Kevin Ward of Scaffold Erection Services has been elected president of the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC).He takes over from Rob Lynch of Lyndon Scaffolding, who has completed his two-year term. As Mr Ward has been vice-president, his presidency had been long planned.
On taking over, Mr Ward said: “Coming from a smaller sized member company I was very honoured and truly humbled to be asked by my peers to take over the presidency of the NASC. It really does clearly demonstrate that we are an inclusive trade association.
“I will always endeavour to put forward a view point that I consider first and foremost to be both representative of and beneficial to the whole UK scaffolding industry, whilst also being ever mindful of the best interests of the membership, whom I represent.”
Mr Ward also laid down a challenge to the NASC membership to create at least 400 scaffolding apprentices during his two year term as president.
Other changes to the NASC council include: Alan Lilley of Commercial Scaffolding is the new vice president; Kevin Mouatt of D+R Group chairs the technical committee; and Trevor Clarke of Amber Scaffolding takes the chair of the contracts committee.
The NASC also has its first female regional chair with Lynn Way of Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding heading the Southwest & South Wales region.
US Labor Department’s OSHA Proposes More Than $460,000 In Fines Against Long Island Contractor For Repeat Fall And Scaffolding Hazards.
Westbury, NY - December 3rd, 2013 - Painting & Decorating Inc., a Ronkonkoma painting and stucco contractor with a long history of fall protection and scaffold safety violations, now faces an additional $460,350 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration following an inspection of a work site at 1900 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset.
“The sizable fines proposed reflect the ongoing failure and refusal by this employer to provide basic safeguards for its employees. Workers have repeatedly been exposed to deadly or disabling falls and crushing injuries,” said Anthony Ciuffo, OSHA’s Long Island area director. “In this case, workers were exposed to falls of more than 26 feet. Falls are the leading cause of death in construction work and can be prevented by adhering to basic, common sense and legally required safeguards.”
OSHA’s Long Island Area Office opened an inspection at the work site on March 31 under its local emphasis program aimed at preventing falls in the construction industry. The inspection identified numerous fall and scaffolding hazards, many of which were similar to those cited during previous OSHA inspections of five other Painting & Decorating work sites during the past several years.
The recurring hazards include not having the scaffold self-inspected for defects by a competent person during scaffold erection and before workers began to work on the scaffold. An inspection would have identified hazards such as missing cross bracing and planks; no safe means for workers to access the scaffold; lack of fall protection for the employees working on the scaffold; scaffold not restrained against tipping; lack of protective helmets; and no protection to prevent objects from falling onto workers from the scaffold.
These conditions resulted in the issuance of 10 repeat citations with $429,660 in fines. A repeat violation exists when an employer has been cited previously for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any of its facilities in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Between 2008 and 2010, OSHA cited the company for similar hazards at work sites in Kings Point, Great Neck and Forest Hills.
OSHA’s inspectors also identified new hazards, including a lack of fall protection for workers erecting the scaffolding; scaffold erected on unsound footing; workers climbing the scaffold’s cross bracing during erection; and lack of eye protection. These hazards resulted in the issuance of five serious citations with $30,690 in fines. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/PaintingDecorating909337_112713.pdf.
“Employers can enhance safety in the workplace and prevent hazards from occurring by implementing an effective illness-and-injury prevention program where they work with employees to identify, address and eliminate hazards proactively,” said Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York.
Due to the nature and severity of violations, Painting & Decorating Inc. has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. OSHA’s SVEP focuses on recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations. Under the program, OSHA may inspect any of the employer’s facilities if it has reasonable grounds to believe there are similar violations.
OSHA’s fall prevention campaign provides employers and workers with lifesaving information and educational materials about working safely from ladders, scaffolds and roofs. It was developed in partnership with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda program. More information on fall protection standards is available in English and Spanish at www.osha.gov/stopfalls.
Painting & Decorating Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of its latest citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency’s Long Island Area Office at 516-334-3344.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visitwww.osha.gov.
Two men were taken to hospital after scaffolding collapsed at a Northampton house.
The accident happened at a house in Medinah Close, Collingtree Park.
Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance said the men were both at the top of the scaffolding and fell from a height of up to 15 metres.
The charity was called to the scene at about 1.45pm on Friday and used their helicopter and rapid response land vehicle to get to the patients.
One patient, a 55-year old man, sustained serious chest injuries as well as a potential head injury.
