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Clearwater Safety Solutions provide professional but realistic health and safety advice to SME’s across Sussex, Surrey, and Hampshire through south London and into Essex and Kent.

What makes us different from the rest? The clue is in the Company name – we put Clear Water between us and other safety advisors. And by doing so we give you Peace of Mind.

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We are a small company – Health and safety doesn’t apply to us…
False. Health and Safety applies to all businesses from sole traders to multi-nationals in all work sectors. But it is all relative; if you and your neighbour run a home based bookkeeping service, you will need far less than a 10 man construction firm.

Of course it’s safe, we’ve been working this way for years…
False. Doesn’t matter how long you have been doing it, every day people are injured doing jobs they have done all their lives. People become blasé once they know what they are doing and take shortcuts…

Times are hard, money is tight. Health and safety is just an expense we can’t afford at the moment…False. Just one ‘small’ accident to one of your staff or to someone else can easily cost you £000’s. Add to that the potential damage to your reputation, an increase in your insurance costs, loss of production, replacement labour etc …

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A conservatory roof manufacturer and installer has appeared in court after a worker suffered serious injuries in a fall from a conservatory roof. The same employee had previously fallen from a roof, losing consciousness. This was not reported to the HSE.

The 59-year-old worker from Bolton suffered a fractured skull which resulted in a bleed on his brain and a shattered eye socket in the incident which occurred at a property in Newton Le Willows in June 2015.

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which prosecuted Phil Coppell Ltd for serious safety failings and failing to report a previous incident in 2013 when the same employee fell off a roof and lost consciousness, and another employee suffered multiple broken ribs in a fall through a skylight.

Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court heard that two workers had been carrying out repair work on the roof of the conservatory. Whilst working alone on the roof the employee lost his footing and fell approximately 2.5 metres onto a patio area below.

There were no preventative measures in place to prevent the risk of a fall from height. An Improvement Notice was served by HSE during the investigation and the company subsequently developed a barrier for use as edge protection.

Phil Coppell Ltd of Cemetery Road, Radcliffe, Greater Manchester pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and breaches of Regulation 3(1) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, and Regulation 4(1) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, and was fined £40,280 and ordered to pay costs of £1,464.70

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Christine McGlynn said: “This incident could have been avoided if the company had learnt lessons from two previous similar incidents in 2013. The risks of working from height are well known and there is plenty of guidance available.

“Employees of this company were exposed to the risks of falls over a prolonged period of time. Generally work of this nature is at the rear of premises and is not visible or easy to monitor, however this prosecution should highlight, in particular to other companies who carry out work on conservatory roofs, that they should have in place control measures to prevent the risk of falls”
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Company director jailed following second fatality
By Lauren Applebey
Posted September 5, 2016 In In Court
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Company director Kenneth Thelwall, from Enfield, has been jailed for 12 months following the death of one of his employees resulting from the overturn of a spider lift during loading. This fatality follows the guilty plea from Mr Thelwall over a seperate incident in 2010 when employee Bernard Rowson was crushed to death in a metal gate.

In the more recent incident of 29 January 2014, Paul Williamson, 51, was fatally injured when the 18 metre spider lift he was loading in a street in Stockport, overturned on him as he walked alongside with the remote controller.

Manchester Crown Court heard how the father-of-three had not been adequately trained on the use of the ramps, the lorry and the Mobile Elevated Working Platform (MEWP). There was no risk assessment in place and no safe system of work had been created for the equipment, which had only been in operation for eight days.

The gradient of the ramps were above the manufacturer’s specification and they were not secured to the lorry. As the MEWP, a Spider 1800, was loaded onto the truck it toppled off the ramps on to Paul Williamson.

Company director Kenneth Thelwall, Burleigh Road, Enfield, was charged under section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act, sentenced to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay costs of £4,000. He was also disqualified from being a company director for seven years.

Thorn Warehousing Ltd was charged under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act was fined £166,000 and ordered to pay £10,400 costs. The company is currently in administration.

Judge Leeming said: “Two men have now tragically died in the workplace at a time when you were the sole director of the company. You have shown your intention to never again be a director of a company, but you may change your mind so I disqualify you from being a director of a company for seven years.”

HSE’s Inspector, Helen Jones said: “Kenneth Thewall failed in his duty as a director to protect his workers. He was involved in the day-to-day running of Thorn Warehousing Ltd and should have ensured the company provided Paul Williamson with the right equipment and training to carry out his job. Had he done so Mr Williamson would still be alive today.

“This case should act as a stark warning to all company directors of their personal responsibility to protect their workers’ health and safety and the tragic consequences when they fail.”
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It was 350 years ago today that the Great Fire of London started...

“The ordinary course of this Paper having been interrupted by a sad and lamentable accident of Fire lately hapned in the City of London: It hath been thought fit for satisfying the minds of so many of His Majesties good Subjects who must needs be concerned for the issue of so great an accident to give this short, but true Account of it.”

So began the London Gazette’s account of the Great Fire of London in September 1666 amid the smouldering wreckage of England’s great capital.
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School fined after worker fell from height

A school in Brentwood has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations after a worker was injured as he fell from a roof.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how in January 2014 a maintenance team at the school was working to replace components on a bay window of a residential flat within the school grounds. A 63-year-old employee was working on the roof of the bay window when his foot got caught and he fell approximately 2.6metres to the ground below. He was taken to hospital and was found to have suffered injuries including a broken collarbone and chipped vertebrae.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that there were no effective guardrails or any other means of protection to prevent workers from falling from the roof. There were no supervisory arrangements and the work was not carried out in a safe manner.

Brentwood School Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Brentwood, Essex, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £1,477 in costs.
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