This month we are giving everyone who books a SMSTS course via our website the chance to win a: 3-day, First Aid at Work (FAW) course absolutely free!

You don’t have to be an existing Goldcross customer, the draw is open to all – so this may be an ideal opportunity for you to cover your current/future training expenses or perhaps simply take those important steps to gaining your manager qualification.

How can You win?

The draw will run from Wednesday 01st through til midnight on Thursday 3oth June and all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is:

  • Book a 5 day SMSTS course via the Goldcross website for any time over the next four months (June – September 2022), either with a deposit or full-payment.

That’s all there is to it.

The Prize Wheel

We will be using the ‘Wheel of Names’ to determine the winner and the video recording of the ‘wheel spin’ will be broadcast on our social media pages on Monday 04th July.

Terms and Conditions

The winner and prize:

  • will be determined by ‘chance’ using the ‘Wheel Of Names’.
  • the ‘wheel of names’ will be spun by an entity independent from Goldcross and also witnesed appropriately.

Entry into the draw:

  • Only those website bookings for which Goldcross have recieved payment (deposit or full payment) will be entered into the draw.
  • One entry per delegate booked on an SMSTS course will be allocated i.e. bookings with 4 delegates will receive 4 entries.
  • The name of the person (company, entity) making the booking will be the name entered.

Prize:

  • The prize consists of: 1 x 3 day, First Aid at Work (FAW) course to be taken within 12 months from the date of competition closure.
  • There is no cash or alternative to the prize on offer.

Goldcross provides this draw in good faith and accepts no responsibility for any: loss, error, misunderstanding or misrepresentation that may arise as a result of it’s provision.

Please don’t keep it to yourself – ‘Spread the word’ on social media and let your friends know about the draw.

Network Rail has been fined £1.4 million for a health and safety breach after an investigation by the Office of Rail and Road.

ORR found failings that led to a worker being crushed between the conveyor of a 25 tonne ‘Superboss’ ballast distributor (see image) and Kubota people carrier.

The worker suffered catastrophic and life-changing injuries to his legs and spine. He lost 12cm of bone to his left leg and 4cm to his right leg. The tendons and nerves of his right leg were also irreparably damaged, causing permanent disability.

A second worker suffered minor injuries to his wrist and shoulder from the collision.

The incident happened on 19 September 2018 on a 19 mile stretch of track between Crewe and Chester.

ORR’s investigation led to it prosecuting Network Rail under the Health Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Network Rail was fined after pleading guilty at Chester Magistrates Court.

ORR found failings in Network Rail’s management of the worksite, including poor planning, failure to provide adequate supervision of the works, poor communication at all levels and failure to provide adequate information, instructions and training to safety-critical staff.

District Judge Sanders on sentencing Network Rail stated the subsequent accident was a result of many layers of failure within Network Rail. Judge Sanders said there was a lack of clarity in planning and as to what was going on, insufficiently robust supervision, and operating failures by Network Rail.

ORR’s HM chief inspector of railways Ian Prosser CBE said, “The injuries sustained to a Network Rail employee on 19 September 2018 were horrendous and have had a devastating impact on him and his family, to whom we offer our heartfelt sympathies.

“The incident was caused by totally inadequate supervision of the task at all levels.

“Nobody was making sure that those under their supervision had been following safe working practices, which led to this incident that could easily have been avoided.”

Lancashire County Council has been fined after several employees carrying out work in the highways department developed a debilitating nerve condition as a result of failure to control exposure to vibration.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that, in February 2019, HSE received a RIDDOR report from Lancashire County Council, relating to the diagnosis of a case of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVs). An improvement notice was served to the council in July 2019 requiring the council to improve their control of HAVs. However, subsequent to this, a further ten cases of vibration- related ill-health, unrelated to the RIDDOR report, were uncovered and reported late. Four more reports were also filed, but these were on time.

Regular use of vibrating tools causes the painful and disabling disorder which, in this case, has left the employees with nerve damage to the hands and arms, making everyday tasks and leisure activities difficult or impossible.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there had been insufficient supervision and monitoring by the council to ensure that operatives accurately recorded their levels of exposure to vibration.

Furthermore, health surveillance records had not been acted upon promptly to reduce or stop exposure levels when symptoms were reported. In addition to this, risk assessments were not adequate for controlling the amount of exposure of operatives, and practices had not been implemented to prevent overexposure. Had these measures been in place the total of fifteen reported HAVs incidences of ill-health could have been prevented. It was also found that the council had failed to send reports of the various diagnoses to HSE without delay as required under the RIDDOR regulations.

