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Publication of HSE Annual Report and Accounts 2012/13

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The HSE Annual Report and Accounts summarises HSE’s performance during 2012/13.

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West Yorkshire firm in court over highly-flammable spillage

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A solvent recycling firm in West Yorkshire has been prosecuted for safety failings that led to a major spillage of nearly 4,000 litres of highly flammable liquid from a road tanker.

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Chocolate company fined after worker’s finger amputated

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Northamptonshire chocolate maker has been fined after an employee’s finger was severed in an inadequately guarded machine.

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Worker’s six metre fall lands two Kent businesses in court

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Kent father and granddad died after plunging six metres through a fragile skylight because safety measures were neglected both by his employer and a major drinks wholesaler, a court has heard.

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Farm fined for young worker’s death in tractor tragedy

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A young Somerset farm worker was killed when the tractor she was driving overturned in a field a court heard today.

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Case 182 – School bans hair clips and jewellery during PE lessons

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A school is using health and safety as the explanation for their policy on personal effects – including hair clips and jewellery.

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North Wales company in court after worker’s fall

Monday, June 17, 2013

A haulage company has been fined after an employee sustained injuries falling from a wooden pallet carried on a fork lift truck.

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Offshore hydrocarbon releases reach record low – but number of major releases rise

Monday, June 17, 2013

The number of offshore hydrocarbon releases reached a record low last year, new provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal.

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Case 181 – Employer prohibits use of cycles on work related journeys

Monday, June 17, 2013

Employer cites health and safety as reason for banning cycles for work related travel.

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RR974 – Identifying the human factors associated with the defeating of interlocks on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines

Monday, June 17, 2013

This research sought to identify reasons why operatives defeat interlocks on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, and to obtain an understanding of the extent of this behaviour across the UK engineering industry. The findings from this research provided a number of valuable insights about the frequency of defeating interlocks and the influences upon this behaviour.

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Consultation to remove twelve legislative measures

Monday, June 17, 2013

Public consultative on the Health and Safety Executive’s proposals to remove twelve legislative measures which HSE believes are either redundant or have been overtaken by more up to date legislation. Have your say – this consultation began on 17 June and will finish on 12 July 2013.

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EH66 – Grain dust

Monday, June 17, 2013

This guidance draws attention to the possible health hazards which could result from exposure to grain dust. The guidance is aimed at employers and managers although employees and health and safety professionals will also find it useful.

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Site supervisor fined after worker paralysed in roof fall

Friday, June 14, 2013

A site supervisor has been fined after a co-worker was left paralysed after falling ten metres from the roof of a Tyneside warehouse.

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Case 180 – School bans children from wearing frilly socks

Friday, June 14, 2013

It was reported that a school banned children from wearing frilly socks for health and safety reasons.

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RR973 – Review of alarm setting for toxic gas and oxygen detectors

Friday, June 14, 2013

Current knowledge on alarm setting for toxic gas detectors was reviewed by a literature survey and consultation with stakeholders. The purpose of this review was to develop a framework for guidance on alarm setting for toxic gas detectors as information is lacking on the rationale behind setting alarm levels.

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Norfolk illegal gas fitter in court

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Norfolk plumber has appeared in court for illegally carrying out gas work for a landlord in Norwich.

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RR972 – A survey of exposure to enzymes in cleaning solutions used to clean endoscopes

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Proteolytic enzymes are a recognised risk for respiratory and dermal allergy. Cases of asthma have been identified in health care workers using cleaning solutions containing these enzymes to decontaminate endoscopes and surgical equipment.

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Rochdale bedding firm fined £50k over multiple safety failings

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Rochdale bedding manufacturer has been fined £50,000 after a health and safety inspection found the majority of its machines were unsafe to use.

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RR970 – Follow-up and assessment of self reports of work-related illness in the Labour Force Survey

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Labour Force Survey provides estimates of the scale of work-related ill health across Great Britain. Given its reliance on self-reporting it is of interest to get a better understanding of the nature of the relationship between work and the illness, details of the conditions reported and the effect they have on individuals’ lives.

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Bolton recycling firm sentenced after worker crushed

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Bolton company has been ordered to pay almost £130,000 in fines and costs after a worker suffered serious injuries when he was crushed between two trucks at a recycling plant.

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