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Information Bite 204 Safety alert over precast drainage products

Contractors are checking precast concrete drainage products installed on sites after a trade body warned of uncertified components hitting the market. British Precast said it has discovered that a

Information Bite 203 Company fined after employees exposed to respirable Crystalline Silica

A playground installation and landscaping contractor has been fined after failing to provide employees with adequate control measures to prevent exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS). Gre

Information Bite 202 Construction firm fined due to multiple safety failings

A construction firm has been sentenced after failing to put measures in place to prevent falls from height and to control risks associated with fire. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard h

Information Bite 201 Health Board and Company Director sentenced after worker suffers life-changing injuries

On 16th July 2019, a Cardiff-based health board and the director of a maintenance company were sentenced after a worker fell from height, suffering life-changing injuries. Cardiff Crown Court heard

Information Bite 200 Garden Shed manufacturer fined after Employee injures hand

A garden shed manufacturer has been fined after an accident at its site in Gateshead resulted in an employee losing the tip of his right thumb and damaging tendons in his right hand. North Tyneside

Information Bite 199 Company fined after worker killed by Forklift Truck

A Birmingham manufacturer was sentenced on 19th July 2019 after a worker suffered fatal injuries when struck by a forklift truck. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 24 July 2017, an empl

Information Bite 198 Construction firm prosecuted due to inadequate Welfare Facilities on site

A construction company has been prosecuted after failing to ensure that suitable welfare facilities were provided for workers on site. A Magistrates’ Court heard that the construction company had

Information Bite 196 Applicants Right to Work in the UK

You must check that a job applicant is allowed to work for you in the UK before you employ them. However, you must not discriminate against anyone because of where they’re from. You can be sent t

Information Bite 195 CITB makes £17.8m of funds available for site-ready workers

CITB is promising to provide at least 18,000 new site-ready workers under its latest initiative. The skills body is pumping-in an extra £17.8m to support employers in training and retraining more

Information Bite 194 VAT cash-flow crisis looming for construction

Thousands of construction companies are facing a 20% drop in cash flow when VAT changes come into force in October. Government experts believe 150,000 firms could be hit by the “reverse charge”