Lancashire County Council of County Hall, Fishergate, Preston pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 2 (1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 8 of the RIDDOR Regulations 2013. The Council was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,366,78.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Jennifer French, said: “HAVs can be a serious and sometimes disabling condition that is irreversible.

“All employers have a duty to provide effective measures to ensure the health of their staff are not seriously or permanently harmed by the work they are asked to do. HSE is committed to thoroughly investigating companies who do not comply with their duties and will prosecute if necessary.”

As reported on: HSE Media Centre

This month we are giving you a chance to get your SSSTS training course absolutely free!

Importantly you don’t have to be an existing Goldcross customer, the draw is open to all – so whether you are:

  1. An existing; tradesman, specialist, operative, labourer, supervisor, manager or first aider
  2. Someone who is thinking of becoming a supervisor in the; construction, rail, road, utility, engineering or safety related sectors

this may be an ideal opportunity for you to cover your current/future training expenses or perhaps take those important steps to gaining a supervisor qualification.

How can You win?

The draw will run from Sunday 01st through til midnight on Tuesday 31st May and all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is:

  • Book a 2 day SSSTS course via the Goldcross website for any time over the next four months (May – August 2022), either with a deposit or full-payment.

That’s all there is to it.

The Prize Wheel

We will be using the ‘Wheel of Names’ to determine the winner and the video recording of the ‘wheel spin’ will be broadcast on our social media pages on Monday 06th June.

Terms and Conditions

The winner and prize:

  • will be determined by ‘chance’ using the ‘Wheel Of Names’.
  • the ‘wheel of names’ will be spun by an entity independent from Goldcross and also witnesed appropriately.

Entry into the draw:

  • Only those bookings for which Goldcross have recieved payment (deposit or full payment) will be entered into the draw.
  • One entry per delegate booked on an SSSTS course will be allocated i.e. bookings with 4 delegates will receive 4 entries.
  • The name of the person (company, entity) making the booking will be the name entered.

Prize:

  • Should the winner have paid in full for the course they will receive a full refund, covering the cost of one delegate, in full.
  • Should they have only paid the deposit, Goldcross will cover the cost of one SSSTS course, for one delegate, in full – subject to its standard terms and conditions.
  • The value of the prize will not exceed the cost of:- one 2 day SSSTS course.

Goldcross provides this draw in good faith and accepts no responsibility for any: loss, error, misunderstanding or misrepresentation that may arise as a result of it’s provision.

Please don’t keep it to yourself – ‘Spread the word’ on social media and let your friends know about the draw.

A MANCHESTER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY was fined after loft conversion and ground floor extension work to a three-bedroom domestic property in Stretford caused much of the house to collapse.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that on 4 May 2020, Mughal Construction Limited had been carrying out a loft conversion when it collapsed, causing workers to flee from the site.

Loft Conversion Collapse

The loft conversion house had insufficient temporary supports and workers did not have sufficient skills, knowledge and experience, to carry out the work safely.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had failed to properly plan, manage, and monitor the work. It had failed to provide adequate health and safety measures to prevent the risk of collapse at the property including sufficient measures to ensure it remained safe and stable.

Mughal Construction Limited of Levenshulme Trading Estate, Printworks Lane, Manchester pleaded guilty of breaching Regulations 13(1) and 19(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,000.

HSE inspector, Phil Redman, said after the hearing: “This was a very serious incident, and it is fortunate nobody was injured as a result of the collapse. Where contractors fail to take suitable and sufficient precautions whilst carrying out structural alterations HSE will take appropriate action including prosecution.”

Gurmit Properties Limited were fined today for safety breaches after a substantial part of a wall at a construction site at Barnsley Road, South Elmsall collapsed, seriously injuring a child.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that, Gurmit Properties Limited (GPL) were the owners of the site at Barnsley Road, South Elmsall. The company had previously received a large delivery of aggregate, which was deposited on land next to the construction site. Officials from the local council attended the site and ordered the materials to be removed. GPL then brought the materials back on to their site storing them behind the wall.

On 7th February 2018 an eight-year old child was walking with her mother along Harrow Street, adjacent to GPL’s construction site, when she was hit by the collapsing wall. She sustained serious injuries, including crush injuries to her foot which resulted in the amputation of a big toe.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that GPL had not assessed the structural integrity of the wall to ensure it was safe to be used as either a secure boundary for the site or as a retaining wall for storing materials. When the materials were stored against the wall it failed and this led directly to the collapse and the injuries to the child.

