A stone masonry company, based in Accrington, has been fined £18,000 after failing to adequately protect its employees from being dangerously exposed to silica dust – resulting in one employee contracting silicosis.
Last month the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) made the headlines in UK newspapers for warning a furniture maker not to dry sweep his workshop. Mr Northcroft, the recipient of the warning told the Sun Newspaper that it was “a load of rubbish” and labeled the request a “joke”.
But is this a case of health and safety gone mad? Or should we really think twice about sweeping?