Safety News Items

New £9m fund to boost green infrastructure in London

  • 17th Aug, 2017
  • Safety, News

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced plans for a new £9m fund to boost trees and green infrastructure as part of his environment strategy for the capital.

Khan said that he wanted to make London the "greenest city in the world...

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Grenfell inquiry must be fire safety 'watershed'

  • 17th Aug, 2017
  • Safety, News

The Grenfell Tower public inquiry must be a watershed for fire safety", the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has claimed.

The news follows the governments announcement of the terms of reference for the inquiry.

Prime minis...

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ISO45001: BSI issues draft guidance on applying international standard

  • 17th Aug, 2017
  • Safety, News

BSI has issued a draft for comment of BS 45002-0: Occupational health and safety management systems; General guidelines for the application of ISO 45001; General guidelines on effective application of ISO 45001.

 

This draft Briti...

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Brexit ‘no deal’ poses disproportionate risk to green economy in Northern England

  • 16th Aug, 2017
  • Safety, News

If no deal is reached at the end of Brexit negotiations, the north of Englands green economy could be disproportionately at risk due to the levels of EU funding the region receives.


That is according to a new report by the Inst...

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UK spends twice as much supporting fossil fuels abroad than it does renewables

  • 16th Aug, 2017
  • Safety, News

The UK government spent $9.73bn (£7.51bn) supporting energy sectors in developing countries between 2010 and 2014 46% of which went to the fossil fuel industry.

That is more than twice the 22% that went towards renewable energy, while it w...

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Bottle deposit scheme could cut marine plastic pollution by a third

  • 7th Aug, 2017
  • Safety, News

The amount of plastic litter entering oceans from the UK could be reduced by a third if the government were to introduce a deposit return scheme for beverage containers.

That is according to new analysis by the Green Alliance, which says tha...

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Firm denies health and safety breaches

  • 13th Jun, 2017
  • Safety, News

A major high street retailer and a leading trade union have firmly rebutted allegations about health and safety breaches at a borough depot. Poundland and Usdaw both spoke out strongly after a whistleblower claimed employees were being put at risk...

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Bangladesh health and safety project begins trainer recruitment

  • 13th Jun, 2017
  • Safety, News

Recruitment of trainers to improve health and safety standards in Bangladeshi factories and communities has begun.

Up to 30 people will undergo training to ensure they are able to deliver workshops, initially in ready-made garment factories in Dhak...

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Help to keep air clean inside as well

  • 12th Jun, 2017
  • Safety, News

Air can be polluted inside as well as outside.

So the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is contributing to the 'Help Great Britain work well strategy by working with Chambers of Commerce on a campaign to create greater awareness about the harm from...

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Solar panel firm fined £250k after roof plunge

  • 30th May, 2017
  • Safety, News

A Bristol based solar panel installation specialist has been fined £250,000 after a 49-year-old worker fell more than 3.5 metres through a void in a roof.

The fall inflicted serious injuries on the victim including bleeding on...

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RISK ASSESSMENT BREACH PROMPTS £400,000 FINE

  • 24th May, 2017
  • Safety, News

Fatality revealed assessment was not suitable and sufficient

ATE Truck and Trailer Sales Ltd, a company which purchases, refurbishes and sells Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and trailers has been sentenced after the death of 63-year-old worker William...

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SECOND CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER CASE IN WEEK

  • 22nd May, 2017
  • Safety, News

Double fatality represented pattern of serious neglect

Martinisation (London) Ltd been convicted of the manslaughter of two workers who died after falling from a central the balcony of a block of flats in central London. The director of the firm, M...

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SOLAR PANEL FIRM AND DIRECTOR IN COURT

  • 22nd May, 2017
  • Safety, News

Ineffective use of fall arrest no substitute for proper precautions

Eco NRG Solutions Ltd and its director Jon Luke Antoniou have been fined after a worker fell from height at a farm in Cornwall.

Taunton Magistrates Court heard how Lewis...

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DIRECTORS JAILED AND FIRM FINED FOR MANSLAUGHTER

  • 22nd May, 2017
  • Safety, News

Client paid £100,000 less than economic cost for roof work

Three company directors have been jailed following the death of Nikolai Valkov, aged 63, who died in hospital after falling through the roof of a warehouse in Harlow on 13 April 2015.

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SECOND CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER CASE IN WEEK

  • 22nd May, 2017
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Double fatality represented pattern of serious neglect

Martinisation (London) Ltd been convicted of the manslaughter of two workers who died after falling from a central the balcony of a block of flats in central London. The director of the firm, M...

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Steel manufacturer fined £200,000 after worker’s hand crushed

  • 22nd May, 2017
  • Safety, News

A Cardiff based steel manufacturer has been fined £200,000 after a workers hand was crushed by a piece of machinery.

Rom Ltd has been fined £200.000 and has been ordered to pay an additional £17,200.63 after the incident, which saw a work...

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FIRM FAILED TO SECURE COMPETENT ASSISTANCE

  • 22nd May, 2017
  • Safety, News

Court holds manager to account over inaction on risk management

Cambridge Timbertec Ltd and the company general manager have been fined for failing to maintain health and safety standards in the workplace after multiple HSE Improvement notices were...

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SOLAR PANEL FIRM AND DIRECTOR IN COURT

  • 22nd May, 2017
  • Safety, News

Ineffective use of fall arrest no substitute for proper precautions

Eco NRG Solutions Ltd and its director Jon Luke Antoniou have been fined after a worker fell from height at a farm in Cornwall.

Taunton Magistrates Court heard how Lewis...

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MAJOR UK FIRMS FAILED ON VEHICLE MANAGEMENT

  • 9th May, 2017
  • Safety, News

Worker struck and injured when towed trolley and load overturned

Two major UK companies have been fined after a worker was seriously injured by a trolley carrying hydraulic rams in October 2013.

Stafford Crown Court heard how an employee of D...

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Death of construction worker would have been avoidable if firm had planned work

  • 26th Apr, 2017
  • Safety, News

A court has heard how a worker was struck by a concrete drainage cover as he stood in an excavation area. He later died from severe head injuries.

Daniel Clifford Yeowell was employed by Hague Construction Limited, who has been ordered to pay £100...

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Asbestos expert warns ageing population will drive surge in mesothelioma deaths

  • 22nd Apr, 2017
  • Safety, News

AN ASBESTOS expert has warned that the number of men dying from a lethal lung disease caused by exposure to the mineral is likely to triple over the next 30 years.

Robin Howie said official predictions had "vastly underestimated" the death t...

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FATALITY: WIND FARM CONSTRUCTION WORKER

  • 21st Apr, 2017
  • Safety, News

Death inside wind turbine tower currently under construction

It has been reported by the Galloway Gazette that a worker has died on a windfarm construction site near Barrhill, in Scotland.

Emergency services were called in...

