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Essential tips for site safety

Construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work. The nature of the work, and the tools used to carry it out, means the potential for accidents is always high.

Some of the tips on this list are required by law, but they're well worth reminding yourself of every now and again. There is…

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Construction firms sentenced over worker's fatal fall

The construction site where Christopher Heaton fell to his deathTwo construction companies have been fined a total of £301,000 after a worker fell 22 metres to his death in Manchester.

Christopher Heaton, from St Helens, was working on the Leftbank riverside apartments in Manchester city centre - part of the Spinningfields development - when he was dragged…

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Edgware contractor prosecuted after workers put at risk

An Edgware contractor has been fined after the routine inspection of a construction site discovered dangerous working conditions.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspectors saw contractors working some three metres above ground without measures in place to prevent them from falling. HSE vi…

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Firms fined over university death

A carpenter died when a large slab of concrete fell on him during construction of a new accommodation block at Bath University.

Philip Hames, of Weston-super-Mare, was working for Creagh Concrete Products on the University’s Claverton Down Campus when he adjusted a metal prop without realising …

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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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Fines for 'unsafe' Croydon construction company

Unsafe working practices at the Anza Ltd. siteA Croydon-based construction company has been fined for continuing unsafe working practices at a site in Lewisham despite repeated warnings.

Anza Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after inspectors found serious safety issues during two visits to a construction sit…

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Northamptonshire construction company fined after dumper truck breaks worker's foot

A Northamptonshire construction company has been fined after a six-tonne dumper truck ran over a worker's foot.

Self-employed ground worker Ross Smith, 23, from March in Cambridgeshire, was helping to build a roadway at a construction site on Wolsey Way, Lincoln, on 11 March 2011 when the incid…

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Leicestershire firms fined after death of worker

Two Leicestershire companies have been fined after a worker was killed when a lorry overturned onto his vehicle.

Richard Kenny, 48, from Earl Shilton, was killed instantly as the mini digger he was driving was crushed when a tipper lorry suddenly overturned on uneven ground while delivering aro…

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Landlord prosecuted after builder falls to his death

A landlord has been fined after a self-employed builder died while replacing a roof on a property in Middlesex.

Mr Jagdev Singh Bal, the landlord of a property on Upton Road, Hounslow, was contacted by his letting agency when tenants reported a wet ceiling in an upstairs bathroom.

Mr Bal engag…

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Yeovil construction company prosecuted after worker hit by fork lift truck

A Yeovil construction company has been fined after a subcontracted worker suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a fork lift truck.

Experienced ground worker Paul Daniels, 50, suffered shattered bones and almost lost his foot in the incident on 10 September 2010. His employer CJL Constru…

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Construction firm fined after worker's narrow escape

A construction worker defied death after falling four metres from the cage of a 20-tonnes cherry-picker into the path of a moving bus, which then pushed him another 15 metres along the Euston Road.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted national construction firm Galliford Try Const…

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Seven survive concrete collapse at John Moores University

Seven construction workers were lucky to survive when more than 250 tonnes of wet concrete collapsed at Liverpool John Moores University, a court has been told.

Two companies have been fined a total of £100,000 over the incident, which occurred during the construction of an atrium for a new A…

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Construction boss fined over risks to workers

The director of a Cardiff construction firm has been fined for failing to take measures to ensure his workers' safety while working at height.

Paul Cartwright, of Llandaff, trading as Cartwright Construction, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over safety failings at a …

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Luxury property developer fined for putting lives at risk

A Cheshire property developer has been sentenced after putting the lives of its workers at risk, by allowing them to work in an unsupported excavation.

A Cheshire property developer has been sentenced after putting the lives of its workers at risk, by allowing them to work in an unsuppo…

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Poor construction site management lands firm and director in court

An Edgware-based construction company and its director have been fined after carrying out unsafe demolition and construction work at a house in Surrey.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Laxmi Developments Ltd and its director, Vijay Madhaparia, of Tavistock Road, Edgware, for faili…

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Two Leeds firms in court over worker's crush injuries

A construction worker had both legs broken when a 22-tonne excavator reversed over him on a building site in Leeds, a court has heard.

The 58-year-old man from Barnsley, suffered severe crush injuries when the excavator backed into him as he erected boundary fencing on a Tinshill building site on…

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Digger driver trapped under machine by falling wall

A  digger driver has been hurt at the site of a construction project in Plymouth, Devon.

Emergency services at currently at Thorn Park off Mannamead Road where building work was being done at a private house.


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Two companies fined after fatality in Brentford

Two construction companies have been fined a total of £65,000 after a man was killed when a steel beam weighing more than a tonne fell on him while it was being unloaded from a lorry.

Fisher Engineering Ltd. and CM Structural Services Ltd. had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to breaching Secti…

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Scaffolding collapse kills two workers at Abu Dhabi site

Two workers died and a third was seriously injured when their scaffolding collapsed from the seventh level of a building under construction opposite Al Maraya Cinema in Abu Dhabi.

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House building firm sentenced over worker's electric shock

A worker could have been killed when he cut into a live electricity cable on a building site near Wigan, a court has heard.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted his employer, Wain Homes (North West) Ltd., after an investigation revealed he had been told the cable did not have power run…

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