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Written by Steve McClean   |   01 October 2013
Bolton building firm in court over unsafe scaffolding

ScaffoldingA Bolton building firm has appeared in court after two workers were spotted replacing guttering in high winds while using unsafe scaffolding.

R Hamer Ltd was prosecuted on the 30th of August 2013 after a concerned member of the public reported the work to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Trafford Magistrates' Court heard that an inspector visited the site on 1 February 2013 where the roofing work was being carried out on a house where, he found the men on two badly-erected scaffolding towers with an unsecured board being used as a walkway between them.

The court was told there was also no edge protection on the scaffolding, such as handrails or toe boards, and the workers were not using safety harnesses to prevent them being injured in a fall. One of the men was also seen climbing down the outside of the scaffolding rather than using an access ladder. The inspector immediately issued a Prohibition Notice ordering the workers to come down from the scaffolding until it had been made safe.

R Hamer Ltd, of Dene Bank in Bradshaw, received a 12-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £562 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

For competent advice on scaffolding visit our construction sector page or contact one of our health and safety consultants.

Written by Steve McClean   |   06 September 2013
MI6 hiring occupational health advisors

MI6MI6 are hiring an occupational health advisor to counsel agents suffering from stress. Safety Management consultants had to turn down the offer to work alongside agents such as "James Bond".

Managers in the service are reportedly increasingly alarmed by the toll their secret lives are taking on their 1,600 staff. The Secret Intelligence Service have advertised for the £40,000-a-year post to work at its hi-tech fortress London HQ.

The new health and safety expert will also give advice on how to avoid work related injuries to agents in the field. The successful applicant will be fully security vetted and must be a British citizen. MI6 are looking for a qualified Occupational Health Advisor to cover an interesting mix of work, from specialised health surveillance and pre-travel briefings and clearances to referrals from senior staff and sickness absence management.

If you want to be qualified for this job and work alongside secret agents book yourself on our accredited NEBOSH courses.

Written by Administrator   |   28 August 2013
ISO approves committeee to look at new standard for OH&S

ISO has recently approved the creation of a new project committee to develop an ISO Standard for Occupational health and safety.

The secretariat of ISO/PC 283 has been assigned to the British Standards Institution, and its first meeting is held in October 2013. The ISO project committee will be tasked with transforming OHSAS 18001 (the OH&S management system requirements) into an ISO standard.

The ISO project committee will bring together experts and interested stakeholders in OH&S management

According toILO statistics, 6 300 people die every day as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases - more than 2.3 million deaths per year. 317 million accidents occur on the job annually. Many such accidents can be
prevented, and the future ISO standard will provide, for the first time, an international framework for OH&S best practice and, in so doing, reduce work-related accidents, injuries and diseases worldwide.

Written by Steve McClean   |   07 August 2013
Shock rise in falls from height

The number of construction workers falling from height has risen by a shocking 60%. This was according to consultants at the Building Safety Group.

The results are based on accidents that have been reported in the three months from May until July by Building Safety Group's membership of more than 20,000 construction workers across the UK.

Injuries caused while lifting, handling and carrying also increased by 37% year-on-year.

Paul Kimpton, managing director of The Building Safety Group, said: "While a number of health & safety areas have improved, the areas that are the most serious and cause the most lasting damage have risen.

"These figures prove that there is no room for complacency in construction. People have a right to go to work and return home in the same state of health that they left in the morning.

"However we all have a responsibility to make sure that people work safely, not only employers, but everyone on a site has responsibility to make sure that they are working in a way that is in line with good practice and good health & safety guidelines, and that they flag up anything they see that it dangerous."

We have a number of Site Safety Plus Training Courses, including SMSTS, SSSTS, and more. Get in touch for more information.

Written by John   |   01 August 2013
Poorly-planned welding work sparked massive blaze

gas-explosionA huge blaze occurred on the 3 September 2010, led to the evacuation of six houses, the cutting-off of gas supplies and the closure of a major road.

During the incident three workers ran for cover from 20-feet flames after a fire was sparked during welding work on a gas main in Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard that both Northern Gas Networks Operations Ltd, (NGNO) known as United Utilities at the time of the incident, and Morgan Sindall (Infrastructure) plc neglected basic safety measures when a new section of gas mains was installed during a major construction project on the ring road, in Beeston.

The ring road was closed for two days and fire crews remained on the scene for more than ten hours. Luckily no one was injured in the incident.

Leeds Crown Court heard that NGNO, hired MSI to divert the gas mains on the ring road to allow changes to the road layout. MSI was supervising this work but had sub-contracted parts of the project to two other firms.

As part of a project to install the new section of gas mains, welding work was carried out on mains in an excavation. The mains had not been adequately isolated and sparks from the welding work ignited the escaping gas.

An HSE investigation into the incident found that the two sub-contractors were only competent in specific parts of the job and didn't fully understand the overall work being carried out. Neither sub-contractor was prosecuted.

The court heard that both NGNO and MSI failed to effectively plan the work, or provide the safety controls under which the work could be done.

Both companies pleaded guilty to an offence under section 3(1) of the HSWA 1974. Northern Gas Networks Operations Ltd was fined £35,000 and ordered to pay £8453 in costs. Morgan Sindall (Infrastructure) plc was fined £50,000 with £12,900 in costs.

As a result of this incident, which happened almost three years ago, Morgan Sindall has reviewed and updated its procedures and will continue to ensure that it operates to the highest standards of health and safety across each of our working environment.

Ensure that your company is complies with current legislation, we offer Health and Safety consultancy and wide range of training courses.