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MAJOR CONTRACTOR MANAGEMENT FOUND LACKING

  • 27th Mar, 2017
  • Safety, News

Fatal dumper truck incident caused by inadequate 'oversight

Laing ORourke Construction Limited has been fined £800,000 after workman was fatally injured when he was struck by a site dumper on a project at Heathrow Airport in 2014.

Southwark ...

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SITE MANAGER CONVICTED OF MANSLAUGHTER

  • 24th Mar, 2017
  • Safety, News

Member of the pubic died as a result of 'gross negligence by manager

A man has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after a woman walking past a construction site died when three window frames weighing more than half a ton fell on ...

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PC AND CONTRACTOR BOTCHED WALL DEMOLITON

  • 22nd Mar, 2017
  • Safety, News

Assessment, information and induction all found to be wanting

A Manchester building contractor and a company owner have been prosecuted after a workman was seriously injured on a refurbishment project in August 2014. The 53-year-old from Salford wa...

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CLIENT HELD TO ACCOUNT OVER CONTRACTOR DEATH

  • 22nd Mar, 2017
  • Safety, News

Electrical appliance company fined £700,000 after MEWP overturned

Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited has been fined £700,000 after a self-employed contractor fell from a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) and later died from the injuries sustained...

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ROOF CLEANING ENDED IN SKYLIGHT FALL

  • 22nd Mar, 2017
  • Safety, News

HGV driver 'doubling' as roof cleaner suffers serious injury

Erith Haulage Company Limited has been fined £215,000 after an employee fell 4.5m through a fragile sky light onto a concrete floor whilst cleaning a roof at the company premises at Anch...

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CALL FOR ACTION ON CONSTRUCTION WORKER SUICIDE

  • 22nd Mar, 2017
  • Safety, News

Union urges construction industry reform to reduce high suicide rates

Construction union Unite is calling on the construction industry to take radical action to reduce the elevated rate of suicide among the workforce following new an...

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DOUBLE MEWP OVERTURN INJURES TWO WORKMEN

  • 22nd Mar, 2017
  • Safety, News

Aircraft maintenance engineers were fortunate to survive incident

An aircraft engineering company has been fined after two men fell some 5m whilst carrying out checks at the tail of an aeroplane at Stansted Airport in June 2015.

Chelmsford Ma...

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JAIL FOR DIRECTORS PERVERTING COURSE OF JUSTICE

  • 21st Mar, 2017
  • Safety, News

Risk assessment document changed after fatal roof fall

It has been reported by the Manchester Evening News that three men have been jailed following the death of Benjamin Edge, aged 25, who was fatally injured when he fell from ...

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FATALITY: EXPLOSION AT FORMER FUEL STATION

  • 21st Mar, 2017
  • Safety, News

Workman died on site where underground tanks being removed

It has been reported (16th March) by the BBC that a workman on a construction project has died following an explosion at the site of former petrol station" in north Lond...

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Independent panel to judge safety check fee rows

  • 10th Feb, 2017
  • Safety, News

Contractors could soon be able to count on a fully impartial panel to rule on disputes over the Health and Safety Executives controversial Fee for Intervention charges.

Up to now the HSE has been both prosecutor and judge ...

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HSE SET TO ACT ON CONSTRUCTION HEALTH RISKS

  • 27th Jan, 2017
  • Safety, News

Regulator now firmly focussed on lung disease and manual handling

The HSE Priorities for the construction sector during 2017 onwards are heavily biased towards action on health risks. The first of the three priorities is reducing inc...

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CDM PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR LACKED EXPERIENCE

  • 26th Jan, 2017
  • Safety, News

PC prosecuted alongside other contractors over fall risk and injury

Three companies have been fined after a worker fell over 7m through a fragile roof which was being replaced in November 2014.k

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how Rafal Myslim w...

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LOW FALL AND INJURY ATTRACTS £2 MILLION FINE

  • 25th Jan, 2017
  • Safety, News

Workman injured in fall from unsafe position for cleaning machine

Warburtons Limited, a national bread maker, has been fined £2 million after a worker was hospitalised following a fall from height in 2013.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard tha...

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Second strike for poor risk assessments brought Wilko £2.2m fine

  • 16th Jan, 2017
  • Safety, News

Household goods retailer Wilko has been handed a £2.2m fine after a part-time worker was paralysed when a container of paint tins fell on her.

Customer services assistant and university student Corisande Collins was pinned underneath the ov...

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EC launches new initiative to improve health and safety of workers

  • 11th Jan, 2017
  • Safety, News

The European Commission is taking action to promote Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the EU.

Investment in occupational health and safety improves people's lives by preventing accidents and work-related illness. Building on past effor...

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No action against St Albans council after men fall through roof

  • 9th Jan, 2017
  • Safety, News

An investigation into possible health and safety breaches after two people fell through a garage roof has resulted in no further action being taken against the district council.


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched a pro...

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Network Rail fined £800,000 after Redhill injury incident

  • 9th Jan, 2017
  • Safety, News

Network Rail has been fined £800,000 at Guildford Crown Court for breaching health and safety laws after a track worker sustained multiple 'life changing injuries when he was hit by a train.

The prosecution was brought by the ORR after the ...

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Two-year jail term for plant hire firm boss over 2012 fatal accident

  • 8th Jan, 2017
  • Safety, News

The manager of a plant hire firm has been sentenced to two years in prison for health and safety breaches that led to the death of one man and caused serious injury to another.

Donald Craig, 57, was found guilty of a breach of legislation af...

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Fall in ROI work accidents

  • 8th Jan, 2017
  • Safety, News

There were 44 people killed in workplaces in 2016 in the Republic of Ireland, representing a 21% reduction of the 56 reported in 2015, according to figures released by the Health and Safety Authority this week. The number of deaths on farms remain...

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Training: the cure for all problems?

  • 5th Jan, 2017
  • Safety, News

Mike Taylor, Turner & Townsend, discusses whether training really is the cure for all problems and if its the mainstay of the route to competence. In the age old argument of quality over quantity, he argues that training should always be ...

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NI builders losing work over cross-border safety issue

  • 4th Jan, 2017
  • Safety, News

Northern Ireland construction workers are calling for political intervention to solve a cross-border problem involving health and safety training.

They say their qualifications - or cards - are often no longer being accepted to allow them on...

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Supervisor fined for exposing workers to asbestos risk

  • 4th Jan, 2017
  • Safety, News

AN asbestos removal supervisor has been sentenced after admitting exposing numerous workers to deadly asbestos fibres during licensed asbestos removal works.

Manchester Magistrates Court heard that a concern was received by the Health and S...

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Company prosecuted after workers were severely burned

  • 3rd Jan, 2017
  • Safety, News

A North East engineering company was sentenced today for safety breaches after two of its workers were burned when they were sprayed with chemicals during chemical cleaning of a pipework system.

Newcastle Crown Court heard today that on 31 J...

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Building firm fined over lone worker’s trench death

  • 19th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

A Borders-based building firm has been fined £30,000 after a lone worker died when he was crushed by falling soil in a collapsed trench.

