The HSE are currently in the process of updating the suite of RIDDOR Forms. The look and feel of the forms is being modernised, but the functionality and the reporting requirements are to remain unchanged. As a result of these changes, when an updated form is accessed notifiers will no longer receive an email copy.

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A Yorkshire pork processing business has been fined £1,866,000 after two employees investigating a leaking roof fell more than 4 m through a skylight. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that the Karro Food Group workers had not realised that the roof contained roof lights, which were not visible due to a build-up of moss and dirt. The

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Fire Safety has been in the news a lot in the last couple of years. There have been many serious fires in the UK, including Lakanal House and Grenfell Towers. More recently, there has been a high profile fire at Notre Dame. Fire Safety is a continuous issue that makes the news in lesser ways,

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We are all aware that risk assessment is a legal requirement, and most organisations have some form of risk assessment process in place. Sometimes this is only in place because risk assessment is a legal requirement. Fortunately, there are some organisations that embrace the risk assessment process and understand it can protect the health and the safety of their

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This HSE Safety Notice is aimed at: companies providing maintenance of platform lifts (vertical lifting platforms) and owners/operators of such platform lifts used by people with impaired mobility, installed at their premises. Information is provided for maintenance companies on: the risks from tampering with safety critical components (safety devices) and inappropriate or poor maintenance of

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Welding Fume – what’s changed? There is new scientific evidence (from the International Agency for Research on Cancer or IARC) that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause lung cancer, as well as some evidence linked to kidney cancer. The Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC), which was set up to

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In the words of Slade … It’s Chrissssssstmasssss (well very nearly). The Christmas party is often the favourite event for employees of the year. But it can quickly turn into a Health and Safety as well as an HR nightmare for employers. Colleagues are overly touchy; they may start a bit of fisticuff’s with each

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A cast iron bar manufacturer that neglected the risks to pedestrians from moving workplace transport has been fined £100,000 after an employee was struck by a forklift truck. The employee was in the holding bay carrying out checks on the bars when he was hit by a forklift and sustained a fractured leg. Following this

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Tata Steel UK has been fined £450,000 after a worker fell into an unguarded pit, despite a risk assessment completed 16 months earlier that identified the need for barriers. [SA] was injured working as a scaler on the scarfing line, in which metal is torched to remove imperfections, at the steelmaker’s billet mill in Stocksbridge,

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A waste treatment and disposal company that failed to control the risks from gas cylinders at its site in Bedford has been fined £100,000 after an explosion left two workers with serious injuries. An employee of B&W Waste Management Services sustained third-degree burns and was put in a medically-induced coma for ten days on a

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