Health & Safety

Roofing contractor sentenced for incomplete scaffolding

Construction boss jailed

A roofing contractor has been sentenced for safety breaches after workers were left at risk of falling from unprotected roof edges. The failures of C Smith Roofing were discovered by health and safety staff who could see unsafe scaffolding from their office window. Mr Smith was given an eight-month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to complete 200 …

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Electrician killed in stepladder fall

Construction boss jailed

A Hull based bakery has been fined following the death of a self-employed electrical contractor who died following a fall from height. Hull Crown Court heard how the worker was contracted to complete electrical work at Greencore Grocery Ltd site in Hull. In October 2013, the worker was wiring a motor situated above a machine whilst standing on a stepladder. …

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Is there an alternative to hiring scaffolding?

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If you’re hiring scaffolding on a regular basis to do jobs such as window replacements, roofline repairs and even short duration roofing jobs here’s a product we’ve come across that could save you time and money and put you back in control of your work because you will no longer be waiting around for scaffolding.  It’s called the Easi-Dec access …

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Construction company fined after fall leaves joiner paralysed

Construction boss jailed

A construction company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a sub-contracted joiner suffered life-changing injuries. Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard that construction company Mager Homes Ltd. had been contracted to complete a house build in Tetney, Grimsby. In December 2016, the worker was on the first floor level installing joists and flooring. Whilst laying a floorboard, he stepped back and …

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Untrained scaffold worker left in a coma

Construction boss jailed

A construction company has been fined after a worker suffered life changing injuries after falling from scaffolding. Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of R J Scaffolding (Bristol) Limited was in an induced coma for two weeks after falling more than six metres from the scaffolding. The worker suffered several serious injuries including losing the sight in his right …

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Seven THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW about Silica Dust

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According to the HSE, respirable crystalline silica (RCS), often referred to as Silica Dust, is the second biggest risk to construction workers, following asbestos. Knowledge is power when it comes to staying protected, which is why Skill Builder has joined forces with Scott Safety to create this educational video. If you, or anyone you know, works with Silica Dust, please …

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Company fined after scaffold collapse

Construction boss jailed

A Dorset based company has been fined after a scaffold collapsed at an industrial unit in Wallisdown, Poole. Poole Magistrates’ Court heard how Swanage and Dorset Scaffolding and Roofing Limited (SDSRL) had been contracted to erect scaffolding at the industrial unit in Alder Hills Business Park, Wallisdown, Poole to provide edge protection for work to be carried out on the …

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Bosch launches active integrated dust extractor

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‘Look after your health – it’s your greatest asset,’ is the message to trade professionals from Bosch as it launches the GDE 18V-76 Professional Dust Extractor. Designed as an active integrated attachment for all Bosch GBH 18V-26 (F) Professional Rotary Hammer Drills, its development ls part of a continuing drive by the manufacturer to minimise dust-related illness. While asbestos is …

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“Dust extraction has to be top priority for the trade”

Dust extraction

Jay Hounsell, a Herts-based carpenter and business owner, explains why he believes dust extraction should be the number one priority for everyone in the trade.    He says: “I’ve been working in the carpentry industry for 20-odd years. My new company – The Hertfordshire Kitchen Company – has been going for two years and is successfully placing itself in the …

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Worker killed by collapsing trench wall

Construction boss jailed

A North East based company Mike Neesam & Son Limited has been fined after a wall collapse which led to the death of 43-year old Steven Ratcliffe. Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Radcliffe an employee of Mike Neesam & Son had been working on a toilet refurbishment project on Hall Hill Farm County Durham, when he attempted to walk …

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