George Wilson, 64, was carrying out drainage work with a mechanical excavator at Heriot Mill Farm, Heri...

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HSE to prosecute Crossrail firms

  • 19th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has informed BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd, and Keir Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd that they will be prosecuted in relation to three incidents that took place during the construction of the...

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Complete failure of safety duties

  • 19th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

A construction company and its Managing Director have been prosecuted for operating an unsafe construction site during the conversion of a building in Bollington.

Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court heard how the conditions on the site...

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CDM breaches result in fines

  • 19th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

Two London based construction companies were prosecuted after a HSE inspection identified serious safety breaches on a double basement construction project.

Westminster Magistrates Court heard that emergency services had been called to a pr...

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Company and directors prosecuted over unsafe roof work

  • 19th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

A specialist roofing company and its two directors have been sentenced after admitting working unsafely at height on a hotel development in central Manchester during a major refurbishment and extension works.

On the 17 March 2015, a member ...

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No fall prevention in place

  • 19th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

A builder from Surrey has been prosecuted after a worker fell from a roof.

Redhill Magistrates heard how the worker fell 3.2 m through an opening in a roof onto a concrete floor. He survived the fall but was left with broken ribs, swelling ...

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Police may face charges over M9 crash incident under health and safety laws

  • 9th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

POLICE Scotland is facing possible health and safety charges over the M9 incident in which a couple lay in their crashed car for three days despite the alarm being raised with police.

A legal source said the Crown Office is considering prose...

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Construction companies fined after failing to carry out basement excavation work safely

  • 9th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

Two London based construction companies were prosecuted after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection identified serious safety breaches on a double basement construction project.

Westminster Magistrates Court heard that emergency ser...

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Refreshed IOSH training products showcased in Abu Dhabi

  • 8th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

More than 100 delegates attended IOSHs UAE Annual Networking Conference today (Thursday 8 December), where the Institution showcased updated versions of three of its training products.

Jonathan Nobbs, Head of Product at IOSH, gave a presentation ab...

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Volvo fined £900,000 after worker suffers “life-changing injuries”

  • 7th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

Volvo has been fined £900,000 after a worker suffered head injuries and had to placed into an induced coma.

The worker was using a step ladder to service a large delivery truck, repairing the drivers access rope for the cab when he fell, hi...

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Go-Kart operator fined £27,000 after woman scalped and paralysed in accident

  • 6th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

A GO-KART operator whose health and safety failings left a woman scalped and paralysed after her hair became entangled around an axle has been fined £27,000.

Shenaz Ahmed was riding a kart with her husband when she suffered horrific and lif...

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Man killed and another seriously injured by cows

  • 5th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

A farmer based near Bradford on Avon, has been fined after two members of the public were attacked and injured, one fatally, by cows in a field.

Swindon Crown Court heard how brothers Mike and John Porter were walking on a public footpath wh...

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Check Safety First buys shares in Argent Health and Safety

  • 5th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

Check Safety First has acquired shares in Argent Health and Safety and plans to grown the business.

Argent will continue to operate as a separate limited company within the Check Safety First group, under the stewardship of managing directo...

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Deadly blaze at Pakistan hotel

  • 5th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

At least 11 people have been killed in a fire at a hotel in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

A fire at a luxury hotel in the Pakistani city of Karachi killed at least 11 people on Monday and injuring dozens, media reported. The b...

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Keeping staff safe this festive season: drugs and alcohol

  • 5th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

Its the time of year when many business owners focus their health and safety legal responsibilities on clearing ice and snow and ensuring employees are wearing the correct PPE for low temperatures. However, the festive season presents a whole...

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London Underground fined £500,000 after near-fatal lift shaft accident

  • 5th Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News


London Underground (LU) has been fined £500,000 for breaching health and safety law after a maintenance worker was left seriously injured from a fall in a disused Tube station in 2014.

An investigation by the ORR into the incident at So...

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Maintenance worker spent ten days in hospital after falling down shaft at disused South Kentish Town station

  • 3rd Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

LONDON Underground Ltd has been fined £500,000 for breaches of health and safety law after a maintenance worker was injured at the disused South Kentish Town station.

The penalty follows an investigation by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR)...

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HSE signs up to become disability confident

  • 2nd Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

HSE is marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities  by signing up to become a disability confident employer.

Disability Confident  is a government led scheme set up to help employers make the most of the o...

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Company fined after teenage work experience person injured

  • 2nd Dec, 2016
  • Safety, News

A supplier of industrial equipment based in Newcastle has been fined after a work experience person on their first day of work was injured.

Stafford Crown Court heard how during the unloading of a heavy electrical panel from the back of a lo...

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Firm fined after three ladies suffered carbon monoxide poisoning

  • 24th Nov, 2016
  • Safety, News

A gas installation company and its director were fined after three ladies suffered carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Derby Crown Court heard how three ladies were having lunch at a home address in South Wingfield when they became ill. When the...

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Top 25 Expensive Fines for Fire Safety Breaches

  • 13th Nov, 2016
  • Safety, News

A list of expensive fines given to companies who have been in breach of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

25. Gurpartap Singh Bhullar £20,250

Gurpartap Singh Bhullar is a landlord from Slough, Berkshire. Bhullar appeared at Re...

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Sparks can now drill square holes

  • 7th Nov, 2016
  • Safety, News

Electricians can now drill square holes for electrical sockets.

A new four blade drill attachment called Quadsaw means an end to using rulers, pencils and handsaws to cut holes in walls for sockets.

The new system means square holes ca...

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Michael's story: Lessons from an entirely preventable death

  • 18th Oct, 2016
  • Safety, News

Louise Taggart bravely tells the story of her brother Michael, fatally injured at work, in the hope of helping raise awareness of the fundamental importance of safe systems of work.


Michael's been in an accident in Dundee.  W...

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Company fined £300,000 after employee electrocuted

  • 18th Oct, 2016
  • Safety, News

A Scottish engineering company has been fined a massive £300,000 after an employee was electrocuted while he was working on a cable that had not been isolated from its electricity supply.


Electrician Michael Adamson, 26, was inst...

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CLIENT FINED OVER ABSENT PRE-CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION

  • 12th Oct, 2016
  • Safety, News

Major supermarket chain and CDM client prosecuted alongside contractor

Tesco Stores Ltd and Tesco Maintenance Ltd have been fined a combined sum of £500,000 after a workman was lucky to suffer only minor injuries when he fell 10m to the shop floor...

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HSE SEEK RISK ASSESSMENT FLEXIBILITY & SIMPLICITY

  • 9th Oct, 2016
  • Safety, News

Proposed change to guidance could produce bonfire of 'paperwork'

HSE is looking to change its current guidance on risk assessment and is seeking public views before the amended guidance is published.

The regulator is concerned that ...

