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January 2017

Tata Steel is being prosecuted by the HSE for three offences relating to the operation of a newly-installed benzole plant at the Appleby coke ovens.

See: scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk. Tata has a long history of H&S offences. See: healthandsafetyatwork.com


PSL Worldwide Projects Ltd of Bridgewater Lane, Washington, Tyne and Wear, has been found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after two workers were seriously burned by Sodium Hydroxide granules during cleaning of a pipework system in July 2014. The company was fined £150,000, but no costs were awarded due to it being in liquidation.

See: HSE


Steven Bryan, director of Bryan and Armstrong, reviews the 2016 H&S job market and looks ahead to prospects for recruitment in 2017.

See: shponline.co.uk


ConocoPhillips (UK) Ltd has failed in its bid to reduce the level of fine (£3 million plus over £159,000 towards costs) handed down after an offshore multiple gas release incident on the Lincolnshire Offshore Gas Gathering System (LOGGS) installation in the North Sea in November 2012. At the appeal hearing on 11 October 2016, Lord Justice Treacy dismissed the appeal.

See: HSE


The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), which is part of the HSE, is running a 2 day course on COMAH Onshore Major Hazards: Predictive Aspects of COMAH. The course will run on 24 - 25 January 2017 and is intended for risk assessment specialists and 'intelligent customers' who buy in risk assessment services.

See: HSL


AMG Superalloys UK Ltd of Rotherham has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and fined £240,000 with £22,794 costs after a worker was dragged into exposed machinery and lost his left arm in September 2014.

See: HSE


The Health and Work strategy, published by the HSE in December 2016, aims to increase focus on occupational health, particularly stress and related mental health issues, musculoskeletal disorders and lung diseases. HSE statistics show that work-related illness affected around 1.3 million workers last year, with nearly 26 million working days lost because of it. The HSE has invited stakeholders and the general public to view and comment on the strategy HERE.


Three companies have been sentenced after a worker’s leg was broken in six places in a trench collapse in March 2012. Kier MG Ltd (formerly known as May Gurney Ltd), pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 22(1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. They were fined £1.5 million and ordered to pay £23,327.83. John Henry & Sons (Civil Engineers) Ltd of Cambridge were found guilty of breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They were fined £550,000 and ordered to pay £166,217. Lawless Civils Ltd of Lincoln, pleaded guilty to the same breach. They were fined £40,500 and ordered to pay £53,346.

See: HSE


SmithKline Beecham Ltd has been fined £55,000 for health and safety failings following an explosion at the Irvine plant in July 2013 which left two employees injured after exposure to potassium clavulanate.

See: dailyrecord.co.uk


The majority of offshore workers believe health-and-safety standards have dropped in the last six months, according to a survey completed by 780 workers in late 2016 (93% of them Unite members). Just over a third of the workers said they felt they were unable to report concerns due to fears of victimisation, and Unite is calling for a confidential helpline to be set up.

See: energyvoice.com


A new book investigating the changing context of health and safety policy and concerns arising in the OSH profession, has been published. Health and Safety in a Changing World (2017, Routledge) is the result of a major five-year research programme funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

See: IOSH


Volvo Group UK Limited of Warwick has been fined £900,000 plus costs of £5,820 after a worker fell from a stepladder and suffered serious head injuries in September 2015. At the time of the incident, Volvo UK had not trained their staff to select, inspect and use access equipment for work at height.

See: shponline.co.uk


We wish all our customers and contacts a very productive and - above all - safe and healthy 2017.


December 2016

Based on standardised incidence rates per 100,000 workers in 2012, the UK has the lowest rate of fatal injuries at work across all EU countries with 0.58 incidents per 100,000 workers. This is followed closely by the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany, all with less than 1 injury per 100,000 workers on average.

See: HSE

A £1.8 million fine for health and safety failings imposed on ports operator C.RO Ports in January this year was "manifestly excessive", according to the Court of Appeal, which has reduced the amount due to £500,000. C.RO Ports operate ports in the Netherlands and at Killingholme, Sutton Bridge and Purfleet in the UK.

See: out-law.com

Three companies have been jointly fined over £1m after a worker died and two others were badly injured at a construction site in Putney, when a temporary platform collapsed. All three companies (St James Group Limited of Cobham, Surrey; Mitchellson Formwork and Civil Engineering Limited, of Slough, Berkshire; and RGF Construction Limited of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire) pleaded guilty to breaching parts of the Construction (Design and Management) [CDM] Regulations 2007.

See: HSE

The number of company directors who have been prosecuted for health and safety offences has trebled in a year, according to research from law firm Clyde & Co which uses data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

See: here and, for a review of the impact of the Sentencing Guidelines, see: here

Liverpool-based plastic processing and reprocessing company Centriforce Products has been fined £200,000 plus £9,230.00 costs after a worker suffered serious injuries when his arm was caught in rollers on a recycling line in March 2015.

See: The Business Desk

The Health and Safety Executive’s Health and Safety in the Waste sector in GB report shows there were six fatalities to workers in the waste sector over the period 2015/16. This brings the figure up to thirty waste worker fatalities over the past five years.

See: CIWM Journal

Around 1.3 million people suffered from a work-related illness in 2015/16, according to the latest figures from the HSE. More than 30 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury costing £14.1bn. 144 workers were killed at work, with 72,702 injuries reported under RIDDOR, and 621,000 injuries occurring at work.

See: fm-world.co.uk and, for a useful infographic, see: shponline.co.uk

Chemical giant Cristal (formerly known as Millennium Chemicals) has been fined £3 million after a worker died in a blast caused by leaking titanium tetrachloride fumes at Cristal Global’s Stallingborough site, on March 5, 2010.

See: GrimsbyTelegraph

The reasons why process safety systems must be followed when dealing with flammable substances and dusts were demonstrated on 9th November to safety and health professionals by the Hazardous Industries Group of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL).

