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Construction firms fined £37k for collision

Four construction companies have been fined a total of £37,000 for breaches
of health and safety legislation. It followed an incident in which two vehicles
collided on the A229 near Chatham, Kent, in November 2001. Costain, Skanska JV
Projects, Mowlem and Ovendens Earthmoving all pleaded guilty to a breach of

Building designers failing to cut out risks

Building designers are still not doing enough to design out risk, the Health
and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned. Designers who went on site and consulted
with builders had a better appreciation of the problems created by some of
their ideas.

Manufacturing company breached regulations

A manufacturing firm has been fined £1,000 for breaching manual handling
operations regulations. Willowcrete, of Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, was fined
after the Health and Safety Executive found employees lifting concrete posts
and lintels without having had manual handling assessments.

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