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We’re pleased to let you know that the first of our consultants has attained approval under the new OSHCR Scheme put in place by HSE, IOSH, RoSPA etc following the recommendations of Lord Youngs Report.

The approval came through on 15th February 2011 for Roger Hart.

HSE Construction Inspectors to concentrate on smaller sites

At a recent talk HSE promised to devote more time and resources to the inspection of smaller construction sites in the current year.  Large construction sites have continued to improve to the point where resources are felt to be better spent at smaller sites with an emphasis on the following areas;

  • Asbestos-ensuring companies are complying with the regulations to have surveys completed and passing on info to contractors or anyone else that has a need to see it
  • Major Projects
  • Refurbishment works
  • Temporary works
  • Small sites
  • Welfare facilities
  • Cranes
  • Transport
  • Fire safety
  • Small house build projects

So far this year 2,014 sites have been inspected resulting in 691 notices being issued

Inspector stunned by repeat skylight falls

The HSE has prosecuted two companies after three workers fell through skylights on three separate occasions at an industrial unit in Warrington.

Bizspace Investment Ltd’s facility was the site of the events where a caretaker at the site was cleaning guttering on the roof when he fell through a fragile skylight, and suffered multiple broken ribs.

Following the incident, one of his colleagues, having been sent to take photos of the scene, fell through a different skylight landing feet-first on a mezzanine floor and escaping without injury.

The firm then hired Anthony Massey, trading as Massey Roofing and Building Contractors, to repair the skylights. On 10 April 2007, one of Massey’s employees was carrying out the work without safety equipment when he, too, fell through a skylight sustaining serious spinal injuries leaving him paralysed from the waist down.

HSE inspector Martin Heywood described his astonishment that three similar incidents were allowed to happen on three separate occasions.

He said: “A man was sent on to a roof without safety equipment, despite two caretakers falling through skylights less than a month earlier. As a result, the worker is likely to need to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life. If the project had been properly planned, using appropriate equipment for work at height, then all three workers would have remained uninjured.”

“Judge Hales accepted that neither employee was instructed by the company to go onto the roof and indeed, that there was no necessity for them to be there. This was reflected in the low level of fine imposed.”

Inspector Heywood added: “More workplace deaths are caused by falls from height than anything else but companies continue to allow workers to balance dangerously on roofs. It is vital lessons are learnt from this tragic case.”