Monthly Archives: December 2014

Safety consultant and their client jailed following labourers death

Most people now accept that health and safety is something which they often need help with and having an expert to call on when they’re not confident on handling the risks can be a great reassurance.  However, that expert does need certain skills and qualities as well as just paper qualifications.

Having to occasionally to dig in our heels and say no is not an easy thing to do when the client is paying you but we have to remember what they are paying us for – to protect them and their staff and provide advice that is not just in satisfaction of the regulations but also in line with what is technically and morally right.

Read on to find out about a recent case which highlights exactly why our consultants need both the skills and experience to say no when they need to say no…

A business director and their retained safety consultant have both been jailed for their roles in the death of a labourer when a basement excavation collapsed.  He was crushed to death following the collapse of a basement excavation in Ellerby Street, Fulham in December 2010.

Conrad Sidebottom a Director of Siday Construction Ltd, and his health and safety consultant Richard Golding, were found guilty on December 2, 2014 of the manslaughter of Anghel Milosavlevici.  Sidebottom was sentenced to three years and three months in jail and Golding was also jailed for nine months.

The court heard how  as the site manager Mr Sidebottom was aware of the dangerous state of the excavation, but had taken no steps to ensure it was safe.  Mr Golding, a qualified health and safety advisor who was contracted out by AllDay Safety Services Ltd, was also aware of the risks as he was responsible for drafting a method statement to be followed to ensure safety concerns were addressed.  However, this document was found to be inadequate, its geenral safety advice was not followed.  Despite Mr Golding having the authority to stop dangerous works, he failed to do so.

DCI Duffield, who headed up the case, commented: “There was overwhelming evidence that Sidebottom and Golding’s failure to carry out their respective roles directly resulted in the death of Anghel Milosavlevici. In this case the danger of collapse was not only foreseeable, it had been specifically identified by Golding in his risk assessments.”

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Posted by Roger Hart

Legionella and your office, could you have duties you are unaware of?

When we complete risk audits for our clients we often run through legionella requirements legionellaand this usually raises an eyebrow with the client wondering how they could be affected by these regulations when all they have are offices or a warehouse.

People often, mistakenly, think that unless you have a major air conditioning system or cooling towers and an industrial process which needs them that you can simply strike legionella off your list of potential risks as something which does not affect you – and that’s wrong.

Legionnaires disease can be a risk in almost any premises and should that premises have a shower (particularly an infrequently used one as most are).

Consider the risks for a moment, legionnaires disease is caused by inhaling legionella bacteria within fine droplets of water, if the water has been lying around at a warm temperature, say 35oC, these bacteria can multiply quickly. Now consider that shower which you have in you basement;

  1. Infrequently used – check
  2. Warm water enabling bacteria to multiply – check
  3. A build up of scale / slime which gives the bacteria something to feed off – check
  4. A mechanism to create fine water droplets to enable inhalation of these droplets – check

So now think about these risks again.  Should you be doing something to manage them?  We think you should.

What to do?

Your next steps are simple.

  1. Disinfect and remove scale using a descaler (you can swap shower heads or simply leave the head in a bucket of cleaner for a while, monthly is usually fine for most offices and even quarterly might be appropriate depending on the risk assessment;
  2. Flush infrequently used outlets such as showers to stop bacteria building up (if you’re flushing it take off the head to ensure droplets aren’t created when doing this);
  3. If the shower is infrequently used consider removing it and taking the ‘dead leg’ back as far as is reasonable;
  4. Record what you have done on a simply check sheet or integrate this into your other record keeping for cleaning.

Finally, if you have questions call your retained consultant on 01453 800100, we’re here to help and always happy to hear from you.

If you’ve got questions or need support on safety in the industrial, contracting or construction sectors please contact us for sensible and proportionate advice on 01453 800100

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Please complete the form below and we promise to respond within 24 hrs. If you need more urgent help just call 01453 800109 and ask for Andrea.

 

Posted by Roger Hart
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