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Soft landing bags were in wrong place to break workers fall

A worker suffered multiple bone fractures when he fell from a canopy at a school in Shropshire. RG Stones (Buildings) Ltd was contracted (luckily they had insurance to replace a canopy between two temporary classroom buildings at Lakelands School, in Ellesmere. On 8 August 2011, William Phillips was standing on the canopy with two colleagues. They were replacing the existing canopy with a polycarbonate version....


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Falling workers lucky to avoid impalement

Two workers fell more than one-and-a-half metres from a roof during a construction project at a school in Lancashire. Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that Cruden Construction Ltd was the principal contractor for a refurbishment and extension project at Barlow Moor High School in Disbury....


Workers forking out for own PPE, survey reveals

More than one in five workers are being forced to pay for personal protective equipment (PPE) out of their own pocket – even though employers are required to provide such items for staff free of charge. This is the key finding from an online TUC survey, which was answered by more than 2500 users of PPE earlier this year....


Builder ignored HSE inspector’s safety advice

A proactive HSE inspection resulted in the prosecution of a Lincolnshire builder, who was charged with putting workers at risk. Andre Wilkin, trading as Hillen Projects, was the main contractor during the refurbishment of a detached house in Danesgate, Lincoln. On 1 March last year, HSE inspector Martin Waring was in the area when he saw work bein...