See: IOSH

Amtek Aluminium Casting of Witham has been fined £250,000 after a worker had his hand mangled in a rotary drill. The company admitted failing to provide training, instructions and a risk assessment.

See: Braintree & Witham Times

The TUC and BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, have produced a new guide explaining the importance of occupational hygiene and the role it plays in controlling occupational health hazards.

Download the guide here: TUC

Uxbridge-based Martin Baker Aircraft Company Limited, a manufacturer of ejector seats, has been fined £800,000 after three workers developed extrinsic allergic alveolitis (hypersensitivity pneumonitis) after years of exposure to working metal fluid mist. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974) and Regulation 6(1) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) (COSHH) and were fined £800,000 plus costs of £36,912.36.

See: HSE

November 2016

The Health and Safety Executive are asking for comments on proposed changes to their current guidance on risk, which will place more emphasis on controlling risk and less on written assessments.

See: HSE

Barbour EHS have issued their latest health and safety legislation bulletin which outlines what’s changing from this autumn, looks back at significant changes this year and gives advance warning of things to come in 2017.

See: shponline.co.uk

Buckinghamshire-based delivery firm Delivered UK Ltd have been fined £120,000 plus £10,783.04 costs after a driver suffered life changing injuries including a leg amputation when he was hit by a reversing fork-lift truck.

See: HSE Guidance on keeping vehicles and pedestrians separate can be found here: HSE

Sonoco Cores & Paper Ltd of Halifax have been fined £120,000.00 with £6,354.00 costs after a mill worker had to have part of a hand amputated following serious crush injuries in September 2013.

See: HSE

RoSPA celebrate their centenary in 2017. To mark the occasion, they have launched the Patron's Award, a new level of award for organisations that have achieved 25+ years of gold awards.

See: RoSPA

Richardson Roofing Company Ltd of Staines, Middlesex, have pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and were fined £200,000 plus costs of £6,865 after a worker sustained severe injuries from falling five metres through a roof.

See: HSE

Tyre Maintenance Ltd of Leeds, West Yorkshire, have pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and were fined £134,000 plus costs of £22,582.00 after an exploding tyre seriously injured a worker.

See: HSE

IOSH are supporting a Europe-wide campaign (EU-OSHA) to highlight the importance of good occupational safety and health management throughout people’s working lives.

See: IOSH

Bedfordshire-based Smiths Metal Centres Limited have been fined £130,000 with costs of £2,456.40 and a victim surcharge of £120. A worker had his foot amputated after a trolley carrying stainless steel bars weighing about 900kg tipped over while being moved.

See: HSE

The findings of the latest TUC’s health and safety rep survey reveal that stress is the top health and safety concern in UK workplaces.

See: TUC and the full report here

Tesco Stores and Tesco Maintenance have been prosecuted by the HSE and received fines totalling £500,000, after a worker fell through the skylight of one of the retailer's stores in Liscard Village, Wallasey, in June 2014.

See: pfmonthenet.net

MJL Contractors Ltd of Helston, Cornwall, have pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £200,000 plus costs of £12,312.56 after a worker was crushed by a dumper truck and had to have both legs amputated.

See: HSE

The British Safety Council has announced the winners of this year’s Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards for the exemplary management of health, safety and environmental risks by businesses around the world.

See: here and here

Total have been issued an improvement notice by the HSE after an extraction of crude petroleum on their Elgin platform. The company was told it had failed to give “effect to appropriate arrangements for the effective control, monitoring and review of inhibits and overrides” used on its instrumented protective systems.

See: oilandgaspeople.com

Oldham-based manufacturing firm R Tindall (Fabricators) Ltd have been fined £70,000 plus costs of £5,000 after a worker died when he was crushed under 1.5 tonnes of metal pipework.

See: HSE

IOSH have published a new free guide aimed at safety and health professionals in organisations of all sizes with responsibilities to manage employee health. It contains checklists, flowcharts, templates and links to further resources.

See: IOSH and download the guide here

Kent-based recycling company Countrystyle Recycling Ltd have been fined £300,000 plus £8,903 costs after a worker was injured whilst repairing an industrial shredder in October 2013. The company failed to enforce the ‘safe stop’ process and the machine‘s conveyor belt restarted while the worker was inside it.

See: HSE

A male employee of BAM Nuttall died on Friday 28th October after sustaining as-yet unspecified injuries at Blackhillock electricity substation in Moray, Scotland. The company is working in joint venture with Siemens under a five-year framework for SHE Transmission to upgrade substations in the region.

See: constructionenquirer.com

October 2016

Valero Energy UK Limited (formerly ChevronTexaco), of Pembroke Refinery, Pembrokeshire, has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after a worker suffered fractures and lacerations to both legs in an incident in March 2012. The company was fined £400 000 and ordered to pay costs of £60 614.

See: shponline.co.uk

The nation's best health and safety officer has been announced as Helen Edwards, lead safety representative at Sellafield's operations division. She was awarded the Health and Safety Representative Award at the Trades Union Congress Awards.

See: in-cumbria.com

Network Rail has been fined £4m plus £34,000 in costs for health and safety breaches which led to a woman’s death on a level crossing near Needham Market in Suffolk in 2011. An investigation by the Office of Rail and Road found Network Rail had failed to act on "substantial evidence that pedestrians were exposed to an increased risk of being struck by a train".

See: itv.com

Nearly half of UK workplaces have never had a health and safety inspection – including more than 80 per cent of construction workplaces – according to a new Trades Union Congress (TUC) survey of health and safety representatives published on 19 September 2016.

See: tuc.org.uk

Two scaffolders from Colin Marshall Scaffolding in St Austell, Cornwall have received suspended prison sentences and were ordered to pay costs of £25,661 following the death of a worker who fell 7 metres from a flat roof on 24 June 2013.

See: hse.gov.uk

Crest Nicholson Operations Ltd., of Chertsey, Surrey, has been fined £800,000 plus £10,984 costs for breaches of Regulation 36 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 after a contractor was pulled under a vehicle and suffered serious life-threatening injuries.

