Site welfare facilities were inadequate

By Sylwia Wolska | July 22, 2019

A Stockport construction company has been prosecuted after failing to ensure suitable welfare facilities were provided for workers on site. R & S Builders (Mcr) Ltd had been issued with multiple Improvement Notices, following an inspection by a HSE inspector at the company’s site at Great Underbank, Stockport on 7 July 2018. The company subsequently…

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Rail firm fined £1m over Gatwick Express window death

By Sylwia Wolska | July 22, 2019

Govia Thameslink Railway Ltd (GTR) has been fined £1 million with £52,267 costs, after pleading guilty to an offence under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, following the death of a man on the Gatwick Express. Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC, prosecuting for the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), told the court that 24-year-old…

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Site safety failings put workers at risk

By Sylwia Wolska | July 19, 2019

A construction firm has been sentenced after failing to put measures in place to prevent falls from height and to control risks associated with fire. Irish Anglo Properties Limited failed to ensure the safety of their workers and nearby residents during the construction of six timber frame houses at Moss Lane East in Manchester. The…

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Company fined for Respirable Crystalline Silica exposure

By Sylwia Wolska | July 19, 2019

A playground installation and landscaping contractor has been fined after it didn’t provide employees with adequate control measures to prevent exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS). On 23 March 2018, the HSE carried out an unannounced inspection of a site at Newbank Garden Centre, Bury Road, Radcliffe. The HSE inspector served a Prohibition Notice to…

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Staircase manufacturer reminded of safe lifting after worker loses leg

By Sylwia Wolska | July 19, 2019

Leyton Group Construction Ltd, a company specialising in the manufacture and installation of industrial staircases, has been fined following an incident where a worker became trapped at a site on Fenchurch Avenue in London. Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that on 19 July 2018 Dragos Sultana suffered serious injuries when a section of staircase weighing…

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£500,000 fine after worker injured in fall

By Sylwia Wolska | July 19, 2019

Lanes Group PLC has been fined £500,000, with £9,896.19 in costs, after pleading guilty to an offence under the Work at Height Regulations 2005. Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that Keith Light, now 54, suffered injuries including a broken collarbone, 11 broken ribs and a punctured lung after falling from a height of 14ft while cutting…

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Asbestos disturbed in restaurant

By Sylwia Wolska | July 19, 2019

A restaurant owner has been fined after asbestos was disturbed during the conversion of rooms above the restaurant into flats. During September 2016, above the Marco Polo restaurant on Lower Southend Road, Wickford, Essex, asbestos insulation board was removed and broken up which resulted in workers being exposed to asbestos fibres. An asbestos survey was…

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Debris from demolition site not restrained

By Sylwia Wolska | July 10, 2019

Loss assessor on adjacent property injured by stray waste G O’Brien & Sons (Nationwide Demolition Contractors) Limited has been sentenced after a nearby worker was seriously injured on a demolition site in Durham in February 2018. Newton Aycliffe Magistrates heard that the company was demolishing two semi-detached properties as part of a project to renovate…

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Apprentice was overcome by fumes

By Sylwia Wolska | July 10, 2019

An alloy wheel refurbishment company has been sentenced after a 16-year-old apprentice worker was overcome by vapours from a chemical used in the stripping and cleaning of alloy wheels. On 12 December 2017, the employee of Wheelnut Ltd, entered an area of the company’s former premises in Swalwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, known as the “acid…

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