Farmer prosecuted after walker trampled by cows  Key Facts: A 40-year-old walker was trampled by a farmer’s cows whilst walking on a public path in Cornwall. The farmer had failed to assess the risk of putting cows with calves in the field. The farmer was fined £12,000 and costs of £8,885.

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Noise at work Noise at work is an important area of focus for health and safety. Excessive noise at work can cause health conditions and seriously affect peoples’ way of life. It is, therefore, important for employers to seriously consider the effect of excessive noise in the workplace, and take steps to prevent their employees. 

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School governors fined after pupil’s shot-put injury Key Facts: A school’s governing body have been prosecuted for ‘substantial’ safety breaches after a pupil was hit by a shot-put during PE lesson. The pupil was struck on the back of the head by a shot-put thrown by another student during a multi-sports lesson. His life-threatening injuries

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Inadequate training leads to £10k fine  Key Facts: An HSE investigation was launched after a worker’s hand was crushed by a pressure beam at a Birmingham factory. The worker was unable to work for over 3 months after the incident. Inadequate training and a failure to appropriately manage the site maintenance programme were at the

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Suspended jail sentence over asbestos exposure Key Facts: An HSE investigation was launched following asbestos exposure during works to remove asbestos insulting board from a residential property. A Leeds trader undertook the work, with the assistance of two workers, despite not holding the relevant legal license required for the work. The HSE said ‘It would

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Multiple prosecutions after worker fell to his death Key Facts: A toy distributing firm and a builder have been prosecuted after a worker fell to his death. The worker fell 9m after falling through a warehouse roof panel whilst undertaking work at height. The toy company was fined £200,000 and £10,483 in costs. The builder

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A-Z of Health and Safety We’ve been having fun in the office trying to come up with a definitive A – Z of health and safety words and ideas. See if you agree with the words we chose…

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Changes to labels on chemical packaging (CLP Regulations) In this article, we’re looking at the recent changes to labels on chemical packaging. The CLP Regulation, which deals with classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, came into force in January 2009.  CLP adopts the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System (GHS) on the classification and

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Company fined after 31 enforcement notices served Key Facts: 31 enforcement notices identifying 57 safety breaches were served to a metals company in just three months. The firm repeatedly failed to take appropriate action. In total, the firm was fined £36,000 and ordered to pay £36,000 in costs.

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