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Excavation was directly behind door

A London based construction company has been fined for safety failings.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how RS Construction UK (London) Limited was working at a site on St Dionis Road, London which was inspected by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The inspector found there was an excavation directly behind the front door, which was the only entrance and exit for the site.

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Company’s management of FLT driving failed

A large steel fabrication company based in North Yorkshire has been fined after a forklift truck (FLT) operator was killed when the truck he was operating overturned. However, the offence to which the company pleaded guilty was not a significant cause of the fatal accident.

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CDM 2015 ACOP decision

The Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) met on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at HSE London HQ for a routine six monthly meeting.

The meeting agenda included Item 8 “CDM ACoP 2015 – Decision of HSE Board meeting 9 March 2016″.

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Workplace safety concerns raised at event

UCATT, the union for construction workers, has had its motion on workplace safety passed unanimously at the STUC Congress in Dundee. The motion dealt with the issue of migrant workers on construction sites who do not have the necessary language skills which mean they are potentially posing a risk to both themselves and other workers. UCATT say it has uncovered unsafe practices on major infrastructure sites in Scotland, and moving the motion UCATT delegate Paul Bennett said: “This movement celebrates the diverse nature of Scotland – and welcomes workers from across the world here.

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Working time reforms

The Belgian government is currently refining a draft reform of statutory working time that will favour an increase in flexible working. The government believes that this reform will respond to the wishes of many workers by allowing for a better balance between family and working life. Trade unions, however, fear that this flexibility will only work one way, serving the needs and interests of business.

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