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  • Maintenance company fined after worker injured in fall from roof | Alcumus SM&MS
    This entry was posted in Health Safety News on 05 10 2015 by Hannah Archer A maintenance company has been fined for safety failings after an employee was injured when he fell from a roof Southwark Crown Court heard how in February 2014 an employee of Aspect Maintenance Services Limited of London was working as a roofing engineer on a domestic house in Tooting He was repairing the roof when he slipped and fell landing on a table on the patio area below There was no edge protection on the roof at the time of the accident He suffered a shattered elbow a broken jaw tissue damage to his knee and facial injury Aspect Maintenance Services Limited of Rufus Business Centre Ravensbury Terrace London was fined a total of 20 000 and ordered to pay 4 735 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 4 1 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 The company had failed to ensure that the roof work that Mr Jones was carrying out was properly planned appropriately supervised and carried out in a manner which is so far as is reasonably practicable safe Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Gavin Pugh

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/maintenance-company-fined-after-worker-injured-in-fall-from-roof/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Heating engineer fined after homeowners put at risk of asbestos exposure | Alcumus SM&MS
    Asbestos News on 22 09 2015 by Hannah Archer A self employed heating engineer has been fined after removing asbestos lagged pipework in a domestic property with no precautions to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres Karl Locher pleaded guilty at Trafford Magistrates Court after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive HSE Locher was employed to install a new heating system in the domestic property He removed the redundant pipework that was lagged with asbestos using a powered electric saw He then transported the pipework through the property and deposited it outside on the drive The Court heard that Karl Locher did not have any asbestos awareness training HSE told the court that had Karl Locher been appropriately trained he would have been in a position to recognise that the lagging may be asbestos He would have known to avoid any work until it had been demonstrated as asbestos free or been removed by a licensed contractor Instead Locher removed the pipes with no precautions to prevent his own exposure to asbestos fibres and the potential for other persons to be exposed The homeowners have had to move out of their home pending thorough decontamination of the property Karl

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/heating-engineer-fined-after-homeowners-put-at-risk-of-asbestos-exposure/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Playground inspector in court after boy seriously injured in swing collapse | Alcumus SM&MS
    after a seven year old boy suffered life threatening head injuries when the rope swing he was playing on collapsed The young boy was playing with friends supervised by an adult at Cherry Lane Adventure playground in Crawley on 8 April 2014 Worthing magistrates heard that the wooden pole of the rope swing he was on broke hitting him on the head He suffered serious head injuries and was airlifted to hospital and has since made a full recovery Glynn Hughes a self employed inspector accredited by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents ROSPA was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive He failed to identify the swing was rotting during a number of inspections HSE s investigation found that Mr Hughes described the condition of the swing as excellent during an inspection in 2013 Seven weeks before the incident he reported the risk posed by the swing as low despite the fact he had raised previous concerns over its stability Worthing Magistrates Court heard 11 September that thorough inspections of wooden play equipment are vital to preventing accidents In this case HSE found the rot was foreseeable had occurred over a long period of time and should

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/playground-inspector-in-court-after-boy-seriously-injured-in-swing-collapse/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Council fined after man killed by swing barrier | Alcumus SM&MS
    at a sports ground Hull Crown Court heard how in August 2012 Andrew Matthews aged 51 and a father of two had gone to Foxhills sports ground in Scunthorpe to watch his son play football The horizontal barrier had been opened earlier but was not secured so it swung into a dangerous position As Mr Matthews drove his car towards the gate the horizontal end section of the barrier went through the windscreen striking him on the head causing fatal injuries North Lincolnshire Council of Ashby Road Scunthorpe North Lincolnshire was fined a total of 160 000 and ordered to pay 40 476 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 3 1 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 HSE Principal Inspector Chris Gallagher said of the case The tragic loss of Mr Matthew s life was a horrific incident that could so easily have been avoided The barrier should have been secured whilst it was open so that it could not swing into his path in such a way that he was unable to see it as he drove towards it A significant number of people have been killed or injured in incidents