GPL were a client and a contractor within the meaning of Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and failed in their duty to ensure that the wall was either safe for use as a secure site boundary or as a retaining wall for storing materials.

Gurmit Properties Ltd of Albion Street Castleford West Yorkshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company has been fined £22,500 and ordered to pay £11,998.80 in costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Chris Tilley commented: “ The company should have appointed a competent person to carry out an assessment of the wall at the start of the project to establish whether it was safe to use as a boundary wall and then carried out a similar assessment when the wall was then used as a retaining wall for storing materials.

“This incident could have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and adopting safe working practices.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

As reported on HSE Media.

It’s Competition time again – yes, we are giving you another chance to win a training voucher courtesy of Goldcross Training up to the value of £399!

The voucher can be used in a variety of different ways i.e. you can take one course or you can take multiple courses (up to the value of the voucher) and you can spend it on either ‘online’, ‘classroom’ or ‘e-learning’ based training.

Importantly you don’t have to be an existing Goldcross customer, the competition is open to all – so whether you are:

  1. An existing; tradesman, specialist, operative, labourer, supervisor, manager or first aider
  2. Someone who is thinking of entering the; construction, rail, road, utility, engineering or safety related sectors

this may be an ideal opportunity for you to cover your current training expenses or perhaps take those first steps in gaining the required qualifications to enter a new industry/sector.

How can You win?

The competition will run from Monday 11th April through til midnight on Wednesday 20th April 2022 and all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is:

  • Visit the Goldcross Training ‘Facebook Page’ – visit: https://www.facebook.com/GoldcrossTraining/
  • Scroll down the page to our most recent competition post and answer the following question:  Who traditionally delivers ‘eggs’ over Easter?

That’s it and remember ‘you have to be in it to win it’ so make sure you answer the question on our facebook page – Good Luck!

Additionally why keep it to yourself? ‘Spread the word’ and let your friends know about the competition.

The Prize Wheel

This time we have made it a two-stage process and the ‘Wheel of Names’ will be used to determine:

  • The winner
  • The value of the prize voucher which could be anything from £199 up to £399!

as a bonus should the value of the first prize not land on £399 – the wheel will be spun a second time to select a second winner for a voucher of £199 so the full prize pot is guaranteed to go!

The video recordings of the ‘wheel spins’ will be broadcast on Facebook on Thursday 21st April.

Terms and Conditions

The voucher:

  • will be valid for 12 months.
  • Can also be redeemed against any Goldcross course booked over the period of the competition.
  • can only be redeemed against a Goldcross Training provided training course.
  • has no redeemable ‘cash value’.
  • can only be redeemed by the named winner of the competition.

The winner and prize:

  • will be determined by ‘chance’ using the ‘Wheel Of Names’
  • the ‘wheel of names’ will be spun by an entity independent from Goldcross and also witnesed appropriately.

Ventilation, protective equipment and appropriate guarding are some of the measures businesses should consider as Britain’s workplace regulator is carrying out inspections to protect the respiratory health of workers.

From April, health and safety inspectors across Great Britain will be visiting business within woodworking industries such as sawmilling, manufacture of composite boards, and carpentry, as well as other industries where wood dust exposure can occur.

Woodworking industries have the potential for high incidence rates of occupational asthma and work-aggravated asthma caused by worker exposure to inadequately controlled wood dust in the workplace.

Inspectors will be looking for evidence that employers have considered the control measures required to reduce workers exposure to wood dust, that workers understand the risks of exposure to wood dust, and effective control measures have been put in place to protect workers from harm. Inspectors will take enforcement action when necessary to make sure workers are protected.

HSE’s head of manufacturing David Butter said: “Around 12,000 workers died last year from lung diseases linked to past exposure from work, with thousands more cases of ill-health and working days lost. Wood dust can cause serious health problems. It can cause asthma, which carpenters and joiners are four times more likely to get compared with other UK workers, as well as nasal cancer. Our campaign aims to help businesses whose workers cut and shape wood to take action now to protect their workers’ respiratory health.

“Through visiting wood working businesses, our inspectors are able to speak to a range of dutyholders and look at the measures they have in place to comply with the guidance and protect workers from respiratory diseases such as occupational asthma and nasal cancer.  

