Health & Safety

Council and contractors fined after man dies and another seriously injured in roadworks

Construction boss jailed

Liverpool City Council and two of its contractors have been prosecuted following two separate incidents involving roadworks on a busy city centre road. One man died and another was seriously injured while attempting to cross Queens Drive in Liverpool during major resurfacing works in the summer of 2012. Enterprise Liverpool Limited and Tarmac Trading Limited were contracted by Liverpool City …

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New approach to electrical safety training vital to save lives

electrical safety training

Develop Training Ltd (DTL), the UK training and consultancy specialist, warns that with more than 1,000 electricity-related accidents reported at work in the UK every year, a new approach to electrical safety training is needed to save lives. To raise industry awareness and to provide one clear voice for Authorising Engineers and Authorised Persons working in high voltage environments, DTL …

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Building contractor in court after worker killed by falling load

Construction boss jailed

A building contractor has been fined after a worker was killed when a load fell from a tower crane during a lifting operation in Colchester. Urban Summit Construction Ltd was the Principal Contractor on a construction site at King Edward Quay, Haven Road, Colchester, where 780 student accommodation apartments were being built. On 8 January 2014, during a lifting operation …

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Brace yourself for bad weather

Winter Weatherwear

With winter approaching, Arco, the UK safety company is urging workers to keep warm and safe with its range of Winter Weatherwear, online Selection Tool and Expert advice sheet. The online Weatherwear selection tool is designed to help workers build a layering system suitable for their working conditions so that they remain warm, dry and comfortable in extreme weather conditions. Arco recommends …

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Roofing firm fined after worker falls through roof

Construction boss jailed

A roofing company has been fined after a worker fell five metres through a roof sustaining severe injuries. St Albans Crown Court heard how a 32 year old labourer was working for Richardson Roofing Company Limited (RRCL) on a construction site at Kingsley Green, Radlett, Hertfordshire on 8 August 2013. The worker was fitting battens on the roof around holes …

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Bolton night club owner fined over asbestos exposure

Construction boss jailed

A Bolton night club owner has been sentenced after admitting a failure to carry out a survey for asbestos before starting on the refurbishment of a local night club. Manchester Magistrates’ court heard how UK Night Life Limited and its sole director, Charles John McGrath, undertook the management of a refurbishment project between 1 August and 12 August 2015 on …

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Contractor seriously injured in fragile skylight fall

Construction boss jailed

London exhibition venue firm, The Business Design Centre Ltd, and a building contractor have been fined for safety failings after a specialist contractor fell through a fragile skylight. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how the Business Design Centre allowed workers to cross an unsafe roof, which contained three fragile skylights and open edges, and failed to prevent contractors crossing the same …

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Roofing firm fined after worker’s ladder fall

Construction boss jailed

A King’s Lynn roofing company has been prosecuted after a worker fell seven metres from a scaffold access ladder while assisting with chimney repairs. Kings Lynn Magistrates Court heard how the worker was subcontracted by J Webber Roofing Limited to assist with removing waste, mixing cement and bringing tools up to colleagues who were working on the chimney at a domestic …

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Self-employed trader fined for safety failings

Construction boss jailed

A Bradford self-employed trader has been sentenced this week for safety breaches after poor scaffolding arrangements at a domestic property put himself and others at risk. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Mark Podstawski, 47, after an investigation found poor planning, the absence of guard rails and a scaffold not of a recognised design, put himself and others, including people on the ground at risk. …

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Addex Dustblocker review

Addex Dustblocker review

Roger Bisby had a  Dustblocker from Addex on test for a month and found he didn’t want to let it go. The ultimate seal of approval for me must be when I end up buying a product that I have tested. Yes, I admit, I sometimes get a deal, but I obviously have to justify the purchase to my accountant …

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