IOSH and HSE news November 2018

Government to pilot car wash accreditation to stamp out slavery

30 October 2018

UK hand car wash businesses that prevent worker exploitation will be able to display a “responsible car wash operator” logo on their premises as part of the government’s efforts to crack down on modern slavery in the industry.

Health and wellbeing

1 November 2018

The rate of stress and mental health problems among workers in Great Britain is the highest in 17 years, according to the injury and ill health statistics published yesterday by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Another happy client

“We have worked with Foresight H&S for two years now and are delighted with the work carried out so far. Natural Retreats operates luxury self-catering accommodation so all project work needs to be of the highest quality, which is what we receive from Foresight. They are responsible for annual site reviews, assistance with training and continuous advice and services. Foresight understand the high standards that our company have and are most efficient in delivering well within time limits. I would highly recommend working with them. Arnie herself is flexible, approachable and most importantly passionate about her area of expertise and this in turn reflects in the quality of work she produces. All the managers on our sites across the UK gave the same positive feedback. They felt she took the time to guide every manager through the complex world that can be Health & Safety to make sure they understood what was required of them. We will be continuing to use Foresight for the foreseeable future!”

 

Emma Jonas

Natural Retreats

 

Aricle taken from the IOSH magazine June 2017

IOSH Magazine June 2017

Safety bodies issue joint call for deregulation halt after Grenfell Tower fire

21 June 2017

Leading safety bodies and practitioners have jointly called on the UK government to halt deregulation of safety and health legislation in light of last week’s Grenfell Tower fire.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, more than 70 leading organisations and figures from the UK’s safety and health profession, including IOSH, the British Safety Council and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, have asked her to “scrap the government’s approach to health and safety deregulation and think again”.

The group has also pressed the Government to complete its review of Part B of the Building Regulations 2010 – the regulations which cover fire safety in and around buildings in England – as a matter of urgency, and to focus on improving safety in the forthcoming parliament.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM), National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), Trades Union Congress (TUC) and Unite the union have also backed the letter, alongside senior OSH professionals from organisations including Park Health and Safety, Skanska and Thames Water.

“We believe it is totally unacceptable for residents, members of the public and our emergency services to be exposed to this level of preventable risk in modern-day Britain,” the letter states.

“At this crucial time of national reflection and sorrow, we urge all politicians to re-emphasise the need for effective health and safety regulation and competent fire risk management. These are fundamental to saving lives and sustaining our communities.

“We believe it is vital that this disaster marks a turning point for improved fire safety awareness and wider appreciation that good health and safety is an investment, not a cost.”

The fire at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower public housing block on 14 June gutted the majority of the building; 79 people are listed as dead or missing. Fire experts have drawn attention to thefact that part B of the Building Regulations 2010, has not been thoroughly reviewed since 2006, though most other parts of the regulations have been revised at two-yearly intervals.

In calling on the government to complete its review of Part B, the signatories add:

“Together, we offer our organisations’ support in undertaking the review – we all have valuable links to experts in this area who can advise on best regulatory outcomes. In the meantime, we welcome the government’s commitment to act and to implement the interim findings of the forthcoming public inquiry.

“You have it in your power to remove immediately a further risk to people at work and outside of the workplace – unwise deregulation – which threatens public and worker safety.”

The letter has been posted on at the IOSH site where additional signatories are invited.

The full text of the letter is as follows:

Dear Prime Minister,

There have, understandably, been strong public reactions to the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower and its tragic consequences – the largest civilian loss of life from a single event in the UK since the Hillsborough disaster.

The occupational safety and health community is deeply saddened and disturbed by the Grenfell Tower fire and all the lives it claimed. We believe it is totally unacceptable for residents, members of the public and our emergency services to be exposed to this level of preventable risk in modern-day Britain.

Central Government and the Kensington and Chelsea local authority share responsibility for building standards and their enforcement locally, as well as for the funding and management of the maintenance of social housing. These responsibilities must be backed up with good, essential regulations.

