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Loft company fined after employee injured in scaffold collapse

Photo shows the aftermath of the scaffold collapseA loft conversion company has been fined for safety failings after an employee was injured in a dramatic scaffold collapse outside a property in North London.

The structure buckled, tipped towards the home it was being used to serve and bent in on itself – effectively creating a chute that sent t…

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Dorset firm fined after Christmas crane collapse

Photo shows the crane involved in the incident

A Dorset-based property developer has been told to pay a total of £97,681 after residents living near one of its construction sites in Essex were evacuated when a 45 metre crane jib collapsed.

The incident was one of two that happened in December 2011 at a site in South Road, Saffron Walden. Bot…

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Neath Port Talbot demolition firm fined after workers injured by collapsing floor

Photo shows a section of collapsed mezzanine floor

A Neath Port Talbot based demolition firm has been fined £30,000 after two of its workers were injured when a mezzanine floor collapsed on them.

On 18 October, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Wrexham Demolition and Dismantling Ltd. following the incident which took place on 9 Se…

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Company and director sentenced following house collapse

Photo shows the collapsed buildings on Fulham Road in Westminster

A Buckinghamshire construction company and its managing director have been fined for multiple safety failings following the total collapse of two large properties in Westminster.

The buildings, on Fulham Road, were reduced to rubble in January 2011 and neighbouring properties sustained serious st…

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Construction company fined over near-death fall

Floor planks collapsed into the basement with the grey steel beam that failed lying on top of the planksOn 27 July, a Surrey construction company was ordered to pay £160,000 in fines and costs after a worker narrowly escaped death when he was caught in a collapse of nine tonnes of steel and concrete.

Bola Akinola, 48, fell more than four metres when steelwork supporting concrete floor planks f…

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Scaffold collapse leads to fines

Seventy metres of sheeted scaffold peeled away from a row of houses in Wellington Road, Hanley.Two Stoke-on-Trent companies have been fined for their part in a major scaffold collapse.

Seventy metres of sheeted scaffold peeled away from a row of houses in Wellington Road, Hanley, on 30 April 2011.

Fortunately workers were on a break so no-one was on or near the scaffolding at the time o…

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Worker's safety pleas ignored by South West London firm

A former Croydon construction company has been prosecuted after a worker fell eight metres from a scaffold tower that he hadn’t wanted to build for safety reasons.

Green Acre Homes (South East) Ltd., which ceased to operate a year ago, failed to listen to the concerns raised by handyman Joh…

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Developer in court after shopworkers cheat death following building collapse

The building after the gable end collapsed, with the roof structure missing from the left hand sideA Sheffield property developer has been fined for dangerous safety failings after a building partly collapsed and sent tonnes of rubble through a neighbouring shop roof - just missing two shopworkers.

Developer Ghulam Rasul put the lives of the workers and of the local community at serious ri…

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Leisure park worker trapped in trench collapse

A worker at a holiday park suffered serious injuries when a trench he was working in collapsed on top of him.

Grzegorz Waluszkowski, 40, was helping to lay a drainage pipe at the park on Lady's Mile Farm, Exeter Road, Dawlish on 23 July 2010, when the wall of the two metre deep trench caved in. He…

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Fulham scaffold collapse

ScaffMag has reported on scaffolding that collapsed in a busy stretch of road in Fulham. No one was passing at the time so no injuries have been reported.

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Crane collapse kills Australian worker

A loaded crane collapsed, killing a 27-year-old worker at BHP Billiton's iron ore loading facility at Finucane Island at Port Hedland.

BHP Billiton Iron Ore reports that "The onsite emergency team has been activated and external emergency services including police are attending the scene," adding th…

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Overloaded crane kills two in Vietnam

An overloaded crane collapsed at the Hyundai-Vinashin Shipyard Company in Khanh Hoa Province, killing two workers. The Thanh Nien News reports that Le Bao Toan, 33, died instantly and Hoang Quang Thao, 39, died on the way to hospital. Two others were injured under the crane.

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Surrey company fined after scaffold collapse

Johnson Scaffold Services Ltd, of Chaldon in Surrey, has been fined after a large section of scaffolding collapsed at a site in Walton-on-Thames.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that the scaffolding was not installed according to the original drawings and had not been adequately tied. …

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Property company ignored order to keep workers safe

A property company in Aberystwyth was summoned to court after putting its workers at risk and then ignoring an order to improve safety.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a prohibition noticed to Merlin Homes (Wales) Ltd on 12 February 2010 to stop work behind their development at Parc Y B…

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Health and Safety News - 11 October 2010

Lancashire couple in court after repeated injuries

A Lancashire couple has been prosecuted after an employee was seriously injured twice in less than two months at a pine furniture workshop in Bacup.

Restoration firm fined after wall collapse

A Wiltshire construction company has been prosec…

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