Archive for April, 2016

Alton Towers owners facing unlimited fine after Smiler crash

Merlin Entertainments, the owners of theme park Alton Towers, have pleaded guilty to criminally breaching health and safety laws in the Smiler rollercoaster crash in 2015.

The crash saw two people suffer amputated legs, whilst a further three suffered “life-changing” injuries. 16 people in total were injured, to varying degrees.

It was reported that the reason behind the crash was a manual override, allowing a carriage carrying over a dozen park visitors to enter the ride whilst an empty carriage stood still on a lower section.

The piece of legislation used to prosecute Merlin Entertainments is the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Alton Towers reopened the Smiler ride in March, roughly nine months after the crash.

The fine the owners face is unlimited, under the safety sentencing guidelines.

Cedrec's take

This was a long time coming for Merlin. The amputations for the two young women are the kinds of injuries deemed life changing. For one, it meant loss of employment, additionally, as she was a dancer before the incident. The other injuries range from internal bleeding to broken kneecaps and lengthy rehabilitation. This is not considering the trauma suffered mentally, which can not be measured in the same way as broken bones.

For those reasons, many are expecting the monetary penalties against Alton Towers – with consideration of the income of the park – to be in the millions.

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Deregulation Act 2015 (Commencement No. 5) Order SI 2016/206

This Order applies to England only and brought section 91 of the Deregulation Act 2015, on London street trading appeals, into force on 2 March 2016.

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Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) Order SI 2016/309

This Order came into force on 29 March 2016 and applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It is made in accordance with the Petroleum Act 1987 and establishes safety zones, with a radius of 500 metres from a specified point, around the offshore installations specified in the Full Text…

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Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2016/146

These Regulations will come into force on 1 August 2016 and apply to Northern Ireland only.
They aim to protect people from the health and safety risks of construction by establishing a framework for managing those risks.
In doing so, they revoke and replace, with modifications, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations…

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New CDM Regs for Northern Ireland

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2016/146 have been published and will come into force on 1 August 2016.

They will revoke the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2007/291, with the main difference being the new role of principal designer. This role fulfils the function of a safety and health co-ordinator for the project preparation stage, which was previously carried out by the role of CDM co-ordinator. They are also required to co-ordinate all health and safety matters relating to the pre-construction phase alongside the overall planning, management and monitoring of the pre-construction phase of the project.

A summary of the main changes include:

  • the application to all clients of construction projects;
  • pre-construction archaeological investigations are not included within the scope of the definition of construction work;
  • the role of CDM co-ordinator has been removed and various duties have been recast including client duties and general duties;
  • a client is required to appoint a principal designer as well as a principal contractor in any project where there is more than one contractor working on the project;
  • the duty to notify now lies with a client and the threshold for notification is raised;
  • if a client is a domestic client, most of their duties will be carried out by the contractor, principal contractor, or principal designer.

The Regulations will be supported by L153 – Managing health and safety in construction, which has been adopted for use in Northern Ireland, and replaces L144 – Managing health and safety in construction.

This guidance is in turn supported by a suite of six industry guides which focus on the requirements for the various duty holders under CDM, in the context of small and medium-sized construction sites:

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Deregulation Act 2015 (Commencement No. 5) Order SI 2016/206

This Order applies to England only and brought section 91 of the Deregulation Act 2015, on London street trading appeals, into force on 2 March 2016.

Details on this legislative text is provided by Cedrec. Please click here to see the summary.

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Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) Order SI 2016/309

This Order came into force on 29 March 2016 and applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It is made in accordance with the Petroleum Act 1987 and establishes safety zones, with a radius of 500 metres from a specified point, around the offshore installations specified in the Full Text…

Details on this legislative text is provided by Cedrec. Please click here to see the summary.

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Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2016/146

These Regulations will come into force on 1 August 2016 and apply to Northern Ireland only.
They aim to protect people from the health and safety risks of construction by establishing a framework for managing those risks.
In doing so, they revoke and replace, with modifications, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations…

Details on this legislative text is provided by Cedrec. Please click here to see the summary.

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Regulation (EU) 217/2016 (OJ:L40/5/2016) amending Annex 17 to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards cadmium

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), as regards cadmium.
The amendment to Annex 17 places a threshold on the concentration of cadmium allowed in certain articles and gives exceptions to that limit for some articles.
Legislative background 
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) prepared a…

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Fines after asbestos disturbed

Two companies have been handed fines after asbestos was disturbed, leaving workers exposed.

Two workers removed asbestos insulation board, whilst carrying out refurbishment work on a commercial premises which was being converted into flats in London.

Upon investigation, it was found that the client had previous knowledge of the asbestos, but had not passed it on to contractors.

No refurbishment and demolition survey was conducted to determine the presence of asbestos on the site. The two workers stripped out the AIB without any effective precautions and therefore received significant exposure to asbestos fibres.

Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000. A refurbishment/demolition asbestos survey is required where the premises, or part of it, need upgrading, refurbishment or demolition.

Firestone Estates Limited, in Hertfordshire pleaded guilty to breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations SI 2007/320 and were fined £10,000 and were ordered to pay £1020.64 in costs with a £1,000 victim surcharge.

24-Hour Maintenance Services Limited, also in Hertfordshire pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and were fined £5,000 with £974.44 in costs and a victim surcharge of £500.

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