HSE fine fires HAVs warning…

Balfour Beatty hit with half a million pound penalty. Balfour Beatty has been fined £500,000 after workers in its utilities business were put at risk of developing hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) over a nine-year period. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that between 2002 and 2011 Balfour Beatty failed to minimise the…Read moreRead more

Fined for asbestos failings…

Prosecution last month hands down negligible penalty. A demolition company based in Ryde on the Isle of Wight and its director have been fined for storing asbestos illegally at Rosemary Copse Farm. Ryde Demolition Company Ltd was fined £12,500 with a victim surcharge of £170 and costs of £4,000, while its director, Neil Harrison, was…Read moreRead more

Comment – A dangerous precedent…

Massive fine could be merely the tip of the iceberg. Yesterday’s story about the monumental fine handed down to Mick George Ltd gained traction the moment I hit the upload button. In its first hour online, the story passed the 100 reads, 500 reads and 1,000 reads milestones faster than any other story this year….Read moreRead more

Mick George Ltd hit with hefty fine…

Firm fined after tipper came into contact with overhead power lines. Northampton Crown Court heard that on 9 March 2016 a driver employed by Mick George Ltd was emptying a load of soil from his tipper vehicle at a site in Northampton. Mick George Ltd had already identified the need for Permanent Protection Structures (goalposts)…Read moreRead more

Firm fined over scaffolder injury…

Worker struck by concrete panel during link bridge demolition. A demolition company has been fined after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he was struck by a concrete spandrel panel. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how Vale Park Demolition Services Limited was contracted to demolish a link bridge structure at Littleborough Primary School, Rochdale. On 29…Read moreRead more

Jail sentence for waste criminal…

Persistent waste criminal jailed for 26 months. An estimated 26,000 cubic metres of waste was taken to an airfield in the West Midlands to be dumped, buried or burned illegally during the offending period. The waste consisted mainly of construction and demolition materials, including aluminum products which is classified as hazardous. In a case brought…Read moreRead more

Triple prosecution over partial collapse…

Client, principal contractor and demolition contractor fined after building collapse. A client, principal contractor and demolition contractor have been fined following the uncontrolled collapse of part of a building that was being demolished in Kilmacolm, Inverclyde in 2015. Paisley Sheriff Court heard that Taylor Grange Developments of Birmingham were the client for the demolition and…Read moreRead more

Firm fined over forgery…

Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd used forged documents to obtain asbestos license. A demolition and asbestos removal company, and two of its managers, have been prosecuted after forging documents in order to obtain an asbestos licence from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, between 16 March 2012 and 10…Read moreRead more

Video – Worker fined over site crush incident…

WARNING – This video contains graphic images. An employee of a skip firm has been sentenced after causing serious injury to a pedestrian. Southwark Crown Court was shown CCTV footage of the incident which took place on 2 August 2017. The footage showed Mr Daividas Rupeika driving into another excavator at the site in Wimbledon,…Read moreRead more

No cause for Champagne celebration…

Company fined in asbestos whistle-blower case. A jury and judge have ordered an Albany-based demolition company and its owner to pay more than $170,000 to a worker who was fired after reporting improper asbestos removal practices by the firm. The judgment, which followed a jury trial before U.S. District Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. in Syracuse,…Read moreRead more