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31 Health and Safety Health & Safety The latest news and updates on health & safety from across the UK Mabey wins fourth consecutive UK health and safety award BRIDGE-building firm Mabey has clinched the gold award for employee health and safety for the fourth consecutive year. The engineering services specialist was awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) top accolade in recognition of its high levels of health and safety performance, well developed management systems and outstanding control of risk. Bob Paterson, director of safety at Mabey’s UK Hire business, said: “Our people do a difficult job every day supporting essential infrastructure and construction projects all over the country. It is vital for our customers and the public that we operate safely and our fourth award reflects everyone’s commitment to do just that.” n Construction workers six times more likely to die from suicide than falls SUICIDE kills six times as many construction workers as falling from heights, according to Samaritans. The mental health charity told a seminar, hosted by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and the CIBSE Patrons, that there must be more attention paid to depression and stress in the industry. “With the amount of energy being put into managing physical risk; you have to question whether the industry is getting the health and safety balance right,” said Samaritans regional partnerships officer Will Skinner. The three building engineering bodies heard that depression and suicide was the “forgotten health and safety issue”. BESA chief executive Paul McLaughlin, who chaired the event, said 80 per cent of employers in the building engineering sector recognised mental health was a major issue and was already having an impact on their businesses, according to a recent survey of BESA and ECA members. “Both large and small companies share the same concerns, but many simply don’t know how to deal with this,” he said. “The first thing you have to do is acknowledge there is an issue, which is why we are now working with Samaritans.” n Contractor run over by delivery vehicle sustains life changing injuries CONSTRUCTION firm Crest Nicholson Operations Ltd has been fined £800,000 after a contractor suffered life changing injuries when he was run over by a delivery vehicle while working on the Mulberry Grove housing development in Wokingham. Site foreman David Cole, contracted to Harlequin Brickwork Ltd, was walking along the nearside of the large bulk powder carrier as it pulled forward and turned towards the nearside. He was struck by and pulled under the vehicle sustaining serious injuries to his left hand, arm and leg in the incident, which took place on December 7, 2014. A pin was inserted in Cole’s left hip after it was also fractured and his left leg has been left permanently 20mm shorter than his right. Reading Crown Court heard the site, run by Surrey-based principal contractor, Crest Nicholson Operations Ltd, had failed to plan and manage the workplace transport effectively. The firm pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 36 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £800,000 plus £10,984 costs. n Firm fined £10k for drilling machine incident WEST Midlands-based engineering firm KV Welding Limited has been fined £10,000 after a 23-year-old Lithuanian worker required a skin graft after sustaining serious injuries when his arm became entangled in a drilling machine. Deimantas Beinoras was operating a pedestal drilling machine to drill holes into some box section tubing. He was adjusting the work piece while the drill was still running when his gloved hand became twisted with the unguarded drill bit. Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court heard how the Lithuanian national suffered two broken bones in his right forearm in the incident. KV Welding Limited of Perry Street, Bradley, Bilston , which manufactures equipment for the material handling and logistics sector, admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. As well as the £10,000, the firm were also ordered to pay costs of £2,168.73. n

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