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Fertiliser firm fined after worker crushed to death

Monday, May 18, 2015

A fertiliser company was fined £80,000 after one of its employees died when he became trapped in an agriculture spreader whilst carrying out maintenance.

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Updated list of approved diving qualifications – March 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

This updated list includes a new class of diving – commercial acquaint diving – which will allow organisations who have written permission from HSE to carry out ‘try dives’ using Surface Supplied equipment.

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DSE Risk Management – London, 7 July 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

This course, delivered by experienced HSL ergonomists, will provide you with an understanding of Display Screen Equipment (DSE) risks and approach to risk management.

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Case 360 – DIY Store unable to give customer product advice

Monday, May 18, 2015

A customer in a DIY store asked an assistant for advice on spotlights, specifically where to find the connection box, plus general advice on the various spotlight products available. The assistant refused on health and safety grounds saying he could be liable if something went wrong.

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Torquay kitchen fitter left gas work in a dangerous state

Friday, May 15, 2015

A kitchen fitter left a gas pipe in a dangerous state in a customer’s home, while falsely claiming to be a registered gas engineer.

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Carpet firm sentenced after wall collapses on employee

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Littleborough carpet firm has been fined after an employee suffered severe injuries when a concrete wall collapsed onto him.

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Animal feed company fined £80,000 after death of worker

Friday, May 15, 2015

An animal feed company was fined £80,000 after one of its employees died when he was buried under tonnes of wheat being unloaded from a lorry.

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Case 359 – Existing users of a gym must undertake fee-paying induction

Friday, May 15, 2015

A firm who have taken over the running of a gym insist that it is a requirement under health and safety regulations for all existing users of the facility to undertake the firm’s fee-paying induction programme.

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INDG411 – Need building work done? A short guide for clients on CDM 2015 (rev)

Friday, May 15, 2015

This leaflet is aimed at anyone having maintenance, small-scale building work or other minor works carried out. As a client you have duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 – this leaflet explains what you need to do and points out where you can find out more.

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Crawley Scaffolder fined for unsafe working at height

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Michael Alldis trading as Southern Tube Scaffold of Buckswood Drive, Crawley has been prosecuted after workers were put at risk during refurbishment work.

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L153 – Managing health and safety in construction – CDM 2015: Guidance on Regulations

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. This publication provides guidance on the legal requirements and is available to help anyone with duties under the Regulations.

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Case 358 – Clothes shop scissor ban

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

After paying for a jacket in a shop, a customer asked the sales staff for a pair of scissors to cut off the tag but was informed that due to health and safety, scissors were no longer kept at the counter.

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Firm sentenced after worker hit by tractor

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Carlisle man suffered serious injuries when he was run over by the cab of an articulated lorry in a haulage yard where he worked at Stainton, near Penrith.

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Case 357 – Letting agents misinterpreting landlords responsibilities regarding legionella risks

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Some consultants and letting agents are using the revised L8 ACOP to suggest that new legislation has been imposed on landlords of domestic rented properties in relation to assessing and controlling the risks of exposure to legionella bacteria of their tenants.

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Staffordshire plastics firm fined for failing to maintain workers insurance

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Merlin Mouldings (Hednesford) Ltd have been fined for failing to have Employers Liability Insurance for its workers in place.

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Leak of dangerous substance leads to £20,000 fines

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A leak of corrosive potassium hydroxide on a lorry was an ‘immediate risk’ to public safety – but, after noticing it, the driver continued a 12-mile journey.

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Cheshire firm in court after workers potentially exposed to asbestos

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A laboratory design and installation specialist has been fined after exposing workers, pupils and teachers to asbestos material at a school in Suffolk.

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Bedford company fined after teenage trainee engineer lost his life

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Grundfos Pumps Limited, Leighton Buzzard, Bedford, pleaded guilty to safety failings after a trainee design engineer lost his life.

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NHS Foundation Trust fined for after worker suffered serious burns

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KGH), has been fined after an employee received serious burns whilst stripping down a steam boiler.

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Case 356 – Card shop trolley ban

Monday, May 11, 2015

A sign outside a card shop bans trolleys due to health and safety, and space restrictions.

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