A recent case demonstrates that control measures need to be managed. Control measures are things that we identify in risk assessments and procedures that are intended to keep people safe. If control measures are not adhered to (ignored, or people not being aware of them) them people are not being kept safe, and they may

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Construction failures – directors jailed A Greater Manchester construction company (SR and RJ Brown Ltd) has been fined £300,000 for Corporate Manslaughter, and two of its directors have been jailed for 20 months after covering up the events that led to a worker’s death. The directors attempted to cover up events after the death of a worker. The court

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Trust and contractor fined over asbestos Key Facts A charitable trust hired a contractor to carry out refurbishment works Both parties failed to ensure safe work with asbestos They were fined a total of £27,000 plus costs of £25,000 The Case An HSE investigation was launched after concerns were raised about the treatment of asbestos

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Multiple prosecutions after worker fell to his death Key Facts: A toy distributing firm and a builder have been prosecuted after a worker fell to his death. The worker fell 9m after falling through a warehouse roof panel whilst undertaking work at height. The toy company was fined £200,000 and £10,483 in costs. The builder

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Engineer fined £6,000 for fraudulently claiming to be Gas Safe Registered Key Facts: Self-employed man fined for multiple has safety breaches after putting homeowners lives at risk by taking on work he was not sufficiently competent to undertake He fraudulently claimed to be Gas Safe registered when he was not, and never had been. He

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Follow this link to see a copy of the February newsletter on health and safety matters. In this month’s issue, there is a reminder that the new CDM Regulations will be with us soon. There is an article on some recent work-related manslaughter prosecutions and also a short case study of how we helped someone facing Enforcement Action

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CDM 2015 – starting in April 2015 at a site near you! Principal designer The replacement of the CDM co-ordinator role (under CDM 2007) by principal designer. This means that the responsibility for coordination of the pre-construction phase – which is crucial to the management of any successful construction project – will rest with an

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A global drinks (AD) firm has been ordered to over £277,000 in fines and costs after a contractor was killed as a result of falling six metres through a fragile skylight on a warehouse roof. Further to this, the worker’s employer (P) must pay just over £30,000 for his failure to protect his staff. Mr

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