See: shponline.co.uk

Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Ltd of Hemel Hempstead has been found guilty of breaching Reg 3(1) of Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety of Work etc. Act 1974 after a lone worker was crushed to death by a falling CNC milling machine on 30th April 2015. The company was fined £1m plus costs of £6,311.

See: hse.gov.uk

G4S Cash Solutions (UK) Ltd has been fined £1.8m plus Harlow Council costs of c. £34,000 for failing to protect its workers from the risk of Legionnaires’ disease. The cash handling arm of the security contract company pleaded guilty to two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

See: professionalsecurity.co.uk

Highway Care Ltd of Maidstone, Kent, has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £660,000 plus costs of £33,358.46. A worker suffered life threatening injuries when a drum he was working on exploded in his face in August 2012.

See: hse.gov.uk

A director of Thorn Warehousing Ltd has been jailed for 12-months under section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act following the death of a worker in January 2014 who was crushed by a falling remote controlled Mobile Elevated Working Platform.

See: hse.gov.uk

Food processing company Baxters Food Group has been fined £70,000 after it admitted that serious health and safety failings had caused a worker’s hand to become mutilated in a pie machine.

See: foodmanufacture.co.uk

The Scrappers Ltd (formerly Metro Salvage), which featured in a BBC TV programme, has been fined £30,000 plus £26,687 in costs after a worker suffered severe facial injuries from a steel saw he was using to cut a catalytic converter.

See: theboltonnews.co.uk

September 2016

Time taken to travel to and from work for non-office based employees will now be considered ‘working time’, the European Court of Justice has ruled. Excluding those journeys from working time would be contrary to the objective of protecting the safety and health of workers pursued by EU law, says the ECJ.

See: shponline.co.uk


Company director Paul Williamson has been charged under section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act and jailed for 12-months following the death of one of his workers in a crush incident in January 2014. Thorn Warehousing Ltd (currently in administration) was charged under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act, fined £166,000 and ordered to pay £10,400 costs.

See: HSE


Jaguar Land Rover has been prosecuted by the HSE over breaches of Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 after a worker died at its Halewood, Merseyside plant in September 2011.

See: HSE


Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, Leo Quinn, has warned that new health and safety sentencing guidelines and penalties could bankrupt some companies. He believes the new measures to be “pretty large and drastic” as penalties have increased “almost tenfold.”

See: bdcmagazine.com


British Polythene Ltd of Widnes film polythene manufacturer has been prosecuted by the HSE for breaches of Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 3 (1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 after a worker was badly injured when he became trapped in a winding machine in January 2014.

See: HSE


This is an informative article by Alex Baggott, business development associate at Fortress Interlockson, on the importance of safety interlocking in the waste and recycling industry:

shponline.co.uk


Anglian Demolition and Asbestos Limited of Attleborough, Norfolk, has been found guilty to an offence under Regulation 11(2) of the REACH Enforcement Regulations 2008. The company sold on a boiler containing an asbestos gasket from the boiler house at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely.

See: ely-news.co.uk


The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has launched a new initiative, Asbestos Still Kills, highlighting BOHS’ industry leading suite of asbestos qualifications, and the facts around asbestos and its risks. Asbestos still presents significant risk, killing around 5000 workers each year.

See: bohs.org


Steel coating company Coilcolor Limited of Newport, Gwent has been fined a total of £75,000 and ordered to pay £28,393 in costs for failing to manage the risks from legionella bacteria at two cooling towers over a period of five years from 2009 until 2014 in contravention of Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

See: HSE


Welsted Joinery Ltd of Cheltenham has been fined for two breaches of Regulation 9(3) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and one breach of Regulation 9(2) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 after repeatedly failing to have thorough examinations on its lift trucks and wood dust extraction system.

See: theconstructionindex.co.uk


The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), a not-for-profit members’ organisation, has a wealth of resources to promote the safe and effective use of powered platforms. It has released updated guidance on exiting platforms at height: what hazards should be considered in the risk assessment, and what control measures should be taken.

See: ipaf.org


Gwynn Davies-McTiffin Ltd, a waste recycling firm in Batley, has been found guilty of breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after an employee was fatally injured after falling into a baling machine’s hopper while clearing a blockage in August 2012. The HSE identified systemic safety failings at the company.

See: HSE


Construction firm Montway Ltd of Rickmansworth has been fined £144,000 plus £43,606.15 in costs after a worker suffered a broken spine from falling 5 metres off a roof during demolition work in February 2013.

See: HSE


August 2016

While it remains to be seen how negotiations will progress, what is clear is that the Brexit vote will have major implications on the UK's health, safety and environmental laws within our work places in the longer term. Here are links to two interesting articles on the subject:

natwestmentor.co.uk and connectingindustry.com


The HSE has published its provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in the UK. They show that 144 people were killed while at work in 2015/2016 – up from 142 in 2014/5. A more detailed assessment of the data will be provided as part of the annual Health and Safety Statistics release in early November. The provisional figures are summarised here:

worksmanagement.co.uk


Not included in the HSEs provisional figures for work-related fatal accidents in the UK are the deaths of five workers at the Hawkeswood Metal recycling site in Birmingham on 7th July.

See: BBC


The Waste and Recycling sector has the second highest work death rate of any industrial sector in the UK, with six deaths at work in 2015/16 according to the HSE. This represents a total of 5.71 deaths per 100,000 employees recorded for the year for the Waste sector, ranking just behind Agriculture, which recorded the highest number of 7.37 deaths per 100,000 employees for the year.

See: ciwm-journal.co.uk


Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission PLC has been fined £133,000 after admitting to health and safety offences which led to the fatal electrocution of a 26 year old linesman near Alness in August 2012. The company admitted it did not have in place an adequately specified Permit to Work. The fine was reduced from £200,000 because of a guilty plea.

See: scottishconstructionnow.com


Isle of Man-based Tuke and Bell Limited has been fined £24,000 for a health and safety breach after a worker died at a sewage treatment site in May 2013 when a 3.5 metre high sub-assembly unit toppled over. The investigation revealed a totally inadequate risk assessment.