However, for many years, Ministers and others with influence over them have called for regulations, including in health and safety, to be axed as a matter of principle. Arbitrary rules were imposed to establish deregulation of health and safety, such as a requirement to abolish two health and safety regulations (and more recently, three) for any new one adopted.

This mind-set has meant that, even when it was recommended and accepted that mandatory fitting of sprinklers would make homes or schools safer, this was rejected in favour of non-regulatory action. In practice, this approach favours inaction.

Good, well-evidenced and proportionate regulations in health and safety, based on full consultation, are developed and adopted because they save lives and protect people’s health and wellbeing. They are not “burdens on business” but provide essential protection for the public from identifiable risks.

At this crucial time of national reflection and sorrow, we urge all politicians to re-emphasise the need for effective health and safety regulation and competent fire risk management. These are fundamental to saving lives and sustaining our communities.

We believe it is vital that this disaster marks a turning point for improved fire safety awareness and wider appreciation that good health and safety is an investment, not a cost.

We call on the Government to accelerate and confirm the timeframe for completing its review of Part B of The Building Regulations 2010 and to include a focus on improved safety in the forthcoming Parliament.

Together, we offer our organisations’ support in undertaking the review – we all have valuable links to experts in this area who can advise on best regulatory outcomes. In the meantime, we welcome the Government’s commitment to act and to implement the interim findings of the forthcoming public inquiry.

You have it in your power to remove immediately a further risk to people at work and outside of the workplace – unwise deregulation – which threatens public and worker safety.

We, leaders in health and safety in the UK, call on you to scrap the Government’s approach to health and safety deregulation and think again. This could be announced immediately, it does not need to await the results of a public inquiry, and is the least that the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire deserve.

Exciting news - its official

Today is an exciting day for our collaboration with Michael Emery and Securus Health & Safety Limited. It’s today that the IOSH publication ‘Coaching for safety – an introductory guide’ goes live on the IOSH website. We’ve seen first-hand through our IOSH Approved Coaching for safety classes the difference coaching skills make so we’re delighted that IOSH are endorsing them to help practitioners develop their skills and engage with colleagues and clients better. You can download a copy of the guide through the Securus website here and if you’d like to learn more, you know where we are.

New clients

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I am delighted to announce that Foresight Health and Safety Consultancy have been commissioned to provide on-going H&S advice, guidance and support for Polar UK Ltd. Polar provide high quality GPS sports watches etc.

In addition to the above, 5  new schools and academies have placed their trust in Foresight Health and Safety Consultancy. Foresight are now proving competent health and safety advice, guidance and support to schools in Coventry, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Finally,  I would like to thank NHS South Warwickshire CCG for signing up for a second year and NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG for coming on board.

Foresight look forward to working with you all.

  

It feels nice to recieve positive acknowledgement

Dear Foresight Health and Safety Consultancy,

I am writing to thank you for your help and advice to help the Mickleton 2016 committee deliver a successful and safe village party in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday.

As a new committee we approached the matter of health and safety with some trepidation but we found your approach to be sensible, practical and most of all workable for our needs. The Risk Assessment report that you produced was used in our planning and on the day as a result we had a trouble free day.

I was particularly heartened by the comments that we received from parents who felt that it was both a safe and enjoyable event to attend.
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> Thank you for keeping the health and safety in proportion, for making it clear and deliverable.
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> I will most certainly recommend you to others and will call on you again as and when required.

Sue
Chair-Mickleton 2016

 

1 year on

12 months ago, I left a very well paid, senior health and safety management role to set up my own health and safety consultancy business. I didn't have a single client and it was a huge financial risk. This week I have celebrated my 1st anniversary and WOW what a year it has been.

I now have a large and diverse portfolio of clients, including schools and universities, medical and social care establishments, NHS CCG, an event management business, food manufacturing establishments to name just a few.

I would like to personally thank Ghost Design for their creativity and continued support, in addition to every single one of my clients who have been amazing and  supported, trusted and believed in me, and my business.

