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  • Cleaning company fined for risky rooftop work | Alcumus SM&MS
    in Health Safety News on 18 08 2014 by Hannah Archer A Stoke on Trent company which uses jet washers to clean roof tiles has been fined after a worker was spotted on a roof without any falls protection in place A member of the public spotted a man standing on the pitched roof of a domestic property in Cheddleton Staffordshire while carrying out the cleaning work on 25 October 2013 The member of the public took photos of the work taking place and contacted the Health and Safety Executive HSE who carried out an investigation Stafford Magistrates Court heard today 6 August that an inspector from HSE s Stoke office followed up the member of the public s report and found that Roof Right UK Ltd routinely arranged for such work to take place without any suitable falls protection being in place A Prohibition Notice was issued to Roof Right UK Ltd preventing them from carrying out further work unless suitable controls such as scaffolding were provided Roof Right UK Ltd of Festival Park Stoke on Trent were found guilty in their absence to breaching Regulation 3 1 b of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/cleaning-company-fined-for-risky-rooftop-work/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Ceredigion farmers fined for contractor’s serious injuries | Alcumus SM&MS
    panel he and a workman were standing on gave way plunging them into the lagoon four metres below The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive HSE which prosecuted farm owners Andrew Evans and his brother David Evans at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court yesterday Monday 21 July The court heard the contractor was hired to create a cattle shed floor over an existing slurry lagoon He erected concrete pillars in the slurry pit then put pre formed concrete beams on top and laid concrete wall panels across the beams instead of panels specifically designed for flooring These were to hold a slatted floor and cattle cubicles As the contractor and another workman were standing on one of the panels it gave way plunging them into the lagoon The contractor suffered a head injury and was hospitalised for two month and he is still undergoing rehabilitation The workman escaped without injury HSE found the two farmers failed to make a crucial appointment of a construction and design co ordinator who would have advised them on their responsibilities as a construction client and how to ensure the project was managed safely and without risk to health The brothers also did not have a principal contractor so had assumed that role giving them the responsibility for planning managing and monitoring the health and safety aspects of the construction work However no design or construction plans existed and there were no risk assessments or agreed safe system of work They also failed to check the contractor was suitably competent to do the work The wall panels he used were unsuitable and the workmen he employed on site had no training or experience in construction In addition the brothers allowed the contractor to use an untrained crane driver using a 25 tonne lift capacity

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/ceredigion-farmers-fined-for-contractors-serious-injuries/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Construction firm and roofing director prosecuted following worker fall | Alcumus SM&MS
    incident in Brent on 29 February 2012 He was unable to work for 14 months and still requires hospital treatment for back problems that have forced him to seek alternative employment The fall occurred while he was under the control of Rickmansworth based John Donald trading as John Donald Roofing The director had in turn been sub contracted to undertake some of the roof work by Golders Green based Right Angle Ltd the principal contractor for a project that involved refurbishing and extending three residential properties The Health and Safety Executive HSE prosecuted both parties after identifying a number of safety failings across the site as well as those linked to the roof work Westminster Magistrates Court heard on 16 July that the injured worker then aged 28 fell as he cleared materials from a flat roof He picked up a piece of ply board that he assumed was debris without realising it concealed a roof light void beneath He fell feet first through the void and landed on the first floor some 5 6 metres below fracturing his spine on impact HSE established that the measures taken to mark and protect this and other similar voids were totally unacceptable and that any number of workers could have suffered a similar fate Further failings included fall risks in other locations at the site such as the edges of the flat roofs where there was no edge protection fall risks on the scaffold open joists and open staircases where there were no handrails Other issues were also identified across the site including fire risks and inadequate fire prevention measures numerous slip and trip hazards caused by excess rubbish and debris and glazed window frames stored upright and unsecured that were liable to fall and cause injury The court was told the

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/construction-firm-and-roofing-director-prosecuted-following-worker-fall/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Leicester company in court after child’s head trapped in electric gate | Alcumus SM&MS
    entry was posted in Health Safety News on 08 07 2014 by Hannah Archer A Leicester company has been prosecuted for failing to install adequate guarding on an electric gate that trapped a young child at a primary school in Stourbridge Dudley Magistrates Court today 10 July heard that on 25 September 2012 an eight year old boy was injured when his head became trapped between the edge of the closing gate and the gate post The youngster suffered significant bruising to the right side of his head and ear His father who witnessed the incident tried desperately to hold the gate to stop it closing further and managed to pulled it open enough to release his son s head An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive HSE found the entrance gate at Pedmore Primary School had been automated by Access Control Solutions UK Ltd but the company had failed to fit suitable guarding The company had identified the need for the guarding but not fitted it because the gate which had been manufactured by a different company was not the exact style expected and the guarding would not fit Access Control Solutions UK Ltd of Boston Road Leicester

