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Category: Manufacturing bulletin

Safety alert – ‘Norfolk Range’ large wheeled dry powder fire extinguishers manufactured before 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Norfolk Range large dry powder fire extinguishers, manufactured before 2009 by UK Fire International Ltd, may be affected by moisture ingress at a threaded joint at the base of the unit, rendering the unit inoperable.

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Safety alert – Tower crane slew brakes

Friday, October 31, 2014

HSE investigations into the collapse of two tower crane jibs has identified that there were problems with adequate maintenance of the slew brake release mechanisms. This alert is to advise owners and users of steps to be taken to ensure that tower crane slew brake release mechanisms are maintained in efficient working order.

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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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Safety alert – Devices used to reduce operator entrapment and crushing on mobile elevating work platforms

Friday, May 30, 2014

This alert advises that covers/shrouds on machine controls do not protect against entrapment of operators between the machine and nearby obstructions.

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HSE Safety Alert – Preventing catastrophic failure of luffing jib tower cranes in high winds

Friday, February 21, 2014

Following the recent collapse of three luffing jib tower cranes in high winds, HSE is making this information available to tower crane users as supplementary guidance to that contained in BS7121 Part 5:2006, Code of practice for safe use of cranes -Tower cranes. This information is issued without prejudice to any ongoing investigations. HSE is […]

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HSE Safety Alert – Genie Z135/70 Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

An operator was killed when a Genie Z135/70 mobile elevating work platform became unstable and overturned whilst it was working at or very close to its maximum height. In order to minimise the risks of overturn, the machine safety devices and sensors must be configured as per manufacturer’s settings, as prescribed by the manufacturer in […]

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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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Safety notice – Risk of carbon monoxide release during the storage of wood pellets

Monday, November 5, 2012

The HSE is issuing this notice to those who use, install, maintain or distribute wood pellet boilers or manufacture/store/distribute wood pellets. Since 2002 there have been at least nine fatalities in Europe caused by carbon monoxide poisoning following entry into wood pellet storage areas.

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Safety notice – ‘False’ engagement of tipping hooks on ‘builders’ skips

Friday, November 19, 2010

This safety notice highlights a potential danger whereby fabrication of the skip can result in a lip on which tipping hooks may ‘falsely’ engage and provides advice on corrective actions

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Safety alert – Deadly explosions during cutting of drums and containers

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Duty holders are being reminded of the dangers of undertaking hot work on containers that contain, or have contained, flammable or combustible substances following two recent fatal accidents in North East Scotland where employees were killed whilst cutting up drums.

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Safety notice – Avoiding trapping/crushing injuries to people in the platform of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs)

Friday, July 16, 2010

More people die from falls at work than from any other cause. The use of mobile elevating work platforms/powered access equipment has been a major factor in the reduction in falls accidents.

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Safety Alert – Fatality caused by stacked boards collapse

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

In a recent incident a worker was killed whilst he was helping to remove a board from a stack leaning against a wall. He lost control of the weight of the boards and they fell on him causing serious head injuries. In an earlier almost identical incident at another site a worker had his legs […]

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Safety alert for the printing industry

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

For the attention of firms in the printing and cardboard packaging industries. This is to raise

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