Health and Safety Failings – Construction contractor fined after workers injured at a wildlife park
Jun
30

Construction contractor fined after workers injured at a wildlife park

Key Facts: 

  • Two workers were injured at a wildlife park after their basket fell from the forks of a tele handler.
  • The construction contractor was charged with breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after failing to properly manage the safety of workers on the site.
  • He was fined £2000 plus costs of £1002.80.

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Spotlight On – Health and safety in the agricultural sector
Jun
24

Health and safety in the agricultural sector

A recent survey has put the spotlight on health and safety culture in the agricultural sector, looking at farmers’ attitudes and what can be done to reduce the occurrence of accident and injury in the sector.

In the UK, the agricultural sector remains one of the most deadly industries. In fact, the HSE have said that agriculture, forestry and fishing is the riskiest industry sector in terms of fatal injuries. Whilst the sector accounts for just 1 in 100 workers, it accounts for 1 in 5 fatal injuries to workers.

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Spotlight On – Positive health and safety culture
Jun
22

Positive health and safety culture

We often talk about a company’s health and safety culture, and how important and beneficial a positive health and safety culture can be.

First of all, it’s important to understand what a health and safety culture is. The HSE define it as ‘the way we do things around here’. It forms the context within which people judge the appropriateness of their behaviour, and influences decisions and performance in the workplace.

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Health and Safety Failings – Machinery guarding incident leads to £40,000 fine
Jun
19

Machinery guarding incident leads to £40,000 fine

Key Facts:

  • A firm have been prosecuted after a machinery guarding incident seriously injured a 19-year-old worker.
  • His gloved hand was drawn into the drive mechanism of a machine, severing his hand and much of his forearm.
  • The HSE investigation found that proper guarding could have prevented this incident.
  • The company were fined £40,000 plus costs of £1,314.

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Industrial Baler Incident Leads to Prosecution | Health & Safety
Jun
18

Industrial baler incident leads to prosecution

Key Facts:

  • An incident involving an industrial baler resulted in a prosecution after a worker severed both hands in the machine.
  • An enforcement noticed was served, and several major failings were identified.
  • A month later, there was a second incident involving lead contamination.
  • The company was fined £35,000 and costs of £3,000.

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Spotlight on – IOSH’s No Time To Lose Campaign
Jun
17

IOSH’s No Time To Lose Campaign

The aim of the No Time to Lose Campaign is to bring about better understanding of the causes of occupational cancer, and to help businesses take action. The campaign is working to:

  • Get carcinogenic exposure issues more widely understood
  • Raise awareness of the issue
  • Suggest some solutions to tackle the problem in the UK, with a national model that could be transposed internationally
  • Offer free practical advice and original, effective materials to help businesses implement prevention programmes.

It aims to spread the idea that small changes on the workplace can result in a big difference.

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Health and Safety Failings – Director prosecuted after contractor suffers fatal fall
Jun
16

Director prosecuted after contractor suffers fatal fall

Key Facts:

  • Director prosecuted after a self-employed worker fell to his death from the roof of a South Devon animal crematorium.
  • A number of health and safety failings were identified that could have prevented the fatal fall.
  • The director prosecuted for breaching health and safety regulations and fined £45,000 plus costs of £8,180.

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