Author - Les Jones

Firm fined £550,000 after two men fall to their deaths

Firm fined £550,000 after two men fall to their deaths

A north London building firm has been fined £550,000 after two men fell 4m to their deaths when a site perimeter hoarding gave way in the Capital.

CCTV footage showed the two men, both in their early thirties, grappling before one pushed the other against the site hoarding, which gave way, leading them to topple head first into the basement of a residential site near Euston Station back in October 2013.

Both men suffered catastrophic head and neck injuries, the Old Bailey was told.

The firm was fined £250,000 each for the deaths as well as £50,000 for the heath and safety breach. It was also ordered to pay £23,653 costs.

View Article by Construction Enquirer here

Safer Sphere advise, hoardings should alway be a part of your temporary works processes and designed by a competent person.

Steve Murray elected Chairman of Merseyside Chapter ICWCI

Steve Murray elected Chairman of Merseyside Chapter ICWCI

Safer Sphere are proud to announce one of our CDM Consultants Steve Murray has been appointed as Chair of the Institute of Clerk of Works and Construction Inspectorate, Merseyside Chapter.

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The Institute has a long established, highly recognised status within the construction industry, and the designations LICWCI, MICWCI and FICWCI are accepted as the benchmark of professional recognition and standing.


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IOSH’s No Time to Lose

About IOSH’s campaign

IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign aims to get carcinogenic exposure issues more widely understood and help businesses take action. The campaign is working to:

  • raise awareness of a significant health issue facing workers in the UK and internationally
  • suggest some solutions on a UK scale to tackle the problem – a national model that can be transposed internationally
  • offer free practical, original materials to businesses to help them deliver effective prevention programmes.

About work cancer

Cancer caused by what people do at work is nothing new. One of the first official cases of an occupational cancer was identified in the eighteenth century.

Asbestos is the best known carcinogen – and the biggest killer. Today, asbestos claims well over 100,000 lives a year worldwide. It’s estimated that 10 million people across the world will have died as a result of asbestos exposure before it’s been fully controlled. But there are many other carcinogenic exposures that cause cancer and claim lives – well over 50 substances are listed as known or probable causes of workplace cancer. Across the EU, 1 in 5 workers faces an occupational cancer risk. Across the world, the number of people dying from a work-caused cancer far outstrips those dying because of work accidents. It’s estimated that at least 666,000 people die worldwide every year.


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A new health and safety system strategy

A new health and safety system strategy

HSE publish their new strategy – Helping Great Britain work well

The six strategic themes are;

  • Acting together: Promoting broader ownership of health and safety in Great Britain.
  • Tackling ill health: Highlighting and tackling the costs of work-related ill health.
  • Managing risk well: Simplifying risk management and helping business to grow.
  • Supporting small employers: Giving SMEs simple advice so they know what they have to do.
  • Keeping pace with change: Anticipating and tackling new health and safety challenges.
  • Sharing our success: Promoting the bene ts of Great Britain’s world-class health and safety system.

These strategic themes were discussed with key players – representing all sectors and organisations with an interest in health and safety – during a nationwide engagement programme in January and February 2016.

You can follow the campaign on Twitter – #HelpGBWorkWell

You can download the document HelpGBWorkWell here. and get more information here.