In his first annual assessment of fire and rescue services in England, Her Majesty’s Chief inspector of Fire and Rescue Services Sir Thomas Winsor acknowledges the strong commitment from firefighters to protect the communities they serve. The sector’s greatest strength is in how it responds to emergencies, with demonstration of a number of life-saving initiatives

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Another case of an avoidable fall from height incident leading to serious injury. A company providing a range of airline ground support services has been fined after an employee fell from a height of more than two metres and suffered skull fractures and brain injury Luton Magistrates’ Court heard that in December 2016 RS (of

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We are offering Free Defibrillator training to our neighbours on Fridays – Ask for Defib Friday. Defib Fridays is a regular event for the businesses in the Office Village, Loughborough. We can offer this to other businesses, but you need to come to us! When the new Defib Unit was provided in the Office Village,

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Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that in June 2016, the fire started during a chemical dispensing operation in a warehouse in Pocklington. Heptane (which is a highly flammable liquid) was being decanted from a bulk storage container into 4-litre metal cans. The operator dropped the can he was filling, exited the warehouse quickly and raised the

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The Fire Safety Bill was announced in the Queen’s speech, to … “ensure an appalling tragedy like Grenfell can never happen again” The Bill suggests that it will support the findings of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry Phase One Report, released earlier this year. Outlined as the “main benefits of the Bill”, there is mention of

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Although it has taken a lot of time to get here, we now seem to be on the verge of new Building Safety legislation. The government says the Building Safety Bill will “place new and enhanced regulatory regimes for building safety and construction products, and ensure residents have a stronger voice in the system” The

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Forklift trucks often seem really solid and stable. This can change when simple tasks are performed, such as driving across a slope, or manoeuvring with a raised load. As a result, some forklift truck overturn risks are ignored. The Chorley based firm Staveley’s Eggs Ltd has been fined after a forklift truck overturned on a

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When vehicles hit people, people invariably come off worse. This is just as true if the vehicle is a Fork Lift Truck. One of the simple Control Measures to put in place following your Risk Assessment is Adequate Separation of people and vehicles. While this may seem simple, it is too often ignored in some busy

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The point of a Safe System of Work is self-evident: to provide a safe system for carrying out a (potentially dangerous) task. When I raise the need for these with clients, I am sometimes told that they are unnecessary, as everyone knows how to do it, or that nobody would do it differently/wrong. This case,

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Introduction We are now several years on from the introduction of the introduction into UK law of the Work at Heights Regulations 2005. Despite that, not all organisations have come to terms with the implications of this law on their work activities.  Many organisations still view the Work at Heights Regulations 2005 as construction-related legislation. The

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