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Timber-frame firm fined for fire safety and traffic offences

  • 8th Oct, 2016
  • Safety, News

J G Hale Construction Ltd based in South Wales has been fined £100,000 for running an unsafe timber-frame construction site.

Cwmbran Magistrates Court heard that HSE launched an investigation on 27 July after making an unannounced visit to ...

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£200k fine for roofing contractor after skylight fall

  • 7th Oct, 2016
  • Safety, News

A roofing company has been fined after a worker fell five metres through a skylight sustaining severe injuries.

St Albans Crown Court heard how a 32 year old labourer was working for Richardson Roofing Company Limited (RRCL) on...

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Site manager fined after worker hit by concrete skip

  • 7th Oct, 2016
  • Safety, News

A site manager and a worker have been fined for safety failings after a colleague was struck by a concrete skip at a construction site in South London.

Woolwich Crown Court heard how on 23 February 2012, Ryan Musgrave, 27, suff...

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Tesco fined £500,000 after skylight fall

  • 5th Oct, 2016
  • Safety, News

Supermarket giant Tesco has been fined after a maintenance worker fell through a skylight onto the shop floor.

The employee of Tesco Maintenance Ltd was lucky to suffer only minor injuries after falling 30 feet through a f...

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HSE HEALTH IN CONSTRUCTION FACTS POSTER

  • 8th Sep, 2016
  • Safety, News

Regulator looks to raise health risks profile with construction workers

Over recent years there have been big improvements in reducing the number and rate of injuries to construction workers. What has been less recognised is that construction is al...

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MIGRANT WORKER LEFT IN COMA AFTER 5m FALL

  • 8th Sep, 2016
  • Safety, News

Overall poor management of health and safety led to incident

Construction firm Montway Ltd has been fined £144,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell from a roof during demolition work on 25th February 2013.

Southwar...

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CONSERVATORY MANUFACTURER AND INSTALLER FINED

  • 8th Sep, 2016
  • Safety, News

Serious injury revealed previous incidents not reported to HSE

Conservatory roof manufacturer and installer, Phil Coppell Ltd,  has appeared in court after a worker suffered serious injuries after falling from a conservatory roof.

The 59...

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HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 7th SEPT 2016

  • 8th Sep, 2016
  • Safety, News

Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

The latest records of enforcement notices issued and prosecutions taken by HSE Construction Division groups during the period 27/06/2016 03/07/2016 were added to the HS...

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NEW CRITICAL GUIDANCE ON ROOF ‘OVER-NETTING’

  • 5th Sep, 2016
  • Safety, News

FASET launches HSE backed practical safety netting guidance

In the absence of a British or European standard, the trade body FASET has taken the initiative and developed a comprehensive guidance document covering the use of safety nets ov...

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MAJOR CRANE SAFETY SEMINAR 28 SEPT 2016

  • 5th Sep, 2016
  • Safety, News

Seminar examines key issues and solutions on construction projects

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is hosting a Crane Safety 2016 Seminar on 28 September 2016 at etc.venues The Hatton, London.

The organ...

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HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 31st AUGUST 2016

  • 31st Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

The latest records of enforcement notices issued and prosecutions taken by HSE Construction Division groups during the period 20/06/2016 26/06/2016 were added to the HS...

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Ban businesses from sacking new mums, say MPs

  • 31st Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

"Urgent action" is needed to give pregnant women and new mothers more protection at work after a "shocking" increase in discrimination, MPs say.

The Women and Equalities Committee is calling for a German-style system, where it is harder to m...

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Halifax Borough Market faces £3.5m repair bill

  • 30th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

The repair bill for Halifax Borough Market will be over £3.5 million as Calderdale Council fixes its leaky roof and its doors due to health and safety fears. The Council has already allocated £225,000 for the first phase of a programme of works ...

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Engineering Company in court over fork lift incident

  • 30th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

An engineering company in Knowsley has been fined after an employee was badly injured when he was struck by a metal structure during a lifting process.

The 46 year old worker from Skelmersdale sustained serious flesh wounds an...

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Health and Safety Executive investigating farmer death

  • 26th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

A farmer has died in an incident in the Silverbridge area of Co Armagh.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the cricumstances of the mans death, which happened on Thursday afternoon.

Our thoughts are with the family involv...

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Safe working near railway crossings demonstrated at IOSH event

  • 26th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

Steps that employers can take to help workers stay safe near railway level-crossings were highlighted during an event hosted by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Rail safety experts joined IOSH's Rural Industries and Railway...

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Apprenticeship standard for fire, emergency and security systems wins government approval

  • 24th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

The apprenticeship assessment plan for fire, emergency and security systems has gained government approval.

The apprenticeship standard sets out how apprentices will be assessed and details the synoptic endpoint assessment undertaken in t...

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Hot weather and outside workers

  • 23rd Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

With the temperatures set to rise over the next few days in parts of the UK, the TUC  is calling on employers to make sure their staff working outdoors are properly protected from the sun and the heat.

A new report Cool it pub...

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Bulgarian firm lands £500k fine for height safety breaches in Derby

  • 22nd Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

A Bulgarian company that specialises in building climbing walls has been fined half a million pounds for flouting height safety regulations.

The Health & Safety Executive stepped in when a member of the public reported unsafe working practices ...

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Warning after man’s finger severed at Waterlooville business

  • 20th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

AN INCIDENT where a mans finger was amputated in a lathe could have been prevented, a health and safety inspector has said. David Morgans finger was severed in a lathe working at Repro Engineering Limited, of Aysgarth Road, Waterlooville on July 3...

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Updated lone worker standard released

  • 19th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

An updated lone worker standard has been released, for the provision of lone worker devices and services.

The British Standard BS8484 was first introduced in September 2009, and lays out requirements for lone worker devices and Ala...

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Distillery blaze left 21-year-old worker engulfed in flames

  • 18th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

A distillery in Oldbury has been fined after an employee was engulfed in flames in a fire that destroyed the warehouse and its contents.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how ethyl acetate (highly flammable liquid) was being transferred from a...

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Testing conditions for tank testers

  • 17th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

n addition to the financial implications of the loss of product, leakage from storage tanks can cause serious environmental damage and represent a grave threat to health and safety. In some circumstances, particularly when the stored materials are...

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HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES FORCE HOTEL CLOSURE

  • 16th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

A 19th century hotel and wedding venue in North Wales has closed its doors after entering administration due to health and safety concerns.

The 46-bedroom Wild Pheasant Hotel in Llangollen was closed earlier this month with existing bookings...

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IOSH to introduce new postcards to assist members in logging CPD

  • 15th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

The process of recording continuing professional development (CPD) activities following IOSH network events will be made simpler for members by new postcards.

IOSH will make the postcards available to assist members with logging what they have lear...

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Security firms fined over death of security guard

  • 12th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

Two security companies have been fined after a security guard died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Javaid Iqbal, a 29 year old father of three, was employed by London based KK Security Services Ltd as a security guard on ...

