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A housebuilding company has been fined after an eight-year-old boy was seriously injured when some timber roof trusses fell onto him. Paisley Sheriff’s Court heard the boy was playing when he got into an unsecured storage area on a construction site in the town. The development was nearing completion and some of the houses had been sold off while work continued on others, and the young boy’s family had moved into one of the completed homes. Although the boy was rescued from under the roof trusses by neighbours, he suffered a serious injury to his liver and abdominal bleeding. The HSE found that the site was only partially fenced, which meant it could be easily accessed by members of the public.
New guidance explaining the steps small businesses and the voluntary sector need to take to satisfy prospective insurers they are managing health and safety effectively has been published by the Association of British Insurers.
Although the Löfstedt review has now been published, there is significant work ahead to implement its findings, argues Neal Stone, British Safety Council director of policy and communications, in this opinion piece.
HSE has published the first of a series of research reports designed to share good health and safety practice adopted and learned during the construction of the Olympic Park. The report shows how the adoption of a no-scapegoating culture by the ODA and its contractors encouraged workers to raise health and safety concerns without fear of reprisal, leading to a safer work site.