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Building sub-contractor’s safety neglect led to his own injuries

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Newton Abbot building sub-contractor who suffered a fractured spine while demolishing a temporary school classroom near Exmouth in Devon, has been fined for safety failings that could have also put the safety of others in danger.

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British workplaces among safest in the world

Monday, July 28, 2014

The number of people who lose their lives at work has dropped sharply by 85 per cent over the past forty years, from over 650 every year in 1974 to a record low of 133 today, new figures reveal.

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Safety notice – Preventing entrapment in plastics rotational moulding ovens

Monday, July 28, 2014

This safety notice is about the risks of entrapment where there is whole body access into rotational moulding ovens during maintenance or other machine interventions.

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Construction firms fined after workers hurt in scaffold collapse

Monday, July 28, 2014

A house builder and a scaffolding company have been fined after two bricklayers were hurt falling from an unsafe scaffold.

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Offshore Directive – public consultation

Monday, July 28, 2014

Public consultation; have your say by 21 September 2014. Proposed DECC/HSE approach to implementing the offshore safety Directive, changes to onshore health and safety regulations, and review of two health and safety ACOPs.

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HSE launches enhanced land use planning advice service

Monday, July 28, 2014

A new service making it easier and quicker for developers and local planning authorities to access land use planning information and advice will be launched from 28 July. 

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Pushing ‘health’ up the workplace health and safety agenda – London, 15 October 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

The focus of the British Safety Council 2014 annual conference is workplace health, from initiatives that organisations put in place to promote healthy lifestyles through to major programmes designed to eradicate work-related disease.

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Essex farming company fined after trailer death

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Southminster farmers’ co-operative has been sentenced after a worker was killed when the tailgate of a hydraulic trailer fell and struck him across the neck.

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Worker’s jaw shattered after Kent firm neglects safety

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Kent recycling firm has been prosecuted after an employee had his jaw shattered into ‘pieces like cornflakes’ when he was hit by a piece of plastic pipe ejected from a bandsaw.

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Ely mushroom farm sentenced over worker’s arm injury

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A mushroom farming business has been fined for safety failings after a worker suffered crush injuries when his arm was caught in unguarded machinery at a site in Cambridgeshire.

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Firm sentenced after forklift truck ran over worker’s leg and foot

Thursday, July 24, 2014

An Aberdeen firm has been fined for safety failings after a worker was injured when a forklift truck ran over his leg and foot.

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Five in court for multiple safety failings

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Lincolnshire poultry firm and four of its contractors have been fined for repeated safety failings after workers were caught on a roof without taking proper safety precautions.

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RR1008 – National survey of the burden of sickness absence in the waste and recycling industry

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The aim of the project was to provide HSE and the industry with reliable estimates of rates of sickness absence for specific categories of ill health and for key work tasks undertaken by workers.

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Health and safety myth busting panel reaches 300th case

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A panel of experts set up to expose incorrect or overzealous interpretation of health and safety regulations has ruled on its 300th case.

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Case 300 – No mirror in disabled toilet

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The landlady of a village pub blamed “health and safety” when asked why there was no mirror in the disabled toilet.

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Case 299 – Can teachers remove a child’s splinter?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Is there anything preventing teachers from removing a child’s splinter?

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Case 298 – Supermarket staff not allowed to water dying plants

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Supermarket staff told not to water plants for sale in the store, even though they were dry and dying, due to health and safety.

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Explosion at Borders Fine Arts results in £10,500 fine (COPFS release)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an explosion at Borders Fine Arts, Langholm in 2012 revealed health and safety breaches which have resulted in a £10,500 fine for the parent company Enesco Limited of Carlisle.

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Costain sentenced for Parkway telehandler death

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Global engineering specialist Costain Limited has been ordered to pay more than £615,000 in fines and costs after a worker was killed when a telehandler overturned during the construction of the Parkway development in Newbury.

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Crawley builder prosecuted for gas safety breaches

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The senior partner of a building firm in Crawley has been sentenced after carrying out illegal and incompetent work on gas fittings and exposing a local family to the dangers of fire or explosion.

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