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Category: Confined spaces

Firm fined after three employees overcome by fumes

Friday, June 10, 2016

A food waste disposal and recycling firm has been fined £250,000 after three employees were overcome by toxic gases, including hydrogen sulphide, and a reduced oxygen atmosphere in an animal waste facility in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Teenage farm worker dies clearing blockage in grain bin

Monday, February 22, 2016

A farm has been sentenced after a young man was killed while trying to clear a blockage in a grain bin in Hawick.

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Staffordshire company sentenced over cooker death

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Staffordshire animal rendering and food waste recycling company has been fined £660,000 after a worker died as he tried to fix an industrial cooker.

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Farm worker’s death leads to prosecution over exposure to toxic gases

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Dorset farm owner and his two businesses have been fined for serious safety failings after a 29 year-old worker died following exposure to toxic gases.

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Worker’s injuries land brewery in court

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Herefordshire brewery has been fined for safety failings after a worker suffered a broken foot when it became trapped in a rotating stirrer.

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L101 – Safe work in confined spaces: ACOP and guidance (3rd edition)

Friday, December 19, 2014

This publication is for those involved in work within confined spaces, those who employ or train such people and those that represent them. It explains the definition of a confined space in the Regulations and gives examples. This edition brings the document up to date with regulatory and other changes.

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Proposals to amend confined spaces ACOP

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Public consultation runs from 20 August to 30 September 2014 – have your say on the revised version of the ACOP relating to the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997. The amends proposed will make the use of the document easier, particularly with clarifying the definition of a confined space.

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Worker badly burned after firm ignores safety risks

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A West Yorkshire company has been fined after a worker was severely burned in a flashover during hot-cutting work at the Fox’s Biscuits factory in Batley.

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Security company sentenced for generator death failings

Friday, February 14, 2014

A security company has been fined for safety failings after a lone working security guard was killed by carbon monoxide fumes from a petrol generator.

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Sheffield Forgemasters fined over worker’s cellar death

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sheffield Forgemasters was today ordered to pay £245,000 in fines and costs for safety failings that led to an employee dying of carbon dioxide poisoning after the cellar he was working in filled with the deadly gas.

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Dad paralysed in fuel tank explosion

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Heysham firm which manufactures airport fuel tanks has been ordered to pay £91,000 in fines and costs after a father-of-three suffered horrific injuries in an explosion.

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HSE unveils changes to reporting requirements

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has formally implemented changes to simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.

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Company fined for tall ship blaze

Friday, September 27, 2013

A Dorset yacht company has been sentenced for safety failings relating to a fire that ravaged a famous tall ship and almost killed a worker.

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Managing for health and safety

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

HSE has launched new online guidance to help make it easier for larger organisations and businesses to understand how to manage health and safety. Managing for health and safety replaces Successful health and safety management (known to many as HSG65) refreshing and enhancing the existing content.

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Building firm sentenced after employee falls to death

Monday, April 8, 2013

A building firm and one of its directors have been sentenced after an employee fell 15 metres to his death in an empty water storage tank in Macclesfield.

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Workers’ lives put at risk during fishing boat repairs

Monday, March 18, 2013

A boat repair business has been prosecuted after it sent two employees to carry out work in a fishing boat’s diesel tank that could have led to an explosion and put them at risk of being overcome by fumes.

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Oxygen use in the workplace: Fire and explosion hazards

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

This new leaflet provides guidance for anyone using oxygen gas cylinders in the workplace. It describes the hazards from using oxygen and the precautions to take when using oxygen equipment. If you are an employer, it will help with your risk assessment.

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Consultation on proposals to review HSE’s ACOPs – Analysis of responses received

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

This is a summary report of the outcome of HSE’s consultation on proposals to review its Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs).

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Derbyshire firm fined for putting workers in danger

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Derbyshire company has been fined for putting employees in danger by allowing them to work in confined spaces without any relevant training or safety measures.

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Do you use ACOPs? – last chance to have your say

Monday, September 10, 2012

Last chance to have your say on HSE’s proposals to review its portfolio of ACOPs to update and improve them as recommended by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his 2011 independent review of health and safety legislation. The consultation ends 14 September 2012.

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