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October 2017

Any company subject to REACH needs to be aware of the implications of Brexit. Following the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into the future of chemicals regulation post-Brexit, Peter Newport, Chief Executive of the Chemical Business Association (CBA), comments on the Committee’s findings.

See: Reach and Brexit – Select Committee provides a reality… - www.chemicalindustryjournal.co.uk

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has published the results of its inquiry into the future of chemicals regulation post-Brexit.


Explore Manufacturing Limited, of Worksop, and Select Plant Hire (both wholly-owned subsidiaries of Laing O'Rourke) have been jointly fined £3.8 million plus costs in excess of £27,000 for health and safety failings after the death of an employee crushed by an 11-ton concrete panel in July 2014 while working on a mobile elevating working platform (MEWP).

See: Worksop firm fined £2 million after death of Bolsover man… - www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk

The devastated mum of a Bolsover man crushed to death at work in a Worksop factory has said it was “an accident waiting to happen”.


The HSE’s Sector Plans, covering 19 industry sectors, contain: a plan covering its health and safety performance; the top three strategic priorities for the next three to five years; and actions the HSE propose to take.

For all 19 plans see: HSE


Horley-based waste collection and recycling company United Grab Hire has pleaded guilty to breaching ss 4(1) and 17(1) of the Workplace (Health and Safety Welfare) Regulations after the death of a worker hit by a reversing telehandler in July 2016. The firm was fined £500,000 plus £5,968 costs.

See: www.ioshmagazine.com


Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has promised to ensure the health and safety of offshore workers remains “paramount” after a suspected leak shut down production on BP’s Glen Lyon floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel at the end of September. The Glen Lyon is currently the biggest oil production ship in the world and works on the Schiehallion field west of Shetland.

See: www.energyvoice.com


The 5.4 million people in the UK who have asthma should be aware of air quality on a daily basis according to Asthma UK. The issue has been highlighted by the Saharan dust driven across parts of the UK by Hurricane Ophelia. Anyone concerned about air pollution should check uk-air.defra.gov.uk/forecasting


Swindon-based scaffolding company Boundary Scaffolding Limited has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £80,000 plus costs of £1415.10 after a scaffolder was electrocuted by 33KV overhead power lines. The electrocution led to severe burns and the subsequent amputation of the employee’s left arm above the elbow, right arm below the elbow and both of his feet.

See: HSE


Three companies, Sembcorp Utilities (UK) Limited, Central Industrial Services (Northern) Ltd and R & A Kay Inspection Services Ltd, have pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after an employee suffered serious fractures to his leg which led to amputation after a boiler pressure test at a Biomass power station in Cleveland in December 2013. Fines and costs to all three companies combined were in excess of £1.5 million.

See: HSE


The final ISO 45001 international standard for occupational safety and health management systems is likely to go to a final draft before publication next year, following a meeting to discuss comments on the current draft. ISO 45001 is expected to replace the British Standard OHSAS 18001. A three-year transition period is anticipated after publication of the final standard.

See: www.ioshmagazine.com


Spanish construction company Porvi Construcciones y Contratas has been found guilty of two health and safety charges following the death of a worker near Whitchurch in July 2015 during demolition work at an aluminium recycling plant. The company did not attend the trial nor was it represented by lawyers. Fines have not yet been specified.

See: www.leaderlive.co.uk


More support is needed for employees returning to work after suffering from mental health problems, according to new research published by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The report “Return to work after common mental disorders” provides insights and resources for employers, health professionals and workers.

Download the report here: www.iosh.co.uk/rtwmentalhealth


Contractors who cut through a pipe at Stanlow Oil Terminal in Cheshire and caused an explosion in an oil treatment tank in January 2015 had been issued a permit to work copied from the previous week’s, although the hazard profile had changed.

See: www.ioshmagazine.com


Chevron has been served with an improvement notice after a worker suffered a serious injury on the Alba Northern installation on 6 May this year during lifting operations.

See: BBC


September 2017

The Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes on his mission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has been released - with a damning assessment of the current situation and the risks of Brexit. To download the report see:

www.srtoxics.org


According to new estimates from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other bodies, published in “Global Estimates of Occupational Accidents and Work-related Illnesses 2017”, there are 2.78 million annual work-related fatalities. These result in the loss of 3.9% of GDP, at an annual cost of roughly €2 680 billion.

See: www.ioshmagazine.com


Vinyl Compound Ltd of High Park, Derbyshire has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 after an employee died when his fork lift truck overturned. The company has been fined £450,000 and ordered to pay costs of £71,778.20.

See: HSE


The British Safety Council is holding its Annual Conference ‘Health and safety: Preparing for the future’ on Wednesday, 4 October 2017 at The King’s Fund, London.

