Council worker ‘stood on wasps’ nest while looking for a rat’ – Somerset Live

A council worker in Somerset suffered the misfortune of standing on a wasps’ nest while looking for a rat.

That’s according to a list of 58 ‘health and safety incidents’ over the past year, published by South Somerset District Council.Exploding tyres, burned fingers and dog bites were just some of the other perils encountered by staff at the council over the last year.

Arguably the unluckiest incident, however, involved a worker hunting a rodent getting stung.

via Council worker ‘stood on wasps’ nest while looking for a rat’ – Somerset Live.

This dangerously balanced ladder landed a roofer in court for breaking health and safety laws – Manchester Evening News

This worrying photo shows a builder using a ladder as makeshift scaffolding.Kenneth Morris, 49, from Salford , was caught dodging health and safety laws as he worked on a house in Altrincham .

A concerned local resident reported him when he saw the unsecured ladder balanced from a tower scaffold at one end, to a roof at the other end, a court heard.

Investigations by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) then revealed that Morris had breached regulations and risked death on the job.

via This dangerously balanced ladder landed a roofer in court for breaking health and safety laws – Manchester Evening News.

Should construction workers hurt in falls be liable if they’re to blame? Law says no, Johnson says yes. – silive.com

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CITY HALL — As part of his work to reform the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is targeting New York’s Scaffold Law, which some say significantly boosts the insurance costs for transportation projects.

The law — enacted in 1885 — holds employers responsible for ensuring that safety equipment is properly deployed for those working at dangerous heights, and fully liable if an employee is injured from a related fall.

via Should construction workers hurt in falls be liable if they’re to blame? Law says no, Johnson says yes. – silive.com.

Prosecution Details | Offender Perth Aluminium Scaffolds Pty Ltd (ACN 009 133 591)

Both the accused’s director and the painter saw the victim disappear through the roof as he walked leaving the platform section sitting over the skylight.

The other two scaffolders and the leading hand heard something and turned around to see that the victim had disappeared through a hole in the roof and the platform was sitting over the skylight.

The VenuesWest Catering Supervisor was inside the stadium below on a mezzanine floor when she saw the victim fall through the roof and through a void area to the concourse level below. She ran to the guardrail and looked down before phoning for an ambulance. VenuesWest Reception was alerted by other witnesses sitting in the nearby café and also called for an ambulance.

The Casual Events Setup Worker was standing on the concourse level below the skylight void when he heard a loud crack and saw the victim falling from above and landing on the concrete concourse floor approximately fifteen metres from where he was standing.

He ran to the victim to help.

via Prosecution Details | Prosecutions Database | Department of Commerce.