SAFETY NEWS

Scaffold Fittings dropped 10m from corroded stillage injuring Stone Mason

Zero C Holdings the Principal Contractor and Carter Training were sentenced at Weymouth Magistrates Court in June pleading guilty to breaching the Construction Design and Management Regulations Regulation 13(1) and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) Regulation 8

July 03, 2017

Employers who cut costs could face longer manslaughter sentences

Where Employers and Directors have been found to have disregarded Employee safety to save money, the sentencing Council has expressed that longer jail terms will be given for manslaughter, with sentencing terms for anything up to 18 years. Consultations closes 10 October.

For further information on sentencing guidelines please see:

https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/consultations/manslaughter-consultation/

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Submission

Certified Health and Safety Professional made a submission on what should be considered as part of the Terms of Reference for the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, urging officials to employ independent professionals to be on the Inquiry Panel and to look at all areas of the Grenfell Tower refurbishment and maintenance project. From predesign through to inception, completion and post completion to highlight root causes of the tragedy with a view to moving forward by issuing best practice guidance to Authorities that can utilise guidance where there are staff changes due to budget cuts.

July 14, 2017

A Company Director and Site Foreman convicted for manslaughter

A Company Director and Site Foreman have been convicted  for manslaughter due to a Carpenters fatal fall, it was found that both men had visited the site on a regular basis and would have seen the unsafe working conditions which included work being carried out near open voids and rotting scaffold boards.

Cherrywood Investments now trading as Threadneedle Estates was found guilty of breaching section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.  The Carpenter died after walking onto a scaffold board that had snapped resulting in a fall of 4.5m. Sentencing is due to take place on 21st July 2017.

July 14, 2017

Suez Recycling fined for employee incinerator burns

The Health and Safety Executive investigation found Suez's system of work for the task was not sufficient and there were limited measures that had been implemented had not been followed as there was inadequate management and supervision. The Company was fined £220,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,695.

July 14, 2017

Housebuilder fined for drowned member of the public

An 83 year old man with dementia was found dead by a Groundworker. It was found that after he wondered onto an unsecured new build housing development through an opening in a hedge in Kirkcaldy he had fallen into an excavation which had flooded and drowned. The Company Sandford Park were acting as the Principal Contractor and were fined £110,000.

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