See: www.britsafe.org


Food manufacturer Greencore Grocery has pleaded to breaching s 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act after a contract electrician sustained fatal injuries after falling from a stepladder. It was fined £1m plus £30,000 costs.

See: www.ioshmagazine.com


Stricter legislation might help reduce noise levels at work, according to the latest Cochrane Review “Interventions to prevent occupational noise-induced hearing loss”. The review covered 29 studies of interventions to prevent occupational hearing loss. To download the review see:

onlinelibrary.wiley.com


Thomas Panels & Profiles Limited of Southern Avenue, Leominster has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after an employee was fatally crushed. It has been fined £285,000 and ordered to pay costs of £29,961.48.

See: HSE


The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) has published a new document, “Occupational health: the value proposition” which brings together the available evidence to show why Occupational Health stacks up in business, financial, legal and even moral terms. To download the report, see:

www.som.org.uk


Shell was ordered to shut down the Armada platform, 132 miles east of Aberdeen, by health and safety inspectors in June over concerns that corroded pipework in the flare system could cause an explosion. Production was resumed on 9th July. The company has been served with six safety notices for incidents in the North Sea since May.

See: BBC


To celebrate its centenary, RoSPA has launched a new level of award to recognise organisations achieving 25+ years of gold awards. For a full list of the 2017 RoSPA Award winners see:

www.rospa.com


Heathcoat Fabrics Limited of Tiverton, Devon has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 after an employee had to have four fingers partially amputated in a rotating roller incident. It was fined £300,000 plus of £2862.30.

See: HSE


More than one in three UK employees say they are working with anxiety, depression or stress, according to research by consultancy PwC.

See: www.personneltoday.com


August 2017

The HSE’s July 2017 report “Fatal injuries arising from accidents at work in Great Britain 2017 - Headline results” is available here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/pdf/fatalinjuries.pdf. It shows a total of 137 people killed at work during 2016/17, plus 92 members of the public were killed due to work related activities in the same period.


Three companies working in a consortium on London's Crossrail project have been fined a combined £1m for three separate failures, plus costs of £42,337.28. One of the incidents led to the death of a construction worker who was killed in 2014 by a tonne of wet concrete being poured onto him. Bam, Ferrovial and Kier (BFK) admitted the health and safety breaches at Southwark Crown Court on 28th July.

See: IB Times


The HSE’s Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit will be held on 22nd November 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London SW1P 3EE. Until 1st September, registration costs just £350; thereafter, it will cost £425.

See: HSL


Oil & Gas UK has revealed an improvement in performance in the latest annual health and safety data report into the UK offshore industry operating in the UK Continental Shelf. The Health & Safety Report 2017 highlighted the collectively lowest level for dangerous incidents such as oil and gas releases, dropped objects, fires, and explosions.

See: offshore-technology.com


Signature Flight Support, which handles private jets at London Luton Airport, has pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act after an employee was crushed by a hangar door on 28th April 2015. The company was fined £250,000 penalty plus costs of almost £20,000. The employee remains in a vegetative state.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, has warned that individuals responsible for the Grenfell Tower disaster could face gross negligence manslaughter charges. The crime carries a maximum life term and, under sentencing guidelines, a “starting point” of at least 12 years for offenders with a “very high” level of culpability.

See: standard.co.uk


The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has stated that a new report, “The Need for Standardized Sustainability Reporting Practices” by the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS), demonstrates the need to improve corporate reporting practices for occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities.

See: IOSH


The value of fines collected for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities has doubled in a year, according to a research report from global law firm Clyde & Co. The report is available here as a PDF:

clydeco.com


The business benefits of maintaining a healthy and happy workforce will be the focus of IOSH’S 42nd National Safety and Health Conference which will be held at the Nottingham Belfry on 14th September.

See: IOSH


New shocking statistics have been released by the HSE which is working on the ‘Breathe Freely’ initiative with BOHS (The Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection) to raise awareness of the deadly risks to manufacturing industry workers. Out of the 190,000 workers undertaking welding activities each year, 150 of them die from cancer caused by welding.

See: connectingindustry.com


Soft toy filling company The Stuffing Plant Ltd (TSP) of Mexborough has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and has been fined £35,000 with £2,486 costs after a worker lost his left hand in an unguarded carding machine on 8th March 2016.

See: HSE


Avon Joinery Limited of Rugby has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations after an employee severed the first finger and thumb tip on his left hand with a circular saw at the company base in Rugby on 3rd February 2016. It was fined £230,000 plus costs of £1,779.70.

See: shponline.co.uk


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.

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