Due to the nature of his injuries, he was anaesthetised and given emergency surgery to help with breathing.
He was immobilised and quickly airlifted to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire, where he arrived at about 3pm, for further treatment.
The second patient, a 42-year old man, sustained injuries to his lower back. He was given advanced pain relief and immobilised before being taken by land ambulance to the same hospital.
A developer must pay out more than £250,000 in fines and costs after a 68-year-old joiner fell to his death from dodgy scaffolding.Peter Winchurch, a self-employed joiner, had been hired by TRU Ltd to help build an extension to a semi-detached house on Bromilow Road in Skelmersdale when the incident happened on 9 November 2009.
TRU Ltd, which was in charge of the construction site, was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found that the scaffolding lacked guard rails and had inadequate decking. In addition, site employees were not trained in safety, there were no risk assessments and there were no method statements.
TRU specialises in providing rehabilitation for people with brain injuries, but it also takes on some building projects.
During a five-day trial at Liverpool Crown Court, the jury heard that Mr Winchurch had been working on the roof trusses for the extension to the house when he fell 6m from the scaffolding. He suffered critical head injuries and died in hospital the following day.
TRU Ltd, which now trades as TRU (Transitional Rehabilitation Unit) Ltd, was found guilty of two separate breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company, of Haydock Lane in Haydock, was fined £170,000 and ordered to pay a further £82,145 in prosecution costs on 22 November 2013.
HSE inspector Anthony Polec said after the hearing: “The failings by TRU Ltd were a significant cause of Mr Winchurch’s tragic death. The scaffolding was clearly dangerous, which meant that the risk of a worker being killed or seriously injured in a fall was highly foreseeable. The safeguards required were reasonably practicable, and there is much published guidance on the subject from HSE and the construction industry.”
At least three people were injured after a part of scaffolding at a construction site in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, collapsed Saturday noon, according to a report on "News TV Live."
The scaffolding was located at 30th St. corner 3rd Street and all three people hurt were construction workers, the report said, adding no cars or pedestrians were passing by during the accident.
The injured were brought to the nearest hospital for treatment, it added.
Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the incident.
Meanwhile, dzBB's Rod Vega said officials at the construction site have yet to release a statement, even as they were busy with the clearing operation.
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A Lancashire construction company and one of its subcontractors have been fined after their inadequate scaffolding led to a worker falling from a roof, fracturing his skull and breaking his back.Simon Brown, 40, of Bolton, also suffered neck injuries and a fractured pelvis, and later had to have a kidney removed, after he fainted and fell eight metres from a property on Wheatfield Street, Bolton, on 26 February 2012.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found the scaffolding at the rear of the house where he was working failed to offer any fall protection.
Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that Eagle Construction (Bolton) Ltd had been hired as the main contractor to carry out building work on the property, including the construction of a dormer roof extension.
An experienced roofer, Mr Brown was working for the first time for Steven Winter, owner of Orion Roofing, who had been subcontracted for the roofing work.
Eagle Construction (Bolton) Ltd organised the scaffolding to gutter level on the front of the home and a tower scaffold on the rear of the house to gutter level.
Mr Brown had accessed the new dormer roof area several times over the four days he worked on it, using a ladder onto the scaffolding at the front of the house, then climbing over the ridge of the roof using a ladder, before climbing down onto the dormer roof. He was using the dormer roof as a working platform to hand materials to Steven Winter who was working on the scaffolding below.
Just before the incident, Mr Brown had been standing while putting corners on the fascia on the edges of the dormer when he said he felt dizzy. He then fainted and fell from the roof into the neighbour’s garden below.
He spent eight weeks in hospital.
Eagle Construction (Bolton) Ltd of Chorley Old Road, Bolton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Regulation 13(2) of the of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and was fined £6,000 with £3,000 costs.
Steven Winter of Watson Road, Farnworth, Bolton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £1,000 with £300 costs.
HSE inspector Neil Jamieson said after the hearing: “Although Mr Brown has suffered very serious, life-changing injuries, we could easily be talking about a fatal incident. The initial scaffolding was adequate but the problem arose once work moved onto the dormer extension and roof. It was the responsibility of the Eagle Construction to provide sufficient fall protection but the scaffolding was not modified to fit in with the progress of the work. So what was a sufficient safety measure became insufficient and unsafe. The subcontractor, Steven Winter, also allowed his worker to access the roof and work in a dangerous manner when there was inadequate fall protection.”