HSE Refurbishment Campaign (2-14 May 2017)
19 April 2017
The HSE Refurbishment Campaign kicks off on Tuesday 2 May 2017 and will run until the 14 May 2017.
The Construction Division Plan of Work includes a major inspection and enforcement initiative targeting the refurbishment sector. This will build on the success of similar interventions undertaken since 2006/07.
As usual, the initiative will focus on the main causes of accidents and ill health in refurbishment:
- control of health risks,
- falls from height,
- site good order,
- structural stability,
Please feel free to cascade this information.
2017 Training Dates Released
05 October 2016
Book early to avoid disappointment.
Magical Lunch (Free Event)
13 July 2016
Safety Scotland in association with Safety by Magic are hosting a FREE event, “Magical Lunch” on 24 August. For further information please click on the link below to magically reveal the flyer for this exciting event.
Exposure to vibration lands companies in court
03 May 2016
Two Derbyshire-based construction firms have been sentenced to fines totalling nearly £300,000 for safety breaches as a result of separate investigations into reported cases of carpal tunnel syndrome and hand arm vibration syndrome to employees.
Derby Crown Court heard how employees at Sandvik Mining and Construction Limited and Sandvik Construction Mobile Crushers and Screeners Limited were regularly exposed to hand arm vibration through the use of a range of vibratory tools in the assembly and servicing of crushers and screeners.
Investigations by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the activities of both companies found that Sandvik Mining & Construction Ltd between July 2005 and March 2014 and Sandvik Construction Mobile Crushers and Screeners Ltd between 2007 and February 2013, failed to adequately manage the risk to employees from exposure to vibration including failing to carry out suitable and sufficient assessments for the risk from vibration, and had not made reasonable estimates of employees’ exposure.
Sandvik Mining and Construction Limited of Heathcote Road, Swadlincote, Derbyshire Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,246.
Sandvik Construction Mobile Crushers and Screeners Limited of Heathcote Road, Swadlincote, Derbyshire Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £280,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,246.
HSE inspector Edward Walker said after the hearing: “There is a well-known health risk associated with exposure to hand arm vibration and it is important that measures are put in place to manage the risk. Exposure to hand arm vibration can cause debilitating affects which could have been avoided.”
Manslaughter charge following workman's fall
18 March 2016
Two men have been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a workman who died after falling 20ft (6m) at a building site in Brighton in 2014.
David Clark, 55, from Hove, died on 28 October 2014, nearly one month after falling from a building he was working on in Stanmer Park.
Michael Holland, 68, a company director from Brighton, and Grant Oakes, 45, a site foreman from Hove, have both been charged with manslaughter in connection with his death.
Michael Holland has also been charged with four offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – three counts of failure to discharge a duty, contrary to Section 33 of the Act and one count of neglect, contrary to Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Both men will appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on April 14.
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