Feedback from clients has been that Foresight Health and Safety Consultancy work in a dynamic way that energises and engages with employees at all levels to drive forward culture change. The results of which are that everyone takes responsibility for health and safety as opposed to employees thinking that it's the responsibility of one person.

Michael Emery from Securus Health and Safety Ltd saw my passion to work in this way, and gave me the opportunity to assist with the delivery of his course - Coaching for Safety (IOSH approved). We have delivered courses across the country and met some wonderful and interesting people in organisations such as Viridor, the Institute of Cancer Research and ArcelorMittal to name just a few.

If you are looking for health and safety support that is sensible and proportionate based upon the level of risk within your business, please email or call me for a quote.

Thank you every one, here's to celebrating again in another 12 months. 

  

Wow - what a result

ArcelorMittal Blog

 

 

 

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With 210,000 employees across 60 countries, ArcelorMittal is a leading integrated steel and mining company and its aim is quite simply to be the world’s safest. It is rigorously following a group-wide safety programme called “Journey to Zero” with the objective of zero incidents, zero fatalities and zero occupational illnesses.

 

Improving health and safety performance to this degree requires a strong health and safety culture in which people are valued above all other priorities and in which all employees, from top management to the shop floor, speak up if they have concerns about safety.

 

Imagine our delight then when Carl Beckett, HSE Coordinator for Steel Service Centers Western Europe, chose our IOSH Approved Coaching for safety programme to support their journey both Carl and Etienne Winters, Head of HSE (ArcelorMittal Distribution Solutions Globally) wanted to take time out of their busy schedules to attend and participate for the full 2-days. Pictured above are the safety representatives, production supervisors and managers who joined Carl and Etienne on the first course in Wolverhampton recently.

 

Michael and I have long thought that Coaching for safety is a real leveler. It’s often the case that we have safety novices sat beside seasoned safety professionals sat beside non-safety people and the course works beautifully – there’s really no guessing whose coaching skills will be strongest. And if ever there was a course to prove the point, this was probably it.

 

And Carl could not have been more complimentary, saying “After two days with Michael and Arnie, my colleagues and I left the training room with our eyes opened.  Such an inspirational, motivational and uplifting experience. Without a doubt the best investment in our people we have ever made.”

 

It’s rare to come across such an engaged and turned-on bunch of employees. It really was a fabulous experience and we’re delighted to be supporting Carl and Etienne.

 

Please check and ensure that you have effective safety management systems in place to prevent you being in any one of the situations below

 

All information has been taken directly off the HSE website

School fined after pupil paralysed when swing collapsed Date: 5 January 2016

A Hertfordshire school has been fined for safety failings after a pupil suffered permanent paralysis when a swing collapsed. St Albans Magistrates’ Court heard how on September 2011 a 13-year-old pupil at the school was playing on a wooden swing in an adventure playground.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the swing had collapsed because the supporting timbers had rotted. The heavy wooden cross beam of the swing fell onto the pupil’s head and neck causing spinal injuries that resulted in permanent paralysis. Queenswood School, of Shepherd’s Way, Brookmans Park, Hatfield, was fined a total of £50,000, and ordered to pay £90,693 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Alison Ashworth said:

“This case shows how important it is that schools and other providers of play equipment maintain them in a safe condition. This tragic accident could have been avoided had the school implemented the findings of its own risk assessment.”

For more information about safety in schools log onto the website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/services/education/sensible-leadership/

College fined after tree felling injury

Date: 28th January 2016

A college in Surrey has been fined after a student was struck on the leg by a tree as it was being felled. Redhill Magistrates’ Court heard how the campus supervisor of Guildford College instructed an employee and part of the estates team, to take two work experience students to fell a tree. While the tree was being cut two students arrived to observe the operation. The falling tree hit one of the students who was observing, causing fractures to one of his legs.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident, which occurred on 5 May 2015, found that there was insufficient training given to fell the tree competently. There was inadequate supervision and the risk assessments were not sufficient and had not been followed.

Guildford College of Further Education of Stoke Road, Guildford, Surrey, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and were fined £70,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,461.

