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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.

Balfour Beatty repeatedly put workers at risk of developing HAVS

A division of infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty has been fined £500,000 after exposing workers to the risk of developing hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) for nine years. Balfour Beatty repeate

The General Data Protection Regulations 2018

The General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR) will come into force in May 2018. GDPR aims to facilitate the free flow of personal data whilst ensuring a high level of data security. The data

£3m fine for Spanish firm after worker with unsecured harness dies in fall

A principal contractor from northern Spain, hired to demolish redundant machinery at an alumnium reprocessing works in Wales, has been fined £3m after one of its workers fell to his death. The fat