AcornEHS launch new part time and evening courses for 2014 in Swindon and Milton Keynes (NEBOSH / SMSTS / SSSTS)

Our popular courses are now offered to those who need to study and want to develop their careers in Health, Safety and Environment Management. Courses on offer:

  • NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety  Course delivered in evenings between 18:00 to 21:00
  • NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management  Course delivered in evenings between 18:00 to 21:00
  • NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management Course delivered in evenings between 18:00 to 21:00
  • NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Course delivered in evenings between 18:00 to 21:00
  • Construction Skills – Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) Course delivered on Saturdays
  • Construction Skills – Site Managers Safety Training Scheme – Refresher (SMSTS_R) Course delivered on Saturdays
  • Construction Skills – Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) Course delivered on Saturdays
  • Construction Skills – Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme – Refresher (SSSTS_R) 

    Course delivered on Saturdays

 

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Acorn EHS have the following courses which will run shortly with limited spaces

Course title

Start date

Finish date

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Location

IOSH MS 17/5/13 07/06/13 07/06/13 Houghton Regis
CIEH COSHH 28/05/13 28/05/13 07/06/13 Redhill
SMSTS Refresher 29/05/13 30/05/13 30/05/13 Milton Keynes
NEBOSH GEN 30/05/13 01/08/13 06/09/13 Pure
CIEH COSHH 02/06/13 02/05/13 02/06/13 Milton Keynes
CIEH R/A 07/06/13 07/06/13 07/06/13 Pure
CIEH Manual Handling 19/06/13 19/06/13 19/06/13 Milton Keynes
NEBOSH Gen 08/07/13 19/08/13 06/09/13 Milton Keynes
SMSTS 22/07/13 27/07/13 27/07/13 Pure
SMSTS Refresher 25/07/13 26/07/13 26/07/13 Milton Keynes
NEBOSH FIRE (FC1 +FC2) 01/10/13 29/10/13 06/12/13 Milton Keynes
NEBOSH CONST’ 07/10/13 31/11/13 31/11/13 Pure

Call us on 03334 560 999 to book your place on our course now!

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Unregistered Wiltshire Gas Fitter Prosecuted

A Westbury man has been prosecuted for illegal and unsafe gas work after falsely claiming to be on the Gas Safe Register. Ken Pirie appeared before North Wiltshire Magistrates yesterday (16 April 2013) in relation to work on a gas boiler at an address in Oldfield Park, Westbury, on 15 March 2012.He claimed to be qualified to carry out work on gas appliances, but a subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which brought the prosecution, established that he wasn’t registered with Gas Safe – a legal requirement for anyone undertaking such work.Magistrates heard that an investigator from Gas Safe Register went to the domestic address on 11 June 2012 following complaints from the householder. They discovered work had been done to the boiler that breached specifications for gas appliances and could be classed as unsafe.

Ken Pirie, of Timor Rd, Westbury, pleaded guilty to three separate breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He was sentenced to 80 hours unpaid community service and was also ordered to pay £450 compensation to the householder and £1,000 towards prosecution costs.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Andy Shaw said:

“Incorrectly fitted gas appliances can be highly dangerous and can lead to loss of life.

“Those who undertake gas work must be on the Gas Safe Register and be competent to carry out such work.  Anyone who works on gas appliances without being registered is breaking the law.

“Ken Pirie knew this and falsely claimed to be Gas Safe registered to compensate. Yet he clearly wasn’t competent, as his unsafe handiwork testified.

“This case highlights the need for householders to check the credentials of anyone working at their property, especially where gas is involved ”

Russell Kramer, Chief Executive of Gas Safe Register, said:

“Every Gas Safe registered engineer has an ID card which shows who they are and the type of work they are qualified to carry out. Customers should ask to see this and check the engineer is qualified to do the job in hand.

