Health & Safety

Beards are so last year

beard ban

In our second beard story of the week (Addam Smith of Band of Builders plans to de-beard for charity being the first) we bring news of Matthew Judson from PPE manufacturer JSP’s big shave. Matthew, who is JSP’s resident technical expert, not only used the occasion of shaving off the beard he has sported for over 20 years to raise …

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Construction trio to face prosecution for Crossrail death

Scaffold Inspectors

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today informed BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd, and Keir Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd that they will be prosecuted in relation to three incidents that took place during the construction of the new Crossrail railway tunnel construction, which runs east to west across London. All three companies will appear at Westminster’s Magistrates …

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Self-employed builder electrocuted at sunbed salon

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A real estate lettings company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a self- employed builder suffered 1st and 3rd degree burns to his face, hands, neck and chest. The injured worker, 50 year old Michael Phillips, suffered an electric shock in October 2015 when he was carrying out work for IPH Investments Ltd at an address in Station Parade …

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Construction company fined after worker’s roof fall

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A Derbyshire based engineering construction company has been prosecuted after a worker fell and suffered severe injuries. A worker was repairing a fibreboard roof of a barn and using two homemade crawling boards when he fell 6meters on to the floor below, sustaining serious injuries to his head, hip, and lungs. Derby Magistrates Court heard how at the time of …

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Worker dies falling from 30 foot pylon

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An international engineering company has been sentenced following the death of a worker who fell 30 feet from an electricity pylon. Vincent John Richards, 49, from Walsall was installing fall arrest lines for painters to use on the pylon at Great Orton, Carlisle on the 5 July 2014 when the incident happened. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the …

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Failure to protect worker from HAVs results in £250,000 fine

Thanet District Council fined £250,000

Thanet District Council has been fined £250,000 after a worker was left with permanent injury after being diagnosed with hard arm vibration (HAV). Canterbury Crown Court heard how a worker from Thanet District Council was diagnosed with suffering from HAV after visiting his GP. Symptoms of the condition can include tingling, pins and needles, numbness and pain in the hands. …

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Can your hands cope in the cold?

gloves for cold weather

So what’s it like to work in the cold with freezing hands? Well, as you may know, it’s not pleasant. Everything you do is that bit harder and it can be extremely dangerous. With cold hands and fingers, you are more likely to fumble with numb fingers, which is not only dangerous to yourself but also to others. Gloves for cold weather The TraffiGlove range …

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Three fined after man loses life in fragile roof fall

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A company, its director, and a self-employed contractor have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after Terry Lewis (a 65 year old retired mechanic) was fatally injured by falling through a roof light. Warrington Crown Court heard how on 11 June 2013, Terry Lewis was working with his friend, Leigh Bakewell. They were cleaning roof lights on …

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PASMA launches Tower Safety Week 2016

tower safety week

PASMA, the trade association representing the international mobile access tower industry, has launched Tower Safety Week 2016 which runs from today until Friday 18 November 2016. With a focus on ‘working well with towers’, it’s set to promote height safety, develop industry knowledge and skills, and connect with a wide range of tower using industries – from construction and maintenance …

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Calls for construction work to stop in freezing temperatures

work in freezing temperatures

UCATT is calling on the construction industry to introduce extreme weather health and safety guidelines because the industry is blighted by the inhumanity of the industry towards workers. UCATT is concerned that workers must struggle through zero temperatures, risk their health on icy ground or scaffold, or endure torrential downpours for up to 12 hours at a time while the …

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