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Safety Legislation Review Calls For Waste Sector Views

  • 11th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is calling on industries, including waste management, to submit views as part of a review into safety legislation for the inspection of work plant and equipment.

The HSE is reviewing the requirements in ...

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J G Hale Construction Ltd fined £100k for safety offences

  • 10th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

South Wales-based J G Hale Construction Ltd has been fined £100,000 for running an unsafe timber-frame construction site following an unexpected health and safety inspection.

During an unannounced visit to the manufacturer's site in Blaenav...

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Timber-frame house-builder fined £100k for fire hazards

  • 9th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

A South Wales building company has been fined £100,000 for failing to manage fire risk during construction of timber-framed houses.

The Health & Safety Executive launched an investigation on 27th July 2016 after making an unannounced visit to ...

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Bringing stress to work can be fatal

  • 8th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

Stress is often discussed in relation to sickness absence. However, its less reported how it can endanger lives. Whether it is work-related stress or stress that people bring to work, stress can put at risk the safety of both employees and members...

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Chart Industries’ facilities in the US gain occupational health and safety accreditation

  • 8th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

Three of Chart Industries facilities in the US have received Occupational Health and Safety Accreditations for processes related to its heat exchangers and cold boxes.

The sites earned the BS OHSAS 18001;2007 accreditation for the sal...

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£80,000 fine for health & safety breaches

  • 7th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

One Stop Stores Ltd. - a subsidiary of a major UK supermarket - has been fined £80,000 plus costs for breaching food hygiene rules in their Ribbleton Avenue store, Preston.

Preston Crown Court heard that during an unannounced inspection on 1 Decem...

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Accidents and near misses make up a report on health and safety at council

  • 6th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

SIX reports of accidents, near misses and incidents of unacceptable behaviour were made to a council.

Maldon District Councils finance and corporate services committee received a health and safety update for April to June.

During that ...

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Safety precautions you need to take when dealing with hazardous chemicals

  • 5th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

As the Health and Safety Executive has highlighted, more than 700 people have suffered injuries lasting seven days or longer as a result of 'exposure to, or contact with, a harmful substance' in each of the last two years in the UK.

Suc...

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Network Rail fined £130,000 after worker electrocuted in North Ayrshire

  • 4th Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

Network Rail has been fined £130,000 after a worker was electrocuted while working on track in North Ayrshire.

David McDermott suffered injuries while repairing overhead lines on the line near Ardossan South Beach station near West Kilbride...

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TURNER & TOWNSEND TO WORK ON £300M FACTORY PROJECT

  • 3rd Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

Professional services firm Turner & Townsend has been hired to support health and safety practices during the construction of a £300m factory in Coventry.

...

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HSE survey on inspection and thorough examination

  • 2nd Aug, 2016
  • Safety, News

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is reviewing the requirements in health and safety legislation for the inspection or thorough examination of work plant and equipment. 

In particular, it is looking at the following r...

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COMPANY LACKED COMPETENT H&S ADVICE

  • 20th Jul, 2016
  • Safety, News

Risk assessment failed to identify entanglement risk

Thornsett Engineering Limited, a engineering company based in the Peak District has been fined after a worker was injured when his hand was trapped between rotating machine rollers in March 2015....

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Motorcyclist lost his life after plunging into deadly ditch at Chatsworth

  • 20th Jul, 2016
  • Safety, News

Chatsworth House Trust and a horse trials event organiser have denied any health and safety breaches after a motorcyclist collecting show results at the estate crashed into a ditch and died from his injuries.

A Leicester Crown Court trial he...

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SITE MANAGER JAILED FOR MANSLAUGHTER

  • 20th Jul, 2016
  • Safety, News

Extreme risk created by manager who fell far short of what the law required

Building site manager, Farr Patel, has been convicted after his disregard of safety resulted in the death of construction worker in January 2015 on a site in St Saviours Hi...

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Risk of serious personal injury in closed school lab

  • 19th Jul, 2016
  • Safety, News

RISK of serious personal injury led to the closure of the science labs at La Mare de Carteret High School, the Health and Safety Executive has said.

And it has said that its inspection of the premises was sparked by an independent compla...

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Safety specialist Innov8 wins deal with Neptune on its £35m Lime Street scheme

  • 19th Jul, 2016
  • Safety, News

Wirral-based Innov8, have been appointed by Neptune to work alongside construction contractors, ISG Specialist construction industry health and safety consultancy, Innov8 Safety Solutions , has won a contract to support Neptune Develop...

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IOSH urges workers to take care in the sun

  • 19th Jul, 2016
  • Safety, News

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is encouraging workers to take care during spells of warm weather.

With temperatures rising above 30C today (Tuesday 19 July), IOSH is reminding people of the risks associated with exposure t...

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HSEs Top Team Smash Targets in Charity Fundraising Drive

  • 18th Jul, 2016
  • Safety, News

A team of directors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) put in the hard yards to raise more than £1500 for a good cause.

All of HSEs management board Richard Judge, Selvin Brown, Peter McNaught, David Murray, Karen Nightingall, Ka...

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HSE Annual Report - Summary

  • 14th Jul, 2016
  • Safety, News

2015-16 Summary

Looking back over another year's performance from the HSE, their Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16 includes details on achievements such as:

- the development and launch of the new strategy, Helping Great Britain w...

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Portsmouth glass company fined after worker was injured

  • 14th Jul, 2016
  • Safety, News

A glass company in Portsmouth has been fined after a worker was injured when his clothing was caught in machinery.

Portsmouth Magistrates Court heard how Saint Gobain Glass (United Kingdom) Limited had allowed a metal working lathe to be ada...

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Company fined for safety failings after worker injures hand on lathe

  • 12th Jul, 2016
  • Safety, News

A company in Leeds, has been fined after a worker suffered injury when his hand came into contact with a lathe.

Rotherham Magistrates Court heard how an employee of Rotherham Group Realisations Limited was tasked with turning and polishing m...

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Engineering Company Fined for Safety Failings

  • 12th Jul, 2016
  • Safety, News

An engineering company based in High Peak has been fined after a worker was injured.

Stockport Magistrates Court heard how Darren Combs, a 50 year old fabricator/welder from Manchester was working for Thornsett Engineering Limited.

He ...

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Drinks manufacturer in court over workers loss of hand

  • 11th Jul, 2016
  • Safety, News

An Ellesmere Port based home brewing kit manufacturer has been fined after an employees right hand was severed while cleaning a blending machine.

SPL International Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an inci...

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Gas engineer sentenced for putting tenants at risk

  • 13th Jun, 2016
  • Safety, News

A gas engineer has been sentenced to 120 hours of community service for putting tenants at risk in rented homes in Chelmsford.

Chelmsford Magistrates Court heard that James Wilkinson was Gas Safe- registered for some types of gas appliances,...

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BT Fined £500,000 after Engineer Breaks his Back in Fall

  • 13th Jun, 2016
  • Safety, News

British Telecom plc (BT) has been fined £500,000 after an engineer fell seven metres from a loft in London, breaking his back and his ankles.

