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Employee falls after scaffold collapses

Posted on August 10, 2020at 9:03 am

JR SCAFFOLD Services Ltd has been fined after an employee fell eight metres to the ground and sustained severe injuries when the cantilever section of a scaffold he was erecting collapsed. Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that, on 2 September 2016, work was undertaken at a four-storey property in Alexandra Parade in Glasgow to erect a […]

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Huge fine after exhausted welders killed in van crash

Posted on June 10, 2020at 9:29 am

Welding specialist Renown Consultants Limited has been fined £450,000 with £300,000 costs for failing to ensure that two of its workers were sufficiently rested to work and travel safely. The sentence was passed virtually today by His Honour Judge Godsmark sitting at Nottingham Crown Court today after Renown were found guilty on 19 March 2020 […]

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Hot works blamed for school refurb blaze

Posted on June 10, 2020at 9:27 am

A fire that completely destroyed a Derbyshire school was most likely caused by hot works taking place during a refurbishment project, prompting calls for thermal imaging and hot work training for construction workers. Firefighters were called to the accidental blaze at Harrington Junior School in Long Eaton on 28 May 2020.  Crews from across Derbyshire, […]

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Hotel group and company director ordered to pay £220,000 for fire safety breaches

Posted on June 10, 2020at 9:25 am

THE COMPANY behind one of the largest hotel groups in Europe, and one of its operations directors, has been fined a total of £220,850 for serious breaches of fire safety regulations which put the staff and guests of a popular Milton Keynes hotel at serious risk. Milcardar Ltd, which runs the Campanile Hotel on the […]

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£1.1m fine after engineer's ladder fall

Posted on June 10, 2020at 9:23 am

A LONDON-based relocation and refurbishment company has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell from height. Luton Crown Court heard that, on 5 September 2016, an engineer was testing a sprinkler system for leaks at a site in Hemel Hempstead. He climbed onto an internal roof and was inspecting the leak […]

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Updated Government Advice on CV19

Posted on May 14, 2020at 11:23 am

The Government issued on Monday 11th May 2020 its latest CV19 recovery strategy supported by guidance on its new Stay Alert policy and advice on face covering. Please see the links below for further information in particular the Sector specific guidance on construction and other outdoor work. As we have been throughout this current pandemic, […]

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RIDDOR Reporting of Covid-19

Posted on April 20, 2020at 3:28 pm

Good afternoon all, Further to our recent KOK Tech news update on COVID-19 and RIDDOR, the HSE has issued the following update via their Newsletter. You must only make a report under RIDDOR, relating to coronavirus, when: an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported […]

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Secretary of State thanks the construction industry

Posted on April 16, 2020at 1:53 pm

Further to receipt of a communication from Her Majesty’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, thanking the Construction Industry for “delivering for our Nation through this difficult time”, and offering clarity  in respect of the effect of Government guidance on the Construction Industry, please see the below link to the letter issued […]

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Scaffold Inspection Requirements During Coronavirus Shutdown

Posted on April 16, 2020at 1:51 pm

Please note that during the current Government advised Covid-19 general lockdown arrangements, it is worthwhile remembering that the duty to periodically inspect temporary access scaffold structures remains and Client’s need to ensure their appointed  (Principal) Contractors have in place suitable and sufficient arrangements to comply with legal requirement. We at KOK offer the following by […]

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Temporary Suspension of Construction Sites - Recommendations

Posted on April 16, 2020at 1:49 pm

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has released advice on actions to be taken at construction sites when construction work is suspended. The CLC advice supports and expands on the guidance provided in KOK’s previous Technical news bulletin. KOK remain operational and our qualified and experienced staff are available to provide further assistance or advice.

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