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    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sm-ms.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fconstruction-firm-and-roofing-director-prosecuted-following-worker-fall%2F (2016-02-16)
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  • Firm fined after worker loses leg in scaffold fall | Alcumus SM&MS
    worker who had no recognised training as a scaffolder had to have a lower leg amputated after he fell from unguarded scaffolding a court has heard Andrew Gore 37 from Mountain Ash was helping to dismantle the scaffolding outside a nursing home in Merthyr Mawr Road Bridgend when he fell around four metres to the ground The incident in June 2013 was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive HSE which prosecuted his employers Mills Scaffold Company Limited at Bridgend Magistrates today 23 June The court heard that the scaffold erected by Mills Scaffold Company Ltd was three lifts high and Mr Gore was working on the second lift Another scaffolder was on the lift above passing down parts of the scaffold to him which he in turn passed on to a labourer on the ground Mr Gore was not wearing a harness and the lift was just two boards wide The firm had failed to put any guardrails in place Mr Gore had undone the swivel coupling at the bottom of a brace which he then inadvertently leaned on The brace moved and he fell to the ground causing severe injuries Since the incident he has spent most of the last year in hospital and undergone a number of operations The incident was only reported to HSE six months later when he made an insurance claim after he had to have his lower leg amputated because of an infection following the injury The company was issued with a Prohibition Notice by HSE in 2012 for a similar offence HSE s investigation found that Mr Gore had not been given training in the safe erection or dismantling of scaffolding Mills Scaffold Company Ltd of Church Street Mountain Ash pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height regulations and

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/firm-fined-after-worker-loses-leg-in-scaffold-fall/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Firms in Court over Manchester Care Home Death | Alcumus SM&MS
    her during renovation work She died just under four weeks later as a result of her injuries The Healthcare Management Trust and construction firm Rothwell Robinson Ltd were both prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive HSE after an investigation found Mrs Sharples who suffered from dementia had been able to wander into a building site at the home Manchester Crown Court heard the Healthcare Management Trust Ltd which runs the care home had hired Rothwell Robinson Ltd to convert a ground floor bedroom and en suite into two toilets and a store room The company began the work on 2 November 2010 and several tradesmen including two joiners and a plumber visited the site over the following days At around 7 30am on 7 November staff at the care home heard a loud thud and a cry for help When they went to investigate they found Mrs Sharples on the floor inside the former ground floor bedroom with a fire door on top of her It took three people to lift the door off her and she suffered a broken hip Mrs Sharples spent eight days in hospital but her condition deteriorated when she returned to the care home and she died on 2 December The HSE investigation found the healthcare firm and building company had both failed to make sure the room was locked at the end of each day and also when it was left unoccupied The fire door had been removed from the en suite during the building work and leant against the wardrobes Several other hazards were also spotted by the care home staff including loose skirting boards exposed wiring broken glass and rusty nails The court was told Mrs Sharples knew the resident who previously lived in the room and would occasionally walk into

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/firms-in-court-over-manchester-care-home-death/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Girl, 5, Crushed to Death by Electric Gate | Alcumus SM&MS
    the closing edge of the gate and the gate post outside flats near her home in Bridgend on 3 July 2010 The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive HSE which prosecuted John Glen Installation Services Ltd and Tremorfa Ltd after finding the gate was inherently unsafe and posed a clear risk Cardiff Crown Court heard today Thursday 12 June that Karolina was playing around the gates in Brook Court when they automatically closed after a car passed through Her body was found in the gap between the post and gate a short time later by a resident She was rushed to hospital but died as a result of her injuries HSE found that the closing force of the gate did not meet European and British safety standards It was in excess of 2 000N the equivalent to the force created by a weight of 440lbs 220kgs There were also dangers with the gate structure which left space for people to get trapped and there were insufficient safety devices to detect a person in the area that would automatically prevent it closing These safety features were incorrectly set The court was told that John Glen Installation Services Ltd had fitted a new electric motor to the gate when a previous motor had broken The gate was put back into use despite the fact that there were obvious trapping points The firm also failed to properly test that the gate stopped when it met an obstruction or test the force that the gate closed with Tremorfa Limited was contracted to maintain the gate Despite carrying out two maintenance visits the last one just six weeks before Karolina s death the company did not carry out vital safety checks including closing force measurements John Glen Installation Services Ltd of Phoenix

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/girl-5-crushed-to-death-by-electric-gate/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Near-death Fall Lands Firm in Court | Alcumus SM&MS
    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 on 4 June 2013 left 22 year old Daniel Telford with multiple injuries He broke his neck and suffered shattered vertebrae broken shoulder blades several cracked ribs a collapsed lung broken arm fractured pelvis broken right hip tendon damage to a foot and both hands and serious nerve damage Mr Telford of Long Marston York whose wife was then pregnant was in hospital for four weeks and had to use a wheelchair for some three months after being discharged He is still unable to return to work The Health and Safety Executive HSE investigated and prosecuted Mr Telford s employer Spruce and Hawe Ltd and its director Michael Spruce from Wetherby for serious safety failings Harrogate Magistrates were told the firm had been contracted by the farm s owner to extend one of the buildings as it had built the original building several years earlier Mr Telford was working with Mr Spruce on the roof of the property replacing rooflights when the fragile roof sheet he was standing on gave way He fell through and crashed down on the concrete floor below HSE found the company and Mr Spruce as director had failed to take any steps to prevent falls through the roof Measures could have included netting underneath safe working platforms or newer ways of working such as from a platform underneath HSE served an immediate prohibition notice on the company stopping any further work at height until precautions were taken to protect from falls or to mitigate the dangers Spruce and Hawe Ltd of Blind Lane Tockwith York was fined 12 000 after admitting