“Businesses can act now to ensure they are complying with the law by ensuring the control of wood dust at source by fitting and using extraction on machines.  Ensuring they fit and use guards on machines to protect fingers and hands and ensure those that use the machine to understand the risks and how to control them. Checking that guards are well adjusted will minimise danger and ensure that dust capture remains effective.

“Our inspection initiative aims to ensure employers and workers are aware of the risks associated with the activities they do. They must recognise these dangers and manage these risks through reducing exposure. Dutyholders need to do the right thing, for example, through completing a risk assessment, ensuring workers are trained, appropriate guarding is fitted and adjusted correctly, and reducing exposure using local exhaust ventilation (LEV) and using suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to protect workers, where required.”

For the latest advice and guidance visit www.hse.gov.uk/woodworking/

As reported on HSE Media.

Northern Gas Networks Ltd were sentenced today for safety breaches after a fire and gas explosion at residential premises in Mirfield resulted in the death of the homeowner.

Leeds Crown Court heard that, on 11 February 2019, West Yorkshire Fire service were called to a fire and explosion in Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, West Yorks. The occupier, Elena Frunza, was discovered during a search of the property, whilst it was still on fire. She was taken to Pinderfields General Hospital where she died the following morning.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the source of the gas escape was identified as being from a fractured six inch cast iron main running under the carriageway to the front of the property. The investigation found that the main did not appear on Northern Gas Networks drawings and had therefore not been maintained in accordance with the Pipelines Safety Regulations 1996.

Northern Gas Networks Ltd of Thorpe Business Park, Colton, Leeds pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £5 million and ordered to pay costs of £91,487.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Neil Casey said: “This incident, that put the lives of the elderly residents of a care home at risk and cost a homeowner her life, has highlighted a failure by Northern Gas Networks Limited to follow their own safety procedures, in this case requiring the prompt and effective investigation and correction of anomalies in their records. Other gas network operators should take the opportunity to learn from this tragic incident.”

As reported on: HSE Media

A builder has been jailed for more than three years after he killed one of his workers while demolition a garage.

Paramjit Singh, 48, of Iris Road in Southampton, was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter following a two-week trial at Winchester Crown Court on October 2021.

He was sentenced on December 03rd to three years and three months in jail for the charge. He was also sentenced to 20 months in prison after admitting to breaching sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act and his sentences will run concurrently.

The incident happened in Chilworth in 2019 when Singh had been hired to demolish Birchdene, on Ling Dale. At the time, Singh was the owner and manager of SAB builder and employed staff to work as “odd job men”.  The day before the incident took place Singh had demolished all but one side of the garage on the ground and then returned on July 16, 2019, to complete the job.

Singh arrived at around 9am to demolish the final wall before jumping into a digger and moving towards the wall.

However, when the wall was demolished Kulwant Singh Athwal, one of Singh’s workers, was standing on the other side and the structure collapsed on top of him.

Singh is understood not to have known where his team were when he began working with the digger.

A post mortem examination found that Mr Athwal died of his injuries, which were consistent with being crushed by a heavy object.

Speaking after the sentencing hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Kate Gunson said:

“This was an extremely tragic case resulting in the completely avoidable death of Kulwant Singh Athwal.  It is a tragedy for all involved. We hope that lessons will be learned that prevent this from ever happening again.”

The court also heard how Singh’s public liability and CS card were expired after SAB Builders went bankrupt in 2015 and the company ceased trading.

HSE inspector James Lucas said: “All demolition work, however large or small, has the potential of serious risk if it is not properly planned and controlled.

“Paramjit Singh failed to prepare a written plan for the demolition of the building or any site-specific risk assessments. In this case, simple control measures and safe working practices, such as excluding people on site from danger zones with physical barriers, could have saved a life.

“There are no winners here. The victim, Kulwant Singh Atwal, so sadly lost his life because of the absence of basic safety measures. The perpetrator, Paramjit Singh, will spend time in prison and will always carry the heavy burden of having caused another person’s death.  HSE would like to encourage all small builders to ensure they know how to properly plan, manage and monitor all construction work they undertake. The HSE website provides a wealth of information, some of it translated into other languages.  In addition, HSE wants to stress to all workers from minority communities or anyone from any background who may feel vulnerable, that health and safety law is there for their protection, just as much as any other workers. HSE always focuses on making workplaces safer and healthier, whoever is at risk.”