The Old Bailey heard how a BT engineer, David Spurgeon, was fixing a telephone fault in the roof...

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Firm Fined after Three Employees Overcome by Fumes

  • 10th Jun, 2016
  • Safety, News

A food waste disposal and recycling firm has been fined £250,000 after three employees were overcome by toxic gases, including hydrogen sulphide, and a reduced oxygen atmosphere in an animal waste facility in Stoke-on-Trent.

Prosecuting, ...

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Worker Fatally Crushed by Refuse Collection Vehicle - Firms Fined £815,000

  • 10th Jun, 2016
  • Safety, News

Two companies were fined a total of £815,000 after a worker and father-to-be was crushed to death in Lancashire by a refuse collection vehicle.

Veolia ES Sheffield Limited (Veolia) and John Fowler and Son (Blacksmiths and Welders) Limited...

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NEW RULES MEAN FARMERS COULD FACE TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY BREACHES

  • 9th Jun, 2016
  • Safety, News

How do the new health and safety laws affect you?

The guidelines surrounding health and safety regulations have changed.ˆWith farming remaining as the most dangerous industry in which to work, Olivia Midgley looks at what the SentencingˆCo...

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RSPCA investigated by HSE over disappearance of inspector Mike Reid

  • 9th Jun, 2016
  • Safety, News

The RSPCA is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over the disappearance of an RSPCA inspector who is believed to have been swept out to sea.

Mike Reid, 54, is believed to have fallen into the sea while attempting to r...

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Zoo pleads guilty over death of keeper mauled by tiger

  • 8th Jun, 2016
  • Safety, News

A zoo has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches after a wildlife keeper was mauled by a tiger.

Sarah McClay, 24, was pounced on by a Sumatran tiger in the keeper's corridor of the tiger house at South Lakes Wile Animal Park, Cumbria, ...

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BT fined £660,000 for H&S offences

  • 7th Jun, 2016
  • Safety, News

BT has been fined £600,000 and ordered to pay £60,000 in costs after pleading guilty to health and safety breaches which led to two CWU members suffering serious head and back injuries in quick succession.

The two accidents took place ...

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Small mistakes in health and safety law can prove very expensive for the channel. Adam Bernstein explores the legal issues surrounding product recalls

  • 6th Jun, 2016
  • Safety, News

In an ever complex world its not unsurprising that products in all areas of life are being recalled. Computing and IT is no exception and the risks posed by products in the channel are great. The law in this area is detailed and places burdens on ...

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Disabled man may face 12-month wait for a bath after hoist was removed on safety grounds

  • 5th Jun, 2016
  • Safety, News

DISABLED Kevin McKie has not been able to have a bath in seven weeks after a hoist he had used for 18 years was removed for health and safety reasons.

The 46-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, relied on the hoist and he...

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HSE working towards pallet weight restriction

  • 3rd Jun, 2016
  • Safety, News

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is looking at ways to reduce maximum pallet weights to 750kg to cut the risk of injuries to drivers making tail-lift deliveries.

The move follows the announcement last year by Palletline and Fo...

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Roofer fined for unsafe roof work

  • 3rd Jun, 2016
  • Safety, News

A Bracknell based roofer has been fined for safety failings after a complaint was made to HSE regarding unsafe roof work.

No-one was injured in the incident at Sabine Gates, Old Bracknell Lane, Bracknell on 27 August 2014, however members of...

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Blooming cheek! Health and safety officials order greengrocer to remove plants from outside his shop after someone tripped over

  • 1st Jun, 2016
  • Safety, News

 Family firm has displayed flowers and bedding plants outside for 30 years But council officials ordered the plants' removal after someone fell over Company boss says not being able to sell plants will make shop unviable A greengrocer fe...

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Worker crushed between two vehicles

  • 31st May, 2016
  • Safety, News

A waste management and plant hire company in Derbyshire has been fined after a worker was fatally crushed between two vehicles while refuelling.

Derby Crown Court heard how 39-year-old Matthew Lambert was refuelling his road sweeper at the y...

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UK's safest housebuilders honoured by NHBC

  • 31st May, 2016
  • Safety, News

The National House Building Council has honoured 61 of the UKs safest housebuilders for their outstanding dedication to health and safety.

Now in its seventh year, the NHBC's Health and Safety Awards recognise site managers commitment to exc...

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Level Nightclub in Nelson Square is 'entirely safe' says co-owner following asbestos related court case

  • 30th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

OWNERS of a Bolton nightclub have reassured customers that their safety has never been put at risk.

Charles McGrath, who co-owns Level Nightclub in Nelson Square, admitted charges related to asbestos and health and safety at the venue at Bur...

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Warning over hidden barbecue health & safety risk

  • 30th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

Barbecue lovers are being warned to take care as bristles from wire brushes used for cleaning grills could land them in A&E.


As Britain packs away their barbecue after the Bank Holiday weekend, fans are warned loose bristles which fa...

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NHS Foundation Trust fined £200,000 for safety failings

  • 27th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

An NHS Foundation Trust has been fined for safety failings in its management of the use and maintenance of Anetic Aid QA3 trolleys.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) followed an incident that happened in March 2011 wh...

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Thomas Cook crew poised to strike over health and safety Union in dispute over changes to rest breaks

  • 26th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

Thomas Cook cabin crew have voted by 3-1 in favour of a strike in a row over health and safety.

Members of the Unite union backed walkouts by 74% in a turnout of just over half.

The union is in dispute over changes to rest breaks.
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Cheshire East Council denies banning workers from using strimmers

  • 25th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

A council has denied it has banned staff from using strimmers on health and safety grounds.

Several national new outlets reported Cheshire East Council workers had been told to use weedkiller instead of strimmers to maintain the grass around...

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Firm fined after two workers suffer severe electrical burns

  • 25th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

An engineering company based in Birmingham has been fined after two workers suffered severe electrical burns

Walsall Magistrates Court heard how CISM Limited of Birmingham were contracted to dismantle and remove redundant electrical cable an...

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Death of road worker prompts HSE warning to HGV drivers

  • 24th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

HGV drivers are frequently putting lives at risk by not following basic safety procedures when coupling and uncoupling vehicles, the Health and Safety Executive warned today.

The workplace health and safety regulator urged drivers to apply p...

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Safety watchdog inspections find NHS failing to comply with sharps laws

  • 24th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

A sample of NHS organisations has found more than 80% to be breaching sharps regulations, according to the national watchdog for work-related health and safety.

The most common type of breach was a failure to use safer needlesticks or their ...

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Mental health events supported by IOSH

  • 23rd May, 2016
  • Safety, News

IOSH attended two events held as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Richard Jones, the Institutions head of policy and public affairs, was at a seminar held in the Houses of Parliament and organised by the Mental Health Foundation.

Ministe...

