• Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data

    CITB FRAUD INVESTIGATION BOSS SETS ACTION PLAN

    All must unite to tackle CSCS card fraud

    The ex-police superintendent and now head of the CITB fraud investigation team has spoken about the recent BBC Newsnight investigation on CSCS card fraud.

    Ian Sidney has set out his views in the CITB website as follows:

    “Last week’s Newsnight put the issue of card fraud in the construction industry under the spotlight.

    As an ex-police superintendent who now heads up the CITB’s fraud investigation team, I watched the piece with interest. Interest, but not surprise. Because all of the internet testing centres their journalists identified were known to us. And all were being investigated and had been suspended prior to the show being aired.

    The issue of card fraud is not a new one. I was appointed by the CITB, which administers card schemes on behalf of CSCS, in 2012 to help tackle the problem. Construction News has been reporting on card fraud for years.

    Work to be done

    When I arrived at the training body, it was quickly clear to me that some of the policies around card testing could be tightened up.

    I introduced a policy of ensuring photos on cards had to be taken at the time of testing, thereby stopping testing by proxy, which was not uncommon at that time.

    But of course, stamping out one type of fraud does not stop the determined fraudster. They come up with different ways of cheating the system.

    We have therefore seen the rise of officials at testing centres supplying answers – as seen on Newsnight.

    Working alongside the police, immigration and other law enforcement agencies, we have gathered intelligence on fraudsters so that we can close down testing centres acting illegally. In addition, we can help link this fraud with other criminal activity.

    Over the past year we have ramped up our investigations. I was pleased when we doubled our investment in countering fraud; this has enabled me to close down five testing centres, with a further eight under investigation.

    Fraud-fighting strategy

    We have also put together a three-point plan to help fight fraud:

    • Bringing forward a comprehensive review of all testing centres
    • Putting a hold on any new testing centres opening until that review is completed
    • Accelerating the installation of CCTV in all testing centres

    The CITB is taking this positive action and I believe this will help turn the tide against the fraudsters.

    That said, while I am positive about the steps we are taking and how seriously the CITB and its partners take this issue, the problem of card fraud is not going to go away quickly.

    We must remain vigilant. That is why I am calling on the industry join us in the fight against card fraud. Where you see anything suspicious, report it.

    The card schemes are so important in maintaining safety and standards in the construction sector, and we have made great strides in this area in recent years.

    These fraudsters threaten the good work we are all trying to do. I know these people are a very small minority. So let us, the majority, work together to stamp out card fraud and make our industry as safe and qualified as possible.

    Email report.it@citb.co.uk if you suspect card fraud. Together we can stamp this problem out.”

     

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

    OWNER RESPONSE TO HSE INSPECTION ENDED IN COURT

    Police uphold HSE right to inspect without threats, aggression or abuse

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th February 2020

    HSE TARGETING WELDING FUME CANCER RISK

    Inspections to enforce improved controls required by new risk evidence

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th February 2020

    CONTRACTOR FAILED TO REPLACE MISSING PROTECTION

    Painter and decorator fractured hip in fall from landing

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th February 2020

    RISK OF DERMATITIS SUFFICIENT FOR PROSECUTION

    Company failed to implement controls and surveillance required by COSHH

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th February 2020

    COSHH FAILINGS CAUSE ASTHMA AND PROVE COSTLY

    Uncontrolled exposure to isocyanates during paint spraying operations

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th February 2020

    POLICE EMPLOYEE SHOCKED BY DATA CABLE WORK

    South Wales Force fined over electric shock from ceiling void cable

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th February 2020

    COLLAPSE OF PUMP SET TRAPPED WORKMAN

    Unsafe system of work transferring from pallet to a raised platform

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th February 2020

    MODIFIED PODIUM STEPS CAUSE FALL FROM HEIGHT

    Firm failed to select and correctly assemble with necessary training

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th February 2020

    SCHOOL LACKED SAFE SYSTEM FOR ROOF RETRIEVAL

    Workman fell from roof whilst retrieving shoe of pupil

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 11th February 2020

    ARM OF WORKMAN AMPUTATED IN CONVEYOR

    Major construction materials supplier fined heavily over unsafe system

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 11th February 2020

    CONCRETE BLOCK PLANT GUARDING BREACHED

    Sections of machinery perimeter safety fencing missing for months

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 11th February 2020

    FATAL FUEL TANK EXPLOSION DURING CUTTING

    Companies failed to meet known, established and clear standards

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th February 2020

    FIRMS FINED HEAVILY OVER STUDENT FIRE RISK

    Senior fire officers found “blatant disregard” for law and resident safety

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 3rd February 2020

    ROOFER SURVIVED OVER 6M FALL FROM ROOF EDGE

    Replacement of asbestos cement roof lacked proper planning

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 3rd February 2020

    CLIENT & BUILDER ACCOUNT FOR ASBESTOS FAILINGS

    Asbestos survey identified ACMs which were removed without controls

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th January 2020

    UNSAFE USE OF SKIP LIFTER CAUSED FATALITY

    Fork lift being lifted on to vehicle fell when winch wire failed under load

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th January 2020

    HSE CONVICTIONS DATABASE LATEST UPDATE

    hselogo1View current online HSE register of prosecution convictions and notices

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th January 2020

    OVERHEAD CABLE STRUCK BY TIPPER TRUCK

    Company failed to report strike to HSE and take action on earlier incident

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th January 2020

    CAMBRIDGE COLLEGE ASBESTOS BLUNDERS

    Survey absent and asbestos awareness training not provided

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 30th January 2020

    HSE TO OVERSEE NEW BUILDING SAFETY REGIME

    Government to deliver biggest change in building safety for a generation

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 21st January 2020

    CONTRACTS MANAGER HANDED TWO YEAR PRISON TERM

    Safety fall arrest netting would have saved life of deceased workman

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 15th January 2020

    WORKER FATALLY INJURED BY CONCRETE BEAM

    Lifting operation not properly planned, managed and supervised

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 15th January 2020

    TREE FELLING OPERATIONS LACKED DEFINED COMMS

    Workman struck by falling tree inside “normal” exclusion zone

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th January 2020

    CONTRACTOR ARRESTED OVER WELFARE FAILINGS

    Recalcitrant sole trader failed to attend court hearing

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th January 2020

    MAJOR DEMOLITION CONTRACTOR FINED £500,000

    Collapse of concrete slab caused death of worker and excavator fall

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th January 2020
  • Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data