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Hillhead 2018

June 2018

Staff at Gemini Inspections enjoyed a few days keeping abreast of new machinery and technologies at Hillhead 2018. Great to catch up with some of our customers. Taking on the JCB stand F1 driving challenge and 'failing miserably'.

Looking forward to next year, hope to see you there.

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Welcome new staff members to Gemini Inspections.

August 2017

A "BIG" welcome to Gemini Inspections for our new employee's

Simon Thomas ; Engineer Surveyor

Jane Evison ; Office Administration

Looking forward to a bright future in this new expansion. 

Refresher- Engineer in Court and Safe Systems of Work.

October 2016

Staff Attend SOE BES Lecture as part of there CPD.

Presented By: Richard Hulmes, Chief Exec of SAFed.

                        'Engineer in Court'.

Presented By: Mike Ponsonby

                        ‘Safe Systems of Work’

Refesher - Platform Lifts

October 2016

Staff Attend SOE BES Lecture as part of there CPD.

Presented By: Vernon Gearey Technical Manager of Gartec Ltd.

Inspection of Cibes and Artico Platform Lifts

April 2016

Staff Attend SOE BES Lecture as part of there CPD.

Presented By: Vernon Gearey Technical Manager of Gartec Ltd.

New LA National Code launched

May 2013

A new code has been launched to improve the targeting of health and safety inspections – ensuring that local authority checks are more focused on serious risks and poor performers.           

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the National Local Authority Enforcement Code following a public consultation.

Local authorities are expected to target proactive inspections on high risk activities in specified sectors or on workplaces where intelligence suggests that risks are not being effectively managed.  A listing of the activities and sectors suitable for inspection is published along with the Code. 

More information about the National Code can be found on HSE’s Website:

Better regulation[2], Guidance[3], Health and safety[4], LA/HSE Partnership[5], Local authorities as regulators[6], Local authorities as regulators[7], local authority returns[8], News[9], strategy

FireStopIt joins the ever growing portfolio

May 2012

It was a pleasure working with Gemini Inspections, they came to our factory carried out an assessment of our requirements and forwarded a quotation. On the day they attended the inspection Gemini accommodated our needs to continue production, the experience was 2nd to none and Firestopit would recommend Gemini every time without doubt.

Brilliant service!

Carl Atkinson

Managing Director.

January 2012

From 6 April 2012, subject to Parliamentary approval, RIDDOR’s over three day injury reporting requirement will change. From then the trigger point will increase from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened).

Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work.

Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over three day injuries – if the employer has to keep an accident book, then this record will be enough.

The deadline by which the over seven day injury must be reported will increase to 15 days from the day of the accident.

New guidance that explains the change is available to download from the HSE website:

Stonemason 'as seen on TV' is prosecuted

October 2011

Release No:HSE-e-43-11

A Cambridgeshire stonemasonry business has been fined over dangerous stone dust after the firm appeared on a BBC television programme.

Atelier 109 Limited, of Main Road, Etton, near Peterborough, featured in March 2010 in the BBC2 series, Mastercrafts, presented by Monty Don - but an eagle-eyed viewer contacted HSE to express concern over what he saw: inadequate precautions to protect workers from dust that can cause serious lung diseases.

HSE inspectors visited the company's workshop in May 2010 and served an Improvement Notice compelling Atelier to take action immediately to cut exposure to stonemasonry dust to within the legal limit.

When a further check was made, it was clear that, although improvements had been made, the ventilation system still had not been thoroughly examined and tested, so a second Improvement Notice was served on 12 February 2011.

When HSE inspectors visited the premises for a third time on 16 June this year they found that the action recommended had not been carried out, despite earlier tests revealing that dust levels for employees were between 100% and 300% of safe levels.

Atelier Limited pleaded guilty today at Peterborough Magistrates' Court to one charge of breaching section 33 (1) (g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,400.10.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Alison Ashworth said:

"Atelier were happy to get their moment on television, but rather less quick to protect their employees from a wholly avoidable risk that can have serious consequences and cause respiratory diseases.

"We understand the pressure that small businesses are under and this company was given ample opportunity on a number of occasions to make the necessary improvements. HSE only brought this prosecution when it became clear that the company was dragging its heels and failing to treat this issue with the seriousness it deserved.

"If you are a company and are issued with a notice requiring improvements to be made you can be expect to be prosecuted if you do not comply."

Notes to editors

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain's national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to prevent death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.