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Derby convenience store reopens after being closed due to 'health and safety issues'

  • 22nd May, 2016
  • Safety, News

A DERBY convenience store which was closed to the public this morning due to "health and safety issues" has now reopened.

Customers turned up to the Sainsbury's Local store, in Morley Street, Derby, this morning to find it shut. One rea...

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Health and Safety Executive blasts university's ban on mortarboard throwing

  • 20th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

A clampdown by a safety-conscious university on the tradition of graduates launching their hats in the air has been condemned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).


...

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ORR Chief Inspector: Improving health and safety on our railways

  • 20th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

Office of Rail and Road Chief Inspector and Director of Railway Safety Ian Prosser posted the following blog on the ORR's website recently:

Great Britains railway is safer than it has ever been before.

For the first time ever, a busy y...

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IOSH to fund international research into industrial safety

  • 20th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

IOSH is to reinforce its international research portfolio after becoming a member of a consortium promoting improved industrial safety across Europe.

The institution has joined other leading public agencies, ministries and research-funding organisa...

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Safety first It’s a double helping of awards success for Total Foodservice

  • 18th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

Catering wholesaler Total Foodservice has secured two internationally recognised health and safety accolades.

For the sixth year running, the firm joins 500 businesses across the globe in receiving an International Safety Award from the Brit...

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Pipe manufacturing company fined for safety failings

  • 17th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

A pipe manufacturing company based in Newport has been fined for safety failings after seven reported cases of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) between April 2014 and July 2015.

Newport Crown Court heard tha...

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Body manufacturing firm fined after workers crushed between vehicles

  • 16th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

A vehicle body manufacturing company in Stoke on Trent has been fined after two workers were seriously injured when they were crushed between a moving vehicle and stationary vehicles.

North Staffordshire Magistrates Court heard that a collea...

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Investigation launched into M60 bridge collapse

  • 16th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

An investigation is underway after the platform of a major vertical lifting bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal partially collapsed this morning.

It is understood the concrete deck structure, which is being constructed between four 31 metr...

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Man jailed for illegal gas work

  • 16th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

A Darlington man has been jailed for carrying out illegal gas work on three occasions.

Teesside Magistrates Court heard Neil Simon McKimm (trading as Macs Plumbing Services) carried out gas work including servicing boilers. McKimm used the a...

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Roofing Contractor Fined for Safety Failings

  • 13th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

A Cambridgeshire based roofing contractor has been fined for safety failings which put three workers at risk.

Stevenage Magistrates Court heard Kerry Parmenter, was contracted to carry out roof work at the premises of Cottage Linen Limited i...

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Worker Loses All Fingers and Thumb in Machinery

  • 13th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

An assistant farm manager from Norwich lost all his fingers and thumb of his left hand when it became caught in machinery.

Norwich Magistrates Court heard how the farm manager was operating a firewood processing machine, which consisted of a...

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Plant hire firm fined after worker tipped from lifting basket

  • 12th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

A lifting and plant hire company in Wick has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell from a man riding basket.

Wick Sheriff Court heard how Hugh Simpson Limited (Hugh Simpson) was contracted to unload Deugro Danmark (Deu...

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Commitment to workplace health and safety awarded

  • 10th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

Lynda Armstrong OBE, Chair of Trustees, and Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, announced the names of the organisations that were judged best in sector at the 2016 International Safety Awards Gala Dinner, held at Londons...

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Company fined after agency worker seriously injured

  • 6th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

A Suffolk cargo handling company has been fined £100,000 after an employee suffered serious injury when a sheet of marble weighing one tonne fell on him.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how an employee of Extreme Handling Limited was working at...

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Worker loses life after fall from roof

  • 5th May, 2016
  • Safety, News

A Birmingham maintenance company has been fined after a worker died as a result of falling from the roof of a five-storey building.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how H20 Plumbing Services Limited were contracted to carry out repairs to two ...

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Demolition company fined for safety failings

  • 3rd May, 2016
  • Safety, News

A Nottinghamshire demolition company has been fined for safety failings following a report to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Leicester Magistrates Court heard how Prodem Demolition and Asbestos Limited were removing tiles from a dome...

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Time running out to nominate and vote for the Council election

  • 29th Apr, 2016
  • Safety, News

IOSH members now have less than a month to submit their nominations for the 2016 IOSH Council election.

The Council is IOSHs representative body, providing advice and guidance and representing the views of members.

In the summer, a ball...

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Foundation Trust fined over bedrail failures

  • 29th Apr, 2016
  • Safety, News

A North West NHS Foundation Trust has been fined over its inappropriate management of the use of bedrails at its hospitals.

Following a guilty plea in Carlisle Magistrates Court the District Judge referred the case to Carlisle Crown Court f...

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Worker fined for unsafe gas work

  • 26th Apr, 2016
  • Safety, News

A self-employed worker from Glossop has been fined for unsafe gas work.

North Derbyshire Magistrates Court heard how David Kenyon removed a gas oven at a property in King Cup Close, Glossop. This resulted in a gas leak due to the lack of pro...

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Does what it says on the tin - The importance of health and safety labels

  • 25th Apr, 2016
  • Safety, News

Whether youre a small start-up business or youre an established company with well over 100 employees, having an established set of health and safety procedures and protocols is always essential. It is likely that you have a wide range of different...

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Leicester plastics factory death prompts investigation

  • 20th Apr, 2016
  • Safety, News

The police and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating after the death of a man who was injured at a plastics engineering factory.

The 52-year-old was injured at Nylacast Engineering Plastic Solutions in Leicester, on Friday.

...

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Construction company fined after worker injured falling through void

  • 19th Apr, 2016
  • Safety, News

A construction company based in Derbyshire has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell through a void.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how a worker employed by a sub-contractor working for Bowmer and Kirkland Limited, was ...

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Young apprentice loses finger on rotary press

  • 19th Apr, 2016
  • Safety, News

The owner of a business that manufactures specialist adhesive tape for industrial applications has been fined after a young apprentice lost his finger on a rotary die press.

Nuneaton Magistrates Court heard how the 16-year-old apprentice was...

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IOSH welcomes Irish farm safety drive during busy spring season

  • 14th Apr, 2016
  • Safety, News

A nationwide focus on Irish farm safety has the potential to increase awareness of the risks faced by workers, according to IOSH Ireland Branchs Rural Industries Section.With the busy spring season in full flow, IOSH members have reminded farm worker...

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Three Companies Fined for Safety Failings Arising from Two Accidents

  • 14th Apr, 2016
  • Safety, News

Two incidents at the Haverhill site of Jan Cavelle Furniture Company have led to three companies being fined for health and safety failings.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how in the first instance an employee of the company sustained serious inj...

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Two companies fined after disturbing asbestos

  • 13th Apr, 2016
  • Safety, News

Two companies have been fined after asbestos was disturbed during refurbishment work.

Westminster Magistrates Court heard how two employees of 24-Hour Maintenance Services Limited disturbed asbestos insulating board (AIB) whilst they were do...

