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Architect Exposes Builder to Asbestos Danger

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:39 am

An architects’ practice has been prosecuted after builders were potentially exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres during construction work at Aberystwyth Rugby Club in Mid Wales. Aberystwyth Magistrates heard that Dilwyn Roberts Penseiri/Architects Ltd failed to pass on vital information about the presence of asbestos insulation board to builders before they removed soffits from an end […]

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Lion Steel Corporate Manslaughter Sentence

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:38 am

Lion Steel Equipment Ltd has been fined £480,000 for corporate manslaughter under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. While the Sentencing Guidelines Council’s guidance suggests that a fine of less than £500,000 is seldom appropriate after trial, the court imposed a lesser fine in light of:- Lion Steel’s guilty plea The possibility that […]

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NEW CHIEF INSPECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION APPOINTED BY THE HSE

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:32 am

Heather Bryant, who is currently HSE’s Divisional Director for London, the East and South East, will replace Philip White at the end of March. After four years in post, Philip moves to lead another key division at HSE. The post of chief inspector of construction is influential within HSE and the industry, and it involves […]

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LOCAL AUTHORITY FINED OVER ASBESTOS REGULATIONS BREACH

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:32 am

Thurrock Council has been fined after admitting to failures in how it managed asbestos across its schools. Basildon Crown Court heard that despite being made aware of asbestos concerns in a boiler room at Stifford Clays Junior School, no action was taken. A specialist contractor tasked with carrying out an asbestos survey by the Council […]

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GAS BLAST — LUCKY ESCAPE

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:31 am

Property development firm, PJ Livesey Group Ltd, was prosecuted by the HSE and fined £100,000 following a major gas explosion that destroyed dozens of homes in Didsbury, South Manchester in December 2009. The former Withington Hospital building was being converted into houses and apartments when a worker cut through a six-inch gas pipe in an […]

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DRIVER CRUSHED AT OLD TRAFFORD

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:30 am

A 33-year-old worker suffered sustained fractures to both legs and severe cuts and bruising when a two tonne concrete slab landed on his vehicles cab after part of a stand collapsed at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in April last year. Warrington-based Excavating and Contracting (UK) Ltd was prosecuted by the HSE following an investigation into […]

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FATAL FALL FINE

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:29 am

Russell Samuel was contracted by Febrey Ltd to work as a scaffolder on a Swansea housing development when he fell to his death whilst dismantling a scaffold ladder access platform in January 2008. He fell 19 metres to the ground and suffered multiple injuries from which he died. HSE investigations found that Febrey Ltd had […]

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MAJOR HIGHWAYS CONTRACT

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:28 am

Keelagher Okey Klein have been awarded the CDMC duties on the major highways contract between Lafarge Tarmac and Halton and Warrington Borough Councils worth up to £70m. The contract is worth up to £7m per annum and will run for six years, with the option for a four year extension. Lafarge Tarmac will start work […]

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FALL FROM HEIGHT

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:27 am

A Merseyside builder has appeared in court after an employee suffered life-threatening injuries when he fell from the roof of a terraced house. The 48-year-old from Wallasey, who does not want to be named, landed head first on the tarmac path outside the front door of the house in Wallasey on 2 August 2012. His […]

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REVISED APPROVED CODE OF PRACTICE (ACOP) ON LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:26 am

A new consultative document has been published by the HSE which sets out proposals for an update ACOP on Legionnaires Disease ”˜The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems’. The consultation provides an opportunity to comment on whether the draft ACOP text provides legal clarification and proportionate advice in low risk scenarios. The accompanying guidance […]

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