For further information on Tree felling visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/treework/

School in court over science experiment injury

Date:

11 January 2016

A chemistry laboratory technician lost parts of three fingers and sustained a serious internal injury while preparing a highly sensitive explosive for use in a ‘fireworks’ demonstration to a class of children.

Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard the now retired staff member lost the top joints of his left hand index, middle and ring fingers and ruptured his bowel while preparing the explosive at Bristol Cathedral Choir School. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuting told the court the laboratory technician spent 12 days in total in hospital after the October 2014 incident. Although he returned to work in February 2015, he has since retired. It was revealed that the preparation of explosive substances had been carried out in the school several times a year since 2009. The mixture in question and other substances had been used in ‘fireworks’ demonstrations.

The court also heard that other explosive substances, namely flash powder and gunpowder, were stored in the school’s chemistry storeroom.

HSE said the incident could have been avoided if the school had implemented clear management arrangements to control and review the risks posed by the chemicals used in its teaching activities.

Bristol Cathedral Choir School, of College Square, Bristol, admitted that it failed to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of its employees, in breach of its duty under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

It also admitted failing to conduct its undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in its employment, in this case its pupils, were not exposed to risks to their health and safety, in breach of its duty under Section 3 of the same act.

The school was fined a total of £26,000 [£8,000 for the section 2 offence and £18,000 for the section 3 offence] and ordered to pay £12,176 costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Susan Chivers said: “Schools need to have clear health and safety arrangements in place for their staff and students.

“They should set up adequate control systems and ensure that these arrangements are clearly understood and adhered to. They should also follow recognised guidance provided by CLEAPSS (formerly known as the Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services) and similar organisations regarding the control of risks to health and safety in practical science work.”

To learn about good practice in education, please go to:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/services/education/sensible-leadership/index.htm

Firms fined after asbestos failings

Date:

5 January 2016

A food company and their contractor have been fined after asbestos was disturbed during building work and only identified by chance when an asbestos removal contractor attended site.

Stafford Crown Court heard no asbestos survey had been carried out by Mizkan Euro Ltd or D H Welton & Co Ltd and either company could have commissioned a refurbishment/demolition before the work commenced.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found Mizkan Euro Ltd were undertaking a project to remove tanks from a factory which required the demolition of an external wall. They failed to provide an asbestos survey to enable their contractor DH Welton to quote and plan appropriately for the work to be undertaken. However, it also found DH Welton could have commissioned a survey when they discovered that Mizkan only had access to a management survey for the building.

When the wall was demolished asbestos insulation board at the top of the wall was unknowingly broken up. A skip of demolition debris was found to contain asbestos insulation board, which had been identified by an asbestos contractor who had been called to site. For the work to be undertaken correctly, a licensed asbestos removal contractor should have been appointed to remove the asbestos under controlled conditions prior to the wall being demolished.

Mizkan Euro Ltd of Chiswick Park, Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act after failing to plan and manage the work carried out under their control without ensuring that risks to health and safety are prevented. It was fined £60,000 for each charge (£120k) and ordered to pay costs of £13,589.

D H Welton & Co Ltd of Corn Street, Failsworth, Manchester admitted breaching Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act and regulation 5(1)(a) Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 after failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment as to whether asbestos was present or liable to be present during the removal of a wall It was fined £15,000 for each charge (£45k) plus costs of £4,529. 

 

Feeling a little excited - they have arrived!!!

My new educational marketing documents have arrived, and in my humble opinion they look fabulous - let me know what you think. The real hard work now begins ....sell, sell, sell

To those educational establishments that are looking for specialist health and safety support, that focuses the real issues as opposed to trivial concerns, with the application of safety management systems being based up on culture shift and behavioural change please contact Foresight Health and Safety Consultancy. 

Foresight recognise that every school is different, and the personal requirements of each establishment vary hugely, which results in a targeted bespoke approach that supports your employees in recognising and accepting their own health and safety roles and responsibilities - Don't take my word for it - ask some of our clients in both the public and private sector.

