Company fined after asbestos containing materials released

By Sylwia Wolska | January 10, 2019

A Glasgow based building contractor has been fined after an employee used a powered saw to cut through a kitchen cupboard door, accidentally releasing asbestos containing materials. Between 8 November and 11 December 2015, City Building (Glasgow) LLP was carrying out refurbishment work at a flat in Glasgow. An employee who was unaware of the…

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Two sentenced after asbestos disturbed

By Sylwia Wolska | January 10, 2019

A landlord and building contractor have been fined after the release of large quantities of asbestos fibres following the demolition of a conservatory at a rented property. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court was told how the landlord commissioned a building contractor to replace a conservatory containing asbestos panels at a property in Selly Oak, Birmingham between 18…

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Director jailed for illegal chemical sales

By Sylwia Wolska | January 10, 2019

A company director has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for selling products containing prohibited substances online. Warwick Crown Court was told that a complaint was raised in August 2014 that Abel (UK) Ltd was selling a plant protection product containing Sodium Chlorate, a prohibited substance. The HSE’s investigation also found the company was…

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Asbestos in schools: Failures lead to over £100,000 in fines

By Sylwia Wolska | January 10, 2019

Two construction companies have been fined £112,000 after their subcontractors were exposed to asbestos fibres during school refurbishment work. Derby Crown Court was told that on 1 August 2016, Oakwood Junior school in Derby was undergoing refurbishment work during the school holidays. Two subcontractors removing suspended ceiling tiles entered a storage room which had a…

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Council fined after member of public contracted Legionnaires’ Disease

By Sylwia Wolska | December 17, 2018

A local authority, Tendring District Council, has been fined after a member of public contracted Legionnaires’ Disease following regular use of its leisure centre facilities. Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard how the member of public frequently used the showers at Walton Lifestyles when, in November 2016, he fell seriously ill and was taken to hospital where…

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Structural engineer crushed by scaffold tubes

By Sylwia Wolska | December 17, 2018

Two companies have been fined after a structural engineer received serious crush injuries when a bundle of scaffold tubes weighing about one tonne rolled onto his legs while he was visiting a client’s construction site. Southwark Crown Court was told how, on 15 September 2015, the engineer, accompanied by two managers at the site in…

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Worcestershire engineering company fined after worker suffers head injury

By Sylwia Wolska | December 17, 2018

An engineering firm has been fined after a worker suffered a serious head injury whilst assembling a steel frame. On 12 March 2018, a Quantum Engineering Developments Limited employee was injured when a steel frame he was assembling came off two supporting battens and fell on him pinning his head to the floor. He suffered…

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Mental Health First Aid regulation changes

By Sylwia Wolska | December 6, 2018

November was a whirlwind in the world of mental health training, as Heather Beach from The Healthy Work Company explains. The biggest material change over the last few weeks has been HSE announcing a change to the first aid guidance to include suitable and sufficient mental health training. Whilst the guidance does not mention the…

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Plastic manufacturing company fined after employee killed

By Sylwia Wolska | December 6, 2018

A company which manufactures plastic products has been fined for safety breaches after the death of an employee. Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 15 April 2016, a 52-year-old employee of Nylacast Limited was in the process of removing a cast plastic rod from a casting machine. The rod was secured in the machine by…

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