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Leicestershire construction firm fined after sacks of rubble thrown from building window

17-12-2015

Photo shows works working at height and a large bag of rubbleJ A Ball Ltd. of Coalville was fined £13,000 with £1,182 costs after admitting breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Workers were spotted throwing sacks of rubble from a building project opposite a police station, police officers called the Health and Safety Executiv…

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Neath Port Talbot demolition firm fined after workers injured by collapsing floor

21-10-2013

Photo shows a section of collapsed mezzanine floor

A Neath Port Talbot based demolition firm has been fined £30,000 after two of its workers were injured when a mezzanine floor collapsed on them.

On 18 October, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Wrexham Demolition and Dismantling Ltd. following the incident which took place on 9 Se…

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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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Council fined after failing to manage asbestos at Teesside site

09-07-2012

A Teesside council has been fined for putting workers at risk of exposure to asbestos during clearance work of premises in Stockton prior to demolition.

Stockton on Tees Borough Council acquired the Music and Drama Club in Buchanan Street and decided to demolish it as part of a regeneration …

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Firm fined after worker burned in gas pipe fire

30-05-2012

Metal gas pipe at demolition site that ignited in workers faceA demolition firm has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered serious burns when a gas pipe ignited in his face.

The employee, 37, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was carrying out demolition work at a warehouse in Burton-on-Trent when he used an angle grinder to cut into a m…

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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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Dorset contractor sentenced over worker death

01-05-2012

A building contractor has been fined over serious safety breaches after a worker was killed by a piece of falling cob wall being demolished by his son.

Alaister Copland, trading as Do it Al, was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay compensation to the family of £2,390 at Dorchester C…

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Dorset builder ignored asbestos risks

01-05-2012

A self-employed builder has been fined for demolishing a building without first carrying out an asbestos survey.

Stuart Pearson, of Verwood, Dorset, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at Guildford Magistrates' Court for breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations between …

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Demolition firm fined after man's arm is severed

31-03-2012

UK Demolition Services Ltd. has been fined after a teenage worker's arm was amputated after being crushed during the demolition of old Grand Cinema in Ramsey town centre in Cambridgeshire.

Thomas Bird, from Lichfield, Staffordshire, was working as a labourer for UK Demolition Services Ltd on …

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Demolition firm sentenced over asbestos danger

23-03-2012

A demolition firm has been sentenced after knocking down a building in the Lake District containing hundreds of asbestos ceiling tiles, putting the lives of workers and local residents at risk.

IBT Contracting Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after carrying out the work…

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Failure to identify asbestos put workers at risk

12-03-2012

A Cardiff company has been fined for putting the health of demolition workers at risk after a building survey failed to identify the presence of asbestos.

Between 15 and 25 January 2010 PHH Environmental (UK) Ltd was commissioned to produce an asbestos survey on the soon to be demolished Old Cas…

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Worker seriously burned after cutting through 11,000 volt cable in Worcester

05-03-2012

high voltageTwo companies have been fined after a demolition worker was engulfed in flames when he cut through a live 11,000 volt cable at an electricity substation in Worcester.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Birmingham firm DSM Demolition Ltd. and Halesowen-based Gould Singleton Architect…

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Dover man fined for asbestos failings

02-02-2012

A Kent-based partner of a development company has been prosecuted after dangerous conditions were found at a demolition site in Dover.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Allan Smith for failing to undertake an asbestos assessment and for not securing a demolition site.

Allan Smith, …

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Demolition worker fined after colleague was severely injured

13-01-2012

A demolition worker from Croydon has been taken to court after his actions left one of his colleagues with serious leg injuries.

Devon Stoner, 44, of Whitehorse Road in Croydon was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the incident in January this year, when he was carrying out…

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Bromley building contractor fined for working without asbestos licence

11-10-2011

A building contractor from South East London has been fined for running a construction site which led to workers being exposed to asbestos-containing materials.

Fadil Adil, of Coniston Road, Bromley, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the way work was carried out on a co…

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Demolition firm fined for site asbestos failings

27-09-2011

Walsh Plant Hire and Demolition Contractors Ltd. has been fined after exposing workers to potentially deadly asbestos fibres at the former Revlon factory in Maesteg.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Walsh Plant Hire and Demolition Contractors Ltd of Pontypridd ignore…

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Demolition company fined for fragile roof fall

26-01-2011

H. Cope and Sons Ltd has appeared in court for failing to provide its employees with a safe system of work during the bulldozing of a block of garages.

One of the workers fell through a garage roof after losing his balance, landing on the ground seven feet below.

H. Cope and Sons pleaded guilty to br…

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Health and Safety News - 30 September 2010

30-09-2010

£30k fines after Salford worker killed by digger bucket

Fines totalling £30,000 have been issued following the death of a Salford worker, who was struck by the excavator bucket on a digger. John Cain, 36, was working on a project to demolish the Albert Park Inn on Great Clowes Street in Salford on…

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Health and Safety News - 15 March 2010

15-03-2010

New Local Authority Circular (LAC) – Risk of vehicles falling in motor vehicle repair

This new LAC 57/7, alerts enforcing authorities to the risks of vehicles falling from 2-post lifts in motor vehicle repair (MVR) facilities and outlines the key precautions for safe operation.

Managing for Healt…

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