New IOSH Safety for Property Managers Course

Introducing the new IOSH Safety for Property Managers Course

The Course

  • Specifically designed by Quantum Compliance’s property health and safety experts..
  • Provides the knowledge and tools required to manage health and safety in the property management sector.
  • Flexibility of delivery that suits you.
  • Efficient and effective learning – health, safety and environmental covered in a single programme.
  • No course pre-requisites.
  • IOSH Safety for Property Managers Syllabus

 

Delegate Benefits

  • Ensures you can assess and control risks and hazards.
  • Ensures you understand your own responsibilities for safety and health management.
  • Enables you to investigate incidents.
  • Empowers you to measure health and safety performance.

 

Course Details

Two family run companies sentenced over asbestos failings

Manchester Crown Court have fined two family run companies after admitting health and safety failings at a site in Manchester, where they were carrying out a basement conversion.

Hatters Taverns Limited had appointed sister company Hatters Hostel Limited as the main contractor for the basement conversion beneath a hostel at 50 Newton Street, Manchester. The project involved stripping out and refurbishing the basement into a bar venue.

An unannounced visit by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was conducted to inspect the ongoing refurbishment works. During the visit it was discovered there had been no asbestos survey carried out before tradesmen started stripping out the majority of the space.

Hatters Taverns Limited of 50 Newton Street Manchester pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined £10,000.

Hatters Hostel Limited of 56-60 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5(a) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined £24,000 and ordered to pay the combined costs for both defendants of £10,232.50.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Matt Greenly said after the case:

“Both Hatters Hostel and Hatters Taverns have failed in their duty to protect their workers, subcontractors and visitors to his site from harm. Asbestos related diseases are currently untreatable and claim the lives of an estimated 4000 people per year in the UK.

The requirement to have a suitable asbestos survey is clear and well known throughout the construction industry. Only by knowing if asbestos is present in any building before works commence can a contractor ensure that people working on their site are not exposed to these deadly fibres.

The cost of an asbestos survey is not great but the potential legacy facing anyone who worked on this site is immeasurable. Exposure to asbestos fibres can potentially cause life shortening diseases in the long term and Hatters Hostel Limited and Hatters Taverns Limited should have taken more care to protect workers from a totally preventable exposure. This case sends a clear message to any company that it does not pay to ignore well known risks on site.”

Heathrow Airport fatality ends in £800k fine

Laing O’Rourke, a major construction firm, was fined £800,000 at Southwark Crown Court after a worker accidentally reversed a dump truck, fatally crushing his brother.

The company failed to ensure that the workers had a permit to use the vehicle and did not properly oversee and manage the operation.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the brothers, Paul and Philip Griffiths, were nearing the end of their shift on 2nd October 2014 when the accident happened at the site of a new multi-storey car park at Heathrow’s Terminal 2.

A team of night-shift workers, including the Griffiths brothers, was called to deal with a scissor lift, which had broken down.

The HSE found that the power supply to the wheels on the scissor lift had failed and as a result the wheels were locked, needing an engineer to unlock them. As airport operations were due to start, the most practical solution was to call for a driver to collect a dump truck from the holding area where the firm’s construction equipment was stored and tow the scissor lift. A competent driver had been called but was feeling unwell and, as his shift was ending, he refused. Philip Griffiths, who was not authorised to drive the dump truck, collected the vehicle.

In the inquest to Philip Griffiths’ death, held at West London Coroner’s Court on 13 June 2016, Ieuan Evans, a machine operator for Select Plant Hire – a Laing O’Rourke subsidiary, told the court that he had been involved in initial attempts to tow the scissor lift away but had then left the scene, on the understanding that an engineer was being called.

In the inquest, reported by Get West London Evans said that he thought that the Griffiths brothers were also leaving, but then realised they were not and assumed they were “giving it another go”.

At the inquest, Paul Griffiths said his brother had attempted to tow the scissor lift with the dump truck before he took over, and that he was not aware of anyone telling them to stop. The HSE investigation found that the site manager had left the scene by the time of the incident.

When the incident happened, Philip Griffiths had shortened the strop that connected the dump truck to the scissor lift. His brother was operating the vehicle when his foot became stuck between the brake and the accelerator. Philip Griffiths was standing between the truck and the scissor lift and was fatally crushed when the truck suddenly reversed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The HSE found that neither worker had a permit to operate the dump truck and that Laing O’Rourke had failed to properly oversee and manage the operation.

Laing O’Rourke Construction of Crossways in Dartford, Kent, entered an early guilty plea on the 14 December 2016 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to breaching reg 22(1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

At Southwark Crown Court, Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith determined the company’s culpability as medium, with a harm category of 1 (a high likelihood of harm). Laing O’Rourke had systems but they were not sufficiently adhered to. In mitigation, he took into account the firm’s acceptance of responsibility and its high level of co-operation with the HSE.

Laing O’Rourke’s turnover placed it in the large organisation category range, with a starting point of £1.3m and a category range of £800,000-£3.25m. Taking into account the firm’s early guilty plea, Judge Loraine-Smith reduced the fine by one-third and ordered Laing O’Rourke to pay £800,000 with £10,000 in costs.

HSE inspector Jack Wilby told IOSH Magazine that since the incident Laing O’Rourke had improved its systems for reporting, recording and checking the training records of operatives on site.