Bailey Developments (NW) Ltd prosecuted for unsafe scaffolding

The lives of several construction workers were put at risk as they worked on unsafe scaffolding at a farm in the Ribble Valley, a court has heard.

The men were spotted working on a barn conversion in Mellor Brow in Mellor on 13 March 2012 during a series of on-the-spot inspections carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) targeting refurbishment and roof work.

The inspector immediately served a Prohibition Notice ordering the men to come down from the scaffolding and their employer, Bailey Developments (NW) Ltd, was prosecuted for failing to take sufficient measures to prevent workers being injured in a fall.

Accington Magistrates’ Court was told the company had been served with a Prohibition Notice in 2009 for previous unsafe work at height at a construction site in Preston.

During the site visit to the farm in Mellor, workers were seen on scaffolding platforms more than five metres above the ground, but there were numerous missing guard rails, deck boards and toe boards to prevent them falling. The scaffolding was also potentially unstable and there were unsafe ladders leaning against it.

Bailey Developments (NW) Ltd, of Deanfield Drive, Clitheroe, was fined £5,000 on 14 November 2012 after admitting breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was also ordered to pay £2,000 in prosecution costs.

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Tardis Environmental UK Ltd in the shit after worker falls into sewage well

A West Midlands company has been fined after a worker fell and slid seven metres into sewage well in Halesowen.

The 34-year-old from Walsall, who has asked not to be named, was clearing a blockage for Tardis Environmental UK Ltd at a partially completed housing development when the incident occurred on 26 August last year.

A pump at the bottom of the sewage well had stopped working because it had become blocked with “rag”, bulky waste material like nappies.

To remove the waste the employee used a road tanker with pump and hose attachments. He opened a grid at the top of the well and stood over it to support and manipulate the hose.

As he did the hose kicked back and hit him, causing him to lose balance and fall into the chamber.

He managed to grab the hose as he fell and slid down it into the waste at the bottom where he stood disorientated for around twenty minutes before he realised he had his mobile phone with him and was able to call for help.

He ingested raw sewage, sustained friction burns to his arms, and bruised his elbows, knees and head in the fall. He was off work for a number of days.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the Tardis employee had been trained in the use of the pumping equipment but had not received any instruction or training in how to empty deep, below-ground sewage wells with specific regard to the risks involved with working at height.

Tardis Environmental UK Ltd, of Fryers Road, Leamore, Bloxwich, today (14 November) pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at Dudley Magistrates’ Court. The company was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 in costs.

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Essex County Council has been fined for safety failings after a child almost drowned in his school’s swimming pool.

Essex County Council has been fined for safety failings after a child with severe learning and physical disabilities almost drowned in his school’s swimming pool.

The 9-year-old boy, from Harlow, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was pulled from the water blue in colour and needed resuscitation after the incident during a school swimming session at Harlow Fields School and College on 23 March last year.

The council was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found that it had failed to provide schools, including Harlow Fields, with adequate information and guidance on how to safely manage and run their swimming pools.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court head today (14 November) that the boy and the rest of his class had been in the pool with inadequate supervision.

After coming round at the pool side, he was taken by to the Princess Alexander hospital where he had to stay for 26 hours. His mother, speaking in a statement taken as part of the HSE investigation, said that her son was now frightened of water and was generally not as happy as before.

Magistrates heard that the council, as the employer, should have provided the school with sufficient information to prepare operating and emergency plans for the swimming pool, and should have taken steps to ensure the guidance had been followed.

Essex County Council pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,110.

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OSHA cites Grede Wisconsin with 9 safety violations during follow-up inspection at Berlin, Wis., iron foundry

BERLIN, Wis. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Grede Wisconsin Subsidiaries LLC for nine – including two repeat – safety violations at the company’s Berlin iron foundry.

These carry $56,320 in proposed penalties.”Grede Wisconsin Subsidiaries is compromising the safety of its workers by allowing previously cited deficiencies to continue without correction,” said Frank Winingham, OSHA’s area director in Appleton. “Employers who are cited for repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to workers’ well-being.

OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job.”OSHA conducted an inspection in May as a follow-up to an August 2010 inspection.The repeat violations are operating a grinder with a missing guard and failing to have a cover on an electrical junction box.

A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations were cited based on the 2010 inspection.

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OSHA cites Lapmaster Precision Finishing Servicesin Dayton, Ohio, with 13 violations following inspection prompted by complaint

DAYTON, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services LLC in Dayton with 13 safety and health violations. Proposed fines total $65,500 following a September inspection that OSHA initiated upon receiving a complaint alleging hazards.”Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services is compromising its workers by failing to evaluate their exposure to and correct hazardous conditions,” said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati. “Training workers is vital to their long-term safety and health. OSHA is committed to protecting workers.”