Thank you so much to the team at Ghost Design Leamington Spa.

 

HSE statistical reports

The latest HSE statistical reports for 2014/15 have now been released, visit www.hse,gov.uk to get the full reports. Here is a brief summary:

Key figures for Great Britain (2014/15)

·         1.2 million working people suffering from a work-related illness

·         2,538 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2013)

·         142 workers killed at work

·         76,000 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR

·         611,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey

·         27.3 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury

·         £14.3 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2013/14)

HSE Prosecutions

Three year old child hurt in fairground ride

Date: 22 September 2015

A three year old child suffered a serious injury to his hand when it was caught between the wheels and the track of a children’s fairground train ride.

North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard how on the 6 July 2013, the three year old child was visiting the fairground with his grandmother and cousins.

He had been on the bouncy castle and was sitting on the steps of the ‘Mickey Express’ train ride to put on his shoes. While his grandmother was tying his laces he leant back and stretched his arms behind him. The train started up and ran over his fingers. The child’s fingers required surgery and stitches but he made a good recovery.

On Friday 18 September 2015, Jamie Clark, of Serlby Park, was fined a total of £1,000, and ordered to pay £600 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

The HSE Inspector said:

“This was an entirely preventable accident. The risk of trapping was obvious and should have been identified by the ride operator in his risk assessment. The provision of a fence around the ride was a simple precaution that would have prevented the accident.”

Playground inspector in court after boy seriously injured in swing collapse

Date: 11 September 2015

A playground inspector has been fined after a seven-year-old boy suffered life-threatening head injuries when the rope swing he was playing on collapsed.

The young boy was playing with friends, supervised by an adult, at Cherry Lane Adventure playground on 8 April 2014.

Worthing magistrates heard that the wooden pole of the rope swing he was on broke, hitting him on the head.

He suffered serious head injuries and was airlifted to hospital and has since made a full recovery.

The self-employed inspector accredited by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive. He failed to identify the swing was rotting during a number of inspections.

HSE’s investigation found that the inspector described the condition of the swing as ‘excellent’ during an inspection in 2013. Seven weeks before the incident he reported the risk posed by the swing as ‘low’ despite the fact he had raised previous concerns over its stability.

Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard (11 September) that thorough inspections of wooden play equipment are vital to preventing accidents. In this case HSE found the rot was foreseeable, had occurred over a long period of time and should have been spotted by the inspector and reported to the playground operator, Crawley Borough Council.

The inspector, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £1,120 and ordered to pay costs of £3,600

Cheshire builder in court over absence of welfare facilities

Date: 21 September 2015

A Cheshire building contractor, has been fined for serious health breaches and lack of welfare facilities on a Culcheth building site.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) received a complaint from a member of the public in May 2014 about the conditions on the site where work was being carried out to convert a disused NHS premises.

The HSE investigation found access to the construction site was restricted and a lack of both health and safety provisions and welfare facilities. Workers were entering the building via ladders and planks. Work was stopped whilst scaffolding was arranged and erected to make access to the building safe.

Dust from sandblasting activities was found to be affecting other workers on the site and inadequate protection had been provided. Workers were expected to carry out tasks such as groundworks and bricklaying but were unable to wash their hands to remove any contamination.

An Improvement Notice requiring the provision of sanitary, washing and rest facilities was issued.

On Friday 18 September 2015,the contractor pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 22 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and Regulation 7 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. He was fined a total £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,495.

Speaking after the hearing the HSE Inspector said: “It is hoped that this case serves as a lesson to all Principal Contractors that they must provide suitable toilets, washing facilities which include hot and cold running water and suitable, sheltered rest facilities for all workers engaged on their sites.”

Visit www.hse.gov.uk for more information

 

It’s amazing what goes under the umbrella of health and safety

Health and Safety Executive’s latest myth challenge.

Case 370 - Child booster seat unavailable at cinema

Issue

At a recent cinema visit, the enquirer asked for a child booster seat but was told that these were not available due to 'health & safety' reasons.

