Week commencing 10th June – In the News

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Self-employed builder jailed after accident

On Monday, we reported on a tragic incident in which a three-year old girl was left with life-altering injuries after an untethered piece of timber fell onto her from scaffolding. The accident, which occurred in July 2018, occurred when the timber being lifted had been inappropriately secured to the pulley system via an unsuitable knot. The HSE, speaking after the sentencing, highlighted the preventable nature of the accident.

Read more on the case HERE

Illegal gas work leads to prosecution

On Tuesday, we reported on the imprisonment of a Staffordshire-based gas fitter after he was found to be undertaking illegal gas work. A comprehensive HSE investigation highlighted that the fitter in question was not registered with the Gas Safe Register, which is fundamentally designed to increase professionalism and transparency. As a consequence of his lack of registration, the fitter was not competent to carry out gas works.

Read more on the case HERE

Construction company fined £800k

On Thursday, we reported on an enormous fine, issued by the HSE to Bam Nuttall, after an inappropriate and unsafe lifting operation severely injured a worker. The victim suffered three fractured vertebrae when an expanded polystyrene block came loose and fell onto his head. HSE Inspectors highlighted how the use of chains and strops in a suitable fashion would have easily prevented the injury.

Read more from SHPOnline HERE

Grenfell: Have lessons been learned two years on?

This Friday marks the two-year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, during which 72 people were killed when a tower block caught fire. The tragedy also highlighted some of the major shortcomings of fire safety in the UK, at both a local and governmental level, as warnings were not heeded. Two years on, SHPOnline spoke to several fire safety experts to evaluate how the tragedy has changed Health and Safety.

Read the fascinating article HERE