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London construction firm fined for dangerous basement excavation

28-05-2015

Photo shows dangerous basement excavationLondon construction company Darma Limited has been fined after an unannounced inspection from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found dangerous conditions on a basement excavation site. 

The inspection of the site on Filmer Road in Fulham was carried out during a clampdown on poor safety con…

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Loft company fined after employee injured in scaffold collapse

16-03-2015

Photo shows the aftermath of the scaffold collapseA loft conversion company has been fined for safety failings after an employee was injured in a dramatic scaffold collapse outside a property in North London.

The structure buckled, tipped towards the home it was being used to serve and bent in on itself – effectively creating a chute that sent t…

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Three injured in floor collapse at Trafford mansion

24-04-2014

Photo shows the collapsed floor at the mansion

Two building firms have been ordered to pay a total of £72,000 in fines and costs after a floor collapsed during the construction of a six-bedroom mansion in Trafford, injuring three workers.

One of the men sustained major injuries when he was struck by a falling concrete beam, was in hospital f…

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Company and director sentenced following house collapse

06-08-2013

Photo shows the collapsed buildings on Fulham Road in Westminster

A Buckinghamshire construction company and its managing director have been fined for multiple safety failings following the total collapse of two large properties in Westminster.

The buildings, on Fulham Road, were reduced to rubble in January 2011 and neighbouring properties sustained serious st…

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Three firms sentenced after man killed by rocketing gas cylinder

10-07-2013

Photo shows cylinder with missing valve

Three South East firms have been ordered to pay a total of £685,787.31 in fines and costs for serious safety breaches after a plumber died and six other workers were seriously injured by a barrage of flying gas cylinders.

Adam Johnston, 38, from Sutton, Surrey, was struck by one of 66 heavy cyli…

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Company fined for dangerous excavation

20-02-2013

The unsupported excavation at the development on Britannia Road, High Halstow

A Kent construction company has been fined for unsafe excavation work at a building site in Rochester.

Concerns were raised about the Basi Construction Limited development on Britannia Road, High Halstow, on 26 January 2012 after both Southern Water and Medway Council saw evidence that work was u…

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Construction firm fined for dangerous site

13-02-2013

The Stoneforce Ltd site in Northumberland StreetA construction firm has been fined for exposing workers to risks of falling from height and other safety failings at a site in Newcastle city centre.

Stoneforce Limited, of Hertfordshire, was the main contractor hired to carry out work on the refurbishment of a new retail store in Northumberland St…

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Firms fined after crane crashed down on building site

21-11-2012
80 tonne mobile crane toppled overTwo companies have been fined after a serious failure in communications led to an 80 tonne mobile crane toppling over, narrowly missing workmen and a busy road.

The incident happened on a building site in Fernbrook Road, Gillingham, on 18 August 2009 during construction of a new nursing home.

Sout…

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Worker's death leads to fines

29-08-2012

Two companies have been fined after a man was killed when he drove a specialist machine into an unprotected pit in a factory floor.

Martin McMenemy, 52, of Grimsby, was working for O. Turner Insulation Ltd., also of Grimsby, on the construction of a food processing plant in Ratby Lane, Leices…

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Firms fined for Lincoln roof fall

29-08-2012

A construction firm and a roofing company have been fined for their part in a fall at a Lincoln retail park.

Taylor Pearson Construction Limited was the principal contractor building a new retail unit at The Carlton Centre on Outer Circle Road. The company sub-contracted roof cladding work to R…

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Hertfordshire property developer prosecuted after workers put at risk

17-08-2012

A property developer has been fined after the routine inspection of a construction site discovered safety failings that endangered the lives of workers.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors visited Stefano Di Piazza's construction site at Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, on 10 Feb…

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Bricklayer's fall puts Berkshire builders in court

06-08-2012

A construction and design company in Berkshire has been prosecuted for safety failings after a bricklayer was seriously injured when he fell three metres through a skylight opening in a flat roof.

The worker broke his pelvis and wrist in the fall at Holmsbury St. Mary, Surrey, on 18 November …

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Cheltenham retailer and contractor prosecuted after asbestos exposure

03-08-2012

A Cheltenham contractor and a retailer have been prosecuted after a construction worker was exposed to asbestos during a refurbishment project.

Simon Cooper was engaged by Hutchinson HiFi and Vision Ltd. in February 2010 to refurbish an empty shop unit in Cheltenham High Street, which invol…

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Demolition firm fined for safety failings

16-07-2012

A demolition firm and its director have been fined for endangering workers at a site in Lancing, West Sussex.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Rabbit Demolition and Excavation Ltd. and its director, Colin Bell, for not providing a safe means for working on a roof during the demo…

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Safety failings led to asbestos exposure at Dorset school

16-07-2012

The unsafe removal of asbestos insulation boards at a large independent school in Dorset led to several people being exposed to asbestos fibres, Dorchester Crown Court heard.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Sherborne School and Peter Eldridge, the director of a company respon…

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Council-owned firm fined after worker receives electric shock

09-07-2012

Swindon Commercial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, has been fined after an agency employee received an electric shock whilst securing fencing at a play area.

The worker had undertaken work for Swindon Commercial Services for a number of years and was working at…

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Firm fined after worker falls from roof

19-06-2012

A Leicester construction company has been fined for safety failings after a 19-year-old worker was hurt falling from a roof.

Apprentice joiner Jonathan Hill was working on a housing development in Croft Road, Cosby, fitting wooden batons between roof trusses when he slipped and fell around two …

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Firm fined after worker hurt in trench collapse

14-06-2012

A former England kick boxer has had to give up the sport after being injured at work, a court was told.

On 13 June, Nottinghamshire engineering company Phil Watson Civil Engineering Limited was fined for the incident which saw 36-year-old Zak Davis, of Billinghay, Lincolnshire, buried up to his…

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Developer in court after shopworkers cheat death following building collapse

28-05-2012

The building after the gable end collapsed, with the roof structure missing from the left hand sideA Sheffield property developer has been fined for dangerous safety failings after a building partly collapsed and sent tonnes of rubble through a neighbouring shop roof - just missing two shopworkers.

Developer Ghulam Rasul put the lives of the workers and of the local community at serious ri…

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Fines for 'unsafe' Croydon construction company

24-05-2012

Unsafe working practices at the Anza Ltd. siteA Croydon-based construction company has been fined for continuing unsafe working practices at a site in Lewisham despite repeated warnings.

Anza Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after inspectors found serious safety issues during two visits to a construction sit…

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