See: iomtoday.co.im


Tata Steel has been ordered to pay more than £2 million after two workers suffered serious injuries to their hands in separate incidents at its Corby, Northamptonshire, plant in September 2014 and February 2015. Both incidents involved inadequate guarding on machinery.

See: theguardian.com


Glasgow-based Scottish Power Generation Limited is to challenge a £1.75 million fine for health and safety failings which led to a worker's horrific scalding at the now-shut Longannet Power Station in October 2013. The HSE investigation revealed that the company was aware of a defective valve but failed to repair or remove it.

See: dunfermlinepress.com


The winner of the country’s most prestigious occupational health and safety award, RoSPA’s Sir George Earle Trophy, is Wessex Engineering and Construction Services, part of Wessex Water. The company was judged to have unique, interesting and transferrable lessons to contribute to the rest of the UK industry. The industry sector award winners in the RoSPA Awards 2016 can be seen here:

See: pwemag.co.uk


Manchester-based Stone Superstore Ltd has been fined almost £40,000 plus £9,221 costs after a fatal incident at its warehouse in October 2010. A 27 year old employee was crushed by around a tonne of stone floor tiles that spilled from a forklift truck. None of the company’s forklift truck drivers had ever received formal training despite it being required by the HSE’s code of practice.

See: manchester.gov.uk


Bev Messinger has been announced as the new chief executive of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Commencing her role in October, Ms. Messinger has previous experience of organisational transformation at Ofwat and Coventry City Council.

See: IOSH


Point Engineering (Hull) Ltd has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and fined £30,000 with £24,577 costs, after a marine hatch and frame weighting more than 500 kilograms fell and seriously injured an employee in February 2014.

See: HSE


Portsmouth-based Diverse Ventures Limited, which supplies crane mounted barges, has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and fined £45,000, with costs of £9,000, after a fatal incident in November 2012.

See: HSE


London-based Monavon Construction Ltd has been fined £550,000 plus £23,653 costs after two men fell to their deaths through one of its site hoardings in London in October 2013. The firm had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of corporate manslaughter and a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

See: theconstructionindex.co.uk


A-Lift Crane Hire Limited and Premier Roofing Systems Limited, both based in Northamptonshire, have been substantially fined for breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1), respectively, of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after a worker died following a fall through a skylight in August 2013.

See: HSE, and - for further information on working at height - see: www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg401.pdf


July 2016

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has stated that, post-Brexit, the UK now has less influence over EU law. It is, however, vital the UK continues to apply our successful risk-based health and safety system which includes laws from EU directives, because it's respected and imitated across the world.

See: IOSH


Interfish Limited of Plymouth has been fined £500,000 plus costs of £24,800 after a 22 year old employee suffered fatal injuries when a one-ton 'wall' of frozen fish fell on him in October 2013. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

See: HSE


A new global model for defining competency in occupational safety and health has been developed by IOSH and a cross-sector group of industry experts. IOSH Blueprint is a competency framework, designed for both the OSH professional and any organisation. Announcements will be made later this year on the phased roll-out of IOSH Blueprint.

See: IOSH


Shell has been reprimanded by the HSE for failing to carry out a suitable risk assessment after workers were placed in danger in December 2015 following a nine-day gas leak on the normally-unattended installation (NUI) Caravel in the UK southern North Sea, operated by Shell’s ONEgas business unit. The release likely to be classed as “major” category under HSE classification – and no enforcement action has yet been taken.

See: Energy Voice


IOSH and the International SOS Foundation have collaborated to produce a new guide on mobile workers' safety when travelling for work, or on international assignments. After outlining the principles of assessing risk, the new publication makes the case for dynamic risk assessment, in which risk is constantly re-assessed in line with changing health, security and political conditions.

See: IOSH


Veolia Environmental Services has been fined £750,000 plus £11,981 in costs after a worker was crushed to death by the tailgate of a refuse collection vehicle (RCV) in May 2014 at the premises of John Fowler and Son Limited in Chorley. The latter company was also fined £65,000 and ordered to pay £12,443 in costs. Inadequate maintenance had been done on a safety critical device on Veolia’s RCVs, and John Fowler and Son’s failed to adequately assess the risks of working around RCVs.

See: fm-world.co.uk


Hereford-based TRP Polymer Solutions Limited has been fined £40,000 plus costs of £6,529 for breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Regulations 6 and 11 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH). An employee contracted allergic contact dermatitis after being exposed to sensitising ingredients in rubber compounds.

See: ppconstructionsafety.com


The IOSH 2017 Conference will take place on November 20-21 at the International Convention Centre (ICC), in Birmingham.

See: IOSH


Conductor Installation Services Ltd (CIS) of Great Yarmouth, which provides hammer services to install conductors and drive piles, including offshore, has been awarded its third consecutive Gold Medal for Occupational Health and Safety from the UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). CIS completed its 11th consecutive year of operation without an accident or a Lost Time Incident.

See: Great Yarmouth Mercury


Chemical giant Cristal have pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 and Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after one of its workers died in a blast caused by leaking titanium tetrachloride fumes at Stallingborough's Cristal Global site, formerly known as Millennium Chemicals, in March 2010. The company also plead guilty to contravening regulation 4 of the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999, in relation to a separate incident.

See: Grimsby Telegraph


The number of individual points (almost 3,000) raised at a consultation on the ISO 45001 draft international standard (DIS) for occupational safety and health has led to its publication being delayed until - probably - June 2017. However, it is anticipated that a further draft reflecting any changes can be produced by October 2016, the month originally planned for publication.

See: IOSH


John Pointon and Sons Limited, a food waste disposal and recycling business, has been fined £250,000 plus costs of £37,362 after three employees were affected by toxic gases, including hydrogen sulphide, and a reduced oxygen atmosphere, at an animal waste facility in Stoke-on-Trent in April 2014. The company breached Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Regulation 5(1) of the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997.

