Health & Safety

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

worker set on fire

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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Mears responds to Unite’s beard ban criticism

mears beard ban

In response to criticism from Unite the Union about a letter sent to some operatives regarding the use of dust masks and beards. Mark Elkington, Group Health and Safety Director of Mears Group has said, “We are pretty surprised that Unite, who claim to have the safety of workers at heart have taken this disappointing stance. “Every employer in the UK …

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Construction company fined after member of public walked onto site and drowned

worker set on fire

A Glasgow based construction company has been fined after the death of an 83-year old man in Kirkcaldy. Kirkcaldy Sherriff Court heard that in early January 2015 an elderly gentlemen who suffered from a number of age-related illnesses, walked onto the construction site which was closed for the holidays. While on the site operated by Sandford Park Ltd he fell …

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Worker breaks back fitting solar panels

Worker breaks back

Eco NRG Solutions Ltd and its director Jon Luke Antoniou have been fined after a worker fell from height at a farm in Cornwall. Taunton Magistrates Court heard how Lewis Harding, 28, had been fitting solar panels on a fragile roof at Venn Farm on the 19 May 2015. He fell more than three metres through a fragile skylight and broke …

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Groundworker killed by reversing vehicle

worker set on fire

A construction company and its groundwork contractor have been fined after a worker was killed by a reversing vehicle. Exeter Crown Court heard how an employee of Steve Hoskin Construction Limited (SHCL) was working for the groundwork contractor at a construction site in Dawlish, Devon when he was crushed by a reversing telescopic material handler. John Small, 47-years old, was …

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Crossrail creates hard-hitting health & safety video resource

Crossrail is encouraging construction firms large and small to make use of a series of videos that have been created for the Crossrail project which focus on some of the health impacts and safety risks faced by construction workers. The six films use different fictional scenarios to depict realistic situations, which could happen when basic health and safety controls are …

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