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A recycling firm has been fined more than £80,000 and its two company directors have been sentenced for multiple health and safety breaches. Monoworld Recycling pleaded guilty at Northampton Crown Court to breaching regulations involving the control of electrical systems, working at height and failing to suitably maintain equipment. An investigation by the Health and….
Safety breaches at one of the UK’s largest suppliers of supermarket chicken have allegedly been foiled in an undercover investigation. A joint report by ITV News and the Guardian claims the slaughter dates of animals had been tampered with and meat of varying dates was being mixed together at the 2 Sisters Food Group in….
Police forces across England and Wales are to prioritise officer wellbeing by introducing a new plan to tackle workplace stress. The action – to be implemented by 43 forces – comes in response to 2017 figures that show four in five officers experience job-related mental health issues. The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW)….
More than 100,000 road casualties could be avoided if automatic braking became a standard safety feature on all cars, a coalition of road safety organisations has said. Figures show safety technology that automatically brakes even if a driver fails to react, could prevent 122,860 casualties of road traffic incidents over a 10-year period. IAM RoadSmart….
The A90 has been identified as Scotland’s most dangerous road, according to figures released by the country’s Liberal Democrats. The data shows a road traffic incident occurs on the major road every ten days on average. The 176-mile route runs between north and south Scotland, Edinburgh to Fraserburgh, passing through Dundee and Aberdeen. Shocking figures….
A landlord in Lincolnshire has been fined thousands of pounds, after being found guilty of endangering his tenants. Lincoln Magistrates Court heard how Abdol Ali Javid Keshmiri allowed 11 people to live in cramped conditions in a four-bedroomed terraced house on Ely Street in Lincoln. Mr Keshmiri, 63, has been fined a total of £8,253.38….
The number of people waiting more than 12 hours for a hospital bed has jumped to the highest number ever recorded, new figures show. According to data from NHS England, patients enduring long waits on trolleys in A&E departments has risen by an enormous 10,546% since 2012. Quarterly figures for January to March this year….
Two independent scaffolding inspectors have been prosecuted for falsifying inspection documents resulting in a worker suffering serious injuries. The court heard on March 26, 2014, a 49-year-old man suffered a fall from height after falling through a gap between the scaffolding and a building while working on a re-roofing project. Stephen Harper from Middleton, Greater….
A father of baby twins lost three limbs after being electrocuted with 33,000 volts in a preventable workplace accident, a court has heard. Jamie Mines, 33, was building a temporary shelter while working as a scaffolder for Boundary Scaffolding Ltd. ‘Deepest regrets’ An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) determined that charges would….
A Midlands firm has been fined £50,000 after an employee suffered life-changing injuries in an incident that could have been prevented. Newcastle under Lyme Magistrates’ Court heard how a 39-year-old worker at LPD Demolition was crushed by an excavator as it was reversing. The man’s torso was crushed in the collision on May 3, 2016,….
It seems the worry of double licence points and twice the fine has not been enough to encourage some drivers to put down their mobiles. New research by motoring firm RAC, suggests millions of motorists in the UK are still using their mobile phones while behind the wheel despite harsher penalties for offenders coming into….
More than one in seven GP practices are under-performing in key safety areas, putting patient health at risk, an investigation has found. According to inspections of 7,365 practices by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), some 13% of surgeries are identified as requiring improvement and 2% are rated inadequate for safety. The report revises earlier safety….
A manufacturer in Leicestershire has been fined more than £50,000 after an agency worker suffered “life-changing” injuries. Symrise Ltd, a seasoning manufacturer in Corby, has been found guilty of breaching safety at work regulations after a man’s hand was crushed in one of its machines. The firm has been fined £55,000 and ordered to pay….
Almost a quarter of ambulance staff in parts of Britain have taken time off for stress in the year up to April, new figures show. Data obtained by the GMB union under Freedom of Information (FOI) finds nearly one in four ambulance staff in certain trusts have had time off as a result of stress….
