Plumber’s disregard for law lands him in court

By Sylwia Wolska | May 13, 2019

An Essex-based plumber who carried out unsafe and unregistered gas work in September 2016 has been sentenced at Basildon Crown Court. Andrew Goodchild, of ASG Plumbing and Heating, had been served with a Prohibition Notice (PN) by the HSE earlier that year for carrying out gas work whilst not being registered with Gas Safe. Goodchild…

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Fine after ‘careless removal’ of asbestos

By Sylwia Wolska | May 13, 2019

An Oldham building contractor has been fined after the uncontrolled removal of asbestos during a garage conversion. Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court was told that in December 2017 the HSE was notified by a member of the public of fibrous board outside the property in Chadderton, Oldham which looked like asbestos insulation board. Mr Mohammad…

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Unprotected stairwell: ‘Simple measures’ could have prevented worker’s fall

By Sylwia Wolska | April 26, 2019

A principal contractor has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell approximately three metres through an unprotected stairwell opening. On 17 August 2017, a sub-contractor to Brown Construction Ltd was laying bricks for the second storey of a new build house in Ash, Canterbury. There was an opening in the floor…

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Hotel refurbishment disturbed asbestos

By Sylwia Wolska | April 23, 2019

Firm failed to act on well-founded asbestos concerns expressed by employee A hotelier has been fined £80,000 after asbestos containing materials (ACMs) were disturbed during a major refurbishment at The Park Hotel in Barnstaple, Devon between Oct 2016 and May 2017. Newton Abbot Magistrates heard that construction work was undertaken to refurbish the hotel. Parts…

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Unguarded machine trapped worker’s hand

By Sylwia Wolska | April 23, 2019

Thakeham Tiles Ltd, a concrete wall blocks company, has been sentenced after a worker’s hand was crushed in an unguarded machine. On 25 April 2018, an experienced worker was making concrete screen wall blocks at their site on Rock Road, West Sussex, when his hand became trapped and was crushed by the machine he was…

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Risk assessment missed forklift danger

By Sylwia Wolska | April 23, 2019

A Cheshire-based woodworking company has been sentenced after a worker was struck by a forklift truck (FLT). The incident occurred on 27 March 2017 at Woodford Park Industrial Estate, Winsford. An employee of Mid Cheshire Pallets Ltd was carrying a pallet across the workshop when he was struck by an forklift truck being driven by…

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Fine after 12-year-old fell from ladder at unsecured site

By Sylwia Wolska | April 23, 2019

Contractor Westdale Services Limited has been fined £160,000 after a 12-year-old boy slipped off a scaffold ladder on an inadequately guarded site. On 6 May 2017, two boys were able to climb the rungs of a ladder within scaffolding erected by Westdale Services at Southville Flats in Cwmbran by placing their feet either side of…

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Workers injured after floor collapse

By Sylwia Wolska | April 23, 2019

A construction company has been fined after two workers were injured when they fell through a ceiling at a site in Watford. Luton Magistrates’ Court was told how, on 6 December 2017, four bricklayers were working on a new build of three terraced houses, when they gained unrestricted access to a timber joisted floor. The…

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HSE increases FFI charge by almost 20%

By Sylwia Wolska | April 23, 2019

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has increased its fee for intervention (FFI) hourly rate from £129 to £154. FFI was designed to recover costs incurred by the HSE during regulatory action against organisations that fail to comply with safety and health law, thus transferring the financial burden from the taxpayer to the business.   The…

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