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More than 1,100 construction sites fail safety checks

24-10-2013

Photo shows unsafe work at height discovered during HSE campaign

Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the building sites visited during a month long safety drive.

During a nationwide campaign, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited 2,607 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place.

Inspectors found basic saf…

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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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Warrington worker struck by forklift at recycling plant

10-09-2012

A recycling firm, which ignored warnings about safety at its plant in Warrington, has been sentenced after a worker was struck by a forklift truck.

The truck was carrying a large bale of crushed aluminium cans when it hit the 43-year-old man as he walked across the warehouse floor at the site on …

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11 health and safety questions managers must ask

21-06-2012

Photo shows workers in an officeManaging a workplace safely is crucial for business owners and managers. Not only are there laws to adhere to, but there’s the ethical considerations of workplace conditions, and valid financial concerns such as insurance and compensation.

Whilst some actions are not specified as legal requiremen…

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Bristol firm fined after lack of hygiene facilities for workers

02-02-2012

A Bristol building firm has been fined after a court heard it failed to provide basic washing and welfare facilities for workers despite enforcement action at another of its sites.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited CR Construction (SW) Ltd on 16 June 2011 at its building site at Pembroke…

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North Devon decorating supplies company failed to provide hot running water

15-06-2011

Mike Wye and Associates Ltd. of The Strand, Barnstaple, has been fined a total of £3,500 with £588 costs after a guilty plea to three contraventions of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that running water was provided at the …

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Shell guilty over Norfolk gas plant blast

06-05-2011

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) reports that Shell has been prosecuted after it admitted responsibility for an explosion and fire that took place at the Bacton Gas Terminal in Norfolk in February 2008.

The charges, brought by the Environment Agency (EA) and the Health and S…

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