 in costs.

Inspector Dave Bradley from HSE’s Construction Division said he was astonished there had not been fatality or serious casualties adding:

“It was an entirely avoidable incident. Had Mr Rasul employed a competent engineer, temporary supports could have been designed and installed to prevent a premature collapse of the structure. He had been warned of the dangers, advised on what to do and yet he recklessly ignored this advice and by doing so put the lives of many people at risk.

Demolition is a high-risk activity that needs to be carefully planned – from start to finish – to ensure it doesn’t result in the uncontrolled collapse of a building or parts of it. The controls needed are well known in the industry and the costs involved are not prohibitively expensive when balanced against the risks.”

Latest Construction Health and Safety News

PUZZLES HELP DELIVER HEALTH RISKS AWARENESS

Innovative puzzle products supplier extends the range of training aids

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th February 2018

NEW ISO 45001 MANAGEMENT STANDARD IMMINENT

Standard capable of replacing OHSAS 18001 with relative ease

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th February 2018

APPEAL COURT RULES ON LEGAL PRIVILEGE CASE

Decision may prompt further caution during internal investigations

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th February 2018

TIPPER TRUCK STRUCK PEDESTRIAN ON SITE ROAD

Contractor fined £500,000 over poor traffic management arrangements

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th February 2018

FALLING SCAFFOLD CLIP STRUCK PASSER-BY

Firm failed to follow risk assessment and method statement

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th February 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 14th FEB 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 16th February 2018

HOMES FIRM FINED £1/2M OVER DUMPER DEATH

Developer and contractor failed to manage people and plant interface

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 14th February 2018

SUPREME COURT RULES ON HSE ENFORCEMENT NOTICES

Post service evidence can be used to support HSE notice appeals

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 9th February 2018

SAFE INSTALLATION OF PRE-CAST FLOORING

Code of Practice for health and safety updated by industry federation

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 8th February 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 8th FEB 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 8th February 2018

MANUAL HANDLING MUST INVOLVE ‘REAL RISK’

Court provides clarity on manual handling risk assessment rules

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th February 2018

SKIP LORRY DRIVER FATALLY INJURED BY LOADER

Hire company fined after lorry driver crushed between two vehicles

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 5th February 2018

PUBLIC RISK COSTS CONTRACTOR DEARLY

Principal Contractor failed to assess and supervise work

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 5th February 2018

TUBES FELL WHILST LIFTING OVER PERSONS BELOW

Lifting operations were not carried out in safe manner

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd February 2018

‘DAREDEVIL’ SCAFFOLDER LANDS IN DOCK

Former HSE Inspector snaps dangerous working practices at 60 feet

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd February 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 1st FEB 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 1st February 2018

DIDCOT FATAL COLLAPSE: INVESTIGATION UPDATE

Police and HSE still seeking to understand why boiler house collapsed

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 1st February 2018

SCAFFOLDER TRAINING REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

CISRS training card renewal by CPD embraced by scaffolders

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 30th January 2018

HSE SUMMARY OF CONSTRUCTION SECTOR HARM

Infographic provides insight into industry priority hazards

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 29th January 2018

FIRM FAILED TO IMPLEMENT AGREED CONTROLS

Risk assessment carried out but precautions not taken

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 29th January 2018

HSE MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS SUMMIT 2018

hselogo1Regulator focuses on MSDs in construction and others sectors

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 28th January 2018

LOAD FELL FROM MAGNET AND STRUCK WORKMAN

Firm failed to properly assess and revise crane safe working load

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 25th January 2018

RAISING THE BAR ON LIFTING OPERATIONS SKILLS

New ‘Lifting Technician Trailblazer Apprenticeship’ ready for delivery

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 24th January 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 24th JAN 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 24th January 2018

SCAFFOLDING FIRM FINED OVER UNSAFE LOADING

Bin of scaffold fittings lifted by crane struck scaffolder

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 24th January 2018
Turner Access Chipmunk Data
Total Access Ethentic
Higher Safety Turner Access