6 07, 2016

Annual workplace fatality statistics published

By | July 6th, 2016|General H&S|Comments Off on Annual workplace fatality statistics published

Provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in Great Britain’s workplaces has been released today. The long-term trend has seen the rate of fatalities more than halve over the last 20 years. However, provisional figures indicate that 144 people were killed while at work in 2015/2016 – up from 142 in 2014/5. The Health and Safety Executive has called on all sectors to learn lessons to ensure workers return home safe from work. Martin [...]

26 06, 2016

Fish processing firm fined after man killed by falling boxes

By | June 26th, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Fish processing firm fined after man killed by falling boxes

A Plymouth company has been fined £500,000 after an employee suffered fatal injuries when a stack of boxes of frozen fish fell on him. The man, 22, an employee of Interfish Limited, was helping to clear up a fallen stack of frozen fish boxes in one of the cold store areas when there was another fall of stock which struck him. He received multiple and severe injuries which proved fatal. Interfish Limited, of Wallsend [...]

1 06, 2016

Firm fined for safety failings at property development

By | June 1st, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Firm fined for safety failings at property development

A company based in Cardiff has been fined for safety failings during a property development. Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court heard Ziman Trading Limited, formerly Ziman Investments Limited (Ziman), was acting as the principal contractor at the property development of the former New York Hotel, York Street, Porth. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to ensure that appropriate measures were in place to control risks onsite, including falls [...]

1 05, 2016

Ban on throwing mortar boards is a tired health and safety myth

By | May 1st, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on Ban on throwing mortar boards is a tired health and safety myth

A number of media outlets have reported today (Wednesday 18 May 2016) that a university plans to ban their students from throwing mortar boards in the air on graduation day for health and safety reasons. HSE has provided a response to this age-old myth: Geoff Cox, who heads the Health and Safety Executive public sector team, said: “You’d think universities would study history and do a bit of research before repeating tired health and safety myths like [...]

26 04, 2016

Workers Memorial Day – HSE statement

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Marking international Workers Memorial Day, HSE’s interim Chair George Brechin said: “Workers Memorial Day is a poignant reminder of why it is vital to manage workplace risks in a robust and proportionate way. Everybody has a right to come home safe and well from their job. “While Britain has one of the best health and safety records in the world, it is clear that there is still room to improve. Last year 142 workers [...]

12 04, 2016

Important Changes to the CSCS Green Card from 1st July

By | April 12th, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on Important Changes to the CSCS Green Card from 1st July

CSCS, the leading certification card scheme for construction is making changes to the 'Construction Site operative' or 'Green Card'. The card for site operatives will be changed to a new Green Card for 'Labourers'. By making the changes CSCS is hoping to raise the standards within the industry and ensure that construction personnel apply for the card that best serves their role and competency. Information on the Types of CSCS Card, and which one [...]

1 04, 2016

Firm fined after forklift truck operator killed

By | April 1st, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on Firm fined after forklift truck operator killed

A large steel fabrication company based in North Yorkshire, has been fined after a forklift truck (FLT) operator was killed when the truck he was operating overturned. However, the offence to which the company pleaded guilty was not a significant cause of the fatal accident. Teesside Crown Court heard how 27-year-old employee was reversing the forklift truck when it struck some steps causing it to overturn. The employee was not wearing a seatbelt and [...]

26 03, 2016

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

By | March 26th, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on National crane company fined £750,000 for two deaths after collapse

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 the crane operator, 37, died after falling from the crane as it collapsed. It also fell onto a member of the public, 23, and also killed him. The court heard how sections of the tower crane, which was on a housing development in Thessaly Road, Battersea, [...]

1 03, 2016

Chemical company fined £200,000 following toxic chemical release

By | March 1st, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on Chemical company fined £200,000 following toxic chemical release

A chemical company was sentenced today in Leeds Crown Court for safety breaches when a very toxic chemical was ejected under pressure. A company maintenance technician unintentionally opened a valve on top of an isotanker at Syngenta Ltd’s Huddersfield plant resulting in the release of between 3.5 and 3.8 tonnes of paraquat dichloride solution. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the firm over the incident. Syngenta Ltd of Leeds Road Huddersfield pleaded guilty [...]

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