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Info Bite 190 No exclusion zone allowed concrete pump hose to ‘whip round’ and kill worker

An Essex-based civil engineering firm has been fined after a construction worker was killed by concrete pumping hose. The operator was carrying out works to upgrade a container handling facility at

Info Bite 189 Floor layer killed by toxic fumes

A materials supplier and a maintenance contractor have been fined a total of £750,000 following the death of a floor layer in London. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that on 4 September 201

Info Bite 188 HSE issues warning over electrical supply connections after worker’s flashover burns

A worker who threw a crowbar at live electrical equipment that he thought had been isolated sustained severe burns when this caused a flashover. A principal contractor and its subcontractor have bo

Info Bite 187 PC fined after bricklayers injured in ‘preventable’ floor collapse

A construction company whose failure to assess the risks and prevent a structural collapse that contributed to two workers being seriously injured has been fined. Four bricklayers were working on a

Info Bite 186 £160k fine after boy, 12, climbed scaffold from badly-guarded ladder

A construction company has been fined £160,000 after a 12 year old boy was able to climb a ladder accessing scaffolding at a site in south Wales before falling 10m, sustaining life-changing injuri

Infobite 185 Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume

Introduction: There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in huma

Info Bite 184: Power contractor pays £235,000 over electric shock injuries

An electrical contractor which specialises in providing temporary power supplies to construction sites has been fined a quarter of a million pounds after a worker suffered an electric shock and sus

Info Bite 183: How to protect construction workers in adverse weather

How to protect construction workers in adverse weather Poor weather conditions can put workers at risk and seriously disrupt work, but implementing common-sense precautions and reviewing safety pro

Supreme Court rules ‘self-employed’ Pimlico Plumber engineer was entitled to worker’s rights

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by Pimlico Plumbers over the employment status of a plumbing and heating engineer in what has been called a landmark ruling for workers in the gig economy.

Steel Fabrication Company Director Disqualified For Evading Fine

An engineering boss who liquidated his company and set up a new business to avoid paying a fine after a worker was seriously injured has been disqualified from serving as a director for six years.