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Kerbstone deadline approaches

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KERB-laying contractors have until the end of the month to abandon manual handling of kerbstones before a Health and Safety Executive amnesty runs out.

Unless they can prove they have carried out risk assessments that rule out machinelaying techniques, contractors face prohibition notices if HSE inspectors catch operatives hand-laying kerbs.

Kerbstones lighter than 20 kg will also come under the legislation but they can be used for spot maintenance and repair work as part of a risk-reduction strategy if it can be proven that it is impossible to lay them by machine.

HSE principal inspector Richard Bowland confirmed that after the end of the month there should be no more handling of kerbs unless contractors can show they have reduced injury risk as far as is reasonably practicable.