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/leicester-company-in-court-after-childs-head-trapped-in-electric-gate/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Blackpool hotel manager jailed for 18 months | Alcumus SM&MS
    08 07 2014 by Hannah Archer The owner of a hotel where firefighters found a chained fire exit and blocked escape routes showed a callous disregard for safety a judge said Peter Metcalf who owned the Kimberley Hotel Blackpool was convicted of 15 fire regulation offences in May Metcalf 51 was sentenced to 18 months in jail for each offence to run concurrently The hotel was the venue for several BNP conferences in the seaside resort A fire service inspection in March last year found a fire exit chained shut exit routes blocked and faulty wiring Metcalf who had denied all charges at Preston Crown Court was not represented in court and declined to comment when asked if he had anything to say before sentencing Joseph Hart prosecuting said locals thought the hotel was shut when in fact Metcalf had four tenants paying 50 a week to stay in the 90 bedroom hotel Mr Justice Russell QC told Metcalf you showed a callous disregard for people s safety Inadequate fire safety measures and management at the 90 bed hotel could have led to serious injury or loss of life Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said The service said after the

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/blackpool-hotel-manager-jailed-for-18-months/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Two trees cost Northern Rail almost £100,000 | Alcumus SM&MS
    Wood 52 of Grange Villa Durham was carrying out tree work for Mark Anthony Connelly at Boat House Crossing near Ryton next to the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line on 11 January 2012 Newcastle Crown Court heard today 3 July that Mr Connelly trading as Practical Conservation Management was contracted by Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council to remove two poplar trees as they were in danger of falling onto the track During the felling one of the trees twisted and fell onto the railway line uprooting another tree on its way Mr Connelly and Mr Wood tried to cut the tree away from the track but while doing so failed to hear an oncoming Newcastle to Carlisle train Luckily the train was able to brake but couldn t avoid hitting the tree injuring Mr Wood He sustained a fractured right ankle a cut to the back of the head and bruising on his left arm left thigh and right forearm The court was told the cost to repair the train by Northern Rail was more than 97 000 A further 7 000 was incurred by Network Rail on callout materials machinery hire and delays to services Network Rail had not been told about the felling operation near its line An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive HSE found that Gateshead Council failed to take reasonable steps to ensure that Mr Connelly was competent to carry out work on large trees such as checking if he had the relevant qualifications Had it done so it would have found out Mr Connelly was not in fact so qualified HSE also found Mr Connelly failed to put safety measures in place that would have prevented the tree from falling in the direction of the line Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council of Civic Centre Regent

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/two-trees-cost-northern-rail-almost-100000/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Joinery firm in court after worker crushed by falling MDF | Alcumus SM&MS
    premises in Basildon The 50 year old worker from Rayleigh Essex suffered two collapsed lungs a broken collar bone five broken ribs and a gash to his head following the incident on 26 September 2013 He was hospitalised for two weeks and returned to work on light duties in January 2014 Specialist Joinery Projects Ltd was today 26 June prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive HSE after an investigation found that more could and should have been done to prevent the boards from falling on him Basildon Magistrates Court heard that the employee was working in the joinery shop of the factory selecting MDF boards to be cut down to size The boards were stored vertically and leant against racking The worker had removed three boards but as he removed the fourth a suction effect caused a further 15 of the 30kg boards to topple over on top of him knocking him over As he fell he gashed his head on a stack of timber and was then pinned to the concrete floor under the weight of the boards for several minutes before being freed HSE s investigation found that the MDF boards were unsecured and not racked and

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/joinery-firm-in-court-after-worker-crushed-by-falling-mdf/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Health & Safety News | Alcumus SM&MS | Page 4
    in Bridgend on Near death Fall Lands Firm in Court This entry was posted in Health Safety News on 05 06 2014 by Hannah Archer A young father of two suffered life changing injuries after he plunged seven metres through an unsafe fragile roof at a farm in Harrogate magistrates have been told 4 June His employer a Tockwith based agricultural engineering company hired to work on the building had failed to provide any precautions to protect workers from falls The incident Fines Imposed for Reckless Ladder Work This entry was posted in Health Safety News on 03 06 2014 by Hannah Archer A roofer has appeared in court after footing a double extension ladder on a transit van in order to access a third floor façade George Nicholls 25 blatantly risked harming himself and others as he used the ladder to paint a shop frontage on St Marys Road in Southampton on 14 March 2013 His reckless Workplace Transport Incidents This entry was posted in Health Safety News on 21 05 2014 by Hannah Archer Suffolk Company in Court After Worker Suffers Crush Injuries A Suffolk firm which makes rubber granules has been fined for safety breaches after an agency worker was severely injured when the forklift truck he was driving overturned The 27 year old who does not wish to be named was manoeuvring the vehicle with a clamp attachment in Reminder for Employers to Display Latest Health and Safety Poster This entry was posted in Health Safety News on 31 03 2014 by Hannah Archer The HSE Board set a five year transition period for replacing the 1999 poster and leaflet The new poster or leaflet must now be in place no later than 5 April 2014 The new poster replaced the previous 1999 version to reflect

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/category/health-safety-news/page/4/ (2016-02-16)
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