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 is another reported case of a machinery safety failure leading to a fatality. In this case, Leeds Magistrates Court heard how, on 28 February 2014, a 50-year-old employee of WE Rawson Limited leant into a packaging machine whilst attempting to free a stuck package. Whilst doing so, he became trapped between an upper and lower

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A civil engineering contractor and a district heating firm have been fined £1,000,000 each after a worker was fatally crushed. In December 2015, 36-year-old DB was employed by R K Civil Engineers Ltd working at the EON Renewable Energy Plant in Sheffield. He was one of two workers unloading large heating pipes (12 metres long

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Fines totalling £965,000 have been imposed on two companies as a result of a fall from height injury suffered by an employee. BAM Nuttall and McNealy Brown have been fined £900,000 and £65,000 respectively after they admitted failing to put proper procedures and safeguards in place to prevent a worker (in this case a painter PW)

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I have blogged on this issue before, but too many employers gloss over it. Section 40 is not your friend, and you need to know why. Section 40 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) places the burden of proof on an accused in offences consisting of a failure to comply with a

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An investigation by the HSE found the company failed to identify the risk of drowning with the maintenance activity which was undertaken by RG (employee) and his colleagues on a regular basis. Truro Crown Court heard that RG, a catchment operator, was working on the sand filtration unit of the Falmouth Waste Water Treatment Works

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Once again, lack of suitable and sufficient risk assessments lands a company in court. In this case, Valero Energy UK Limited was £400, 000 following a serious accident at its Pembroke Refinery. Swansea Crown Court heard that the Berth 6 access tower walkway that provided gangway access to a stationary tanker vessel on 5 March 2012 had dropped

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