News Updates January 2012

Bite Size News Updates from the HSE

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FALLS FROM HEIGHT

Worker fractured back in fall, at a company in Derbyshire. Andrew Baxter, 50 was unloading a 20ft container with a forklift truck and mobile ramp when the ramp became separated from the lorry bed, dropping the forklift truck, causing the truck and driver to fall. Mr Baxter suffered a fractured back and crushed disc. The company he worked for have been fined £24,000.

A horticultural nursery in Evesham has also been fined for a worker 21, who fell through a glass roof and landed on concrete flooring. He suffered concussion with blood on the brain, fractured his hand and sustained other cuts and bruises. The company was fined £12,000.

A 44-year-old worker has neck broken by a fall at work. He was using a vehicle-mounted lift and was standing in the basket but as it elevated one of two levelling rods that keep the basket horizontal at all times broke, causing the basket to tip backwards. He suffered a fractured neck and other injuries. The company was fined £10,000.

 HEALTH & SAFETY FRAUD

Health and safety fraudsters are facing lengthy jail terms after being caught in two separate scams. Mr S and Mr S took health and safety tests on behalf of other construction workers to obtain skills cards. Both were handed nine month prison sentences last week after pleading guilty in court.

They were caught by staff at the CITB-ConstructionSkills’ test centre taking the test. CITB-ConstructionSkills’ product delivery manager Mr C, said that staff discovered the fraud, known as proxy testing, after realising the men had taken multiple tests using several other workers’ identification passes which bore their own photographs.  Both men are foreign nationals and will be deported once they have served their sentences.

In a second incident, eight people have been sentenced for fraud after more than £500,000 was clamied from two colleges for safety training that did not take place. The eight were found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court after a three year police investigation. Documents were forged to show the students took courses at Nottingham’s Castle College and North Warwickshire and Hinckley College in 2007. Castle College which has since merged with South Nottingham College paid out £475, 391 for 583 students who it was told had taken a customer services or health and safety course.

North Warwickshire and Hinckley College paid £27, 108 for 249 students it was led to believe had completed an occupational health and safety course. The eight guilty people worked for training firms Training Options UK and FE Options and for castle college. Ringleader Mr L, 43 was jailed for five years. Miss H, 44 and Mrs R, 57 received three year terms, Mr E, 37 and Mrs E, 45 were both handed 33 month sentences, and Miss H, 38 was sentenced to 18 months in jail. Mr J and Mrs J, both 39 received suspended sentences.

COMPETENCE

The HSE have warned that hiring self employed contractors must be vigilant as they may not all be competent to do the job. The warning comes from a fatality last year. Mr J, 79, a self-employed maintenance contractor fell from a roof panel, falling over 2 metres to the ground. He had been carrying out minor repairs on a rented bungalow for an estate agent. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found estate agents based in Dorset had contracted Mr J to carry out the repair work, but failed to ensure the work was properly planned and organised, or the contractor was competent to carry out the work.

The company, which managed the property on behalf of the landlord, pleaded guilty to a criminal safety offence and was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £11,153.95.

A HSE inspector has said, ‘Mr J might be alive today if simple safety measures had been put in place. The company has a duty to ensure the safety of those they employed – whether working directly for them or not. If your business in managing properties then you must ensure that anyone you engage to maintain those properties is competent and carries out their work safely to ensure their safety and that of others.’

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) isBritain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.

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