Asbestos exposure risk overlooked by lack of survey

By Sylwia Wolska | December 6, 2018

Pascal Huser Design & Build Ltd, a residential property development company, has been fined after failing to carry out an asbestos survey prior to undertaking extensive refurbishment works. Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told how, on and before 6 December 2017, the company undertook construction work at a property in Fulham, London. It failed to carry…

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Balfour Beatty and London Underground fined £433k for track worker’s crush injuries

By Sylwia Wolska | December 6, 2018

The London Underground and Balfour Beatty Rail must pay fines totaling £433,000 after a track worker was struck by a road rail vehicle (RRV) and sustained life-changing crush injuries to his pelvis. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) investigation found that both companies were aware of the risks associated with allowing workers to walk…

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Unregistered gas engineer sentenced after deliberate deception

By Sylwia Wolska | November 27, 2018

A former gas engineer has been sentenced after conducting gas work he was no longer registered or competent to do and leaving it in a dangerous condition. Scott Lowry, who previously traded as S J Lowry Plumbing and Heating, undertook the installation of a new gas boiler at a property in Ivybridge during September 2017.…

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Scaffolding co fined for untrained forklift operator’s injuries

By Sylwia Wolska | November 27, 2018

The Whiterose Scaffolding employee’s internal injuries were so severe that he now lives with chronic pain and has significant mobility problems. The Leeds-based company, which notes on its website that it employs “a dedicated team of CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) trained scaffolders”, failed to provide employees with training on how to safely operate the…

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Driver fell to his death on poorly fenced off construction site

By Sylwia Wolska | November 23, 2018

A construction company has been fined after a chauffeur fell to his death at a concealed basement void in a domestic property that was undergoing building work. Mr Bala Singh Koranga, a visitor to the house and not associated with the works, entered the construction area and stepped onto a blue tarpaulin that was placed…

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Contractor dry swept asbestos dust in football pitch-sized floor

By Sylwia Wolska | November 23, 2018

A Norwich-based construction firm that carried out asbestos cleaning work without a licence has been sentenced for exposing its workers to the hazardous material. Y Construction was refurbishing parts of Rose Lane Business Centre in Norwich, including a former kitchen and canteen, when the exposure took place. The firm had started work in late April…

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Director fined £30k after workers narrowly escape roof collapse

By Sylwia Wolska | November 23, 2018

Jason Lycett, a director of Brooke Ren, was found guilty of breaching s 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court over the incident, which took place on a building project in Barnsley, South Yorkshire on 24 February 2016. He must also pay £7,027 costs. A Health and Safety Executive…

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Furnace re-liner ignored vibration and silicosis risks

By Sylwia Wolska | November 23, 2018

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation after Calderys UK reported in early 2017 that two employees had contracted HAVS at its Leeds production plant. It found that since 2006 there had been no control measures in place to reduce workers’ exposure to vibration when using pneumatic tools. In addition, a health surveillance…

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Fines for Southern Gas and a construction firm after gas leak

By Sylwia Wolska | November 19, 2018

A major UK gas distribution company and a Kent based construction company have been fined after a gas main ignited whilst it was being repaired. Two workers were injured as a result. Folkestone Magistrates Court heard how, on 27 May 2016, Southern Gas Network Plc (SGN) employees were called to a gas escape at Thanet…

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