1 05, 2016

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

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

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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