Posts Tagged ‘accident’


Accidents on Building Sites – and a Charity that Helps Victims

August 11, 2017


Accidents in the workplace happen. In the construction and warehousing world, they can easily lead to serious injury, even death. Here are just a few examples – and some good news.

One report in The Construction Index concerns a contractor employed to work on a cottage in Dorset. The site was sloping and the original foundation was shallow. As the contractor dug below the level of the old foundation, the gable wall collapsed. This knocked him to the ground, but some masonry also went through the window of the excacator, switching it into gear. The contractor’s leg was pulled in and caught under the track – it later had to be amputated. It means a hefty fine for the construction company – and a builder who can’t work any more.

In this second report, a builder’s labourer in London suffered multiple leg fractures when the newly-built first floor of a house collapsed, having been overloaded with concrete blocks. The labourer fell 3m to the ground, with concrete falling around him. He still can’t walk properly and is unable to return to work.

Finally, this report concerns a construction worker on the new Queensferry Crossing in Scotland, who was hit and killed by the boom of a crane he was directing.

Thank goodness, then, for The Lighthouse Club Benevolent Fund– the construction industry’s charity. They can give financial help to thousands of families plunged into financial crisis when they lose their breadwinner’s income through illness, injury or death. It has branches all over the UK and Ireland. Find out more by clicking the link above, or call 0161 429 0022.


Wheelbarrows and Skips – Tips from the Trade

August 3, 2017


Talk about adding insult to injury! But seriously, how do you tackle the task of emptying wheelbarrows into skips? We asked some of our experienced tradespeople. Here’s their advice:

  • Not all skips are the same. Some have a flap door on the front, so you may not even need a ramp. Shop around before you hire.
  • If you need a ramp, 2 scaffolding boards, one on top of the other, is the traditional way. They’re usually 13′ long. The double thickness gives the ramp strength and prevents it bowing too much.
  • Make sure the skip is positioned so you have enough room for a decent run-up.
  • No need to get a ramp right to the top of the skip. Just build it so you can get the lip of the barrow over the lip of the skip then pivot on that to tip the barrow. It means you only need a smaller ramp and there’s less hill to push up.
  • If your barrow does start to tip over on the ramp, then get out of the way and don’t try to stop it. It’ll only take a couple of minutes to shovel the spillage back up, which is a lot quicker than a trip to hospital!

This post from DIY Doctor gives helpful advice on where you are allowed to site a skip in the UK and what you can (and can’t) put in it.


Plumbers, Beware of the Kitten!

June 6, 2017

A tradesman ‘owned’ by a moggie! I bet that gave him paws for thought 😉

He could, of course, have bought a hard hat from TBS…


Ladder Safety – the DOs and DON’Ts

March 6, 2017
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Why is it that the more you look at certain pictures, the more you want to scream…?  Pretty much everything this guy is doing is plain stupid.

 There’s all sorts of ladder safety guides and aids available these days to prevent risks like this.

laddersafety2Even so, people take ridiculous risks. Look at this arrangement, for example. How many health & safety horrors are going on here, we wonder?

Well, how many can YOU spot?

laddersafety3The UK Health & Safety Executive have a useful online document on all aspects of ladder and platform safety: Work At Height . Well worth a look.

And here are some statistics concerning Falls from Height.


So if you’re planning on being “upwardly mobile” any time soon, take note and take care!



Popular TBS Daventry Yard Team Member Killed in Road Accident

October 11, 2016

                                         Victor with his customary smile

TBS is in a state of shock this week. With great sorrow we have to report that Victor Darvishvand, who worked on security and customer loading in the yard at our Daventry branch, was knocked down and killed by a car near his home in Stourbridge on 9th October. He was only 35.

Victor had not been with us very long but had already made his mark. Customers are telling us how they’ll miss his cheery manner and his readiness for a quick chat while he checked tickets and loads. They liked his accent, too – Victor was from an Iranian background.


He took a pride in his work, always wanting the depot to look good and welcoming for customers. He was on the ball with security, too, spotting a number of wrong sales most days. All of us who worked with him are going to miss him calling across the yard: “You alright, Bro’?” (he’d picked up the lingo). He was a man who cared, and that’s a big commendation.


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