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Safety breaches lead to fine for London construction company

Posted on February 16, 2018at 2:14 pm

An employee of Mason Construction (London) Ltd was set on fire when he was excavating ground and struck an electric cable. In the incident on a site on Spare Lease Hill in Loughton, Essex, the employee suffered significant burns to his lower body resulting in month-long hospital stay and being unable to work for six […]

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Company fined and sales director given community order after apprentice injured

Posted on February 14, 2018at 2:13 pm

A roofing company has been fined and its sales director given a community order after an apprentice suffered severe head and back injuries after falling through a fragile skylight.   Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard how the apprentice, working for Adam Askey Limited, was injured when he fell over six metres though the factory roof to […]

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Carbon Monoxide hazard leads to fine for two contractors

Posted on February 12, 2018at 2:10 pm

The incident took place when Wates and R J Fitters Ltd were undertaking a project to remove cowls from redundant flue pipes on a residential block of flats.   Scaffolding was erected next to the 13-storey building without any clear markings to indicate which levels the lifts were on, nor to identify floor levels or […]

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Company fined due to illegal runoff from a construction site

Posted on February 09, 2018at 2:09 pm

A Huddersfield construction site on Farriers Croft estate was found by the Environment Agency to be pumping silt contaminated water from site excavations which were entering local watercourse Grimescar Dyke.   The Environment Agency visited the site on 20 November 2015 and settlement tanks were subsequently put in place as a measure to prevent further […]

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Refurbishment of the Tamworth Assembly Rooms

Posted on February 08, 2018at 4:15 pm

This notable and celebrated building has seen some sights in its 128-year existence. It has had a number of famous and distinguished guests since officially opening in 1889. The Duke of York (the future King George VI) had a formal lunch there after opening a War Memorial at a local hospital in 1924, two of […]

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Construction worker suffers serious injuries after fall from height

Posted on February 07, 2018at 2:08 pm

Two companies, Dean Construction Limited, and Universal Coatings and Services Limited, have been sentenced today after a roofing sub-contractor was ejected from the basket of a cherry picker, resulting in serious chest injuries.   Teeside Magistrates’ Court heard that, on 13 May 2016, the worker was carrying out roofing repairs inside a large industrial building […]

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Company fined after repeated health and safety warnings

Posted on February 05, 2018at 2:06 pm

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that a number of visits during 2016 and 2017 were made by HSE to construction sites in which Pride Way Development Ltd of Harrow Road, Wembley Middlesex, was the principal contractor. Inspectors during these visits discovered multiple health and safety failings, notably unsafe work at height. Concerns were raised by both […]

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Unregistered gas work in Cornwall leads to suspended prison sentence

Posted on February 02, 2018at 2:04 pm

A builder and plumber, both from Cornwall, have been sentenced after arranging, undertaking and then commissioning illegal gas work and leaving it in a dangerous condition.   Truro Crown Court heard how plumber Michael Aston, who runs the Rock Inn, Roche, had been contracted by builder Johnathan Allen to undertake the installation of a Liquid […]

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McLaren Composites Technology Centre in partnership with AMRC

Posted on January 30, 2018at 2:28 pm

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is at the cutting edge of materials research in the UK and provides bespoke research centres. AMRC’s innovative new facilities, in partnership with companies such as Boeing, Rolls Royce, Airbus and BAE Systems, have attracted much attention – but has most recently caught the eyes of […]

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Partner of family-run farm fined after worker fell from height

Posted on January 29, 2018at 2:01 pm

A partner in a family-run farming business has been fined after a worker fell 14ft through a fragile roof light.   Taunton Magistrates’ Court heard how a 23-year-old employee was painting on a barn roof when he suffered a fractured pelvis after falling through a fragile skylight.   An investigation by the HSE found that […]

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