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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Lack of training led to worker death

    A lack of training on the use of mobile safety platforms was a contributing cause in a recent fall from height that led to a man’s death. North East contractor Pyeroy Ltd was fined at Plymouth Magistrates Court after failing to plan for safe work at height. Man died of pre-existing condition In October 2013, Keith….

    Call for heatwave working legislation

    The TUC has issued guidelines for workers to stay safe and healthy during heatwaves. The country has had a heatwave in recent days, with the chance of further hot weather throughout the summer likely. Change rules for heatwaves On such days, the TUC wants employers to relax their workplace dress codes allowing staff to work….

    Students showcase health and safety skills

    The next generation of designers have showcased their health and safety skills at a student competition. Students were tasked with forming companies as part of the East Midlands regional final of the Young Enterprise UK Company of the Year competition. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health was on hand to judge the health and safety….

    New risk assessment tool for drivers released

    A new risk assessment tool for fleet drivers has been released this week. RoSPA’s Driver Profiler fleet risk assessment tool has been relaunched with a number of new features and updates. The new version was showcased at the Safety & Health Expo at London’s ExCeL Arena. It will be available to clients from Monday. The tool….

    Woman struck by fence wire in garden

    A woman needed surgery after being struck by a piece of fencing during tree surgery work, Redditch Magistrates’ Court heard. R M Contractors Limited (RMC), a civil engineering company based in Redditch, along with a contractor working on behalf of tree surgery company Complete Tree Services (CTS) have been sentenced and fined. Woman struck by….

    Company fined for repeated safety failings

    A property management company has been fined after failing to respond to repeated enforcement safety notices. In March 2015, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector paid a visit to a construction site run by Hatchmere Park Ltd at Falcon Park, Devon. The inspectors noticed serious health and safety failings, Exeter Crown Court heard. HSE and….

    Man ‘could have died’ after fall from height

    An employee of a welding and metal fabrication firm was “fortunate not to lose his life” after a fall from height.  North West firm, John Fowler & Son (Blacksmiths & Welders) Ltd, has appeared in court after the worker suffered life-threatening injuries. Man suffered a variety of injuries The employee fell 8 metres through a fragile roof of a….

    London Fire Brigade to check tower blocks’ safety

    The London Fire Brigade (LFB) will be carrying out a number of safety checks on high rise building panelling in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. Make sure buildings are safe Following an announcement made by Prime Minister Theresa May, the brigade wants Londoners who live in high rise properties to be aware of what it….

    Site fire caused by dangerous substance leak

    An uncontrolled fire with exploding fireballs at a site in Seal Sands was caused when a company failed to recognise how a leak of a dangerous substance could develop into a larger problem. Vertellus Specialties UK Limited, which owned and ran the site, has been fined after the uncontrolled fire at the company’s Seal Sands premises….

    Late night toilet trip alerts crew to fire

    Three crew members on a fishing boat were lucky to survive a fire after it was discovered during a late night toilet trip. At around 5am on August 16, 2016, an electrical fire began in the mess room of Ardent II. The vessel had been docked in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. Toilet trip saved lives Luckily, one of the three crew….

    Man seriously burned at recycling plant

    A man was seriously burned at a waste recycling plant, Teesside Crown Court heard. SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Tees Valley Ltd, the waste company in charge of the site, has been sentenced after one of its workers received severe burns to his upper body and face. Scalded on face and body It operates the site at Haverton….

    Warning over ‘flammable’ moisturising creams

    A warning has been issued by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) over the use of certain skin creams that are actually flammable. Figures show that 15 people in London have died in the last 3 years due to fires where such creams helped flames to spread across bedsheets or clothing. Creams act as wick Many moisturising….

    Company fined after unsafe working conditions repeatedly spotted

    A roofing firm has been fined after repeated failures to introduce safe working from height. Members of the public raised concerns about work being carried out by G & S Roofing Limited, Brighton Magistrates Court heard. Public spotted dangerous working conditions Following the reports, the company was twice written to in a bid to address….

    Engaged workers ‘are safe workers’

    To ensure all offshore workers are safe, the workforce needs to be engaged, a safety body has claimed. Workforce engagement is an essential part of encouraging a safe and healthy working environment offshore, says Shane Gorman, Workforce Engagement Coordinator for member-led organisation Step Change in Safety. Engaged workers will raise concerns Engaged workers feel empowered to….

    Lack of planning led to fall from height

    Poorly planned working from height led to a worker falling more than 7 metres, according to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation. Stranraer-based groundwork company McKeown Groundworks Limited has now been fined following the accident at work. Fragile roof couldn’t support worker A 42-year-old man had been sub-contracted by the company to carry out roof….

