North Yorkshire school given an award from the British Safety Council

AMPLEFORTH Abbey and College has won an international safety award from the British Safety Council (BSC), in recognition of its commitment to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe. With more than 500 employees and volunteers, the abbey and college is one of only 578 sites worldwide to win an International Safety Award in 2017. The Health and Safety Climate of the College places health and safety at the highest level of school governance, which confirms strategy and structure and provides for the effective monitoring of staff health and safety performance. Health and Safety Compliance affirms the College’s commitment to meeting its legal health and safety responsibilities; in addition, … Read More »

New Health and Safety apprenticeship ‘Trailblazer’ planned as part of government scheme

Plans to develop a new Health and Safety apprenticeship for England have the potential to be a “real asset to business”, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The Institution is one of a number of professional bodies supporting efforts to establish a Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) apprenticeship as part of the UK Government’s ‘Trailblazer’ programme. The news comes in the same week the Institute for Apprenticeships was launched and the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy comes into force. From Thursday 6 April, all employers operating in the UK with a pay bill over £3million each year were required to contribute to the levy, which will be used to … Read More »

Roofing contractors sentenced over unsafe roof work

Two local roofing contractors have been sentenced after putting their workers at risk of harm during roof replacement works in Oldham. MKM Fabrications Ltd had been employed as the principal roofing contractor to carry out a roof replacement on one of the buildings at Valley Mills, Millgate, Delph, Oldham which is currently used for textile production. The company subcontracted part of the project, which involved replacing a northern light roof structure with a modern composite roof, to Clad-It Limited, which effectively meant employees from two companies were alongside one another. Concerns were raised to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) claiming that men were working on the roof with nothing … Read More »

Company given record fine for breaching fire safety regulations

A property company has been fined almost 4 million pounds for breaches in fire safety regulations which killed an elderly women at a Surrey retirement home. FirstPort Limited, formerly Peverel Management Services, was prosecuted by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service following a fatal fire at Gibson Court, Hinchley Wood in September 2011. The property management firm, whose registered address is in Queensway, New Milton, Hants, pleaded guilty in July last year to four offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. They are: – failed to make a proper fire risk assessment of the building – failed to take general fire precautions – failed to maintain fire precautions including fire barriers in … Read More »

Engineer sentenced for unregistered gas work

A plumber from South Devon has been sentenced after conducting unregistered gas work and leaving it in a dangerous state. Torquay Magistrates heard how Stephen Barton undertook the installation of a gas cooker and gas boiler at two separate properties in Dawlish and Exeter during January and May 2016. Gas Safe Register who inspected his work at the homes classed it as dangerous.   An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Stephen Barton wasn’t Gas Safe Registered at the time he conducted this work. Stephen Barton of Park Road, Dawlish pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations 1998 and breaching Section … Read More »