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£250,000 fine for GLA after wall collapses on man in front of wife and children

The land and property arm of the Greater London Authority has today been fined for serious failings in safety management after an advertising hoarding collapsed onto a man in front of his wife and two children. Southwark Crown Court heard how a family of four were hurrying along a pavement to Catford Station to shelter […]

£144k for recycling company with no safe system of work in place

A recycling company has today been fined after a worker suffered from a back injury after manually moving gantry steps. Preston Crown Court heard how an employee of Suez Recycling and Recovery Limited helped to manually move steps weighing in excess of 950kg at a site in Duckworth Clough, Haslingden, after repair works had taken […]

Unguarded stairwell plunge left worker with shattered heel

The main contractor for a building site in Ash, Canterbury, has been sentenced after a worker fell 3 metres through an unprotected stairwell opening. Folkestone Magistrates’ Court was told that a subcontractor to Brown Construction was laying bricks for the second storey of a house when the accident happened.  There was an opening in the […]

Contractor fined following illegal asbestos work

An Oldham building contractor has been fined following the uncontrolled removal of asbestos during a garage conversion. Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard how Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was notified by a member of the public of fibrous board outside the property in Chadderton, Oldham which looked like asbestos insulation board. Mr Mohammad Arshad, […]

£24k fine for electrical contractor after residents fell into uncovered floor hatch

An Aberdeen electrical company contracted to rewire and install new heating systems in Aberdeenshire Council properties has today been fined for failing to put in place adequate barriers and physical warning signs around open floor hatches in a residential property. As a consequence of this failure the resident of the property and her brother-in-law fell […]