See: wamanagement.co.uk


June 2016

HSL is to run a 1 day course on Hazardous Area Classification under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) on 9 June 2016.

See: hsl.gov.uk


H20 Plumbing Services Ltd, a Birmingham maintenance company, has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,000 relating to the death of a worker who died after falling from the roof of a five-storey building in October 2014.

See: HSE and HSE


IOSH is inviting members to apply to join the Institution’s team of Vice-Presidents. Two new members are required to take on the role for a period of three years, beginning in November 2016 at IOSH’s AGM. Applicants will need to be either a Chartered Member on an IOSH committee or a Chartered Fellow, and have their CPD, if being undertaken, up-to-date. For a job description and application form, contact Laura Miles at laura.miles@iosh.co.uk. Completed forms must be returned by Friday 15 July.

See: IOSH


Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd of Sheffield has been fined £2.6 million with £54,000 costs for breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Regulation 31(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. An employee was killed in a trench collapse in April 2010 when laying ducting for new cable for an offshore windfarm.

See: HSE


Sian Clayton, the new team manager for waste and recycling at the HSE, has reminded the sector of the need to work together to improve fatal injuries, saying: “There have been 33 worker fatalities in the waste sector in the last five years. The fatal injury rate in the waste sector is over 10 times greater than the rate across all industries and almost three times greater than the rate in the construction sector.”

See: letsrecycle.com


McCain Foods (GB) Limited of Havers Hill, Eastfield Scarborough, has been fined £800,000 with costs of £12,831.51 for breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It follows a worker almost having his arm severed in the unguarded roller on a conveyor in August 2014.

See: shponline.co.uk


The programme for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) annual conference at ExCeL London from 21-22 June is now complete, with over 60 expert speakers confirmed including health and safety experts from Network Rail, Airbus Group, Mace, Travis Perkins, Tesco, American Eagle Outfitters and Dixons Carphone.

See: ioshconference.co.uk/programme


Hampshire-based Humbly Grove Energy Ltd, a top tier COMAH operator whose main activity is the injection of natural gas into depleted underground oil reservoir for storage, company has been fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,000 for releasing approximately 145 kg of natural gas into the atmosphere, together with some crude oil in February 2014.

See: HSE


HGV drivers are frequently putting lives at risk by not following basic safety procedures when coupling and uncoupling vehicles, the Health and Safety Executive has warned. Drivers are urged to apply parking brakes and use (or retrofit) warning alarms to avoid a repeat of an incident in January 2015 when a road worker was crushed by an HGV tractor unit which unexpectedly rolled backwards when the driver failed to apply the parking brake of the tractor unit or to follow recognised industry coupling procedures.

See: HSE and HSE


Companies in the UK waste and resource sector have been sent a stark reminder of the need to maintain high health and safety standards, and have been reminded of their duty of care by the British Safety Council (BSC). This follows recent prosecutions of Travis Perkins and Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd which demonstrated the significance of the recent changes in sentencing guidelines that will be applied by courts in England and Wales for health and safety offences.

See: ciwm-journal.co.uk


ScottishPower has been fined £1.75 million for serious health and safety flaws which led to a horrific accident at Longannet Power Station. Despite being identified as faulty in May 2009, a valve was not repaired and led to an employee being scalded by high pressure, high temperature steam in October 2013 which resulted in his medical retirement at the age of 51.

See: thecourier.co.uk


Gordon Leach, trading as RGE Engineering Company, a plastics manufacturer from Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 after a 23-year-old agency worker from Lithuania was killed when her head was crushed in a printing machine in April 2012. Gordon Leach was given a 15 month sentence, suspended for 24 months, was fined £7,500 and was ordered to pay full costs of £45,000.

See: HSE


May 2016

Tragically, on Worker's Memorial Day (28th April), a construction worker was killed by the moving boom on a Giraffe crane on the Queensferry Crossing’s north tower.

See:BBC


Dame Judith Hackitt, DBE, former Chair of the HSE has received the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) 2016 lifetime achievement award.

See: theirm.org


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced Martin Temple as the new Chair of HSE after Dame Judith Hackitt stepped down.

See: Gov.uk


In early May, IOSH will invite members to take part in a short survey that will inform the Institution’s 2017-2022 strategy.

See: IOSH


Bowmer & Kirkland has been fined by the HSE for breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulation 2005 after a worker was injured in May 2014 falling through a gap in a retail building that was under construction.

See: constructionmanagermagazine.com


The HSE will lead the health and safety stream at the Manufacturing Management Conference at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire on 15-16 June. Alan Craddock, head of manufacturing, transportation and safety unit, HSE, will talk on hidden hazards in the workplace and ‘long latency’ health risks in a session that will explain how to become an industry leader in health and safety.

See: worksmanagement.co.uk


Steel fabrication company Severfield (UK) Limited based in Thirsk has been fined after a forklift truck (FLT) operator was killed in March 2013 when the truck he was operating overturned. They pleaded guilty to a non-causative breach of Regulation 5(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and was fined £135,000 and ordered to pay costs of £46,020.

See: HSE


Representatives from the waste management and recycling industry have come together with the HSE to form the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH). WISH publishes safety guidance documents, which are routinely kept up to date with a review every 18 months to account for developments in technology, procedure and experience.

See: ciwm.org.uk


The Social Responsibility and Sustainability Conference will be held at The Crystal, London, on 12 May. It will examine new approaches to ethical and responsible business.

See: nationalcsrawards.co.uk


Shell has released its Sustainability Report for 2015, outlining its global approach to sustainability and covering its environmental and social performance for the year.

See: shell.com


The British Safety Council has launched the 2016 International Safety Awards which recognise businesses and organisations from around the world who have demonstrated a commitment to protecting their workers from the risk of being injured or made ill at work during 2015.

See: britsafe.org


The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched the 2016-2017 Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign. It aims to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing and the importance of risk prevention throughout working life.

