Wake up to the new safety culture, Hackitt and HSE tell construction sector

By Sylwia Wolska | October 22, 2020

Construction professionals should engage with their peers in the high hazard oil and gas and chemical sectors as they wake up to the reality of ‘safety cases’ and a new culture of accountability brought in by the Building Safety Regulator, Dame Judith Hackitt told MPs last week.  Summarising the shift, Dame Judith said: ‘They can no longer rely…

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Transport company fined after employee fatally crushed

By Sylwia Wolska | October 22, 2020

A transport company has been fined after a worker was fatally injured when the pallet of stone tiles which he was attempting to deliver fell onto him. An agency driver was carrying out a delivery for Reason Transport UK Limited at Fraser Road, High Wycombe. The driver was delivering a pallet of stone tiles using…

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Council fined after teacher assaulted by pupil

By Sylwia Wolska | October 22, 2020

Luton Borough Council has been sentenced after a teacher was assaulted by a pupil. On 17 June 2016, the assistant head teacher at Putteridge High School was called to deal with a disruptive pupil who was refusing to go into a detention room. After clearing the classroom of the other pupils, the pupil launched a…

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Raib issues report on Tyseley depot fatality

By Sylwia Wolska | October 19, 2020

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has published its report following a fatal accident at Tyseley train depot in Birmingham last year. Two recommendations have been made after a driver was crushed between two trains during a ‘coupling’ operation in December 2019. The investigation revealed that the driver became trapped because he was passing between two closely-spaced…

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Fatal accident at Tyseley Depot

By Sylwia Wolska | October 16, 2020

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has issued its report into a fatal accident at Tyseley depot on 14 December 2019. At around 20:00 hrs on 14 December 2019, a train driver became trapped between two trains in the yard at Tyseley maintenance depot, Birmingham. The driver received fatal injuries as a result. The driver…

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Supermarket fined for ‘flagrant disregard’ of prohibition

By Sylwia Wolska | October 12, 2020

A supermarket in Hertfordshire has been prosecuted by Dacorum Borough Council for providing unsafe equipment and breaching a prohibition notice. In November 2018, environmental health officers served a prohibition notice on a meat-cutting bandsaw that did not have an interlocking guard to protect staff from accessing moving parts of equipment, which included rotating pulleys and the bandsaw…

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Pipe firm hit with £100K puwer fine after worker shatters hand

By Sylwia Wolska | October 7, 2020

A manufacturer has been fined £100,000 after an employee’s hand was crushed when it got trapped in the clamp of a socket machine. Scotland-based Emtelle, a global manufacturer of blown fibre and ducted network solutions for the telecommunications industry, admitted breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) at its Jedburgh factory in November…

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Ceiling collapse at school event lands contractor with suspended sentence

By Sylwia Wolska | October 7, 2020

The owners of a Birmingham banqueting suite where a ceiling collapsed during a school event and the builder who installed it have been prosecuted. On 20 July 2017, around 400 people were attending a graduation ceremony at Al-Miraj Banqueting Suite, when a large section of the suspended ceiling, which had been installed 17 months earlier, fell…

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New HSE inspection initiative focuses on respiratory risks

By Sylwia Wolska | September 29, 2020

On 5 October 2020, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) begins an inspection initiative targeted at construction firms to check measures are in place to prevent respiratory risks and occupational lung disease from substances such as silica, asbestos and wood dust. The initiative will last until 30 October. While the primary focus will be placed on…

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