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Check back regularly to see the latest CQMS health and safety news. Click to also read the latest recent HSE prosecutions and Corporate Manslaughter prosecutions.

Corporate manslaughter firm ordered to publicise conviction

A building firm which was fined £200,000 following the death of a 28-year-old worker who was fatally crushed when a 2.9 metre retaining wall collapsed onto him, has been ordered to take out an advert on the Construction Enquirer detailing its prosecution.

This is the first time a publicity order has resulted in an advert being taken out in the trade press. Previously notices have appeared in local papers or on a company’s own website.

Source : SHP December 2015


Sixth suspected Legionnaires' case at Boldon Faltec factory

A sixth suspected case of Legionnaires' disease is being investigated at a South Tyneside factory.

Faltec Europe Ltd in Boldon closed down its cooling towers in June, after four workers and a nearby resident contracted the disease.

Source : BBC December 2015


‘Horrific’ incident at woodchip plant

A fatal incident at a Merseyside woodchip factory – described by one HSE inspector as his “most horrific case” – has seen two firms ordered to pay combined costs of £624,000.

Portuguese-owned Sonae Industria (UK) Ltd and equipment specialist Valmet Ltd, which took over Metso Ltd in 2013, were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court over the deaths of two workers at the Knowsley plant in 2010.

Source - letsrecycle.com December 2015


Brighton bombing kills policeman 31 years on: Anti-terror officer dies of cancer after being exposed to asbestos as he sifted through rubble at the scene

A former anti-terror officer who was one of the first on the scene of the Brighton bombing in 1984 has died from cancer after inhaling asbestos while sifting through wreckage at the site 31 years ago.

Jonathan Woods, a former Metropolitan Police detective, was exposed to asbestos after arriving at the Grand Hotel on October 12, 1984, after a deadly IRA explosion tore the building apart.

Source: Daily Mail


Summer 2015’ SSIP Newsletter is now available

Following the success of their first newsletter in April SSIP have issued their second newsletter.  Issue 2 includes SSIP chairman John Kinge looking back on the first three months of CDM 2015, major benefits to choosing and using SSIP and use of the SSIP portal.


CQMS Newsflash – Security on Site

Following the tragic news that Officers searching for missing 7-year-old Conley Thompson have found the body of a child on a construction site on Bank End Road in the Worsbrough area of Barnsley, CQMS have prepared a newsflash reminding all clients of site / premises security.


Latest SSIP Newsletter is now available

SSIP’s mission is to act as an umbrella organisation to facilitate mutual recognition between health and safety pre-qualification schemes wherever it is practicable to do so.  SSIP is supported by the HSE – the HSE encourages Clients to accept a valid certification, based on an assessment by any of the SSIP Forum Member Schemes* as having met  the Core Criteria, and Clients should not then require any further evidence at the prequalification stage.


Are you ready for CDM 2015?

April 06 2015 saw the introduction of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 {CDM2015}; with these updated regulations we see changes to the duty-holders, in particular the removal of the CDM Coordinator and the new role of the Principal Designer.

CDM 2015 is subject to certain transitional provisions which apply to construction projects that start before the Regulations come into force and continue beyond that date.

The HSE have also produced a series of ‘busy builder’ guidance notes to support smaller builders with their new duties including guidance on a Construction Phase Plan CIS80.

If you are unsure of your duties or require some assistance contact CQMS without delay.

HSE Issues draft guidance on CDM 2015

Subject to Parliamentary approval, the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) will come into force on 6 April 2015.


Corporate Manslaughter Prosecutions

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a landmark in law. For the first time, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care. The Act clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies including large organisations where serious failures in the management of health and safety result in a fatality.


CQMS stresses the importance of Accident Investigation toolbox talks for UK workforces

Wayne Easton from CQMS carries out hundreds of site inspections each year and he sees firsthand the value of toolbox talks in the workplace.


Need to vet your subcontractors? CQMS explains what you need to know

When you employ a subcontractor to carry out work on your behalf at either your premises or those of your client, you have a duty under the health and safety legislation to ensure they are competent for the task you have employed them to do, says Wayne Eaton from CQMS, a leading health and safety consultancy in the UK.


Asbestos in the workplace – CQMS explains how a simple toolbox talk could save lives

The Health and Safety Executive estimates that more than 4,000 people die in the UK each each year from asbestos-related cancer deaths*. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, construction labourers, metal plate workers, pipe fitters, construction operatives, construction managers, construction trades and energy plant operators are occupations among the highest risk areas.