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Firm fined for Hippodrome worker fall

October 04, 2013 0
This guy's fall from height could have killed him, 14 meters! We wish him a speedy recovery. So, the cost of ignoring the HSE? Nearly £35k. The principle contractors received written advice from HSE officials and independent safety advisors following earlier visits to this site and disregarded the lot...The principal contractor for a major project to renovate the historic Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square has been fined for safety failings after a worker fell from an unguarded edge and plunged over four storeys.The 35-year-old sub-contractor, who does not want to be named, broke his left leg and several bones in his foot in the incident on 5 March 2012.His fall was two-staged as the unguarded edge was above a plant room. He dropped into the room and then through a riser duct for an ai...
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Working at Height Safety News Update

October 03, 2013 0
It's not just ladders that need safe use. A few tales to learn from here, starting with a work platform being lifted on the forks of a telehandler - without being secured! Then read on for some important new HSE legislation.Workers' falls land building company in court A Leicestershire building company has been fined after two workers fell four metres from an insecure platform balanced on the raised forks of a telehandler.Two men were injured after this work platform fell from a telehandler: Leicester Magistrates' Court last week heard that Caplin Homes Ltd was building a new house on land in Stretton Road, Great Glen, when the incident happened on 25 April 2013.Managing director Stuart Caplin, his son and self-employed builder Jason Caplin and a self-employed joiner, Robert Coleman, arriv...
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Working at Height Safety News Update

September 04, 2013 0
First aid guidance published ahead of regulation changesDate:2 September 2013A month ahead of changes to first aid regulations, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance to help businesses put in place appropriate arrangements for the provision of first aid.From 1 October 2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 will be amended, to remove the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications.The changes are part of HSE's work to make it easier for businesses and other users to understand how to comply with health and safety law, whilst maintaining standards. They apply to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.Andy McGrory, HSE's policy lead for First Aid, said: "From October, HSE will no longer approve first-aid training and qual...
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Working at Height - Safety News Roundup

August 21, 2013 0
Well, I must apologise for not keeping the blog as up to date as usual this month. It seems everyone here at the Midland Ladder Company is either on holiday, madly clearing their desk in readiness to go on holiday, or, just back from holiday and frantically trying to get back up to speed after being made dopey by all the sunshine on the beach, Andrew...Here's a summary of the latest working at height safety news, it always amazes me how daft some people can be in the workplace. Please take note and learn from others mistakes, there is some humour here, especially in the Myth Busters section below.But, there is a serious side too, The latest HSE statistics show that 40 workers were killed and more than 3,400 were seriously injured in falls from height in 2011/12.Kent firm in court over buil...
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New HSE guidance to help with health and safety

August 02, 2013 0
Ok, so this is not just about being safe, though if you're working on platforms or ladders at height it really is in your best interests and those of your employees to do so. It's also about not getting sued! Read on from the HSE's new guidlines...The Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched new guidance to help make it easier for larger organisations and businesses to understand how to manage health and safety.The completely refreshed and enhanced ‘Managing for Health and Safety’ guidance (also known as HSG65) is now available online at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/managing/The guidance aims to help business leaders, owners, directors, trustees and line-managers and is split into four key sections:Core elements of managing for health and safetyAre you doing what you need to?Delivering ...
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£100000 in fines and court costs for safety failings working at height

July 22, 2013 0
Company and director fined for Baglan site failings:A Lancashire housebuilder and its sole director have been fined for safety failings following two serious incidents at a new-build development in South Wales.In the first incident, on 9 August 2011, self-employed bricklayer Daniel King, then aged 22, of Loughor, West Wales, injured his back and left foot when he fell almost four metres from a poorly constructed scaffold that was overloaded and posed a clear fall risk.Six months later, in March 2012, a contractor was spotted working at height in the elevated bucket of an excavator in clear view of the company director.Both incidents occurred at the same plot within a site at Cae Canol, Baglan, near Port Talbot, where Blackburn-based Paddle Ltd has been building new homes as part of a phase...
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Hereford building firm fined for employee roof fall

July 22, 2013 0
It's usually worth investing in some scaffolding...A Hereford construction firm has been fined for safety failings after an employee fractured his back when he fell more than three metres through a roof.The 49 year-old, from Hereford, who has asked not to be named, had been working to convert a garage into a garden room at a home in Westhide, Hereford when the incident occurred on 24 May last year.Nunnington-based S C Joseph, was today (19 July 2013) prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found the firm had failed to ensure suitable measures were in place to prevent or mitigate a fall.Herefordshire Magistrates' Court heard the employee had been working on the roof to install two roof lights. He stepped onto a roofing batten that he had placed across a me...
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Council fined after worker seriously injured in roof fall

July 15, 2013 0
Although we all complain at bureaucracy this is why the Work at Height Regulations are there, don't hurt yourselves...A local authority has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell through a garage roof light at a council depot.Douglas McGregor, a 52-year old Council employee, was working on the removal and replacement of the roof light at The Moray Council depot in Balloch Road, Keith, on 27 May 2011, when he lost his balance.Elgin Sheriff Court was told today (11 July), that he was one of two workers who had gained access to the roof using a ladder. They were standing on scaffolding batons placed onto cement sheets on either side of the roof light, but the one under Mr McGregor slipped, causing him to lose his balance.He fell nearly three metres head first through the...
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Scaffolding firm sentenced over worker's death

July 11, 2013 0
This was such an avoidable tragedy, please make sure you always arrange for covers to be put on the skylights nearest to where any employees are working on a Roof...A scaffolding firm has been ordered to pay more than £100,000 in fines and costs following the death of an employee who plunged 13 metres through the roof of a Skelmersdale warehouse.Married father-of-one Tony Causby, 42, from Leigh, was helping to dismantle scaffolding when he stepped onto a fragile skylight and fell to the floor below.Atherton-based S&S Scaffolding Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over serious safety breaches following an investigation into the incident at the warehouse on Pennine Way on 14 December 2010.Liverpool Crown Court heard Mr Causby had helped to erect the scaffolding at t...
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Building firm in court after Fulham scaffold collapse

July 11, 2013 0
A Surrey-based company has been sentenced after a length of scaffolding collapsed on to a Fulham Street, blocking one lane but miraculously missing pedestrians and traffic.Alliance Building and Contracting Ltd, of Weybridge, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation into the incident on 3 October 2011 identified safety failings.Westminster Magistrates' Court was told today (10 July) the firm, which is now in voluntary liquidation, was the principal contractor for a demolition and build project at a site in Lillie Road, Fulham. A 16-metre length of scaffolding collapsed and fell from the first floor level to the ground below, covering the pavement and an entire traffic lane.The collapse happened at lunchtime on a normally busy thoroughfare, just a short ...
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