An engineering company has been fined for putting workers’ safety at risk from falls through a fragile and unprotected roof. The HSE inspected the site after receiving a complaint and issued a prohibition notice preventing further work at height until adequate safety measures were been put into place.
They were fined £24,000 and ordered to pay another thousand pounds in costs after pleading guilty to breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Failing to protect employees from the risk of falls does show a complete disregard for the safety of staff since falls from work at height continue to be one of the biggest causes of workplace death in the UK.
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A summary of the weeks press releases from the HSE.
Working from heights hits the headlines again, a failure to use proper equipment has resulted in a teenage construction apprentice being injured after a fall from height. The Dutch building firm was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £1,046 in costs after the youngster fell from over 6 metres and was seriously injured.
The apprentice was on a scaffold tower, which had not been secured with outriggers and was on an uneven surface. The tower was accidentally nudged by colleagues on the ground and it toppled and fell. Luckily he was wearing a hard hat, however it broke from the force of the fall and he suffered a fractured skull and shattered his ankle. If it were not for the hard hat, the injury could have been fatal and if the right equipment had been used for the job; entirely preventable.
Working at height accounts for 6,300 employees being injured at work last year.
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A building firm has been fined £10,000 for placing workers at risk from exposure to deadly asbestos fibres and breaching the Control Of Asbestos Regulations 2006. The London based company had taken on a refurbishment project of a warehouse in Wokingham and had got the necessary asbestos survey carried out on the site 2 months before work was due to start. However, he failed to pass the results on to the site manager which showed that Asbestos Insulating Board was present before the work began. Once started, workers mistook the board for asbestos cement, a lower risk material, which they removed without the proper precautions or equipment.
Normally the removal of asbestos insulating board should only be carried out by a licensed contractor who has received specific training and follows strict working practices. Some lower content asbestos materials, like asbestos cement, can be removed by a non-licensed contractor but only if the correct precautions have been taken and the right equipment is used.
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The European Agency for Health at Work has launched their yearly campaign, which for 2014-2015 is focusing on managing stress in the workplace.
Research that shows that 4 in 10 workers feel that stress is not managed well in their workplace. Stress can result in a number of stress-related illnesses and in fact stress was the main contributing factor to 11 million working days being lost in 2011.
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