Green construction and worker safety

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is always working to increase construction practices that address health and safety hazards.

The NIOSH Construction Program works through every stage of development – from pre-design to design, construction, occupancy and eventual demolition, the safety of people in the area remains a top priority.

NIOSH is not the only group in the United States pushing for safer conditions for construction workers. While worksites have improved in the past, how things are built is under constant transformation.

In this case, switching to green, eco-friendly building designs have been both a good and bad thing for construction workers. While the general point is to ensure the health of people throughout the building’s life, some of the practices are new and not yet mastered.

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Milford on Sea beach huts condemned over health and safety fears | Daily Echo

THE owners of a row of beach huts worth almost £1million are dismayed after they were condemned overnight due to health and safety fears.

The ‘hutters’ received a ‘crass and unsympathetic’ council letter ordering them to demolish the 20 wooden cabins after their shingle beach was washed away by storms.

The erosion created a 12ft steep bank to open up in front of the huts that are now at risk of toppling over.But instead of replenishing the stones as they have done before, New Forest District Council (NF

via Milford on Sea beach huts condemned over health and safety fears | Daily Echo.

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Seagull rescued from Eastbourne railway station | The Argus

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A railway station had to shut down its power while emergency services scrambled to save a trapped seagull.

The unfortunate bird caught its wing in some netting and was stuck in the canopy above platform one at Eastbourne Station.Staff said the bird, known as Paul, has been visiting for years and is known as the station mascot.

He was stuck for about 24 hours before wildlife rescuers were called to help.

via Seagull rescued from Eastbourne railway station | The Argus.

Lessons from recent industrial disasters – 1) Safety inspectors are lax or go easy on owners| The Daily Star

The costs of industrialisation are many. Human beings, wildlife, nature, the environment, and future generations often pay the price. In some instances, those who shoulder the burden do so voluntarily; some are compensated for their sacrifice and, in most cases, the suffering is imposed without their knowledge and consent. Add to that the tons of catastrophic events such as industrial accidents, mine collapses, and transport disasters that are a regular news item in this day and age. Ironically, many of these were foreseen and the deaths and illnesses could have been prevented.

Victims of industrial accidents are sometimes paid compensation although these are often small quantities of money and frequently do not reach the victims on time. Fortunately, we now have the capability to identify the culprits and are constantly refining the mechanism to measure the cost of the pain, suffering and physical damage they generate.

A review of these disasters has identified three problems:

1) Safety inspectors are lax or go easy on owners;

2) Companies hire inspectors from “friendly” agencies; and

3) Companies ignore inspection reports or disregard early warning signs. 

via Lessons from recent industrial disasters | The Daily Star.

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£3,000 penalty for illegal waste carrier – GOV.UK

A 35-year-old man from Bradford has been ordered to pay £3,116.80 after pleading guilty to operating as an illegal waste carrier in a case heard at Nottingham Magistrates Court.

Caught in road-stop sting
Andrew Clarke of Southcroft Avenue, Birkenshaw, Bradford, was stopped at a multi-agency road stop operation on the A614 at Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, on 25 May 2018. A search of his transit van revealed he was carrying waste carpet.

Environment Agency officers then carried out a check on the public register, which showed the defendant did not have the required waste carrier registration. He was given 10 days to obtain the necessary paperwork or face prosecution.
— Read on www.gov.uk/government/news/3000-penalty-for-illegal-waste-carrier

Midlands hand car washes inspected in scheme to protect workers | Recruiter

Thirty hand car washes in the Midlands are to be inspected and audited this month as part of an industry-led pilot project tackling modern slavery and lack of compliance within the hand car wash industry.A statement released by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) yesterday, revealed they will carry out 10 of the inspections with a further 10 conducted by the industry and 10 through joint inspections as part of the Responsible Car Wash Scheme (RCWS) project.

via Midlands hand car washes inspected in scheme to protect workers | Recruiter.

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£23,000 asbestos training for Aberdeen City Council staff – Evening Express

Aberdeen City Council will spend a total of £23,000 offering “bespoke asbestos training” to its frontline staff.The local authority was ordered to improve after an investigation last year found an asbestos incident at Bridge of Don Academy contravened health and safety law.The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ordered the council to improve its level of training in the wake of its investigation.

via £23,000 asbestos training for Aberdeen City Council staff – Evening Express.

Farmer fined for ‘shocking’ incident of water pollution – Mid Ulster Mail

A District Judge has described photographs of a water pollution incident in south Derry as “shocking.”Before the court was farmer Eric Scott Thom, from Quarry Road, Desertmartin, who was fined £750 and ordered to pay a £15 offender levy.Judge Oonagh Mullan told Scott that the incident should never have happened and he should have taken steps sooner to prevent “poisonous polluting matter” from entering the waterway.Magherafelt Magistrates Court heard that an inspection of the Grange waterway, part of

via Farmer fined for ‘shocking’ incident of water pollution – Mid Ulster Mail.