Lancashire based flooring company admits health and safety breaches

Company fined £3,300 for health and safety offences, after one of their employees fell through a hole in the floor

A Lancashire based flooring company, has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety measures, after one of their employees fell through a hole in the floor of a building they were working on, at Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, in Edinburgh.

The specialist flooring contractor, who operates throughout the UK, pleaded guilty to a violation of Regulation 4, of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and to Section 33(1)(c), of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and were fined £3,300.

Lancashire based flooring company fined for breaching health and safety after worker injured

Technic Concrete Floors Ltd admit health and safety failings

The incident occurred on May 16, 2014. Court heard that Steven Stewart, who was a self-employed contractor with Technic Concrete Floors Limited, was walking along the floor of the building, which was under construction, when he caught his boot and tripped up. His foot knocked loose an unsecured panel of wood that was covering up a hole in the floor and Mr Stewart fell around 4.5 metres, landing on steel mesh grids that were on the ground beneath.

Mr Stewart sustained serious back injuries and also broke a foot.

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and concurred that if a thorough risk assessment had been planned and undertaken by the company, before the work started, the badly covered up holes would have been found and made safe.

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Pub landlord ordered to take down England flag bunting

His local council in Rochdale told him that he must take them down for health and safety reasons

A patriotic landlord in Rochdale, who put up England flag bunting on the outside of his pub for Euro 2016, has been told that it must be taken down because it violates the Highway Act.

Steve Butterworth, owner of The Sportsman pub, in Whitworth, Rochdale, said that no complaints had been made about the flags until he heard from his local council, who told Mr Butterworth that he had to remove the decorations because it “contravenes the highway code”.

Landlord told to take down bunting due to health and safety fears

The Sportsman in Rochdale

Lancashire County Council considered the flags, which hung above the street, as “hazardous” even though they were tied securely to lamps on the roof of the pub and to some trees across the road.

Mr Butterworth told the Manchester Evening News that he put up the three strips of 30m plastic England flag buntings to celebrate both the Queen’s 90th birthday and the start of Euro 2016.

He went on to say how he had received a call from the council saying that it must be taken down because it contravenes the Highways Act.

“I could not believe it. I was gutted. I told her that she should send the request over in writing.” Said Mr Butterworth.

He added: “The flags are not going to kill someone, they are plastic. It’s sad it has come to this. There is enough bad in the world and this was just a bit of cheer, but now we are being forced to take it down.”

A photo was taken outside The Sportsman pub, showing an angry group of supporters standing under the England flag bunting giving the finger.

The picture was posted on Facebook by angry pub regulars and Mr Butterworth received lots of support – 1,000 likes and shares!

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Historic footprint considered health and safety risk

Bolton Council has decided the footprint of martyr George Marsh is an health and safety risk

An historic footprint at Smithills Hall in Bolton has been labelled a ‘trip hazard’ with significant health and safety risks, as Bolton councillors weigh up their options.

The footprint in the dining hall of Smithills Hall, in Bolton, Lancashire, is said to be that of Protestant martyr, George Marsh, who refused to convert to Catholicism during the reign of Mary I (also known as “Bloody Mary” because of the Protestant executions she arranged when she was Queen of England).

George Marsh went to Smithills Hall in 1554 at the request of the Lancashire justice of peace, Robert Barton, who was the owner of the hall at that time. According to legend, George Marsh stamped his foot down in anger when ordered to renounce his religion. He was consequently arrested and later burned at the stake.

Footprint labelled health and safety risk at old hall

Smithills Hall, Bolton

The footprint is a local landmark and attracts a horde of yearly visitors. At present, it remains in its original position but is covered with a glass box, which councillors from Bolton Council believe is a serious health and safety risk, and is also damaging the footprint due to condensation.

A number of options have been considered by the councillors for Bolton’s historical footprint, but they seem to have decided against moving the footprint to a safer location. Instead, some adjustments will be carried out, including raising the flagstones around the footprint and constructing a smaller metal framework with ventilation.

Smithills councillor Roger Hayes commented: “We have got to balance history and heritage with things like health and safety.”

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