“You can also check your engineer by calling us on 0800 408 5500 or by visiting www.gassaferegister.co.uk

At Acorn EHS we work with small contractors to ensure they are legally compliant if you run a small enginnering busisness contact us on 03334 560 999 we can help.

Transport company fined following investigation

The director of a plastering company was killed when a pallet containing more than a tonne of render fell on top of him during a lorry delivery at premises in Devon.

Phillip Ring, 37, from Whitleigh, Plymouth, was hit by a falling pallet in the incident on 31 March 2009 at Yelverton Business Park, Crapstone, near Plymouth.

The incident led to an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which included a review of the safety management arrangements by the delivery company, RR Transport Ltd of Redruth.

Plymouth Crown Court heard that the delivery that resulted in Mr Ring’s death should have been offloaded at a nearby construction site in Crapstone using a forklift truck or telehandler.  However, restrictions on access to the site and a lack of mechanical handling equipment meant the driver ended up unloading the pallet by hand at a nearby business park using the pallet truck and tail lift on his lorry.

At some point during the delivery, he lost control of the load and it fell from the tail lift, crushing Mr Ring who was standing on the road at the back of the vehicle.

Mr Ring suffered serious head injuries and died later at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

RR Transport, who’s registered office is Peat House, Truro, was fined £22,000 and ordered to pay £30,000 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of Regulation 3(1)(b) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Jo Fitzgerald said:

“This was a tragic incident and it illustrates the significant risks involved in delivery operations.  Thinking through those risks in a structured way helps delivery firms identify what could go wrong and improve safety.

“While HSE does not say that RR Transport’s failings caused Mr Ring’s death, by failing to assess the risks properly the company did not have a number of important steps in place, which would have made their operation safer.  They did not have a clear, consistent system for drivers to follow for using tail lifts, the tail lifts on their vehicles had not had the thorough examinations required by law and they did not have a proper system for inspecting their pallet trucks.”

Further information on unloading vehicles can be found on the HSE website at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/vehicle.htm

Unregistered gas fitter sentenced for false claims and endangering life

An East Devon gas fitter who risked the lives of a young couple through his dangerous work falsely claimed to be on the Gas Safe Register, a court has heard.

Luke Potts, who trades as Devon Plumber, installed a new gas boiler at a home in Chelmsford Road, Exeter, in May 2012 that was classed as “immediately dangerous” when checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

He claimed to be a registered engineer himself, an untruth that came to light after the householders complained about his dangerous work.

Exeter Magistrates’ were told today (10 April) that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Gas Safe Register found the flue for the boiler had been incorrectly fitted, which could have led to lethal carbon monoxide leaking into the property.

In addition, the gas meter box had been altered by drilling a hole in it to feed in a new gas pipe, which could have allowed gas to leak into the building.

Although Mr Potts was unregistered, having failed to renew his registration in January 2012, he continued to display the Gas Safe Register logo on his website. The householders relied on this when they asked him to fit the boiler, assuming he was fully accredited and qualified.

Luke Potts, of Cornhill, Ottery St Mary, was given a 20 week custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 60 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 in costs after pleading guilty to three separate breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Simon Jones, said:

“Mr Potts’ poor work could have had tragic consequences for the householders, who put their lives in his hands.

“They believed he was a registered engineer and asked him to do the work as a result. If an individual is working on gas appliances and installations is not on the Gas Safe Register they are working illegally.”

Paul Johnston, chief executive for Gas Safe Register said:

“A quarter of a million illegal gas jobs are carried out every year by fitters who don’t have the skills or the qualifications to work safely on gas. It’s therefore vital the public always make sure the person working on their gas appliances is on the Gas Safe Register.

“You can check your engineer is legal and safe by asking to see their Gas Safe ID card. You can also check the engineer’s registration number by calling us on 0800 408 5500, or visiting the website www.gassaferegister.co.uk link to external website.”

Further information on gas safety can be found on the HSE website at www.hse.gov.uk/gas.

