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Farm Safety and Health Awareness Days

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Safety and Health Awareness Days (SHADs) are free half day events which include practical demonstrations covering the everyday hazards faced by farmers, farming families and workers. They provide an excellent opportunity for those working on farms get practical advice. Events being held nationwide – find a venue near you.

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Construction companies fined over worker’s six-metre fall

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Two construction companies have been fined for serious safety failings after a Coventry worker suffered life-changing injuries after plummeting more than six metres through a badly-covered hole in a floor.

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The Twelve Myths of Christmas: Oh no we didn’t – throwing panto sweets banned!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The reality: Realistically, if a panto throws out sweets the chances of someone being seriously hurt is incredibly low. It’s certainly not something HSE worries about – as far as we’re concerned, this is a case of ‘Oh yes you can!’

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Firm’s failures led to workers’ exposure to asbestos at Aberystwyth flats

Monday, December 10, 2012

Significant safety failures by a plumbing company may have led to two workers being exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres during a major refurbishment project on flats in Aberystwyth.

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The Twelve Myths of Christmas: What bright spark created this myth? Yearly tests required for Xmas lights!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Lots of companies waste money in the false belief they need to test their Christmas lights annually, or even don’t put them up at all! By following a few sensible precautions, such as checks by the user for obvious signs of damage, every workplace can switch on safely and sparkle!

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Suffolk plastics company fined after worker hurt

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Suffolk plastics company has been prosecuted for safety breaches after a worker crushed a finger on a poorly guarded printing machine.

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HSE and local authorities to make legionella visits in the west of Scotland

Friday, December 7, 2012

Businesses and organisations with cooling towers in the west of Scotland are facing checks to ensure they are managing legionella risks appropriately.

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The Twelve Myths of Christmas: Don’t deck the halls – decorations pose health and safety risk!

Friday, December 7, 2012

The reality: Most organisations including HSE and local councils manage to put up their decorations, celebrating the spirit of Christmas without a fuss.

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The Twelve Myths of Christmas

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas is a special time of year. Even so, it doesn’t stop health and safety being – wrongly – cited as a reason for preventing pretty harmless activities from going ahead. In the run up to Christmas we will publish the top twelve festive myths, gifted to HSE from media reports and correspondence received.

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Norfolk company fined for assessment breach

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The owner of a Norfolk aggregate site has been prosecuted for failing to complete a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for moving rail wagons without a locomotive.

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Injury brings early end to Hull man’s working life

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A business owner in Hull has been prosecuted after an employee fell nearly four metres while painting the top of a water storage tank and shattered his left leg.

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Case 98 – Maintenance firm stated it was mandatory for electric gates to be serviced annually under current health and safety regulations

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A company which provides electric gate maintenance services has said that it is MANDATORY for owners of “domestic” electric gate systems to have them serviced annually, under the current Health & Safety Regulations.

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Construction Infonet – November 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Construction Infonet is a free e-Bulletin from HSE to provide a regular update on health and safety issues in the construction industry. This month’s issue contains information on fragile roofs and legionella control.

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Machinery company fined after Shropshire farmer’s death

Monday, December 3, 2012

An international farm equipment manufacturer has been fined after a Shropshire farmer died when the rotating arms of a defective bale wrapping machine struck him on the head.

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Royston worker loses fingers on unguarded power hammer

Monday, December 3, 2012

A multinational precious metals and chemical company has appeared in court after an employee sustained a serious hand injury at a plant in Royston, Hertfordshire.

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Chorley bottling firm in court over forklift injuries

Friday, November 30, 2012

A bottling firm in Chorley has appeared in court after one of its employees was injured while being lifted on the prongs on a forklift truck.

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Safety failings blamed for worker’s injury

Friday, November 30, 2012

A West Yorkshire firm has been fined after an employee had a thumb and finger shattered when his hand was drawn into dangerous moving parts of a printing press.

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Leeds print firm fined

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Leeds printing business has been prosecuted for regularly putting its workers in danger during routine stocktaking at its factory in Wortley.

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Case 97 – Receptionist enquired if change in footwear policy was a result of new health and safety guidelines

Friday, November 30, 2012

Receptionists have been told they have to wear safety footwear – steel/plastic capped work shoes to work on reception. Their duties include: answering phones, post, errands, computer use. The enquirer wanted to know if this change in policy was as a result of any new health and safety office guidelines.

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Research reveals secrets of Olympics safety success

Friday, November 30, 2012

The secret factors behind the safety successes during construction of the London 2012 Olympic Park have been revealed in a new study.

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