News Updates November 2012

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A worker at a truck body shop suffered injuries after falling off a stepladder, which took place only a month after he suffered injuries in an identical incident.

He was standing on a stepladder to spray-paint a lorry, when one of the feet on the ladder slipped down a grille in the concrete floor. He fell two metres and suffered a multitude of injuries, which included a shattered left shoulder and collarbone, several broken ribs and a deep cut in his head.

He is unable to work owing to his injuries.

It was also discovered that the same worker suffered bruising a month earlier, when he fell off a stepladder. He reported the incident to his manager but it was not recorded in the company’s accident book, and no action was taken to ensure the work was carried out safely in the future.

The HSE issued a Prohibition Notice to the company which ordered it to stop spray-painting vehicles until a safe system of work was created.

The company was found guilty in its absence following a trial Magistrates’ Court, they was fined £7500 and ordered to pay £4923 in costs.

The company has gone into voluntary liquidation and hasn’t carried out any spray-painting since the incident.


This information comes from a recent IOSH meeting with a presentation by the HSE.

The problem with the current CDM Regulation’s is that they fail to meet some requirements of the Temporary or Mobile Construction Sites Directive and in some cases the CDM Regulation’s gold plate, over implement or implement regulations that are not a requirement of the directive. According to the directive, notification of a construction project is only required if the project is 30 days or over AND has 20 or more operatives on board. 

The notification of a project at present leads to additional requirements and appointments e.g. PC, CDMC. All of the EU Directive applies regardless of duration and numbers. Also according to the EU Directive it is the Clients responsibility to notify the HSE.

There is no requirement for a single point of coordination – we asked HSE about this and it effectively means there is no requirement for a CDM Coordinator. During the pre construction stage of the project there is a requirement for the client to
appoint a safety coordinator and during the construction stage the contractor should appoint a safety coordinator. None of the above have to specifically be carried out by a single person – CDMC.


The provisional statistics published by the HSE show that in Britain between April 2011 and March 2012:

  • 22,43 major injuries such as amputations, fractures and burns, to employees were reported, compared with 24,944 in 2010/11.
  • 88,731 other injuries serious enough to keep people off work for four or more days were reported down from 91,742 the previous year.
  • An estimated 1.1 million people said they were suffering from an illness caused or made worse by their work, down from 1.2 million in 2010/11
  • 173 workers fatally injured – down from 175 the previous year.


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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and





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