HSE Accident Statistics 2008 – 09
Nov
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Company fined £50,000 following death of a manager.

Dudley Metropolitan Council was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

A council employee and the driver of the vehicle, pleaded guilty to two breaches of Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £750 and ordered to pay £500 in costs.

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Fire Safety – Health and Safety News
Nov
29

Swine Flu – find out more.

First prosecution for corporate manslaughter charge under the new act.

Landlords must have a gas safety check carried out – read about Gas Safety Changes.

Forthcoming Legislation – At the end of this year, the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 will come into force.

New Health Safety Law Poster – a grace period of five years given.

The landlord of a residential home has been fined £20,000 for breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order

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Falls from vehicles and trailers, such as during Loading and Unloading Operations
Nov
29

According to statistics available from the HSE, around 2000 workers are seriously injured every year as a result of falling from a vehicle and about five of these people suffer fatal injuries.

Many of the accidents involve falls from below head height. It is estimated that the economic and human cost of such incidents is in the order of £36.7 million per year.

In common with most work activities, there is no specific law dealing with falls from vehicles, although the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 (HSAW) and two sets of regulations that are most applicable to falls from vehicles:

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Manual Handling – Reducing the load
Nov
29

Manual handling relates to the movements of loads by human effort, as opposed to the use of mechanical handling equipment such as lift trucks, etc.

It is estimated that in the order of one third of all reported workplace accidents arise from some form of manual handling activity. The associated risks include:

  • musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), such as back strain
  • injuries caused by the load falling onto or trapping part of the handler
  • injuries caused by the handler falling.

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Too many vehicles not roadworthy
Nov
29

Many companies are still not facing up to one of the biggest risks to the lives of their employees – occupational road risk.

200- 250 people die in the workplace each year, but further 800 – 1100 employees are killed on the road each year.

For assistance with Occupational Road Risk Policies and driver/vehicle documentation.Call us on 01509 550023

Gas Safety Changes
Nov
29

From the beginning of April 2009, the Gas Safe Register has replaced the CORGI gas registration scheme in Greathttp://www.lrbconsulting.co.uk/images/sce/gas-safe-register.jpg Britain.

Fourteen people died last year from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning that was due to badly installed, repaired or maintained gas appliances.

Gas Safety Certificates for Landlords

Landlords Fire Safety
Nov
29

Landlords Fire Safety – What do I need to do?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the FSO) brought the common parts of blocks of flats within the scope of mainstream fire safety legislation for the first time. The FSO imposes duties on persons who may include freeholders, landlords, managing agents and contractors who maintain fire safety measures and those who carry out fire risk assessments.Tower block of flats

A fire risk assessment is required by the FSO; the purpose is to evaluate the risk to people from fire. It enables the responsible person to determine the necessary fire safety measures required. It is normally only necessary to consider the common parts to satisfy the FSO.

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Scores on the Doors
Nov
29

Many local authorities operate a scheme to provide information to customers of food businesses to enable them to make informed choices about the places where they eat out or purchase food from.Scores on the doors certification

Local authority enforcement officers (or Environmental Health Officers) are responsible for inspecting food businesses to ensure that they meet the legal requirements on food hygiene. Under the ‘Scores on the Doors’ schemes, each food outlet is given a hygiene rating or hygiene score that reflects the inspection findings and may display this in their premises where consumers can see it. Scores are also available via websites where consumers can see the scores for all the businesses in the local area.

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Swine Flu
Nov
29

Swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease that is more normally found in pigs, but (as the news programmes indicate) human cases can and do occur.

The symptoms of swine influenza in people are similar to the normal flu symptoms and include:

  • fever
  • fatigue
  • lack of appetite
  • coughing and
  • sore throat.

Some people with swine flu have also reported vomiting and diarrhoea. For information and advice about swine flu, please follow this link to the Health Protection Agency website or to the NHS Direct Website.

Click on link to learn:
  • What the symptoms are of swine flu
  • Measures to prevent infection
  • Is treatment available?

 

Are you thinking of taking the health and safety at work pledge?
Nov
29

The HSE has launched an opportunity for businesses to express a commitment to Health and Safety at Work. In essence its asks businesses to sign up to something that they should be (and probably are) doing already:

We, the undersigned:

  • Agree to play our part in reducing the numbers of work-related deaths, injuries and ill-health in Great Britain.
  • Call on employers to put health and safety at the heart of what they do and to take a common sense approach to health and safety.
  • Commit to debunking myths around health and safety that trivialise the impact of injuries, ill health and deaths on individuals and their families.
  • Recognise the importance of health and safety in difficult economic times and the dangers of complacency.
  • Pledge to work with the Health and Safety Executive and its partners to Be Part of the Solution.

Contact LRB Consulting Ltd or call us on 01509 550023.

LRB Consulting can help

LRB Consulting would be pleased to work with Companies that have signed up to this pledge and need some assistance in living up to that commitment.