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Company fined after worker falls from balcony

A Pembroke Dock construction company and its director have been prosecuted after a labourer suffered serious injuries on a construction site.

Karl Kraus, 31, from Pembroke Dock was employed by Preseli Construction & Maintenance Ltd, and was working on the build of a large domestic property at Inclin…

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Exeter pair fined £13,000 for scaffolding collapse

Partners in a company that erected unsafe scaffolding, which crashed to the ground in strong winds, were sentenced yesterday (Wednesday 16 November).

A large section of scaffolding erected by the firm at a builders' merchants on 25 March, 2009 fell away from the building, seriously damaging a num…

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Scunthorpe firm in court after worker scarred for life

A construction company has been prosecuted for safety failings after a young worker was left permanently scarred when he struck an underground cable during digging work.

Richard Baisley, 26, of Scunthorpe, received severe burns to his hands, arms, face and chest when he drilled through concrete a…

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Bromley building contractor fined for working without asbestos licence

A building contractor from South East London has been fined for running a construction site which led to workers being exposed to asbestos-containing materials.

Fadil Adil, of Coniston Road, Bromley, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the way work was carried out on a con…

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Two firms prosecuted for dangerous building site

Two construction companies have been fined for "appalling" standards at a building site in the London Borough of Merton.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted principal contractor, Kubik Homes Ltd, and the subcontractor, Bellway Developments Ltd after visiting the site in Wimbledon on sev…

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London construction company fined for carbon monoxide death

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that a London construction company and a security company manager have been fined after a security guard died from carbon monoxide poisoning while at a work.

A petrol-powered electricity generator had been provided by Precis Holdings Ltd to power a port…

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London contractor fined £100,000 after worker fatality

Arlindo Visentin, 58, from Brazil, was buried alive while working on a property in Belgravia.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that Nadeem Aftab, Mr Visentin's employer has been fined in connection with the tragic incident that happened during the construction of a basement.

Mr Aftab of…

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UK Olympic stadium completed under budget and with no fatalities

"Despite concerns over delays in construction, the Olympic Stadium in the UK has been completed with time and money to spare. The brand new state-of-the-art complex was built to host the London 2012 Summer Olympics."

The construction project involved 6 million man hours by 5,250 workers from 240 com…

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Scaffold pole used as plumb line caused disabling injury

Richard Chodkiewicz, 53, will require 24-hour care for the rest of his life after a scaffolding pole, being used as a makeshift plumb line, fell 15 storeys down a lift shaft and hit him in the head in July 2008.

The worker was injured whilst working on the Radisson Blu hotel site.

His employer, Hois…

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Construction company fined for lift shaft fall

Brighton Construction Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 22(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 at court today (3 March). It was fined a total of £25,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,000.

David Homewood, 53, from Eastbourne, was delivering a kitchen unit to a…

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Global working at height news

Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium - New Zealand

Three workers from England and one from Scotland each held the highest level three certification in their trade, meaning they were experts in the climbing, lifting and rescue techniques. They went to Dunedin, New Zealand to work for Avalon, a subcontracto…

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Health and Safety News - 1 November 2010

Burnley firm fined £16k after workers' hearing put at risk

A Burnley manufacturing company has been fined £16,000 after it ignored a formal warning about noise levels at its factory. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Equestrian Surfaces Ltd for putting its employees' hearing at ri…

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Health and Safety News - 9 August 2010

Myth: Health and safety bans bunting

The reality - There are no regulations banning people from hanging bunting at weddings and village fetes or flying flags for sporting events HSE encourages people to have a bit of common sense about their attitudes to risk, not to make everything risk-free. There…

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Health and Safety News - 6 April 2010

Take a risk - it's good for your health

Judith Hackitt (Chair of the Health and Safety Executive) talks to the Manchester Evening News about risks, conkers and other myths.

Contractor fined following incident at sewage works

A construction company was prosecuted after an incident which saw …

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Health and Safety News 23 March 2010

25% of city building sites 'unsafe'

More than a quarter of 163 construction sites in Greater Manchester visited by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors last week failed to meet the required standards.

No insurance leads to £2,100 fine

The proprietor of a greengrocer's has been fin…

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