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Safety at Height: Ladders Vs. Scaffold Towers

Photo shows a woman using a ladder incorrectly for DIYIn the UK every single year there are accidents related to falling from height that could and should have been avoided. In total, between 2013 and 2014 there were nearly 3,000 incidents where employees were injured from falls from height. Of that figure, 39 people died; that’s 39 people whose lives …

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Blackburn firm fined over unsafe work on school roof

Workers on the roof a primary school in Clayton le WoodsA Blackburn firm has been fined for allowing work to be carried out on a primary school roof without safety measures in place.

An inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was passing Clayton le Woods Primary School, near Chorley, on 31 January this year when he spotted four men work…

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Infographic - ladder injury statistics

Ladder injury Statistics

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Contractor fined after worker left severely brain damaged

A Darlington contractor has been fined after a worker was left severely brain damaged following a fall from a house roof.

Mark Lambton, 50, from Darlington, was working for James Wilson, trading as J Wilson Home Improvements, when the incident happened on 2 July 2011.

Mr Wilson had secured wor…

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Building firm sentenced after worker breaks back in fall

Construction site where bricklayer fell through joists and broke his backA building firm has been sentenced after a bricklayer broke his back when he fell through exposed floor joists at a site in Widnes.

The 40-year-old man from Southport was working on a project to refurbish a corner shop and construct four one-bedroom houses when he fell three metres from the f…

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Wirral roofer prosecuted after lives put at risk

Daniel Loftus (right) on the roof with a labourer holding a lit gas burnerA Wirral roofer has been prosecuted after he allowed a labourer to use a lit gas burner on a house roof without any measures in place to stop him being injured in a fall.

Daniel Loftus was photographed on the roof of a terraced house on Mainwaring Road, Wallasey, approximately five metres …

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Suffolk roofer caught on camera risking lives

Anthony Nightingale caught on cameraThe director of a Suffolk roofing firm has been sentenced for safety failings after he was caught on camera using a power tool while balancing on the ridge of a house roof.

Anthony Nightingale of Copdock, Ipswich, was filmed using a petrol-powered disc cutter to cut through a tile while he an…

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Lift manufacturer fined after engineer crushed to death at Heathrow

Lift manufacturer Schindler Ltd. has been fined £300,000 for safety failings after an employee was crushed to death while installing a passenger lift at Heathrow Airport.

Lift engineer Kevin Dawson, 45, was helping with the construction of Terminal 5A at London Heathrow when the incident occ…

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Ladder Exchange Initiative 2011

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) Ladder Exchange Initiative 2011 will commence on 1st September and will run for 3 months, ending at close of business on 30th November.

HSE has facilitated this initiative since its introduction four years ago, over which period more than 8,000 dodgy lad…

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Photos: Interesting use of ladders!

Company fined after unsafe work on roof

Mr Shea of Blackmoor Roofing, based at Petersfield Road, Greatham, Liss, Hampshire has been fined after workers were spotted removing roof tiles without scaffolding or safety barriers to prevent them falling.

One man was reportedly standing on the wet roof with no safety barriers or scaffolding, ano…

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Health and Safety News - 21 December 2010

Worker dies crushing aerosol canisters

Two companies and a manager have been fined a total of £440,000 after a worker suffered 90 per cent burns and died, when the aerosol canisters he was crushing caught fire.

Worker loses fingers in accident

Komatsu UK Ltd Birtley has been fined after an employee…

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