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Construction company fined after worker killed by an excavator

A North Yorkshire construction company has been fined after a worker was struck on the head and killed by a 16-ton excavator. On 13 January 2021, Dean Myers, an employee of HACS Construction Ltd, was undertaking groundwork activities in a partially excavated trench at...

Company director fined after falsifying documents

A company director has been fined £5,000 after he falsified asbestos removal documents while his firm worked on a block of flats in Brighton. Reliable Insulations and Fibre Control Ltd had been hired to remove asbestos at Abbotts Apartments, on King Street, when the...

Company fined and director receives suspended prison sentence after scaffolder suffers electric shock

A Kent scaffolding company has been fined and its director given a suspended prison sentence after a scaffolder suffered an 11,000-volt electric shock. Steven Gilmore, 36, was working for contractor Canterbury City Scaffolding Ltd alongside a small team of...

SMSTS Online Courses: Whats The Difference?

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course is considered a mandatory course for managers with health and safety responsibilities on the vast majority of construction sites in the United Kingdom (UK).  It is not however an absolute legal requirement,...

Respiratory Risks in Construction

A snapshot of good and bad practices of how workers’ exposure to dust is being managed and controlled on construction sites across Great Britain has been revealed. As part of its Business Plan, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out more than 1,000...

CITB Grant increases from 1 April 2023

The Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) has announced its plan to move all Industry Accreditation (IA) cardholders to a recognised qualification. You can find more information on the withdrawal of Industry Accreditation by visiting the CSCS website (External...

Company Fined after employee died while loading lorry

An East Yorkshire garden landscaping company has been fined £600,000 after an employee died while loading a lorry. Brian White, 59, was working for Kelkay Limited when he was operating a forklift truck at the company’s site on Heck and Pollington Lane, Pollington,...

Exeter farmer fined after teenage worker injured on dumper

A farmer has been fined £8k after a teenage worker suffered serious head injuries when a six-tonne dumper he was driving overturned. The 19-year-old and his friend, who was just 16, had been paid to move material as part of improvement works at Upper Kingswell Farm in...

Building firm fined for multiple failings that included workers being lifted by a digger

A building firm has been fined for a catalogue of health and safety failings that included two builders being lifted into the air by a digger. A photograph caught the moment a pair of workers stood in the bucket of a digger to fit a stone into the top of a new home in...

Kier hit with £4.4m safety fine

Civil engineering firm Kier has been fined more than £4m after its workers twice struck overhead powerlines while working on the M6 motorway causing cables to land in the path of passing vehicles. In one incident, an overhead cable the workers brought down hit a...