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Monthly archives: December 2011

Temperature – Indoor and outdoor workplaces

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

How you manage the temperature of your workplace depends on whether it is indoors or outdoors and the normal operating temperature of that environment.

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HSE responds to Westmorland Gazette article “It’s just a sign of the times…”

Monday, December 12, 2011

The newspaper reported that walkers and runners had branded newly-erected warning signs on paths leading to a popular viewpoint as ‘ridiculous’. The signs warned of uneven ground and a steep slope. Mark Dawson, HSE Principal Inspector for Cumbria responds.

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Companies fined after worker breaks back in fall

Monday, December 12, 2011

Anson Packaging Ltd and Cambs Compressor Engineering Ltd, two companies based in Ely, have been fined a total of £68,030 with £37,743.72 costs after a 24-year-old worker broke his back in a fall from a roof void.

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Blacksmith fined after worker falls from roof

Monday, December 12, 2011

A self-employed blacksmith and fabricator has been fined after one of his employees was severely injured after falling more than seven metres from a roof he was working on.

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Bus company in court after apprentice’s ordeal

Monday, December 12, 2011

One of South Yorkshire’s main bus operators has been sentenced for safety breaches after a teenage apprentice was trapped under a 14 tonne bus when its air suspension failed.

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Outcome of the consultation on the Fee for Intervention Scheme as presented to the HSE Board on 7 December 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

This paper informs the HSE Board of the outcome of the formal consultation on the fee for intervention (FFI) and boreholes cost recovery schemes.

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Joint regulatory guidance on radioactive waste management – Revised documents published

Monday, December 12, 2011

Guidance on radioactive waste management has been updated as a result of comments received since February 2010. Revised documents published November 2011.

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St Helens manufacturer in court over crushed hand

Friday, December 9, 2011

A manufacturing firm has been sentenced after a worker’s hand was crushed in a metal press at a St Helens factory. Barry Kelleher lost his little finger and part of the palm on his right hand as a result of the incident.

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Leptospirosis: Are you at risk?

Friday, December 9, 2011

This pocket card explains what leptospirosis is, how you might catch it and ways to prevent it. It also explains what you should do if you do contract the disease.

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Firms fined £100k over forklift death at Macclesfield factory

Friday, December 9, 2011

Two companies have been fined a total of £100,000 following the death of a maintenance worker who fell from the forks of a forklift truck at a Macclesfield factory.

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Safety notice – Provision of key clinical information on laboratory specimen request forms

Friday, December 9, 2011

Recent investigations have identified there has been lack of sufficient relevant clinical details being provided on specimen request forms. This has resulted in samples being handled at the wrong biological containment level with resulting increased risk of infection to laboratory staff.

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Safety notice – Use of Mobile Phone “Expert XP-Ex-1″ in potentially explosive atmospheres

Friday, December 9, 2011

The European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry) requires Member States to prohibit the placing on the market and withdrawal from the market of mobile phone “Expert XP-Ex-1″ manufactured by Intrinsic Safety specialists, Netherlands.

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INDG378: Safe use of skip loaders

Friday, December 9, 2011

This leaflet identifies the safety precautions that can be used when loading skips. It covers the safe use of skip loaders and provides a brief checklist of some important things you can do to protect yourself and others.

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School trips: case studies – Sawmill and a day trip to London

Friday, December 9, 2011

Case studies to illustrate and encourage proportionate responses to the planning and delivery of school visits. the following case studies are now available online: School visit to a sawmill and managing transport risks on a day trip to London.

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Sentencing after Telford fireball incident

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A company and its manager have been fined after two workers were engulfed in a fireball when they cut through a live 1,000 volt electrical cable at an industrial unit in Telford.

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INDG420: Getting specialist help with health and safety

Thursday, December 8, 2011

This leaflet discusses the questions employers should ask themselves when seeking specialist help with health and safety in the workplace.

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Explosives – Safeguarding plans

Thursday, December 8, 2011

This page contains information about safeguarding plans for the storage of explosives on works sites.

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CONIAC open meetings – Minutes and presentations added

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) papers - Minutes added for 13 July 2011 meeting and PowerPoint presentations for 16 November 2011 meeting.

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Cases where local Planning Authorities were minded to grant planning permission against HSE’s advice

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Two planning application letters added to land use planning website. The letters provide information on recent cases where HSE has requested, or considered, that a planning application be called-in. Letters added; Salford City Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

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London 2012 case studies – Worker engagement in practice

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Involving your workforce means much more than simply giving instructions. It means sharing information and involving the workforce in finding solutions to reduce health and safety risks.

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