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OSHA recovers back wages for student workers, fines companies for labor violations at warehouse in Palmyra, Pa.

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered more than $213,000 in back wages for 1,028 foreign students employed in summer jobs in Palmyra where they repackaged candies for promotional displays.

The settlement with The SHS Group, LP, the Council for Educational Travel-USA, and Exel Inc. resolves federal minimum wage and overtime violations, and also resolves $143,000 in fines for safety and health violations found at an Exel-operated facility in Palmyra. The settlement also includes commitments by Exel to implement pro-active procedures to help ensure future FLSA and OSHA compliance at each of their over 300 facilities across the country.

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BUPA care home provider fined after elderly resident died following fall

A South Lanarkshire care home provider has been fined after an elderly resident died after breaking her neck in a fall.At Hamilton Sheriff Court today, BUPA Care Homes (Carrick) Ltd was fined £57,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which led to the death of Mrs Elizabeth Stevenson, 88.

BUPA Care Homes (Carrick) Ltd admitted to failing to review and update a risk assessment for Mrs Stevenson and failing to provide adequate instruction and supervision to their employees engaged in moving and handling residents of Highgate Care Home in Uddingston.On the morning of 22 October 2008, a carer in the home was in the process of assisting Mrs Stevenson in undressing in order to transfer her from her bed to her shower chair when Mrs Stevenson fell to the ground.

The carer, who had only very shortly before taken up work at the home, was unaware that a care plan assessment carried out a month earlier stated that two people were required to transfer Mrs Stevenson safely from her bed into the shower chair.

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Peak Construction (London) Ltd ignored 7 Prohibition Notices

A building firm put the lives of its employees and nearby residents at risk after repeatedly ignoring safety warnings on a redevelopment project in Bristol city centre. Peak Construction (London) Ltd was working on Riverside House in Welsh Back to convert the upper floors to residential accommodation and adding two new timber framed floors on top of the building. The site was visited six times by inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive between August and October 2011 following initial concerns raised by members of the public about dangerous working practices.Bristol Magistrates heard today (14 November) that on each occasion inspectors found a series of failings by the company relating to unsafe work at height, including the use of a mobile elevating work platform without worker harnesses, a lack of edge protection to prevent falls, poorly constructed scaffolding and risks with materials falling from the roof. Inspectors also identified multiple fire risks, including no fire plan, no means of raising an alarm, no fire extinguishers, no marked emergency escape routes and the use of an open flame gas torch in the timber roof with no fire precautions in place. Seven Prohibition Notices were served ordering work to stop immediately but some dangerous practices continued. Peak Construction (London) Ltd, of Takeley Road, Bambers Green, Takeley in Essex pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Regulation 38 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 for failing to make satisfactory safe working arrangements, and for allowing dangerous practices to continue. The company was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay £4,629 in costs. http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-sw-peakconstruction.htm?eban=rss-

OSHA seeks court enforcement of order requiring Star Air to reinstate 2 wrongfully terminated Ohio truck drivers

AKRON, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to enforce a final decision and order issued to North Canton-based trucking company Star Air and owner Robert R. Custer for terminating two truck drivers in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act’s whistleblower provisions.

The company has been ordered to pay $612,205. The Labor Department’s Administrative Review Board issued a final decision to Star Air on Dec. 19, 2011, requiring the company to reinstate the two employees and pay $602,366, including back wages in the amount of $341,894 for one driver and $181,468 for the other, as well as $79,004 in attorney fees.

On Jan. 18, 2012, the review board ordered Star Air to pay supplemental attorney fees of $9,839. To date, Star Air has not taken any action to comply, prompting the department’s suit, which has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division in Akron. The department is represented by its Regional Office of the Solicitor in Cleveland. 

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OSHA cites American Masonry in Chicago for exposing workers to lead dust, proposes $196,000 in fines

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Waclaw Cilulko, doing business as American Masonry Inc., for seven alleged willful health violations of OSHA’s lead standards.

An inspection of a commercial building site in Chicago that houses several art studios found workers exposed to excessive amounts of lead during sandblasting operations.

Proposed penalties total $196,000.”When employers such as American Masonry knowingly ignore health requirements, they are unduly placing their workers at risk for illnesses, and that is unacceptable,” said Nick Walters, OSHA’s regional administrator in Chicago. “Lead exposure can cause serious neurological damage, among other illnesses.”

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