Section 33 (1) (g) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that it is an offence for a person "to contravene any requirement or prohibition imposed by an improvement notice or a prohibition notice (including any such notice modified on appeal)"

Risks to users from firewood processing machines

May 2011

In recent months HSE has investigated a number of serious accidents involving hands; including finger amputation, on some models of firewood processing machines. Initial conclusions suggest that these machines are not safe and are not fully compliant with the Machinery Directive (as implemented in the UK by the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008).

Lord Young's Health and Safety Review

February 2011

Lord Young's report on health and safety: Common Sense - Common Safety - Fri, October 15, 2010 Lord Young has published his review of health and safety, Common Sense – Common Safety. Commissioned by the Prime Minister, the report makes recommendations for improving the way health and safety is applied and tackling the compensation culture.To read the HSE's press release in full please click here.

Quick Hitch Safety Notice

February 2011

In November 2009, because of continued fatalities, serious injuries and near hits involving the unsafe use of quick hitches, the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group issued a Safety Notice, reinforcing the guidance issued to contractors earlier in the year. This also clarifies other issues concerning safe use of quick hitches, recognising that employers have their own safe systems of work for the use of quick hitches. It is recommended that all employers use the safety notice as a check list to review their own procedures. 

Types of quick hitch

The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group does not recommend or favour any type of quick hitch, whether manual, semi automatic, or any type of fully automatic. There are two reasons for this.

First, all types of quick hitch can be safely used by competent people within a safe system of work. This will involve planning, training, instruction, communication, supervision and maintenance.

Secondly, all types of quick hitch may fail if they are not used and maintained correctly.

Legal status of quick hitches

Concerning the legal status of different types, HSE have not banned the use of existing semi-automatic quick hitches. Since October 2008 there has been a voluntary cessation of supply of new semi-automatic quick hitches by manufacturers, but any ban on existing semi-automatic quick hitches would require regulatory changes and HSE do not have any plans for this. Some reports have suggested that regulations will change in 2010 - but there are no such changes in the law.

As the regulator, HSE has considered the widest implications of regulatory and enforcement action, and decided upon the most appropriate course to be taken to achieve the best level of safety, not just for large contractors, but also individual owner operators and those in other industries, such as agriculture.

The outcome is that all types of existing quick hitch can continue to be used: the type selected must be determined by the employer, taking into account the competencies within their organisation.

European Standards

A revised version of the European Standard EN474 is likely to be appoved in 2010. This will not directly affect quick hitch design and will not make any sort of hitch illegal.

Work is continuing on further revisions of European and International standards - this will lead to developments in quick hitch design in future. The work is led by HSE, in conjunction with quick hitch manufacturers and the Construction Equipment Association (CEA).

If any current or future design of quick hitch is proven to be deficient, then there are remedies under the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008. 

Frequently asked questions

1. Is there a "fail safe" type of quick hitch?There may be a perception that certain types of quick hitch always fail to safety. This is not the case: all types of quick hitch may fail to danger if they are not used within a suitable Safe System of Work.

2. Can fully automatic operation be combined with a manually inserted pin?If an auxiliary passive manually inserted pin is properly engineered and approved by the manufacturer to fit on a fully automatic quick hitch, this is legal and acceptable. However, the maintenance and inspection regimes for the fully automatic quick hitch still have to be adhered to.

Engineer in Court

February 2011

Staff Attend SOE BES Lecture as part of there CPD.

Presented By: Richard Hulmes, Chief Exec of SAFed.

New Business Update

February 2011

Gemini Inspections are proud to announce new association with Rolawn Ltd of York and Oakgate Group Plc of Wetherby. Work will commence April 2011.

Please click on the links below for any further information on these companies.

Rolawn Ltd of York

Oakgate Group Plc of Wetheby

Roller Shutter Door Alert

January 2011

ASDA fined after roller shutter accident ++ Fri, January 21, 2011Supermarket chain Asda was fined £20,000 after a roller shutter broke an employee's jaw. The health and safety breach happened at Asda's distribution centre, on Skelmersdale's Stanley Industrial Estate. To read more please click here:

Best Practice Guidance for MEWPs

November 2010

The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group has produced a Best Practice Guidance for MEWPs - avoiding trapping / crushing injuries to people in the platform.

 The new guidance is intended to help industry reduce the risk of trapping and crushing injuries to people working in mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), and has been published by CPA on behalf of the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group. 

The use of MEWPs is increasing as the benefits for productivity and safety are recognised. They are acknowledged by many to be the safest and most efficient means of providing temporary access to height for many work activities.

