5 07, 2018

Too Hot To Work?

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This heatwave is great! It would be even better if we were sat in our gardens with our feet in the paddling pool as opposed to working through it! It’s fair to say most us are enjoying the weather; however, with temperatures anticipated to reach approximately 33C and continue late into July, we have to ask ourselves; “is it too hot to work?”Here in the UK, our workplace temperatures are covered (loosely) by the Workplace [...]

26 10, 2017

JD Sports fined after ignoring fire chiefs

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Fashion retailer JD Sports has been hit with a £60,000 fine following an investigation into two of its branches in Dudley. The company admitted six offences, uncovered after an investigation by West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service. Serious breaches discovered included an escape route blocked by crates and stock, which reduced its width to just 30cm. The case followed the service’s pre-Christmas 2015 fire safety checks at the company’s JD Sports and Scotts stores in [...]

26 09, 2017

Worker’s hand crushed in machinery results in company fine

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Symrise Ltd was fined after a man cleaning near the screw conveyor machine, tripped and his finger came into contact with the moving parts of the machine. The worker suffered a partial amputation to his left hand following the incident. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the vacuum point, for cleaning this screw conveyor did not have good enough guarding to fully prevent people from coming into contact with [...]

1 07, 2017

HSE releases annual workplace fatality figures

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today released its annual figures for work-related fatalities, as well as the number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in 2015. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that 137 workers were fatally injured between April 2016 and March 2017 (a rate of 0.43 per 100,000 workers), the second lowest year on record. There has been a long-term downward trend [...]

1 02, 2017

HSE to make cost recovery dispute process fully independent

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it is to consult on proposals to make its cost recovery scheme dispute process fully independent. The scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI) was introduced in October 2012 to shift the cost of regulating workplace health and safety from the public purse to businesses which break the law and ensures the cost burden of HSE intervention is picked up by those companies and not taxpayers. If [...]

27 12, 2016

Employee prosecuted for dangerous work at height

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An employee of a steel erection firm has been sentenced at Manchester Magistrates Court after admitted working unsafely at height on a hotel development in central Manchester. Manchester Magistrates Court heard on the 21 January 2015 a member of public contacted HSE claiming that a man had been seen balancing on scaffold tubes in the rain while working on the roof of the multi-storey hotel. Photographic evidence showed the accused had climbed up the [...]

1 12, 2016

National airline prosecuted for not protecting workers

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British Airways PLC has been prosecuted for not protecting their workers from hand arm vibrations. Paisley Sheriff Court heard how employees working within the composite workshop at the Glasgow base, who in the course of their work used hand held power tools to carry out repairs on various components, were exposed to the risk of Hand Arm Vibration (HAVs) a condition that can cause symptoms such as tingling, pins and needles, numbness and pain [...]

27 11, 2016

Worker injures hand on drill

By | November 27th, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on Worker injures hand on drill

A company in Essex, has been fined after a worker suffered injury to his hand on a drilling machine.Chelmsford Crown Court heard how an employee of Amtek Aluminium Castings (Witham) Limited had been drilling a hole in a casting when his glove got caught on the moving bit and his hand was dragged into the drill. He suffered injuries to his hand which required a skin graft and was off work for two months. [...]

27 10, 2016

Worker seriously injured in mobile platform fall

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A Buckinghamshire waste equipment maintenance firm has been fined after a worker suffered serious head injuries when a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) overturned. The man, 49, from County Durham, was in the process of dismantling a compactor at a site in Wilmslow, Cheshire when the incident occurred on the 19th January 2015. Minshull Street Crown Court heard that the victim, who was in the MEWP, and a colleague, were taking large pieces of [...]

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