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Worker fell through pig shed roof after firm ignored safety warnings

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A York firm that fits solar panels has been prosecuted after an employee fell four metres through the fragile roof of a pig shed at an East Yorkshire farm.

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New appointment to the HSE Board

Thursday, May 9, 2013

John Morgan has been appointed to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Board as a non-executive director.

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Company fined for excavation failings

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Kent construction company has been fined for unsafe excavation work after a worker was seriously injured at a building site in Cranbrook.

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New regulations on preventing sharps injuries in the healthcare sector

Thursday, May 9, 2013

New regulations to control the risks posed by needles and other ‘sharps’ in healthcare will take effect this month.

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International firm neglected safety

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A civil engineering firm has been prosecuted after a construction worker had his left leg broken by the whiplash of an industrial hose being used in a tunnelling project beneath the Dorchester Hotel in central London.

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Derbyshire food company prosecuted after worker severs fingertip

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

An Ilkeston food company has been fined after an employee severed the tip of his finger in a mincing machine. He required emergency surgery at hospital and was off work for three weeks before later retiring.

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Case 171 – Local gym notice states “hairdryers can only be used for drying hair on the head”

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The enquirer read a notice in their local gym stating that for “health and safety reasons members are requested only use the hair dryers for hair on the head”.

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Case 170 – Coffee chain cannot serve half and half milk due to health and safety

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The enquirer visited her local coffee chain and asked for semi-skimmed milk. The server informed her they only serve skimmed or full fat, she then asked if she could perhaps have half and half as other branches have done this in the past. She was advised that due to health and safety they couldn’t do […]

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Views sought on revised ACOPs

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

HSE has launched consultations on the revised content of two Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs). Changes to the ACOPs Workplace health, safety and welfare regulations (L24) and Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances (L56) have been developed by HSE and industry stakeholders. Consultations ends on 30 July 2013.

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Case 169 – Garden Shredder cannot be sold online without a safety briefing

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The enquirer raised the issue of a website selling a garden shredder stating “DUE TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – THIS ITEM IS AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION ONLY”.

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Safety lesson for paper mill in court

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Swanley firm has been prosecuted after a worker at its warehouse was injured after being crushed between a forklift truck and a pallet of paper goods.

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Consultation opens on new version of Workplace Regulations ACOP

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

This consultative document invites views on the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L24 – “Workplace health, safety and welfare”. The consultation aims to establish if the changes make it easier for employers to understand and meet their legal obligations. The consultation began on 7 May and will close on 30 July.

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CD252 – Consultation on proposals for a revised Approved Code of Practice on “Safe installation and use of gas systems and appliances” (L56)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

This consultative document invites views on the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L56 – “Safe installation and use of gas systems and appliances”. The revised ACOP and guidance has been prepared by HSE in consultation with representatives from across the gas industry. The consultation began on 7 May and will close on the 30July.

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Safety and Health Expo 2013 – NEC, Birmingham 14-16 May

Friday, May 3, 2013

HSE will be represented at Safety and Health Expo 2013, the annual exhibition for the occupational safety and health industry. The HSE will be situated in Hall 1, stand G20, operational and policy staff, will be on hand to discuss health and safety concerns and key developments such as HSE’s new guidance for SMEs.

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HSE responds to criticism over rat poison use

Friday, May 3, 2013

HSE has responded to a column in the Dorset Echo penned by Paul Millard of the Country Land & Business Association (30 April) criticising HSE’s approach to the use of ‘second generation’ rat poisons.

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RR960 – Mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs): Phase 3

Friday, May 3, 2013

The work detailed in this report is the third phase of MEWPs research and has aimed to capture end users knowledge in relation to the key risk factors for entrapment/crushing whilst operating MEWPS, using insights gained from their experiences of incidents and near misses. The findings will influence ongoing inspection work and inform sector guidance.

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Safety alert – Risks to occupiers from installation of stone fireplace surrounds

Friday, May 3, 2013

This alert informs designers, manufacturers and suppliers of stone or artificial stone fireplace surrounds of the need to provide adequate fixings and fixing options as well as detailed instructions on their safe assembly.

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Case 168 – Children not allowed to use a drinking water machine in a children’s centre

Friday, May 3, 2013

A drinking water machine in the reception area of a children’s centre has a sign above it stating that children are not allowed to use the dispenser due to health and safety.

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Case 167 – A cinema customer was refused a glass of tap water, but could purchase bottled water

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A cinema customer asked for and was refused a glass of tap water at the concession counter of a cinema on the grounds of health and safety.

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Butchery firm in court for equipment failings

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A large butchery firm in Lewisham has been fined for safety failings after an employee sliced his forearm because his safety gloves offered insufficient protection.

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