Unfortunately, the increased use of MEWPs in construction, maintenance and other applications where trapping risks are present has led to accidents in which people on the platform have been trapped between the platform (often referred to as a cage or basket) and objects in the work area. In some cases these accidents involved fatality. These accidents can be avoided if good practice is encouraged and followed.

In the Foreword to the Best Practice Guidance, Phillip White, Chief Inspector of Construction at HSE, said  “In addition to the terrible cost in human suffering, accidents have a financial cost. There is a very strong business case for improving safety performance. This new guidance is straightforward, comprehensive and easy to adopt. It represents best practice. I commend the guidance to anyone who owns, supplies or controls the operation of MEWPs. Please read the publication and turn the advice into action.” 

The guidance has been produced in two parts.

Part 1 is aimed at planners, managers, and trainers. It provides information on hazards, risk assessment, controls and responsibilities. The annexes to Part 1 provide detailed information which can assist in the identification of trapping risks and in the planning and managing of work activities to protect against entrapment accidents.

Part 2 is aimed at those using and supervising MEWPs and responsible for rescuing anyone trapped on a MEWP platform. Part 2 has been designed to be used in briefings or toolbox talks for supervisors and MEWP operators.

The new guidance was written by a Working Group which was formed in September 2009. Over 40 people contributed to the work, representing over 30 companies and trade bodies. HSE are members of the Working Group, and the Best Practice Guidance was prepared in conjunction with them.

Click on the link below to access the full Practice Guidance from the CPA. 

Gemini Inspections attend SOE sponsored lecture on Road Vehicle Lift safety

October 2010

SOE guest speakers John Graham (Zurich) and Michael Gilliam (Somers Lifts) gave a well attended event in Milnrow a presentation on Road Vehicle Lift Safety. Gary Potter, Gemini Inspections director commented, “The Seminar gave a great insight into rejection criteria of load nuts and arm mechanisms. We feel that whether you’re in the North of England or the Midlands, we are well placed to meet your garage inspection needs”.

Inspection of Vehicle Lifting Tables

October 2010

Staff Attend SOE BES Lecture as part of there CPD.

Presented By: John Graham of Zurich.

                   &:  Michael Gilliam of Somers Lifts.    


Inspection and Discussion of Ageing Plant

September 2010

Staff Attend SOE BES Lecture as part of there CPD.

Presented By: Glynn Amphlett of Allianz Engineering.

43 Fork Lift Truck Victims in Next Seven Days

September 2010

UK’s leading authority urges management to protect workers on the “frontline”
Forty-three people - including two teenagers - are likely to be badly injured by UK fork lift trucks in the next seven days, according to new findings released by the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) to mark today’s start to National Fork Lift Safety Week.
Log on to the Fork Lift Truck Association for further details

Gemini Inspections win contract for two of the largest Bulk Product transport companies in Yorkshire

August 2010

Gemini Inspections are pleased to announce winning contracts for Damac and Simon Gibson Bulk Product Haulage with 30 and 38 pressure containers respectively.

Gemini Inspections travel to Feldbinder to carry out third party inspection & test on behalf of Translift Freight

August 2010

When Translift Freight damaged their Bulk Powder Tank there was a danger of rupture to the vessel. The tank was returned to Feldbinder to carry out repairs and Gemini Inspections were commissioned to carry out a third party Pressure Systems Regulations test (PSSR 2000). Gemini Inspections travelled to Feldbinder in Sutton Bridge, Spalding, Lincs., in order to carry out the inspection and get the tanker back on the road as soon as possible in order to reduce downtime.

"How Many, How Big, How Fast?"

May 2010

Staff Attend SOE BES Lecture as part of there CPD.

Presented By: Dr. Gina Barney at the Lift Academy.

Inspection of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

February 2010

Staff Attend SOE BES Lecture as part of there CPD.

Presented By: John Liposits of Gary.

Professional Registration with Engineering Council, SOE BES

December 2009

Gemini Inspections are pleased to congratulate Mr G Potter on Registration of Engineering Technician (EngTech) with Institution of Engineering Council UK.

Mr G Potter EngTech MSOE MBES.



Inspection of Mobile and Crawler Cranes

March 2009

Staff Attend SOE BES Lecture as part of there CPD.

Presented By: Sean C. Sitch of Liebherr GB.

Inspection of Lift, New Lift Rope Technology and Crane Ropes

April 2008

Staff Attend SOE BES Lecture as part of there CPD.

Presented By: Dennis Major of Pfeifer Drako.

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