See: healthy-workplaces.eu


ISO 45001, the new international standard for occupational health and safety management systems, will require companies to prove how their directors and managers provide leadership on health and safety risks. Read article by Neal Stone, director of policy and standards at the British Safety Council:

britsafe.org


April 2016

The Indesit/Whirpool factory in Yate, Somerset, has been given 21 days, until 11th April, to provide a Coroner with proof of improved procedures relating to the supervision of maintenance external contractors. The call comes after a contractor was killed when a scissor lift collapsed in March 2015. See:

somersetguardian.co.uk


On March 23rd the Labour MP for Jarrow, Stephen Hepburn, and the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) secured a ministerial meeting to discuss concerns about the performance of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). It followed a parliamentary debate on the alarmingly low number of prosecutions following a construction fatality.

See: ucatt.org.uk


The Better Health at Work Alliance (BHWA) has been launched to complement the HSE’s Helping Great Britain Work Well strategy. The BHWA offers access to solutions, information and guidance on workplace health for British Workplaces.

See: bhwa.org.uk


Global healthcare organisation Johnson & Johnson’s groundbreaking employee wellbeing approach has won it the title of “Britain’s healthiest large company” in 2015. This interesting interview outlines the initiative’s objectives and successes.

See: personneltoday.com


Bury St Edmunds-based specialist health and safety company Worksafe Training Consultancy has been found guilty of failing to ensure that workers at a furniture factory were protected. It was proved to have provided ‘bad advice’ to management at Jan Cavelle Furniture, in Haverhill, resulting in injuries to two workers.

See: buryfreepress.co.uk


Swire Pacific Offshore has been served with a Health and Safety (HSE) improvement notice after a suspected gas leak incident involving Shell’s Curlew FPSO in the North Sea in January 2015. The HSE notice includes an inadequate safe system of work and insufficient risk assessment.

See: energyvoice.com


Marathon Oil has been issued with an improvement notice after determination that a 2148KG gas release on the Brae Alpha North Sea platform on December 26th 2015 was caused by a "catastrophic" failure of pipework which had not been properly inspected for more than 30 years.

See: BBC


A research team at Imperial College, London, has linked thousands of UK cancer deaths with different occupations. It found almost 14,000 new cases of cancer caused by work are registered each year, and around 8,000 deaths a year are caused by occupational cancer. IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign aims to get carcinogenic exposure issues more widely understood and help businesses take action.

See: notimetolose.org.uk


Syngenta Ltd of Huddersfield has been fined fined £200 000 with £13,041 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Control Of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 and Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 after paraquat dichloride solution was ejected under pressure.

See: HSE


The Safety & Health Expo 2016, which is at Excel London from 21st-23rd June, will feature inspirational speeches from Colonel Tim Collins OBE, Kate Adie OBE, and James Cracknell OBE. For full details, and to register, see:

safety-health-expo.co.uk


March 2016

The HSE’s provisional figure for the number of workers fatally injured in 2014/15 is 142, and corresponds to a rate of fatal injury of 0.46 deaths per 100,000 workers. This is 9% lower than the average for the past five years (156) which corresponds to an average rate of 0.53 deaths per 100,000 workers.

See: HSE


Five people were hurt, one seriously, when the Cambridgeshire guided bus left its concrete track on 22nd February. The incident sparked concern about the safety of the busway, which opened five years ago and is the only one of its kind in the world. The HSE are investigating.

See: Cambridge News


ConocoPhillips (UK) Limited has pleaded guilty to three breaches of the Offshore Installations (Prevention of Fire and Explosion, and Emergency Response) Regulations 1995 after two uncontrolled and one controlled but unexpected gas release, which occurred on the Lincolnshire Offshore Gas Gathering System (LOGGS) between 30 November and 1 December 2012. It was fined £3,000,000 (£1m for each offence) and ordered to pay costs of £159,459.

See: HSE


ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements, which will replace OHSAS 18001, has been approved as a Draft International Standard (DIS). More than 70 countries are directly involved in the creation of this important document, with the British Standards Institution (BSI) serving as the committee secretariat. You can comment on the text of the DIS until April 15th.

See: drafts.bsigroup.com


It will take a considerable time to complete the recovery operation at Didcot A Power Station, where one person is known to have died and three others are still missing following the partial collapse of a building being demolished on 23rd February.

See: theconstructionindex.co.uk


Supermarket chain Aldi has been fined £100,000 plus £5,000 costs for a health and safety violation which resulted in an unsecured smoking shelter lifting into the air and trapping a Darlington employee on 21 October 2014. Contractors Wilkinson Maintenance were fined £20,000 plus £5,000 costs.

See: thenorthernecho.co.uk


Crossrail has launched a knowledge-sharing website to spread lessons learned during its construction. The Crossrail Learning Legacy aims to share knowledge and insight via case studies, technical papers and datasets providing lessons and recommendations to help others. It will also showcase the experts behind the delivery of the Crossrail programme.

See: learninglegacy.crossrail.co.uk


Falcon Crane Hire of Shipdham, near Dereham, has been found guilty to two charges under the Health and Safety Work Act 1974 after a crane driver and another man were killed by a falling crane in Battersea, south London, in September 2006. A police investigation found the machine had been overloaded with twelve tonnes of counterweights instead of eight.

See: edp24.co.uk


Considerate constructors will get a star rating for their competence after a new system was launched by The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) to boost standards and reward best practice. Now, companies along with their contractors, clients and workforce will be better able to demonstrate CCS competencies including everything from the success of health and safety policies to green initiatives and engagement with the local community.

See: bdcmagazine.com


The HSE has released its latest Fatigue Index. Extensive changes have been made to the previous version, including on cumulative fatigue, time of day, shift length, the effect of breaks and the recovery from a sequence of shifts. In addition, a review has been carried out of trends in risk related to shift work, and this has enabled the final version to incorporate two separate indices, one related to fatigue (the Fatigue Index) and the other to risk (the Risk Index).