Panel opinion

This cinema chain usually supplies child booster seats but was in the process of changing out old ones for a new design and did not have any available on this occasion. Instead of explaining this, the assistant resorted incorrectly to a "health and safety" excuse. The company has acknowledged the poor handling and taken steps to avoid this happening again.

Life is great

What a fantastic start Foresight Health and Safety Consultancy have had, we have been trading for three months and have undertaken nineteen audits, developed and delivered training, reviewed policies and set up robust safety management systems and that's just an example of how busy we have been . The work has been undertaken in a diverse range of industries for example: education, social care, construction and retail etc.  

Bearing in mind that when the Health and Safety Consultant knocks on your door he/she is not the most popular visitor, but we have had a fantastic response and met some lovely people who are clearly very dedicated to their work. Each and every establishment visited has in their own way demonstrated that they acknowledge their health and safety roles and responsibilities, and have valued the support and direction that Foresight have provided to them. Foresight are now continuing to work with establishments to further evolve safety management systems with the application of a sensible approach based upon proportion of risk.

Foresight would personally like to thank Nat West Bank, Leamington Spa, for their fantastic Woman in Business event yesterday. It was really exciting to see a room full of women who were motivated and driven to achieve.  For Foresight, many new contacts were made and only one day later several business meetings have been arranged with potential new clients - so watch this space!!

Thank you our new clients, for trusting the knowledge and expertise that Foresight has to offer.

 

Coaching for safety

My IOSH Coaching for safety certificate arrived this morning. I would totally recommend the course delivered by Michael Emery, visit: www.securushealthandsafety.co.uk for more information. 

Email me or give me a call to discuss culture shift within your organisation. Safety has historically been about statutory compliance, as opposed to why people behave in the way they do. Understand the people within your organisation and more often than not they will engage with your vision, embrace the challenge and respect their safety and the safety of others around them. 

Cheshire firm in court after workers potentially exposed to asbestos

12 May 2015

A laboratory design and installation specialist has been fined after exposing workers, pupils and teachers to asbestos material at a school in Suffolk.

The incident in July 2012 occurred during refurbishment work to modernise parts of Newmarket College School’s Science block. During the work, managed by Labform Ltd, sub-contractors disturbed asbestos as they were removing a wall and channelling the floor.

The Cheshire firm was prosecuted at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Tuesday 12 May after an investigation found that the company had not arranged for a detailed Refurbishment and Demolition Asbestos Survey to be undertaken, as was required.

Labform Ltd, of Lymm, Cheshire, was fined £22,400 and ordered to pay £11,741 in costs after pleading guilty to four breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector David King said: “Exposure to asbestos fibres is a serious and well known health risk, so it is essential that duty-holders take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent the disturbance, spread and exposure to asbestos.

“Failing to take action to identify asbestos while planning work, and to ensure that any contractors who may disturb asbestos are aware of the location and type of asbestos present, and not taking appropriate measures to protect the health of others, is totally inexcusable.”

 

Development company guilty of repeated safety breaches

21 May 2015
A development company has been sentenced for breaches of the Work at Height Regulations.

Landrose Developments Limited of North Circular Road, London, pleaded guilty to safety failings after a routine site inspection on 6 February 2013, which resulted in enforcement action being taken.

Landrose were carrying out construction of 20 domestic properties, including 10 houses and 10 flats at a site in Willesden when HSE inspectors arrived.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that despite this action, the breaches were repeated at the construction site and resulted in further enforcement action.

However, despite the previous action, the breaches were repeated on the 30th August 2013 at the construction site, without any adequate means to prevent persons, materials or objects falling a distance liable to cause personal injury. This resulted in further enforcement action.

Landrose Developments Limited was fined £16,000 with costs of £2,221 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulations 6(3) and 10(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.There was also a victim surcharge applied.

This was a proactive prosecution for repeated work at height breaches on more than one site, without any adequate means to prevent persons, materials or objects falling and causing injury.