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    STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

    CROSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

    The Structural Safety web site combining CROSS (Confidential reporting on structural safety) and SCOSS (Standing committee on structural safety) issues regular newsletters and includes a data base of reports, alerts and other publications.

    CROSS Newsletter No. 52 has been published and contains expert comment from the CROSS Panel on the reports below:

    •  Quality of design and construction of a major bridge structure

    This report concerns the design and installation of the bridge bearing zones on a new precast pre-stressed reinforced concrete viaduct.

    •  Street sign collapse causes fatality

    This report highlights the potential dangers of street signs on fixed vertical supports subject to wind loading.

    • Casting, transporting and installing precast concrete kerbs

    The construction consisted of precast concrete robust kerbs to contain the permanent way for railway lines.

    • Collapse of lifting tackle connected by threaded bar

    No one was struck or injured when a set of 3T chain blocks and a 1m length of 20mm diameter threaded bar fell from a height of 5m, according to a reporter.

    • Collapse of glass balustrade from feature staircase in public building

    A reporter investigated an incident where a glass balustrade panel fell vertically from a ‘feature’ staircase in a public building.

    • Unsafe removal of some internal walls

    A reporter was requested to advise on the removal of some internal walls in a decades’ old multi storey block of council flats constructed from mostly in-situ concrete and brick/block.

    • Add-on roof truss failure

    Visiting a property for an unrelated matter, a reporter spotted something odd about the roof; the gable had bulged one end and movement had clearly occurred.

    Call for CROSS Reports

    CROSS depends on individuals and firms participating by sending reports of safety issues they have experienced in confidence to CROSS.

     

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

    HSE ENFORCEMENT DATABASE UPDATE 17th APRIL 2019

    hselogo1Latest online register of prosecutions and enforcement notices

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    Posted on 17th April 2019

    TWO BRICKLAYERS INJURED IN FLOOR COLLAPSE

    Joist hangers incorrectly installed and floor overloaded with blocks

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    Posted on 16th April 2019

    FIRM FINED £150K AFTER BOY FELL FROM SCAFFOLD

    Ladder guard failed to prevent 12-year old accessing scaffolding

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    Posted on 16th April 2019

    SAFETYCAM VEHICLE TRAPS ERRANT DRIVERS

    Safer Highways reports on new approaches to roadworks health and safety

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    Posted on 16th April 2019

    NEW PRE-QUAL SYSTEM LAUNCHED BY MAJOR PLAYERS

    Build UK and CECA publish common PQ assessment standard

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    Posted on 16th April 2019

    REPORT CONFIRMS RISING COST OF OFFENDING

    Considerable increases in fines imposed on larger organisations

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    Posted on 16th April 2019

    CONCRETE BLOCK MAKER FAILED TO GUARD MACHINE

    Effective safety precautions absent for a number of years

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    Posted on 9th April 2019

    HOTEL REFURBISHMENT DISTURBED ASBESTOS

    Firm failed to act on well-founded asbestos concerns expressed by employee

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    Posted on 1st April 2019

    CABLE HIT CAUSED BY LACK OF PLANS AND DETECTION

    Excavation for sign erection struck live electrical cable

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    Posted on 1st April 2019

    HSE AND THE ‘SECRETS’ OF RISK ASSESSMENT

    hselogo1Regulator advice on successful risk assessment comes at a price

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    Posted on 1st April 2019

    WORKMAN FELL INTO CAR PARK VENTILATION SHAFT

    Protective grill unsecured and gave way under movement of workman

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    Posted on 1st April 2019

    BUILDER GIVEN PRISON TERM OVER WORK AT HEIGHT

    Unsafe working platforms and lack of silica dust control punished severely

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    Posted on 1st April 2019

    HSE WARNING ON SAFE DEMO AND REFURBISHMENT

    TV programme prompts stability guidance for demo & refurb project teams

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    Posted on 1st April 2019

    VIBRATION RISK UNCONTROLLED FOR TEN YEARS

    Company workers used sanders and air-fed cutting equipment

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    Posted on 26th March 2019

    BUILDING OCCUPIER FINED £1.8M OVER ROOF FALL

    Two workmen fell 4m through rooflight during leak investigation

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    Posted on 26th March 2019

    CONSTRUCTION SITE DEATHS SET TO FALL?

    HSE in-year fatality records for 2018/19 suggest significant reduction

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    Posted on 22nd March 2019

    BRICKLAYER FATALLY INJURED BY FALLING WALL

    Masonry collapsed during concrete back filling operation

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    Posted on 18th March 2019

    BASIC LADDER SAFETY FAILURES FINED £150,000

    Repair and maintenance firm had no excuse for errors causing injury

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    Posted on 18th March 2019

    HSE ISSUES REMINDER ON SAFE SCAFFOLD DESIGN

    Recent incidents and high winds prompt warning from regulator

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    Posted on 12th March 2019

    LORRY DRIVER DIED IN OVERHEAD POWER STRIKE

    Major company failed to communicate precautions to grab arm operator

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    Posted on 12th March 2019

    ASSESSMENT SHOWED RISK – PRECAUTIONS NOT TAKEN

    Workman seriously injured when falling into open unguarded stairwell

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    Posted on 1st March 2019

    MAJOR FIRM FAILED TO IMPLEMENT SAFE SYSTEM

    Procedures for safe plant refuelling failed to prevent death of workman

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    Posted on 26th February 2019

    CLIENT PROSECUTED OVER CONTRACTOR FATAL FALL

    Company breached duty to protect contractors as well as employees

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    Posted on 26th February 2019

    FOURTEEN YEAR FAILURE TO MANAGE ASBESTOS

    Firm failed to implement asbestos management plan following survey

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    Posted on 25th February 2019

    CHILD INJURED BY WALL COLLAPSE INCIDENT

    Council failed to carry out “intelligence led” condition inspections

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    Posted on 18th February 2019
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