For downloads, see: HSE


Derbyshire waste firm Rainbow Waste Management Limited has been fined £136,000 and ordered to pay £64,770 in costs after a worker was crushed to death by the bucket of a motorised loading shovel in June 2013. Derby Crown Court heard that in the 10 days leading up to the incident, CCTV cameras at site captured over two hundred examples of unsafe working practices.

See: HSE


A report from the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health, Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution, examines the impact of exposure to air pollution across the course of a lifetime. Each year in the UK, around 40,000 early deaths are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution which has been linked to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and changes linked to dementia. The cost of these deaths add up to more than £20 billion every year.

See: rcplondon.ac.uk


The Global Healthy Workplace Awards, dedicated to the recognition of practices and programs in the global workplace, are now accepting applications from around the world for review by an international panel of judges representing five continents with expertise in health promotion, health policy, occupational health and associated disciplines. The application deadline is 22nd March.

See: OSHA


February 2016

The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and Health and Safety at Work magazine are running a Conference on 11 February at the IET, Birmingham. Richard Judge, Chief Executive of the HSE, will give the Keynote speech. Other speakers include Heather Bryant, UK H&S Director at Balfour Beatty, and Paul Simpson, Head of Quality at Network Rail.

See: iirsm.org


Tough new sentencing guidelines on health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences from the Sentencing Council came into effect on 1 February. They introduce three key factors in determining fines: the degree of harm caused, the culpability of the offender and the turnover of the offending organisation. To download the guidelines see:

sentencingcouncil.org.uk


Watts Group, a Belfast-based consultancy to the property and construction industry, has been fined £30,000 for health and safety breaches which resulted in two construction workers being exposed to asbestos in early 2013 while replacing doors in the service ducts beneath Holywell Hospital, Antrim.

See: insidermedia.com


UK Power Networks has been fined £1 million and ordered to pay £153,474.06 in costs after being found guilty of contravening health and safety regulations. Dr James Kew, a director of biology at GlaxoSmithKline, was electrocuted by an 11,000-volt power cable dangling at head height over a public footpath in Newport, Essex in 2012.

See: thecomet.net


Whitchurch-based Arkenfield Stable Hire Limited (ASHL), has been fined a total of £7,500 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000 after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. An employee received transport-related fatal injuries in November 2011.

See: HSE


The history of occupational health and safety in the UK is being preserved on the History of Occupational Safety and Health website. The website, set up by safety charity the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accident’s (RoSPA) National Occupational Safety and Health Committee (NOSHC), charts more than 200 years of industrial history.

See: historyofosh.org.uk


Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited, a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty PLC, has been fined after a worker lost his life in October 2012 whilst repairing a central reservation barrier on the A2. The company was fined a total of £1 million, and ordered to pay £14,977 in costs after pleading guilty to offences under Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

See: HSE


Clydeport Operations Limited (Clydeport) of Glasgow, has been fined £300,000 for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after a worker suffered fatal crush injuries at their Hunterston Coal Terminal site in Ayrshire in February 2015.

See: HSE


The Public and Commercial Services Union is commemorating International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) on 28 April, when unions remember all those killed through work and aim to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated. For ways to support IWMD.

See: pcs.org.uk


National Grid Gas plc have been fined £1 million and ordered to pay costs of £26,296 for breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act after a worker became trapped in a ruptured gas main in Scunthorpe in June 2014. HSE Inspector Ian Redshaw, said: “This incident could easily have become a fatality… This whole incident should act as a stark warning to all those involved in hazardous work – you can have all the written policies in place but it you do not follow them, if you do not carry out the risk assessments for the task, people could die.”

See: tomorrowshs.com


A new monthly magazine for members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) was launched on 1 February. It replaces Safety and Health Practitioner as the official monthly publication for IOSH members.

See: IOSH


Bellmoor Construction Limited and Clive Graham Associates Limited (CGA) have each been fined £45,000 plus £6,612 costs after two workers narrowly escaped death when a giant fireball engulfed them when one accidentally cut into a live 11,000 volts electrical cable under the House of Lords in July 2013.

See: independent.co.uk


January 2016

The HSE has released its 2015 Myth Busters list, citing decisions on disproportionate or inaccurate claims about health and safety.

See: HSE


Corporate budgets for environment, health and safety (EH&S) initiatives look set to increase in 2016, according to a new survey from analyst firm Verdantix. The study was based on a survey of 312 EH&S executives around the world.

See: businessgreen.com


The HSE has provided a useful list of events, conferences, and seminars it has organised or with which it has significant involvement from January to April 2016.

See: HSE


French energy giant Total has been fined £1.125 million, the largest ever fine relating to a health and safety issue in the North Sea oil and gas sector. The company pleaded guilty to failings in its installation and repair procedures relating to a major leak from its Elgin platform in March 2012.

See: theweek.co.uk


The HSE and Merseyside Police are investigating the death of a contract worker who was killed in a fall from a roof at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant on 22nd December 2015.

See: coventrytelegraph.net


Cemex UK Operations Ltd and Cape Industrial Services Ltd Scaffolding have been fined a total of £1.3 million following the death of a scaffolder who was struck by falling debris inside an industrial tower.

See: HSE


In November 2015 the Sentencing Council issued new guidelines which will apply to sentencing in all health and safety and corporate manslaughter prosecutions from 1 February this year. This means substantially higher health and safety fines coming into force.

See: personneltoday.com


The National Grid has been fined £2 million after admitting safety failings in relation to the death of an 11 year old boy who fell from a pipeline which ran along the outside of the Dugdale Bridge on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Burnley in April 2014.

See: natwestmentor.co.uk


Scientist Paul Hamey, Head of the Exposure Branch in the HSE’s Chemicals Regulation Directorate, has been as awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list for services to the regulation of pesticides.

See: hortweek.com


The HSE is inviting employers, employees, local and central government, unions, other regulators and key representative groups to aid the development of its new five-year strategy (2016-2020) covering six themes. Information on getting involved will be posted on www.hse.gov.uk/strategy.

