Category: Waste Management

October 2017 – In the News

Fireworks in November Remember, remember the fifth of November, Fireworks, Bonfires, so hot, We see no reason Why Firework Season Should be such a dangerous lot! 990 injuries were caused in the UK last October and November as the result of improper safety measures around fireworks and bonfires. Enjoy the magic without the danger and […]

May 2017 – In the News

£750,000 fine for ‘reckless’ asbestos failure Some 200 workers were put at risk to the exposure of asbestos during the early demolition phase of a project, resulting in a £750,000 fine for a construction firm. The HSE carried out two investigations of working practices at a site in 2013 and 2014 while Barroerock Construction Limited […]

March 2016 – In the News

Suspended Jail Sentence For Construction Worker With ‘Staggering Disregard For Personal Safety’ A steel erector has received a suspended jail term after a member of the public photographed him balancing on scaffold tubes about 27 m off the ground and alerted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Manchester Magistrates’ Court was told that David Mullholland, […]

The Waste Mountain of Coffee Cups

Every day hundreds of thousands of Britons put their coffee cup into a recycling bin. They’re wrong – those cups aren’t recyclable, and the UK throws away 2.5bn of them a year. It must stop, writes Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. One chilly morning last March – exactly the sort of morning when a warming cafe latte could […]

August 2016 – In the News

Would you put your phone in a cement mixer? British phone retailer Tuffphones has unveiled a new range of hard-wearing handsets aimed at construction workers and outdoors enthusiasts. It’s the latest addition to a range of extra-durable Android devices in the growing market for rugged phones. The BBC took them to a building site to […]

£250k Fine after Employees are Overcome by Fumes

A food waste disposal and recycling firm has been fined £250,000 after three employees were overcome by toxic gases, including hydrogen sulphide, and a reduced oxygen atmosphere in an animal waste facility in Stoke-on-Trent. The prosecution comes 12 months after the firm was fined £660,000 following the death of an employee. Prosecuting, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) […]

April 2016 – In the News

The 2016 Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines: How Have Things Changed for Companies? On 1 February 2016, the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences came into force. They direct the courts to consider the sentencing of offending organisations by way of a step-by-step approach, primarily examining culpability, the seriousness of harm risked and […]

February 2016 – In the News

Cheshire Construction Company guilty of Bricklayer’s Death A Cheshire construction company has been prosecuted following a fatal accident in 2011 at a site in Wimslow. Liverpool Crown Court heard that Edgemere Projects Ltd of Tarporley, Cheshire, was the main contractor at a construction site in Wilmslow when on 7 January 2011, Andrew Dytiche aged 23, […]

Time For A New Hierarchy?

Back in the 1980s there was a dramatic shift in the perception of waste. It went from being something that was simply disposed of to becoming a resource. This, in turn, gave rise to a disposal hierarchy and the “reduce, reuse, recycle and dispose” mantra that we are now familiar with. Skip forward 30 years… […]