South West Construction Sites Fail Safety Inspections

Nearly a third of the construction sites visited across Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire during a month-long inspection initiative failed health and safety checks.

Inspectors visited the areas as part of a national Health and Safety Executive (HSE) clampdown aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.

At total of 61 of the 215 sites inspected were found to have significant failings and 40 enforcement notices were issued as a result.

Specific work activities on some of the sites were deemed so dangerous that 27 Prohibition Notices were served by inspectors, immediately halting further work until standards had been improved.

The inspectors visited sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place, to support a drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.

They made unannounced visits to ensure companies are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height. They also checked for general good order, assessed welfare facilities and checked whether Personal Protective Equipment, such as head protection, was being used appropriately.

During 2011/12, three workers were killed while working in construction across Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, and a further 131 were seriously injured. Nationally, there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.

The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in the industry that poor standards are unacceptable and could result in enforcement action.

Andrew Kingscott, HSE Principal Inspector for the Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Construction Division, said:

“It is good news that the majority of the construction sites we visited were obeying the law and making the effort to manage safety, but sadly some sites are letting down the rest of the industry.

“Poorly erected scaffolding, exposure to dangerous types of dust, and inadequate washing facilities were among the poor standards we found on some sites.

“I hope by carrying out these spot checks we will help to raise awareness of the dangers and reduce the number of construction workers being killed or seriously injured at work.”

Further information about working safely in the construction industry can be found online at www.hse.gov.uk/construction

South West construction sites fail safety inspections

Date:
10 April 2013
Release No:
HSE/SW/Cons

Nearly a third of the construction sites visited across Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire during a month-long inspection initiative failed health and safety checks.

Inspectors visited the areas as part of a national Health and Safety Executive (HSE) clampdown aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health.

At total of 61 of the 215 sites inspected were found to have significant failings and 40 enforcement notices were issued as a result.

Specific work activities on some of the sites were deemed so dangerous that 27 Prohibition Notices were served by inspectors, immediately halting further work until standards had been improved.

The inspectors visited sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place, to support a drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.

They made unannounced visits to ensure companies are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height. They also checked for general good order, assessed welfare facilities and checked whether Personal Protective Equipment, such as head protection, was being used appropriately.

During 2011/12, three workers were killed while working in construction across Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, and a further 131 were seriously injured. Nationally, there were 49 deaths and more than 2,800 major injuries.

The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in the industry that poor standards are unacceptable and could result in enforcement action.

Andrew Kingscott, HSE Principal Inspector for the Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Construction Division, said:

“It is good news that the majority of the construction sites we visited were obeying the law and making the effort to manage safety, but sadly some sites are letting down the rest of the industry.

“Poorly erected scaffolding, exposure to dangerous types of dust, and inadequate washing facilities were among the poor standards we found on some sites.

“I hope by carrying out these spot checks we will help to raise awareness of the dangers and reduce the number of construction workers being killed or seriously injured at work.”

Further information about how Acorn EHS can assist your organisation with construction safety please click here we offer CDM-C Services and on Site SEHQ Services.

Please also visit the HSE website www.hse.gov.uk/construction

Fatalities/serious injuries in 2011/12

Fatalities Injuries
Former County of Avon Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority 1 3
Bristol Unitary Authority 27
South Gloucestershire Unitary Authority 12
North West Somerset Unitary Authority 6
Total 1 48
Gloucestershire Cheltenham Borough Council 4
Cotswold District Council 7
Forest of Dean District Council 5
Gloucester City Council 6
Stroud District Council 6
Tewkesbury Borough Council 2
Total 30
Somerset Mendip District Council 7
Sedgemoor District Council 7
Taunton Deane Borough Council 3
South Somerset District Council 1 9
Total 1 26
Wiltshire Swindon Unitary Authority 1 8
Wiltshire Unitary Authority 19
Total 1 27

Bournemouth building contractor prosecuted after worker loses leg

A director of a Wimborne building firm has been fined after a self-employed worker was seriously injured when working on an extension at a local cottage.

