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Introduction of new Petroleum Regulations

Friday, August 1, 2014

Are you aware that the legislation on storing petrol is changing? On 1 October 2014 the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 will come into effect and replace existing petrol storage legislation. An information sheet is now available providing details on how the new regulations will affect your workplace and the storing of petrol at home.

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Building sub-contractor’s safety neglect led to his own injuries

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Newton Abbot building sub-contractor who suffered a fractured spine while demolishing a temporary school classroom near Exmouth in Devon, has been fined for safety failings that could have also put the safety of others in danger.

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HSE launches enhanced land use planning advice service

Monday, July 28, 2014

A new service making it easier and quicker for developers and local planning authorities to access land use planning information and advice will be launched from 28 July. 

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HSE is recruiting for the role of HM Inspector of Health and Safety

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a world leader in health and safety, various locations across Great Britain. Apply now – closing date for applications is 15 August 2014.

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HSE publishes schools sensible risk web pages

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Are you responsible for managing health and safety in a school? To help you strike the right balance in managing the real risks, HSE has published new, straightforward guidance which highlights common health and safety myths, advises on a sensible and proportionate approach, and clarifies which activities are covered by health and safety law.

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Leicester company in court after child’s head trapped in electric gate

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Leicester company has been prosecuted for failing to install adequate guarding on an electric gate that trapped a young child at a primary school in Stourbridge.

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Tale of two trees that cost Northern Rail almost £100,000

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A council and a tree surgeon have been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was injured when a tree he had been felling landed on a railway line and was hit by a train.

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Launch of revised guidance – Health and safety in care homes – HSG220

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This guidance is intended to help those providing and managing care homes – to give them a better understanding of the real risks and how to manage them effectively. It has been extensively rewritten, with a number of new topics, and brings together key messages on risks to both workers and residents.

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HSE announces results of asbestos management in schools inspections 2013/14

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the results of its latest asbestos in schools inspection initiative, which took place in 2013/14.

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Firm fined after worker seriously injured in four metre fall

Friday, June 20, 2014

A 23-year-old worker was left seriously injured after falling more than four metres from a ladder while installing audio visual equipment at a North Yorkshire school, a court has heard.

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Healthy workplaces manage stress – get involved in the campaign

Thursday, June 19, 2014

You or your organisation can participate in the campaign by accessing downloads of the European campaign guide as well as leaflets, flyers and posters – all for free.

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Firms in court over Manchester care home death

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Two companies have been sentenced for safety failings following the death of an elderly resident at a care home in Manchester.

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Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – HSE’s role during Games time

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

HSE will be ready to respond in the event of a work-related incident or emergency affecting the smooth running of the Games.

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Firms fined for child’s death in electric sliding gate

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Swansea installation firm and a Cardiff maintenance company have been sentenced for serious safety failings after a five-year-old girl was crushed to death by an electric gate.

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Council sentenced after elderly tenant falls through uncovered hole in floor

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Renfrewshire Council has been fined for serious safety failings after an elderly tenant fell four feet through an access hole in her hallway that had been left uncovered by council workers.

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Safety Leadership – Delivers Success – Oxford, 10 & 11 September 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

NASHiCs learning and Development Forum for Social Care, venues in and around the City of Oxford. Session cover, legal updates, commissioning, regulation, leadership and best practice and more…

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Stonyhurst College prosecuted after stonemason develops lung disease

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A historic private school in Clitheroe has been fined £100,000 over health and safety failings after one of its stonemasons developed a potentially fatal lung disease.

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Healthy workplaces manage stress – enter the European Good Practice Awards

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Do you know of a good practice example of a workplace that manages stress effectively? Enter the European Good Practice Awards – deadline for submissions is 6 October 2014.

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Asbestos firm’s errors exposed workers to hidden killer

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A specialist asbestos removal company has been fined after it exposed workers to dangerous fibres during demolition of a former school building.

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Fair ride collapse lands owner in court

Friday, May 23, 2014

The owner and operator of a poorly-maintained fairground ride has been fined after it collapsed sending two teenage boys hurtling from the car.
Sixteen-year-olds Conor Baker and Danny Keogh were seriously injured when riding the Mega Bounce Frog at Abbey Park in Leicester on 28 July 2012.
Friends and scores of local visitors were horrified as the car tipped up throwing Danny out and bringing Conor’s head and body in line with the protective barrier around the ride, which hit and injured him as the ride continued to turn.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that a clip and pin securing the car to its operating arm had fallen out and identified the ride, owned by William Norman Roberts, of Bag Lane, Atherton, Manchester, had been badly-maintained.
Danny Keogh was treated in intensive care following extensive surgery for a collapsed lung, broken arm and deep wounds to his side. A total of 88 staples were used during surgery and he needed stitches in his tongue and chin. He also damaged a number of teeth.
Conor Baker was treated for a broken nose, broken teeth, lacerations to his face and a significant blow to the head.
Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (23 May) heard the ride had 14 cars, each attached to a radial arm at two locations by retaining pins secured in position by a clip pushed into a drilled hole at the end of the pin.
A fairground attendant operating the ride on behalf of Mr Roberts that day had checked the presence of the clips at 10.30am and 1pm but did not consider their condition or performance.
Following the incident one of the retaining pins and clips for the car the boys were in was found on the deck of the ride. HSE discovered the clip was damaged and had little grip on the pin, which had been tapered. The clip itself was pushed into a whole that had been drilled off centre meaning it did not grip the side of the pin.
HSE’s investigation found a second tapered pin on the ride which also had an off-centre hole, as well as two defective seatbelts. A prohibition notice was served preventing further use of the ride until it was made safe.
William Norman Roberts, 36, admitted breaching Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Neil Ward said:
“The unsafe condition of the ride resulted in very serious injuries to two young men who had gone out to celebrate finishing their GCSE exams. The outcome could have been much worse. It was a horrifying and painful experience for Conor and Danny and extremely distressing for their families, friends and members of the public who witnessed the incident.
“The public rightly expects rides to be safe. The safety-critical defects identified on this machine were very troubling. The inconsistencies in the pin ends were obvious and the pins and clips were safety-critical components that should have been thoroughly checked on a daily basis.”

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