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Fairhurst Stone Merchants Ltd has been fined for safety breaches after a vehicle made contact with an uninsulated overhead electric power line. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that on 25 July 2018, a wagon delivering materials to the company’s ready-mix plant in Settle was directed to tip its load close to the overhead power lines…

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There are a few things to take note of in this incident. Firstly, businesses and employees who work near to an overhead line must manage the risks appropriately. As part of this, and in line with the HSE’s ‘Avoiding Danger From Overhead Power Lines’ (GS6), all equipment should be kept outside the exclusion zone for the type of powerline that they are working in the vicinity of. Secondly, a similar incident had occured 2 years previously, which to Company had not learned lessons from. Finally, this Company did not report the intial incident as a ‘Dangerous Occurance’ under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013 – a legal requirement you need to abide by.

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A builders merchant has been handed a fine of more than £80,000 for safety failings after a lorry driver was crushed by three tonnes of decking. The driver had been delivering the wooden decking to Crescent Building Supplies in Uxbridge when he was crushed suffering serious injuries. On April 6 in 2017, the driver had delivered the pallets to the builders’ yard in Longbridge Way, off an industrial estate in Uxbridge Moor, when he was injured…

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This article highlights the importance of employing competent forklift truck operators and ensuring that unsafe working practices, such as overloading forklifts beyond their maxmimum capacity, are not permitted. You should make sure that operators only lift within the safe working load capacity stated by the lift truck’s manufacturer.

Additionally, it is important to ensure the forklifts on site are suitable for the tasks they perform. It is also worth noting that the delivery driver was not stood in a safe location. During the loading and unloading of vehicles, delivery drivers need to be controlled and kept at a safe distance moving vehicles.

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A 36-year-old man died after falling through a roof at a city glass merchant’s firm, an inquest heard. Marius Andrus was carrying out snagging repairs to a roof above the “toughening area” at Pearsons Glass in Kirkdale, on May 22, 2017…

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This was a tragic accident which demonstrates the imporance of adequately managing contractors at your site. Where contractors complete higher risk activities, such as work at height and hot works, a ‘Permit to Work’ should first be implemented by a nominated person from the Company. This can be used to ensure the scope of the work is clear, that the activity has been adequately risk assessed and planned out, that suitable controls have been implemented and the contractor is competent to safely complete the task. Following the start of works, you should regularly check that the contractor is working safely and in-line with the risk assessment and planned method of work.