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    Printing firm fined thousands after employee’s fingers amputated


    A printing company in Liverpool has been fined £50,000 after a worker severed his fingers while operating an unguarded printing press. Paul Carlton’s fingers were amputated when he caught his hand in the machinery while working as an employee of Brown Brothers Group Limited. The incident occurred at the firm’s site in Knowsley on November….

    Experts call for 10-year eye exams for drivers


    Experts are urging for law changes that would see motorists undergo compulsory eye tests every 10 years. The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has launched the Don’t Swerve a Sight Test campaign, to urge people to have their eyes checked regularly and make the roads safer. More than nine in 10 (91%) optometrists say the current….

    School board fined after pupil injured in safety failings


    A Manchester primary school’s board of governors has been fined after a four-year-old had to have her finger partially amputated. The youngster was found distressed at St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Mossley after trapping her fingers in the hinges of a toilet door, on September 29, 2016. A preventable injury Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard….

    A&Es braced for ‘worst winter on record’


    Emergency patients will have to wait longer to see a doctor in A&E units, with hospitals set to see their worst ever waiting time performance this winter, according to a think tank. Analysis by the Health Foundation suggests that the number of people waiting four hours to be seen could drop to 8% below the….

    Three injured in Leicestershire gas explosion


    A gas explosion in Leicestershire has completely destroyed a semi-detached house, leaving three people in need of hospital treatment. The blast occurred in the early hours of Monday, December 11 in Birstall, north of Leicester, waking residents with an “almighty bang”. The neighbouring property has also partially collapsed and the explosion has damaged six other….

    Traffic lights pilot on motorways to cut congestion


    Traffic lights are to be installed at one of Britain’s most congested motorway junctions, as part of a £7 million trial by Highways England. The signals will be positioned at junction 21 of the M6 – the link road where the south-to-north highway meets the east-to-west M62. Billions of motorway miles Motorway traffic is up….

    London cabbies to be trained for medical emergencies


    Drivers of black cabs in London are to be equipped with skills to deal with medical situations, in response to new figures suggesting they are often first on the scene. Cabbies will be trained in life-saving techniques such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use a defibrillator, as part of the The Knowledge+ programme….

    Majority of rail passengers attempt to leave trains as doors are closing


    Most people will make a dash to leave and board trains while the doors are closing, new research shows. According to the study by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), seven out of 10 rail passengers have no qualms about getting on and off trains while the safety alarm sounds. More than half (57%)….

    Brigade makes safety recommendations to halt rise in building fires


    London Fire Brigade is warning of an increase in fires unless building owners prioritise safety measures. The authority has issued the warning in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, and has given recommendations to an independent review into building regulation and fire safety conducted by Dame Judith Hackitt. “It took a tragedy for everyone….

    Worker ‘set on fire’ after hitting underground cables


    A construction firm from Hertford has been fined £25,000 after a worker was seriously burned by electricity cables. An employee of Mason Construction (London) Limited had been carrying out excavation work when he hit an underground electrical line and was set on fire, in February 2016. A ‘preventable’ incident The worker had been digging up….

    Quarrying firm fined after employee suffers painful hand injury


    A construction aggregates firm in the West Midlands has been fined £30,000 after a worker was injured operating an inadequately guarded piece of machinery. An employee of Wildmoor Quarry Products Limited, had been cleaning a conveyor belt at the site near Bromsgrove when the incident occurred in April 2016. Painful ‘degloving’ Redditch Magistrates’ Court heard….

    Dozens of workers removed from North Sea platform amid Storm Caroline threat


    Dangerous gusts from the forthcoming Storm Caroline are leading to the removal of workers from a North Sea platform. Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) International has made the decision amid Met Office warnings that potentially life-threatening weather could batter the structure and risk the safety of its employees. The Ninian South platform sits around 240 miles….

    New driving test bids to make Britain’s roads safer


    This week’s revamping of the UK practical driving test is part of a bid to improve safety on roads, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has said. According to the motoring body, changes which came into force on December 4 will make the exam a more realistic reflection of driving solo. In Britain, drivers….

    2018 conference to address safe working towards decarbonisation


    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to host a Safety Excellence in Energy conference in the new year, to address challenges in the sector. With support from the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM), the regulator wants to deliver examples of excellence, updates on recent research and highlight ongoing activities at the event….

    HSE staff awarded thousands for workplace safety breaches


    Employees of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have been awarded almost £17,000 in compensation for injuries sustained while working for the regulator. Two workers were awarded payouts, with judges accepting that the safety body had failed to protect its workers from illness or injury. In 2014, one employee sustained injuries in a faulty lift….

