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Contractor Fined For Breaching Asbestos Regulations

A Northern Irish contractor has been fined for disturbing asbestos whilst demolishing a bungalow in Dromore. Michael Galloway, trading as MG Construction, was fined a total of £2,500 and given a 12 month conditional discharge after pleading guilty at Newry Crown Court to three breaches of health and safety legislation. Materials containing asbestos were disturbed, […]

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Other Fibres Found To Increase Mesothelioma Risk

A French study suggests that two other types of particle used in industry may increase the risk of mesothelioma, particularly in people who are experience asbestos exposure. Researchers in Bordeaux, France compared the cases of 1,199 male industrial workers with mesothelioma with 2,370 healthy industrial workers, paying extremely close attention to each worker’s level of […]

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HSE indicates changes to CDM will be more significant than expected

The HSE is planning a “complete overhaul” of the Construction Design Management (CDM) Regulations ““ including removal of provisions relating to competence, and introducing duties for domestic projects ““ rather than the fine-tuning indicated by its review last year. This is according to the Association for Project Safety (APS), which called the changes ““ revealed […]

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Lords vote against ripping up strict-liability health and safety rules

The House of Lords has voted against the Government’s plans to remove civil liability from breaches of duty imposed by health and safety regulations ““ but only by a very slim majority. The Government clause to amend the HSWA 1974 ““ contained within the wide-ranging Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill ““ has been hugely controversial, […]

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Scottish Government puts weight behind competence in construction

In what is being described as a boost for health and safety on construction sites in Scotland, its Government is insisting that all on-site workers involved in public-sector construction contracts are registered with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), or equivalent. The new policy, which was proposed by the Scottish Building Federation, was announced before […]

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