HSE launches new round of dust inspections

By Sylwia Wolska | June 13, 2019

High risk sectors where workers are exposed to a range of different dusts that are linked to respiratory diseases are being targeted in a new inspection crackdown. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced the new round of dust control inspections on 11 June, which will take place over the next few weeks. HSE inspectors…

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Timber fell ten metres onto 3-year-old

By Sylwia Wolska | June 10, 2019

A self-employed builder has been given a suspended jail sentence after a three-year-old girl suffered severe head injuries when a length of timber fell on her whilst it was being hoisted up the outside of a scaffold. Brighton Magistrates’ Court was told how on 6 July 2018, the girl and her mother, who was pushing…

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Contractor seriously injured after loft fall

By Sylwia Wolska | June 10, 2019

A company, two directors and a self-employed contractor have been sentenced and fined after an electrician fell two storeys through an unprotected stairwell. On 1 December 2016, Mr T Quirk was undertaking electrical work at Mile House, Main Road, Worleston, Nantwich, Cheshire. This property was owned and was being refurbished by self-employed contractor Mr Steven…

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Gas fitter jailed for unsafe gas work

By Sylwia Wolska | June 10, 2019

A self-employed gas fitter has been jailed after he carried out unsafe gas work while falsely pretending to be Gas Safe registered. Marc Murrie misled homeowners on several occasions by claiming to be Gas Safe Registered when he was not. Between October 2013 and September 2014, Murrie carried out gas work in two properties in…

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Construction company and director in court for unsafe asbestos removal

By Sylwia Wolska | June 10, 2019

A construction company and its director have been fined after failing to ensure the safe removal of asbestos during demolition work. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court was told how Sherwood Homes Limited was the client responsible for the demolition of Crowton Mill in Northwich. Peter Kiely was a director of the company when the results of…

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Two defendants handed prison terms over fall

By Sylwia Wolska | June 4, 2019

Company, two directors and contractor sentenced A company and two directors have been sentenced after an electrician fell two storeys through an unprotected stairwell in December 2016. Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court heard how the workman was carrying out electrical work at premises in Nantwich, Cheshire. The property was owned and being refurbished by self-employed…

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Worker crushed by falling metal frame

By Sylwia Wolska | June 4, 2019

A Warrington engineering fabrication company has been sentenced after a worker suffered severe crush injuries when a metal frame he was moving toppled from a forklift truck. The incident happened on 11 October 2017, when the employee of J L Engineering (Rixton) Ltd, together with another worker, was moving a trestle frame using a forklift…

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Wall collapsed onto home owner

By Sylwia Wolska | June 4, 2019

Building firm Farnell Building Contractors has been sentenced after a wall collapsed on a home owner. Manchester Magistrates’ Court was told how on 1 May 2018, Stephen Farnell trading as Farnell Building Contractors was demolishing a garage when a wall collapsed at the site in Colne, causing serious injuries to the home owner. His leg…

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Company failed to undertake safety checks

By Sylwia Wolska | June 4, 2019

A granite worktop manufacturer has been fined after failing to ensure that lifting equipment was examined and maintained to ensure it was safe to use. Grantech Limited was not having regular statutory examinations carried out on lifting equipment. It also failed to carry out repairs when defects had been found. Following an inspection on 18…

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