    Utility firm fined after workers exposed to asbestos


    An electrical contractor in Scotland has been fined £6,000 for exposing its workers to deadly asbestos. IQA Operations Group, based in Paisley, failed to identify the presence of asbestos in cable routing work being carried out by four electricians at a tower block in Motherwell, on June 23, 2014. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)….

    NHS staff shortages are treading line of safety


    The safety of patients is at risk because of staff shortages in the NHS, health leaders are warning. A gap in the workforce is leaving some trusts with too few staff to maintain adequate levels of service and quality of care, according to NHS Providers, a membership body for health services. Staff shortages are now….

    Suspended jail term for director who risked lives through lack of planning


    The company director of a waste management firm has been handed a suspended prison sentence for failing to properly control a construction project, resulting in a lorry being struck by 132,000 volts. Donal Hanly, of Hanly Waste Services Limited, had been contracted to construct a bund (earth mound) beneath overhead power lines. He failed to….

    Worker seriously injured by falling tonne-weight grid


    A steel fabrication firm in Derbyshire has been fined after an employee’s foot was crushed by a heavy metal grid. Swadlincote Aluminium and Welding Co Ltd has been ordered to pay £4,400 plus costs after pleading guilty to health and safety breaches. Life-changing injuries Nicholas Jenkin had been painting several large metal grids when the….

    Lorry crashes into ‘accident-prone’ bridge


    Shropshire Council is being called to implement safety measures after a lorry crashes into a bridge before tumbling into a river. According to the Shropshire Star newspaper, a 50-year-old man had to be hospitalised after crashing into Broad Bridge on the B4176 in Stableford, near Bridgnorth. He was treated for chest pains at New Cross….

    Thousands of dangerous drivers filmed by police HGV


    Shocking footage has been released of a lorry driver travelling at speed with his foot on the dashboard while simultaneously checking his mobile phone. The video is one of more than 4,000 contraventions captured as part of a road sting operation using an unmarked HGV to identify motoring offences. The elevated position of the cab….

    Jail term for rogue gas fitter who endangered family


    A gas fitter who risked the lives of a family of four through his dangerous workmanship has been sentenced to six months in prison. Self-employed Eric Parry, trading as EHP Building Services, had been contracted to remove gas cooker pipework at a home in Rhoose, South Wales in May 2016. Endangering lives Mr Parry was….

    New drivers pick up dangerous habits after just 2 weeks


    A new study suggests some motorists are picking up unsafe driving habits just 14 days after passing their test. Research by comparison website, ComparetheMarket.com, found that newly-passed drivers admit to driving without a seat belt only a fortnight after getting their licence. After just three weeks, those surveyed also admit to tailgating other drivers, which….

    Millions ‘still suffering from work-related ill health’


    There are 1.3 million workers suffering from employment-related illnesses, new statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show. According to the annual report on work-related injury and ill health, based on the Labour Force Survey (LFS), there have been 609,000 industrial injuries recorded for the year up to March 2017. The HSE says these….

    London workboat-catamaran collision investigated


    The crew of a workboat that sank in the River Thames with two men on board did not alert an oncoming passenger boat of its presence, an investigation has concluded. According to a report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) the Alison workboat collided with a passenger catamaran at Tower Millennium Pier in London….

    Banbury firm fined thousands after worker loses leg


    A plastic moulding company in Oxfordshire has been fined £80,000 after an employee had to have his leg amputated following an industrial accident. The 64-year old man was injured on May 24, 2016, by a falling pallet, while working for of Magna Exteriors in Banbury. He was struck while attempting to move a stack of….

    Four hospital workers excluded over ‘ill treatment’ of vulnerable patients


    Police are investigating claims of “ill treatment of patients” at a hospital for vulnerable adults in Ireland. So far, four members of staff have been excluded from work at Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Antrim – a facility that cares for adults with intellectual disabilities and mental ill health. BBC News reports that the probe centres….

    ‘£220m needed’ to improve Britain’s most dangerous roads


    Britain’s most high-risk A roads need a £220 million cash injection to reduce the number of casualties, a road safety charity is urging. A campaign by the Road Safety Foundation is calling on the Government to increase the level of funding to improve the most dangerous routes in the UK. Increased funding needed The charity….

    Farmers’ union and HSE join to improve sector’s workplace safety


    The National Farming Union (NFU) has joined forces with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to improve occupational safety in the farming industry. Dozens of farmers headed to an event at the National Agriculture Centre in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, to learn about preventative measures that can keep workers safe. Worrying statistics Farming and agricultural sector jobs….

    Private firm fined £550,000 for occupational health failings


    A private health care provider in Bedford has been fined more than half a million pounds for risking the safety of its employees, a court has heard. Ramsay Health Care (UK) Operations Ltd failed to adequately administer its internal occupational health service, despite being alerted to its shortcomings by an in-house nurse and the Health….

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