See: IOSH


Anglian Water has been fined £400,000 for offences under Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 which led to three workers being injured at the Dunstable and Saffron Walden water recycling centres.

See: luton-dunstable.co.uk


December 2015

UK crane rental company Baldwins Crane Hire has been found guilty of corporate manslaughter and two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following the death of an operator at the Scout Moor wind farm in Edenfield, East Lancashire in 2011.

See:

www.vertikal.net


Thakeham Mushrooms Ltd of West Sussex has been fined £20,000, with costs of £1,943, after pleading guilty to offences under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. An employee was hit in the face by a full wooden tray of mushrooms, weighing c. 400lbs, in December 2014.

See:

HSE


The UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum has published a short briefing note for companies to help explain the substance registration process before the third and final REACH registration deadline in May 2018. For a free copy, see:

Gov.uk


Bradford-based food manufacturing company, Princes Ltd has been fined £13,000.00 with £1,323.15 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. In July 2013, a worker suffered severe facial and other burns after being sprayed with a caustic substance.

See:

HSE


The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has welcomed the Government’s pledge to invest extra funds to help people with disabilities and health conditions. This will include extra spending on Access to Work, which will provide specialist IT equipment or support workers to help 25,000 more disabled people remain in work each year.

See:

IOSH


The newly revised version of ISO 14001:2015, published in September, offers easier integration between ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and the new OHSAS 18001 replacement, ISO 45001, published next year. It also brings with it additional requirements on: leadership, strategic context, interested party analysis and communication, risks and opportunities and lifecycle perspective.

See:

iso.org


Shell U.K. Ltd, has been fined a total of £22,500 after admitting breaching Regulation 3A of the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention & Control) Regulations 2005 and Regulation 13 of the Pipelines Safety Regulations 1996. Failures led to an oil leak in the vicinity of Shell’s Gannet F field, 180 kilometres from Aberdeen in August 2011.

See:

HSE


Blue Diamond Engineering Ltd of Shildon, County Durham, has been fined a total of £11,000, with costs of £1,610, after pleading guilty to offences under Regulation 4(8)(b) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Asbestos materials were discovered during a survey at their factory premises in 2006 and there was no documented or implemented Asbestos Management Plan to adequately control the risk of exposure.

See:

HSE


The Sentencing Council has issued new definitive guidelines on the sentencing of health and safety offences. The new guidelines will come into force on 1 February 2016, regardless of the date of the offence, and will alter the way individuals or businesses are sentenced by criminal courts in cases involving health and safety, corporate manslaughter, and food safety offences.

See:

natwestmentor.co.uk


An experimental drone fitted with sensors is being deployed to monitor gases rising from Britain's 200 landfill sites. The drone project, run by the University of Manchester and the Environment Agency, is to find ways of reducing the 830,000 tonnes of methane from the waste sector each year.

See:

BBC


The Crown Prosecution Service has announced there will be no corporate manslaughter charges after the storage tank explosion that killed four workers at the Chevron (now Valero) oil refinery in Pembrokeshire in 2011. The HSE investigation continues.

See:

BBC


The EU Directive 2013/35/EU on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (the electromagnetic field) published in mid-2013 will be transposed into UK law by July 2016. This article describes what is needed to comply.

See:

electronicsweekly.com


November 2015

Chester-based glass container manufacturer Encirc Ltd has been fined for serious safety breaches after two fitters working in the mould shop suffered burns to their face and heads when a gas canister exploded in May 2014.

See:

HSE


The Health and Safety Executive is urging the stone industry to do more to protect workers’ health following findings of a recent inspection initiative. HSE inspectors visited sixty stone businesses and serious breaches were found at over half (35) of the premises.

See:

HSE


CITB-authorised test centres have been caught on camera by a joint BBC London/Newsnight investigation rigging construction health and safety exams for the CSCS skills card. The health, safety and environment test is a basic requirement for people looking to work on most sites.

See:

www.constructionenquirer.com


A report by the all-party parliamentary group on occupational safety and health calls for regulations requiring the safe phased and planned removal of all the remaining asbestos in Britain in workplaces and public buildings. This year, according to official figures, 5,000 people in Britain are likely to die prematurely as a result of asbestos exposure - around three times the number of road accident deaths.

See:

www.tuc.org.uk (PDF)


Last year 1.2 million people in the UK were suffering from an illness caused by the conditions at their place of work. Jerry Hill, Head of Consultancy Support – Safety, Health and Environment, for business consultancy and advisory service NatWest Mentor, looks at the main causes of workplace ill health.

See:

www.shponline.co.uk and HSE Statistics


ASLR Fabrication Services Ltd of Stone, Staffordshire, has been sentenced after a worker suffered life-changing arm injuries in September 2014 when his clothing became entangled in a length of galvanised pipe being turned in a machine.

See:

HSE


Recycling firm Sita UK Limited of Maidenhead, Berkshire, has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and been fined £200,000 with £11,998 costs after an employee was seriously injured by a 7.5 tonne telehandler.

See:

HSE


The British Safety Council has announced the 61 winners of this year’s Sword of Honour and 8 Globe of Honour awards for exemplary management of HSE risks by businesses around the world. Seven organisations won both the Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority; OSI Food Solutions, Scunthorpe; Qatargas Operating Company Limited – Commercial & Shipping Group – Shipping Department; Unipart Aftermarket Logistics, Baginton A; Unipart Logistics, Cowley; Unipart Technology Logistics, Baginton B; and United Biscuits (UK) Ltd.

See the full lists of winners:

www.britsafe.org (PDF)


Serco Limited has been fined £200,000 after being found guilty of failing to ensure the health and safety of its crew on the Woolwich free ferry after a deckhand died while working on board in August 2011.

See:

www.gravesendreporter.co.uk


The managing director of Janbor Limited, a Hertfordshire-based recycler of wood waste has been prosecuted for safety failings after failing to comply with three Improvement Notices. Sole director Jan Willem Boruch was fined a total of £8,000 and ordered to pay £2,089 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

See:

HSE


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