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Builder fined after 17-year-old employee suffered life-changing injuries

By Sylwia Wolska | October 22, 2018

A builder has been sentenced after one of his employees suffered life-changing hand injuries whilst operating a handheld circular saw. Bodmin Magistrates’ Court was told how David Avent, trading as David Avent Building Services, undertook a barn refurbishment in Callington during February 2017. On 7 February, a worker, 17, was using a circular saw to…

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Director and firm sentenced for unnecessary and unsafe building work

By Sylwia Wolska | October 22, 2018

A building company and its director have been sentenced after undertaking what has been described as ‘unnecessary and unsafe building work.’ BBS Improvements Limited and sole Director Barrie John Henry Birch were sentenced after a joint investigation by Worcestershire Trading Standards Service and the HSE found a string of health and safety and fraud offences. Worcester Crown…

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Young worker ‘could have easily been killed’ after falling through fragile roof on first day

By Sylwia Wolska | October 22, 2018

A 19-year old employed by Mark Dayment, trading as Langaton Steel Fabrications, was on his first day of working on a roof replacement project at a petrol filling station in Barnstaple. Whilst assisting another worker, he took a few steps off the walkway and fell 7.5 metres through a thin metal sheet onto the concrete…

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Draper Tools

By Rob Dewing | October 16, 2018

I’ve received glowing feedback about your training – they said you were the best instructor they had ever had and that you managed to make it informative and engaging, whereas in the past it had always been boring. Annette Bird Draper Tools

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Workplace transport controls ‘insufficient’, leading to vehicle collision

By Sylwia Wolska | October 4, 2018

A company has been fined after a visiting tanker collided with a forklift truck. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 23 June 2017, a tanker was reversing into a tanker discharge bay at Dinting Lodge in Glossop when it collided at low speed with a fork lift truck. No workers were injured in the incident.…

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DSEAR breach leaves worker in coma

By Sylwia Wolska | October 4, 2018

A Bedfordshire waste company has been sentenced after two of its employees suffered burns whilst processing flammable aerosol containers following a DSEAR breach. Two workers were processing flammable aerosol canisters using an industrial plastic shredder on On 12 July 2016. The canisters were highly pressurised and, while using a gas operated forklift to lift them into a…

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Construction safety: Dangerous conditions uncovered on London building site

By Sylwia Wolska | October 4, 2018

A construction company and its managing director have been sentenced after ‘poor safety’ conditions were discovered at a building site. HSE inspectors had visited the site in Sherborne Gardens, London, following an incident in January 2017. They found evidence of poor health and safety conditions on site including dangerous work at height, a lack of suitable equipment,…

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£200k fine after falling scrap lead injures worker

By Sylwia Wolska | June 11, 2018

A lead recycling company has been sentenced after a worker was trapped under a load of falling scrap lead. On 5 May 2016, an employee of H J Enthoven Ltd was operating the overhead crane to lift a bin containing scrap lead. The bin slipped, emptying its contents onto the crane operator, trapping and injuring…

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Man dies after 15ft fall from scaffolding

By Sylwia Wolska | March 9, 2018

A 78-year-old man has died following a fall from scaffolding while working on a shop refurbishment job. The HSE and Avon & Somerset Police are investigating the circumstances of the incident at Centaurus Business Park i n South Gloucestershire. The 78-year-old man from Birmingham was working on the refurbishment of a retail unit when he…

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