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced plans to improve worker protections in the waste and recycling sectors. The HSE intends to reduce exposure to workplace risks, as part of wider plans to reduce work-related injuries and ill-health across 19 industrial sectors. The waste and recycling industry has been identified as having a high….
An oil specialist in the North West has been fined £100,000 after an explosion occurred at one of its plants through health and safety failings. ESL Fuels Ltd in Merseyside pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to breaching safety regulations after workers cut into a vessel pipe, causing a fuel tank to explode. The incident….
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is launching a new campaign to reduce cases of work-related ill health, with new figures showing 26 million sickness days are lost each year. The Go Home Healthy campaign comes in response to more than two-fifths of business leaders reporting a rise in long-term sickness absence at their organisations…..
Health and safety regulators are being urged to do more to tackle toxic air in aircraft cabins with an aviation expert alleging crews and passengers are being placed at risk of contamination. Former pilot Dr Susan Michaelis, of the University of Stirling, says the CAA does not have the expertise to address hazardous substances on….
Pilots had to issue a mayday alert mid-air after an electrical fault known to the manufacturer caused the cockpit of a flight to fill with smoke, an investigation has found. The easyJet plane had taken off from Edinburgh just 11 minutes prior, when smoke forced the pilots to put on their oxygen masks and call….
A lack of safety instructions has led to a ferry losing control at sea and crashing into rocks and pontoons, an investigation has found. The Caledonian MacBrayne’s MV Hebrides was damaged on September 25 last year, after an engineer fitted a part without instructions, leading to a mechanical failure. ‘Loss of control’ A report by….
A roofing firm in Yorkshire has been handed a suspended prison term for failing to protect its workers from falling from height. Chris Smith of C Smith Roofing has pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to safety breaches that exposed two of its workers to unprotected roof edges. The contractor has been sentenced to an….
Agriculture is the most troubling industry when it comes to health and safety at work, according to official figures. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report for 2016/17 finds that working on a farm is the most dangerous of all main industry sectors. Injuries sustained can result from transportation and machinery, falling from height and….
Cycling safety groups are calling for action to tackle the dangers associated with so-called ‘car dooring’ incidents. Cycling UK says a campaign is needed to raise awareness of the thousands of cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians who are injured by drivers who carelessly open their car doors and hit them. Serious consequences Government figures show that….
Thousands of asbestos-filled fly tipping incidents have been in recorded so far in 2017, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has shown. According to the FOI data, requested by ITV News, there have been 3,222 illegal dumps containing asbestos this year alone, a rise of around 14% compared with 2014. The news broadcaster reports that….
A landlord has been fined thousands of pounds and handed a suspended jail sentence for failing to maintain two properties in Cornwall. A judge at Truro Crown Court heard how David Bush of Exeter Street, Launceston, had put his tenants and the public at risk by failing on gas safety upkeep at his two rental….
More than a fifth of drivers say they can’t bear to switch off their mobiles while behind the wheel, according to new research by AA. According to the survey of 19,308 drivers conducted by the motoring organisation, almost 50% of younger drivers say they are so addicted to their phones that they refuse to turn….
Adrenaline junkies who love snapping selfies on coastal walks have been urged to steer clear of one particular range of cliffs. The UK Coastguard issued the warning over Seaford Cliffs in East Sussex after it found a crack at Seaford Head had grown worse. The area around the crack has been roped off to avoid….
Academics are reviewing current housing laws for any potential risks to the safety of tenants’ homes. Housing charity Shelter has set up the review in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in June and concerns over tenants’ rights highlighted by the tragedy. In the aftermath of the deadly blaze, it was alleged that residents’….
Potato farmers are being warned they must prioritise the safety of their workers as the harvest gets under way. The Health and Safety Executive issued the warning as it kicks off a nationwide series of safety inspections at farms that grow, pick and process spuds. Safety risks of potato harvest Investigators will check to see….
Hundreds of thousands of people die from work-related cancer every year, latest research has revealed. The devastating impact of occupational cancer was revealed at the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore. Some 742,000 people are estimated to die every year as a result of work-related cancer – twice as many deaths….
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