Dorchester Crown Court heard today (5 April) that David Mitchell, a director of Ferndown Developments Ltd, had hired James O’Connor, from Winton, to work at the cottage when the incident happened on 29 April 2009.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the property was on a sloping site and needed excavating below the level of the shallow cottage foundation in order to construct the foundations for the extension.

Mr O’Connor, 42, was in the process of lowering the ground level when the gable wall collapsed, knocking him to the ground.

At the same time, part of the wall fell through the windscreen of an excavator and activated the reverse lever. Mr O’Connor’s leg, which was on the track of the excavator, was pulled in and became trapped between the track and body of the excavator. He suffered shoulder, back and leg injuries and had to have his right leg amputated above the knee.

The HSE investigation found that Mr Mitchell, who had been contracted to carry out the job, did not control the work in a safe manner. He failed to identify the need to support the building during the excavation and foundation stages of the project.

David Mitchell, director of Ferndown Developments Ltd, Park Homer Drive, Wimborne, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 28(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £18,000.

Speaking after the prosecution, HSE Inspector Frank Flannery said:

“This was a very serious and wholly preventable incident in which a man in his prime lost a leg as a result of the omissions and failings during the planning and construction phases of the project.

“Had Mr Mitchell fully assessed the safety aspects of the work that he was contracted to do prior to starting, he would have identified the need to support the building during the excavation and the building of the new foundation. This would have allowed a structural engineer to be instructed prior to the work starting, and a safe system of work could have been determined.

“Whilst welcoming the verdict today, the fact remains that this incident could have easily resulted in a more serious outcome and is a reminder to all those in the construction industry of their legal duties to manage health and safety.”

Further information about safety on building sites can be found on the HSE website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/index.htm

Police Officer Sues Petrol Station Owner

A police officer is suing a petrol station owner after apparently tripping on a kerb on his property when called to reports of a suspected break-in.

please follow the links to the BBC New for more information:

Police officer sues petrol station

Police officer sue pertol station 2

Source BBC News:

All will be watching this as it goes through the courts, quetsions to ask, is the employer not firstly responsible for it’s employees. if this court case is successful what would we then consider reasonably practicable?

Toilet Pollution Killed 300 Fish

Toilet pollution killed 300 fish

Posted Mon, 25 Mar

Effluent from a chemical toilet polluted a tributary of the River Avon, killing 300 fish, a court heard.

Orchid Investments Ltd was fined £16,000 after admitting causing the pollution of the Gran Brook tributary at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon without having an environmental permit. Leamington Magistrates’ Court heard the firm was supplying sanitation services for the annual Bulldog Bash event in August 2011.

Effluent would normally have been contained in sealed plastic holding tanks before being taken to a sewage treatment works, magistrates heard. But on this occasion effluent was contained in a ‘lagoon-type’ cutting within the watercourse, which the company assumed was lined, resulting in it being discharged straight into Gran Brook.

Speaking on behalf of the Environment Agency, which prosecuted the firm under the Environmental Permitting Regulations, solicitor Sheila Abrahams said there was significant pollution of the tributary.

The court heard the company had expressed remorse for the incident and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, cooperating fully with the agency and taking steps to ensure the incident was not repeated. The firm was also ordered to pay £9,367 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Following the case Kate Grimsditch, the officer who led the investigation, said the agency would not hesitate to prosecute when regulations designed to protect rivers and watercourses were disregarded.

Copyright Press Association 2013

Source:http://www.iosh.co.uk/news_and_events/news/industry_news-1-1.aspx?i=N0052081364211961496A

The NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

Acorn Environmental Health and Safety (AcornEHS) have  The NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety 14 day Course in Swindon on the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 30th April & 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 13th May,2013, there are still spaces available, avoid disapointment book now!

If you are interested in our NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety course please contact us click here. If you would like more infomation about the course please click here.