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/council-fined-after-man-killed-by-swing-barrier/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Council prosecuted following legionella death | Alcumus SM&MS
    Water News Council prosecuted following legionella death Home About Us Services News Contact Us Careers Fast Quote Login Contact Us Tel 01484 452349 Email smms enquiries alcumusgroup com Council prosecuted following legionella death This entry was posted in Water News on 25 08 2015 by Hannah Archer 95 year old Lewis Payne died on 1 November 2012 from legionella pneumonia caused by the legionnaire bacteria It is believed he caught it from a tap in his council run care home at The Willows in Hexham Road Whitley Reading Borough Council is being prosecuted following an investigation by Health and Safety Executive HSE An inquest heard he tested positive for legionnaires disease after being admitted to hospital The case is set to begin in October and it is believed the council will enter a plea to the charge of failing to discharge its duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Reading Borough Council have expressed their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Payne and are working closely with both the Health Protection Agency and the Health and Safety Executive in responding to this case Post navigation Llandudno builder jailed for exposing workers to asbestos Council

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/council-prosecuted-following-legionella-death/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Llandudno builder jailed for exposing workers to asbestos | Alcumus SM&MS
    Services News Contact Us Careers Fast Quote Login Contact Us Tel 01484 452349 Email smms enquiries alcumusgroup com Llandudno builder jailed for exposing workers to asbestos This entry was posted in Asbestos News on 17 06 2015 by Hannah Archer A builder has been jailed for exposing workers to asbestos while working at a commercial unit on a Colwyn Bay industrial estate Brian Roberts of 123 Bryniau Road Llandudno and three men working with him were exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres while working in the unit at Eagle Farm Road Mochdre Business Park around 11 September 2012 Llandudno Magistrates Court heard today 12 June how Roberts who had been employed by the owner of the premises trading at the time as Light in Design to remove asbestos from the building prior to sale The Health and Safety Executive HSE was alerted to the unlicensed work by a contractor who was licensed to remove asbestos HSE s investigation found that Roberts removed a significant quantity of asbestos insulating board AIB from the premises despite not holding a licence to work with such material Brian Roberts pleaded guilty to breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was given a custodial

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/llandudno-builder-jailed-for-exposing-workers-to-asbestos/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Business man jailed after Lithuanian worker killed | Alcumus SM&MS
    a suspended jail sentence following an incident in which a Lithuanian worker died in a fall The worker Ivars Bahmanis a 55 year old Lithuanian national living and working in Blackburn was involved in building work at the former canal works building at Manner Sutton Street when he fell nearly eight metres and died as a result During the investigation HSE discovered that another employee Juris Lesinkis a Latvian national living and working in Blackburn had fallen from a height and broken his leg at the same site an accident which was not reported to HSE At the sentencing hearing on the 19 th May Preston Crown Court heard that Mr Bahmanis was carrying out refurbishment work involving installing metal brackets for new roof joists when the incident happened on the 29th January 2012 While he was working alone he fell from the wall due to a complete lack of safety measures being in place Three members of the same family who had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the charges received the following sentences Tameem Shafi 31 19 5 84 of Clarence Street Blackburn who was in charge of the project was sent to prison for 45 weeks for two breaches of regulation 6 3 of the Work at Height regulations 2005 Mohammed Shafi Karbhari 59 28 9 55 of Clarence Street Blackburn the owner of the mill was sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment suspended for 2 years and ordered to pay 20 000 towards prosecution costs for breach of regulation 9 of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007 Umar Shafi 20 11 6 94 of Clarence Street Blackburn who was in charge of the work on the day was sentenced to 120 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay 3 900 towards prosecution costs for two

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/business-man-jailed-after-lithuanian-worker-killed/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Cheshire firm in court after workers potentially exposed to asbestos | Alcumus SM&MS
    News Asbestos News Cheshire firm in court after workers potentially exposed to asbestos Home About Us Services News Contact Us Careers Fast Quote Login Contact Us Tel 01484 452349 Email smms enquiries alcumusgroup com Cheshire firm in court after workers potentially exposed to asbestos This entry was posted in Asbestos News on 20 05 2015 by Hannah Archer A laboratory design and installation specialist has been fined after exposing workers pupils and teachers to asbestos material at a school in Suffolk The incident in July 2012 occurred during refurbishment work to modernise parts of Newmarket College School s Science block During the work managed by Labform Ltd sub contractors disturbed asbestos as they were removing a wall and channelling the floor The Cheshire firm was prosecuted at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Tuesday 12 May after an investigation found that the company had not arranged for a detailed Refurbishment and Demolition Asbestos Survey to be undertaken as was required Labform Ltd of Lymm Cheshire was fined 22 400 and ordered to pay 11 741 in costs after pleading guilty to four breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 Source HSE Post navigation Food company fined 170 000 after worker electrocuted

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/cheshire-firm-in-court-after-workers-potentially-exposed-to-asbestos/ (2016-02-16)
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