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/near-death-fall-lands-firm-in-court/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Fines Imposed for Reckless Ladder Work | Alcumus SM&MS
    the ladder to paint a shop frontage on St Marys Road in Southampton on 14 March 2013 His reckless exploits were captured on camera by a council environmental health officer following a tip off from a concerned member of the public The Health and Safety Executive HSE investigated and 23 May prosecuted Mr Nicholls for safety failings alongside the company that paid him to undertake the work Southampton Magistrates Court heard Mr Nicholls trading as Laser Roofing London and South East Roofing Limited had been sub contracted by Norfolk based Maintenance 24 7 Ltd for the paint job because the company did not possess the correct equipment or expertise Ladders were specified as the chosen method of work but after the finding the façade was higher than the ladder he had with him the roofer opted to improvise He placed it on the roof of his van and worked from it fully extended some eight metres above the ground with a labourer providing the footing The court was told this system was fraught with risk Not only could Mr Nicholls or his labourer have fallen but there was no form of segregation to prevent vehicles or pedestrians from passing under or near the work area So they could have been struck by falling equipment or materials HSE established that the van in question was also parked over a bus stop on a busy road with double yellow lines indicating a further lack of regard or awareness Magistrates heard a pavement licence should have been obtained to create a properly segregated safe working area and that scaffolding or a mobile elevated work platform would have provided a safer option for accessing the façade Maintenance 24 7 Ltd of King Street King s Lynn admitted a breach of Section 3 1 of

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/fines-imposed-for-reckless-ladder-work/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Workplace Transport Incidents | Alcumus SM&MS
    in hospital and his foot was eventually saved using large screws His injury will affect him for the rest of his life and he is unable to return to work or to drive The court was told the plastic curtains over the entrance were designed to keep out insects and birds but they obscured the view of workers going into the warehouse The area had also been overcrowded with pallets from two other warehouses while maintenance work was being carried out which restricted the space drivers had to operate vehicles and increased the flow of traffic The HSE investigation heard that Mr Lowe had also been involved in a collision at the same entrance a few weeks earlier suffering minor bruising and there was another collision a couple of days after the September incident On all of these occasions restricted vision through the curtains was given as a cause by the drivers involved The company has since removed the plastic curtains and changed its systems so vehicles and pedestrians can move safely around the site Tangerine Confectionery Ltd was fined 120 000 and ordered to pay 9 538 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 Source HSE Logistics Firm in Court After Worker Breaks Leg in Lorry Fall A Suffolk logistics firm has been fined for safety failings after a lorry driver fell from a flat bed trailer at a company warehouse in Felixstowe The 60 year old worker from mid Glamorgan who does not wish to be named broke his hip in three places and needed two steel pins inserted to help repair the damage following the incident on 6 February 2013 He was reliant on crutches for three months and was unable to return to work for a further three months Denholm Global Logistics was today 29 April prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive HSE after an investigation found that more could and should have been done to prevent his fall Ipswich Magistrates Court heard that the driver from a company in Wales was collecting pallets of bricks from Denholm Global s warehouse for onward transport He had been asked to cover and secure the load to his flat bed trailer with a protective sheet but as he walked along the edge of the trailer to pull the sheet across he slipped and fell 1 5 metres to the ground HSE found the space occupied by the load meant the trailer s edge protection barriers could not be raised Despite instructing him to cover the load Denholm Global Logistics failed to provide safeguards to prevent him from falling from the trailer HSE subsequently served the company with an enforcement notice requiring them to put measures in place to prevent workers falling in similar circumstances They complied by providing two full length gantry platforms designed to fit down the side of the trailer and provide edge protection for working on the trailers of this type Denholm Global

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/workplace-transport-incidents/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Reminder for Employers to Display Latest Health and Safety Poster | Alcumus SM&MS
    and Safety Poster Home About Us Services News Contact Us Careers Fast Quote Login Contact Us Tel 01484 452349 Email smms enquiries alcumusgroup com 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 changes in law and give this information a necessary face lift to make the information more engaging and readable for employees Employers have a legal duty under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations HSIER to display the approved poster in a prominent position in each workplace Alternatively employers can provide each worker with a copy of the approved leaflet or pocket card that outlines British health and safety law The health and safety law poster leaflets and pocket cards can be purchased directly from the HSE website Previous Health Safety Law Poster Current Health and Safety Law Poster Leave a comment Cancel reply You must be logged

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/reminder-for-employers-to-display-latest-health-and-safety-poster/ (2016-02-16)
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