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HSE Bills Firms £727,000 for Site Safety Visits

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:42 am

Contractors have been hit with bills for hundreds of thousands of pounds under a controversial HSE scheme to cover the cost of site visits by safety inspectors. A freedom of information Act request has revealed that the HSE recorded Fee for Intervention (FFI) time against 903 premises between the 1st October ”“ when the scheme […]

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Demolition Workers Dice with Death

Posted on May 29, 2013at 8:40 am

A safety inspector ordered workers to down tools immediately after spotting them throwing rubble from the edge of the second floor of a part-demolished building. The HSE inspector issued an immediate Prohibition Notice ordering Total Demolition UK Ltd to stop work at the site in Liverpool until workers had protection against falling from height. Liverpool […]

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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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