Health & Safety

Firm fined after exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

An engineering firm has been fined for failing to control the risk to employees using hand held power tools from Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). Manchester and Salford Magistrates heard how Newfield Fabrications Co Ltd (NFCL) failed to ensure the risks to its employees from exposure was adequately controlled. The company also failed to ensure its employees were given sufficient information, …

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Workplace fatality figures reveal need for modern training methods

The construction industry must do more to ensure health and safety compliance and avoid incidents, according to specialist training provider Develop Training Limited (DTL). The company’s comments follow publications of the Health & Safety Executive’s annual workplace fatality figures, which revealed that across the UK, more than 135 workers were fatally injured between April 2016 and March 2017 with the …

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Contractor fined £10,000 after electrician is paralysed falling off own ladder

London contractor Meadows WR LLP (MWR) has been fined after a 60 year-old man fell off a ladder, through an opening and down to the lower floor of a house in St Albans. St Albans Crown Court heard how the 60-year-old man, Mr Kundi, died three years after the incident. MWR contracted him to part demolish and refurbish a property …

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Boots with sole

puma v12 work boots review

Roger tries out a pair of Puma IGS boots from V12. These boots certainly turn heads, I lost count of the number of people who said they liked them but all the time I was thinking that the wow factor would soon disappear as they got thrashed and trashed and ended up looking like just another pair of workboots. If …

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Roofing company fined after worker fell through a roof

A London based roofing company has been fined after a 56-year old worker fell through two storeys onto a concrete floor. Southwark Crown Court heard how 56-year old Ali Mucoj, while working for Wessexmoor Ltd, had been completing roof work at a site on Glycena Road in London, when he fell from an unguarded rear roof and suffered multiple injuries …

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Company fined after 500 scaffolding fixings dropped on workers

scaffolding fixings dropped

Two South West based companies have been fined after a 44-year old woman was struck by scaffolding. Weymouth Magistrates’ Court heard how employees of Carter Training Ltd were using a mobile crane on the building project in Queen Mothers Square, Poundbury, Dorchester when the attachment holding 500 scaffolding fittings weighing 2kg each was turned on its side emptying all contents …

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Makita improves M-class dust extractor

Makita VC4210M

Makita has introduced a new version of its 447M M-Class extractor – the Makita VC4210M which is designed to improve dust extraction at an affordable price. The updated design has moved the motor, control module and main filter higher up into the upper body housing which increases the tank working capacity. This enables a 30 litre disposable bag to be …

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UK Government urged to end health and safety deregulation following Grenfell Tower blaze

health and safety deregulation

The UK Government has been urged to scrap its approach to deregulation of health and safety legislation in the light of the Grenfell Tower blaze. In an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, over 70 leading organisations and figures from the UK’s safety and health profession have jointly called for a political sea change in attitude towards health and …

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Company and contractor fined after member of public struck by fencing wire

A civil engineering company (R M Contractors Limited aka RMC), and a contractor working on behalf of a tree surgery company Complete Tree Services (CTS) have been sentenced after a member of the public was injured by fencing wire. Redditch Magistrates’ Court heard a member of the public was in her garden, when she was sprayed with pieces of fencing …

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Win an Aviva half mask from Scott Safety

Win an Aviva half mask

Skill Builder has teamed up with Scott Safety to give away five of the company’s brand new Aviva half masks as tested by Skill Builder in this video. The new AVIVA 40 single filter half mask includes innovative design elements such as a hybrid reflex face seal, an easy-to-use leak check mechanism and goggle ‘pinch’. AVIVA 40 is suitable for a variety of applications including paint …

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