    Man had finger removed after accident at work

    A worker had to have part of one of his fingers removed after an accident at work. Chris Davis, 63, caught his hand in moving machinery, resulting in him requiring major surgery. Man required surgery Thermal Engineering Ltd has now been fined at Luton and South Bedfordshire Magistrates’ Court following the incident. Mr Davis had….

    Theme park owner fined after girl’s foot crushed

    A theme park owner has been fined after a young girl suffered serious ankle injuries on one of its rides. Lightwater Valley Attractions has been fined £40,000 after the 5-year-old suffered crush injuries to her ankle after her leg was caught between the carriage and the edge of a disembarking platform on a children’s roller coaster. Safety….

    Rail workers narrowly avoid accident as bridge collapses

    Core sampling work on a rail bridge resulted in five workers narrowly avoiding injury when the bridge collapsed, according to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB). Late on August 1, 2016, the bridge at Grove Lane, Barrow upon Soar, which ran over the Midland Main Line, partially collapsed, causing large volumes of masonry to fall onto….

    Uncontrolled building collapse put public at risk

    An uncontrolled collapse of a building in Kent put lives at risk, according to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation. The owner of the building and the contractor that was brought in to demolish it have both been fined for safety failings. Both parties failed to carry out safety checks The building on Ramsgate High….

    Turkish health and safety experts pay visit to UK

    Health and safety professionals from Turkey have visited the UK on a fact-finding mission. Representatives from the Centre for Labour and Social Security Training and Research (CASGEM), which provides safe working conditions and minimises occupational diseases in Turkey, paid a visit to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to learn more about its work…..

    Satnav directed pilot to landing strip that ‘didn’t exist’

    A light aircraft crash was caused by a satnav directing the pilot to an airfield that didn’t exist, according to an investigation into the incident. Landing strip did not exist The pilot, 53, was looking to land his aircraft in rural Aberdeenshire. An air strip was listed on the database of his Garmin GPS navigation device,….

    Health and safety course proves too popular

    A course on health and safety in the workplace has had to stop taking applications as it has proved so popular. Only accepting entry for 2018 The MSc in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management, run by the University of Hull in partnership with NEBOSH, will no longer be accepting applications for 2017/18. But it is….

    Drowning on construction site ‘could have been prevented’

    The death of an elderly man who walked onto a construction site and drowned “could have been prevented”, according to health and safety inspectors. Man drowned on site Sandford Park Ltd, the Glasgow-based construction company that was in charge of the site, has been fined after the death of the 83-year-old man in Kirkcaldy. In early….

    Window restrictor failed to prevent care home death

    A window restrictor in a care home was not fit for purpose, leading to the death of one of its residents, a court has judged. Care home company Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited has been fined almost half a million pounds after an elderly resident fell from her first floor window and died. Woman fell 4 metres….

    Debate rages over beards and safety masks

    A debate between a workers’ union and maintenance company has arisen over whether beards on construction sites are safe or not. Mears, the housing maintenance company, has banned many workers from having beards as they claim it can prevent safety masks from being used effectively. Penny pinching or safety first? Unite, the UK’s largest construction….

    Action group warned of fire issues at London tower block

    Warnings about the potential of a fire at the London tower block that went up in flames this week were ignored, according to a community group. Writing in its blog in November 2016, Grenfell Action Group said that “only a catastrophic event” would expose issues residents had. Lack of exits during work While the cause of….

    Safety failings found at hotel after fire

    A hotel in London has been fined over a number of fire safety failings. The Hoop Lane Trust, which owns The Central Hotel in Golders Green, pleaded guilty to five offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and was fined £20,000 by Southwark Crown Court. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) was also awarded prosecution….

    New Scottish FAI laws come into effect

    Changes to how inquiries into accidents are carried out in Scotland are to apply from this week. The Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) system is being modernised as part of the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc (Scotland) Act 2016. New areas to be covered The new legislation includes the power to hold FAIs into the….

    Occupational health ‘can save businesses money’

    The many benefits of occupational health have been showcased in a new report from the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM). Cost savings of occupational health ‘Occupational Health: The Value Proposition’ shows that many companies put occupational health involvement as the best way to managing long-term absence from work. It also claims that a healthy workplace culture and….

    Welders targeted in new campaign

    A new phase of a major campaign to prevent occupational lung disease in the manufacturing sector has been launched. BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, now wants more robust controls to protect the respiratory health of welders. Respiratory health a big issue The new part of the campaign will be run in partnership….

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