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Best practice chemical storage in the workplace

  • 12th Apr, 2016
  • Safety, News

Chemical safety is a primary workplace safety concern for many organisations. To control the exposure of employees to chemicals in the workplace, particular efforts need to be made to ensure chemicals are safely stored and handled. Even commonly u...

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Company fined after worker falls through skylight

  • 8th Apr, 2016
  • Safety, News

A roofing company from Worcester has been fined after an employee fell through a skylight.

Kidderminster Magistrates Court heard how an employee of AES (Roofing Contractors) Limited fell through a skylight whilst replacing them within a frag...

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Solar panel specialists in court for roof light fall failings

  • 21st Mar, 2016
  • Safety, News

A solar panel firm has been £153,000 after a worker was seriously injured in a fall through a fragile roof light at a private home in Kent.

The worker, from Ashford, fractured his shin and a vertebra in the incident at Elvington Lane in H...

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Automotive company fined after worker loses finger

  • 21st Mar, 2016
  • Safety, News

A Birmingham-based automotive company has been fined after a worker lost his finger.

Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard how a welder at Lander Automotives Limited was expected to work on a variety of jobs as required by production. While he...

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A Hertfordshire school has been fined for safety failings after a pupil suffered permanent paralysis when a swing collapsed.

  • 15th Mar, 2016
  • Safety, News

St Albans Magistrates’ Court heard how on September 2011 a 13-year-old p...

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National crane company fined £750,000 for two deaths after collapse

  • 15th Mar, 2016
  • Safety, News

A national crane hire company has been sentenced for failings that led to the death of two men as a crane collapsed in London.

Southwark Crown Court heard crane operator Jonathan Cloke, 37, died after falling from the crane as it collapsed. ...

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Use of Barrier Glands in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres to meet IEC 60079:14 2013 (Edition 5)

  • 1st Feb, 2016
  • Safety, News

Health and Safety Executive - Safety NoticeDepart Name:HID CEMHD (E,C&I team)Bulletin No:HID 1-2016Issue Date:1 February 2016Target Audience:Chemical processing and productionEngineeringWarehousingOffshoreOthers: Duty holders designing, inst...

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Cheshire builder in court over absence of welfare facilities

  • 20th Jan, 2016
  • Safety, News

 

A Cheshire building contractor, Phillip Affleck, has been fined for serious health breaches and lack of welfare facilities on a Culcheth building site.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)...

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Company sentenced after employee received electric shock

  • 20th Jan, 2016
  • Safety, News

 

Berneslai Homes Ltd has been fined following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into safety standards during maintenance work of council owned domestic properties.

Barnsley Magistrates Court heard that HSE investigated...

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Heating engineer fined after homeowners put at risk of asbestos exposure

  • 20th Jan, 2016
  • Safety, News

 

A self employed heating engineer has been fined after removing asbestos lagged pipework in a domestic property with no precautions to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres.

Karl Locher pleaded guilty at Trafford Magistrates’ Court...

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Occupational health standards in the construction industr

  • 20th Jan, 2016
  • Safety, News

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Objectives
To identify the minimum standards for occupational health provision within the construction sector and how these may form the basis of a national database which aims to facilitate occupational health provision...

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RR1052 The effect of wearer stubble on the protection given by Filtering Facepieces Class 3 (FFP3) and Half Masks

  • 20th Jan, 2016
  • Safety, News

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Wearers of tightfitting RPE facepieces are advised to be clean-shaven in the area of the faceseal as explained in the guidance supporting Health and Safety legislation. However, HSE Inspectors routinely come across workers w...

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Construction Firm Fined after Worker Suffers Cement Burns

  • 8th Dec, 2015
  • Safety, News

A construction firm was fined a...

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Three Workers Injured when Lowering Cable

  • 27th Nov, 2015
  • Safety, News

An electrical services company ...

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Company Fined after Failure to Act on Asbestos Risks

  • 27th Nov, 2015
  • Safety, News

An engineering firm has been fined after asbestos was found at their factory and they failed to document or manage the risks to employees or visitors to the site.

Darlington Magistrates Court heard how Blue Diamond Enginee...

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Building Firm Fined after Worker Hit by Mobile Platform

  • 27th Nov, 2015
  • Safety, News

Construction company Base Build...

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Workers Fall from Scaffold Leads to Life Changing Injuries

  • 27th Nov, 2015
  • Safety, News

A scaffold firm was fined after a worker was seriously injured after falling nine metres. 

Bristol Magistrates Court heard how an employee of Bristol-based Tubular Access Scaffolds Limited was dismantling a scaffold structure when he fe...

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Construction Site Manager Fined for Safety Failings

  • 26th Nov, 2015
  • Safety, News

A construction site manager was fined for safety failings after a worker was injured while working at height. 

St Albans Magistrates Court heard Edwin Heaney failed to take reasonable care of colleagues while operating a construction si...

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Chief Inspector Challenges Small Construction Sites to Act Now to Manage Workers Health and Safety

  • 26th Nov, 2015
  • Safety, News

The Health and Safety Executives (HSEs) Chief Inspector of Construction is challenging the refurbishment industry to act now and protect their workers, after 46 per cent of sites fell below standards during a recent inspection initiative.
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Drainage Company Fined for Excavation Collapse

  • 26th Nov, 2015
  • Safety, News

A Slough drainage company has b...

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Work Related Injury and Ill Health still Costing Britain £14 Billion per Year

  • 27th Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

More than a million people are being made ill by their work, costing society £14.3 billion, according to new figures published today.

Despite Britain remaining one of the safest places to work in Europe, injury and ill-health statist...

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Engineering and Facilities Firms Sentenced

  • 23rd Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

Two companies have been sentenc...

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HSE Issues Health Warning to the Stone Industry

  • 23rd Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

The Health and Safety Executive...

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Glass manufacturer in court after employees injured in explosion

  • 22nd Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

A Chester glass container manuf...

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Care home provider and support worker fined after resident severely burned in bath

  • 22nd Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

A national care home provider a...

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Construction client sentenced over multiple safety failings

  • 22nd Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

A Hertfordshire based care prov...

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Construction firm sentenced after dumper truck topple

  • 21st Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

 construction firm has bee...

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Family, including three year old girl, exposed to dangerous asbestos

  • 21st Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

Tenants of a house in Lincolnsh...

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£200,000 fine after worker fatally injured

  • 20th Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

 A company which manufactu...

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Builder fined after worker fell through fragile roof

  • 20th Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

A builder has been fined for sa...

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Concrete pumping company fined after worker injured

  • 20th Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

A concrete pumping company has ...

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Company director fined for failing to comply with enforcement notices

  • 16th Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

The managing director of a Hert...

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Woodworking firm fined over safety breach

  • 16th Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

A woodworking firm was fined fo...

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Rules about tobacco, e-cigarettes and smoking: 1 October 2015

  • 1st Oct, 2015
  • Safety, News

Changes to the law On 1 October 2015 it became illegal: