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July 2019

Organisations that commit to ISO 45001 must focus on health as well as safety says Martin Cottam, Group technical assurance and quality director at Lloyd’s Register

ioshmagazine.com


Grain storage company Camgrain Stores’ in Linton, Cambridgeshire has been fined £180,000 plus £20,000 costs for breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act following the death of a worker who was hit by a lorry.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Occupational skin cancer kills 60 people every year in Britain, which is more than falls from height or crush injuries. For more information on the “invisible killer”

See: shponline.co.uk


Electromagnet company Tesla Engineering of Storrington, West Sussex, has been fined £400,000 plus £7,546 costs for breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act after an employee was fatally crushed by a crane.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Fife's Mossmorran chemical plant is being investigated by the HSE for a prolonged leak of highly-flammable ethane.

See: scotsman.com


National Grid Electricity Transmission PLC has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) after a fatality.

See: shponline.co.uk


High pressure laminate (HPL) cladding tests will finally be undertaken two years after Grenfell – and five years after a previous failed test.

See: ifsecglobal.com


A report from the G+ Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation shows the total number of health and safety incidents among its members fell in 2018.

See: energylivenews.com


Luminous Group, a virtual reality company, has provided global manufacturer Morgan Advanced Materials plc with injury prevention training software that virtually simulates dangerous situations that could occur when operating heavy machinery.

See: bdaily.co.uk


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed the current Inspector General and Chief Executive of the Insolvency Service, Sarah Albon, will become its new CEO on 1 September, replacing outgoing Acting Chief Executive David Snowball.

See: hse.gov.uk


June 2019

A useful article on how occupational hygienists and occupational health can collaborate to help workplaces stay compliant with legislation aimed at protecting workers from occupational lung diseases

See: personneltoday.com


Fuel company Valero Energy UK and tank cleaning specialist B&A Contracts have pleaded guilty to breaching ss 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act following the Pembroke refinery explosion in June 2011 which killed four workers. They have respectively been fined £5m plus £1m costs, and £140,000 plus £40,000 costs. The refinery’s former owner Chevron will pay the £5m fine.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Find out how the EU is improving workers’ rights and working conditions across Europe, from working hours and parental leave to health and safety at work:

eureporter.co


Monsanto’s own emails and documents reveal a disinformation campaign to hide its weedkiller’s possible links to cancer.

See: theguardian.com


The British Safety Council is calling for urgent action on protecting outdoor workers from air pollution and admits its alarm at recent findings by environmental charity Hubbub.

See: shponline.co.uk


In 2015, there were more than 475,500 estimated respiratory disease deaths from exposure to hazardous substances. World Clean Air Day falls on 20th June.

ioshmagazine.com


Property maintenance firm T Brown Group and flooring manufacturer Altro have been fined a combined £750,000 over the death of a floor layer in September 2015. He was exposed to dichloromethane (DCM), a restricted substance under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation.

See: ioshmagazine.com


The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) has published a report on health risks for workers exposed to crystalline silica and is revising existing occupational disease tables. ANSES is also warning that powerful LED lights, such as those used in streetlamps and car headlights, were phototoxic and could cause lasting damage to the retina.

See: anses.fr/en/content/exposure-crystalline-silica-poses-high-risks-worker-health & anses.fr/en/content/leds-anses%E2%80%99s-recommendations-limiting-exposure-blue-light


Singapore is the safest country in the world when it comes to fire risk, according to the FM Global Resilience Index. Two years on from the Grenfell Tower fire the UK remains in 35th place out of 130 countries assessed (the same position it occupied in 2015, 2016 and 2017).

See: ifsecglobal.com


Marathon Oil has been fined £1.16m after more than two tonnes of methane gas escaped from a corroded pipe on its Brae Alpha oil rig on 26 December 2015. The company admitted breaching reg 4(1) of the Offshore Installations (Prevention of Fire and Explosion, and Emergency Response) Regulations and s 33(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Sanders Plant and Waste Management of Morpeth, Northumberland has been fined £500,000 plus £14,042 in costs for breaching reg 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. A site labourer was struck and killed by a wheeled front-loading shovel in June 2015.

See: ioshmagazine.com>


May 2019

Morpeth-based waste and recycling company Sanders Waste and Plant Management has been fined £500,000 plus £14,042 in costs after a site labourer was struck and killed by a wheeled front-loading shovel in June 2015. The company pleaded guilty to breaching reg 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

See: IOSH


The HSE has served a statutory improvement notice on Petroineos Manufacturing Scotland Limited’s oil refinery at Grangemouth for breaching the 2015 Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations. The company has until 28 February 2020 to abide by the improvement notice.

See: HSE


The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work was marked on 28 April. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), stress, excessively-long working hours and disease contribute to the deaths of nearly 2.8 million workers every year, while an additional 374 million people get injured or fall ill because of their jobs.

See: ilo.org


The 19th annual “Health and Well-being at Work” report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and health insurance provider Simplyhealth, found just 48% of businesses have carried out a staff stress risk assessment or stress audit, down from 58% in 2018.

See: cipd.co.uk


A crew from PR Marriott Drilling lost control of an operation to lower the vent pipe of a mud treatment rig during demobilisation in February this year at Rathlin Energy’s West Newton-A site in East Yorkshire, breaching two sections of the Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER).

See: drillordrop.com


How OSH professionals can get involved in the human capital conversation.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Malaysian firm Hibiscus Petroleum has given clarity on a health and safety prohibition notice served to oilfield services firm Petrofac’s North Sea Anasuria floating production vessel in February.

See: energyvoice.com


The Advocate General of the European Union Court of Justice has suggested that employers should keep records of actual hours worked by full time employees in order to comply with the Working Time Directive.

See: thsp.co.uk


A useful reminder on the importance of PPE against dust and fumes in the workplace:

ioshmagazine.com


As of 6th April, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) increased its fee for intervention (FFI) hourly rate from £129 to £154.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Devonport Royal Dockyard, the largest naval base in western Europe, is facing prosecution from the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) after it breached reg 8 of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) on 19 September 2018.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Negotiators from more than 180 countries are nearing agreement on a global ban on perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) linked to cancer and other health issues, but China is pushing for an exemption for use in firefighting foams.

See: reuters.com


Findings from consultancy company ERM’s Global Safety Survey show that safety leaders across industry sectors identify leadership engagement as the key to unlocking safety culture and performance improvement. The full report can be downloaded here:

www.erm.com/2018-global-safety-survey-report


April 2019

A study published in the journal Jama Psychiatry has shown that young people living with the higher levels of air pollution in England and Wales are significantly more likely to have psychotic experiences.

See: The Guardian


The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC) has called for a greater understanding of the health risks to workers who are exposed to diesel engine exhaust (DEE). For a copy of the report ‘Diesel engine emission exposure and risk of lung cancer in the UK’.

See: webcommunities.hse.gov.uk


Public Health England’s latest Public Health Dashboard enables users to compare a range of public health data by local authority. For a sample regional analysis (East Cambridgeshire) of mortality attributable to particulate air pollution.

See: fingertips.phe.org.uk


For the latest information on regulating chemicals as part of preparations for Brexit see:

HSE


141 people a year (c. three people a week) on average have died in workplaces over the past eight years, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). What should safety professionals and their organisation do if an employee dies at work?

See: ioshmagazine.com


2 Sisters Food Group Limited of Wakefield has been fined £1.4 million with £38,000 in costs for breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after an employee suffered multiple crush injuries while cleaning a blockage on a conveying system in September 2012.

See: press.hse.gov.uk


The ‘Noise and Wellbeing at Work 2019’ survey conducted by The Remark Group shows that noise in the workplace is having a negative impact on the wellbeing of employees and impacting significantly on their productivity.

See: remark-group.co.uk


Faiveley Transport Tamworth Ltd of Burton on Trent has been fined £90,000 plus costs of £45,000 for failing to consider the risk to employees and agency workers of exposure to hand transmitted vibration (HTV) tools in breach of Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

See: press.hse.gov.uk


New guidance has been published to help line managers support female employees going through the menopause.

See: CIPD


Car parts manufacturer Faltec Europe Limited, whose cooling tower triggered Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in Boldon, Sunderland, between October 2014 and June 2015, has had its health and safety fine cut by almost £400,000.

See: sunderlandecho.com


Research by Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has found that prolonged sedentary behaviour can be linked to c. 10% of deaths each year in the UK.

See: jech.bmj.com


Yorkshire-based Karro Foods Ltd has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company has been fined £1,866,000 and ordered to pay £8,019 in costs after two workers suffered serious injuries from falling through a roof light in April 2016.

See: press.hse.gov.uk


March 2019

UK chemicals companies face being shut out of a common EU products registry after Brexit and would need to pay around half a billion pounds ($664 million) to set up a British counterpart, says the head of the Chemicals Industry Association.

See: Reuters


The Court of Appeal has reduced fines imposed by lower courts under the Sentencing Council's Definitive Guideline for Health and Safety Offences ('the guideline') in two recent cases. The first is the case of NPS London Ltd, fined £370,000 in July 2017 for a breach of section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) relating to an asbestos survey, identification and removal. The second is the related case of NPS London’s subcontractor, Squibb Group Ltd.

See: Out-law.com


Balfour Beatty Group Employment, a division of Balfour Beatty, has pleaded guilty to breaching reg 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 following the death of an employee on the third Don crossing site in Aberdeen, Scotland in January 2016.

See: IOSH Magazine


Article: Caroline Criado Perez on how a world built for the 'default male' (from body armour to crash-test dummies) can have fatal consequences for women.

See: The Guardian


Birmingham-based Landor Cartons have been fined £200,000 plus over £12,500 in costs following the death of a contractor who fell through a broken skylight in October 2017. The firm pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

See: Print Week


Food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group has been fined a total of £274,000 after two workers sustained hand injuries at its poultry factory in Flixton, Suffolk.

See: IOSH Magazine


The Health and Safety Executive’s science division is now working through 870 tonnes of evidence related to the partial collapse at Didcot Power Station on 23 February 2016 in which four men died.

See: IOSH Magazine


Chemical manufacturers Fine Organics Ltd (now trading as Lianhetec), Seals Sands, Teesside, have been found guilty of breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 for multiple failings in their handling of hazardous substances. Workers were repeatedly exposed to skin sensitising chemicals from October 2013 to December 2016.

See: HSE


A more robust system of reporting workplace falls overseen by a new independent body, and a major review of work at height culture that will consider the introduction of tough financial penalties for safety breaches, are just two of the key findings of an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).

See: IPAF


Lifting and handling equipment manufacturer Jost (UK) Limited of Bolton has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £134,000 plus costs of £4,572 after a worker’s arm was pulled into a metalworking lathe in June 2017.

See: This Is Lancashire


Safety & Health Expo 2019 will be held on 18-20 June at ExCeL London. Registration for free tickets is now open.

See: Safety Health Expo


Two companies have been fined after a contract worker was fatally crushed at a Welsh paper mill in February 2017. C M Downton pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act, fined £350,000 plus costs of £6,614. UPM-Kymmene was also fined £350,000 plus £6,712 costs after it admitted breaching Section 3(1) of the same act.

See: IOSH Magazine


February 2019

The threat of a no-deal Brexit has prompted more than 50 chemicals companies to move regulatory approvals from the UK to the EU. The companies, which have operations in the UK, have applied to use European Union regulators for critical authorisations to protect their ability to do business legally.

See: The Guardian


The HSE has released Health and Safety at work Summary statistics for Great Britain 2018. They show that 144 workers were killed at work and that 30.7 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury.

See: HSE


At a glance – video round-up from “Safety & Health Practitioner” of the 10 biggest health and safety prosecutions of 2018.

See: Safety & Health Practitioner


Research by the University of Greenwich and Glasgow Caledonian University, and published in the latest edition of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Policy and Practice in Health and Safety journal, shows that recycling and waste collection systems used throughout the UK could be causing significant long-term musculoskeletal issues for refuse collection workers.

See: HSM


Union leaders are calling for stronger workers’ rights protection – including on health and safety – to be drafted into a revised EU Withdrawal Agreement.

See: Health & Safety At Work


Veolia Environmental Services (UK) of London, has been found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act, fined £1m and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £130,000 following a fatality at its Ross Depot Waste Transfer Station in Folkestone, Kent in October 2013.

See: Health & Safety At Work


2020 will be the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s 75th anniversary. To mark the event, IOSH is launching its Pioneers of Progress project “to right some wrongs and tell the story of our great profession, its past, present and how we think we will shape safer, healthier workplaces in future”.

See: IOSH


EDF Energy Nuclear Generation has pleaded guilty to breaching s 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and been fined £200,000 following serious injury to a worker in a fall at Hinkley Point B power station in Bridgwater, Somerset in April 2017. Engineering firm Doosan Babcock has been fined £150,000 after it admitted breaching reg 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations in the same incident.

See: IOSH


The cladding used on Grenfell Tower was 55 times more flammable than the least flammable panels on the market according to new research by academics at the University of Central Lancashire published in the Journal for Hazardous Materials.

See: Science Direct


“A manifesto for a health and safety system fit for workers: Decent jobs and decent lives” has been launched by the UK charity The Hazards Campaign.

See: Hazards Campaign


On 29th January, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached a provisional agreement on the Commission's third proposal to broaden the list of recognised cancer-causing chemicals in the workplace. With this agreement, 5 additional cancer-causing chemicals will be covered by the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive.

See: OSHA


January 2019

As a responsible regulator, HSE aims to provide support and advice in all Brexit outcomes. This page contains their most up-to-date guidance on REACH, Plant Protection Products, Biocidal Products and Chemicals Regulation:

hse.gov.uk/brexit/brexit-chemical-regulation.htm


Mental Health at Work is a superb online resource for documents, guides, tips, videos, courses, podcasts, templates and information from key organisations across the UK, all aimed at helping companies to manage workplace mental health.

See: www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk


Brighouse-based Halifax Rack and Screw Cutting Co Ltd has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 10(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 after a worker suffered temporary blindness and longer term vision problems from being hit by a heavy object falling from racking. The company was fined £48,024 with £2,051 costs.

See: HSE


The 2016 Safety & Health Expo will be held at ExCel London on 18-20 June. For details on registering as an exhibitor or visitor

See: safety-health-expo.co.uk


Representatives of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) have attended a cross-border forum on health & safety hosted at the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, France, concerned with sharing best practice and comparing regulatory regimes in Germany and France.

See: IPAF


Steel company Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Limited will stand trial later this year after two of its employees died in an explosion at its Splott, Cardiff plant in November 2015. The company faces one count under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

See: walesonline.co.uk


The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has a refreshed website for the latest occupational safety and health news:

IOSH


For a thought-provoking article on why we urgently need a debate around AI, new technology and health and safety in the future working environment see:

personneltoday.com


Leicester-based plastics manufacturer Nylacast Limited has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Regulation 12 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 after the death of an employee in April 2016. The company has been fined £293,000 plus costs of £10,205.61.

See: HSE


The UK government is investing £26.6m from its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) in projects to develop robots and unmanned aerial vehicles to substitute for human workers in hazardous environments such as pressure vessels, offshore wind farms and end-of-life nuclear facilities.

See: ioshmagazine.com


February 2018

ISO 45001 is due to be published this month. Although businesses certified under British Standard OHSAS 18001 will have three years to transition to the new standard, plans to do so should be put in place as soon as possible as the changes will require adaptation of current management systems.

See: out-law.com


The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has recommended adding seven substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (REACH) list for authorisation.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Tata Steel has been fined £1.4m after a maintenance electrician was crushed to death by an overhead crane in April 2010. Tata pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 and Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £1.4 million with costs of £140,000.

See: HSE


The Environmental Services Association (ESA), has launched a new health and safety report examining the “contrasting performance” across the waste industry. Recent HSE statistics revealed fatalities in the waste and recycling sector to be around 15 times higher than the all-UK industry average, with 39 worker fatalities recorded since 2012.

See: ciwm-journal.co.uk


Total Lindsey Oil Refinery (LOR), the owner of the Lindsey Oil Refinery in Killingholme, North Lincolnshire, has been sentenced after tonnes of flammable butane gas escaped from the plant in March 2015. Total LOR pleaded guilty to breaching reg 4(1) of the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999, and was fined £400,000 plus £15,975 costs.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Booking is now open for the British Safety Council’s The Health & Safety Event to be held on 10 - 12 April 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham. Attendance is free.

See: healthandsafetyevents.co.uk


Belper-based RMB Contractors has been found guilty of breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and fined £75,000 plus £24,483 in costs after a worker was crushed to death in December 2014.

See: ioshmagazine.com


The GMB, Britain’s general union, has called on the Prime Minister to reconsider the appointment of Esther McVey as Work and Pensions Secretary which gives her ultimate responsibility for the HSE.

See: gmb.org.uk


Dr. James M Melius, a nationally-recognised advocate for US workers’ safety and health rights, has died. Dr. Melius was one of the architects of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which established an extensive programme of medical monitoring and healthcare services for first responders, volunteers and survivors of the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Cisco is to work with startup Cortexica in an Innovate UK-funded project to improve physical safety in the workplace through the use of artificial intelligence.

See: computerweekly.com


A useful overview of health and safety sentencing for organisations under the Definitive Guideline is provided here by Pinsent Masons LLP:

out-law.com


Shell UK has been issued with an improvement notice by the HSE over a gas leak on the Brent Bravo North Sea platform in November 2017 which was caused by lack of maintenance on valves. The company has also been granted an extension to the date by when it must improve safety procedures at its St Fergus gas plant in Aberdeenshire.

See: BBC and ioshmagazine.com


January 2018

A useful round-up of the most popular health and safety articles of 2017 from Safety & Health Practitioner:

shponline.co.uk


Personnel Today’s January round up of occupational health research studies includes research on good line management and sickness absence among younger workers, and discrimination against mentally disabled workers during vocational rehabilitation.

See: personneltoday.com


The British government may have breached a major “environmental democracy” law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation. A UN-backed committee has confirmed it is considering a complaint from Friends of the Earth that the government’s EU withdrawal bill breached the Aarhus convention, which requires public consultation on any new environmental law.

See: unece.org


Rodent Service (East Anglia) Ltd of Lowestoft has pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after storing non-approved biocides and pesticides. It was fined £100,000 plus costs of £10,000.

See: HSE


The environment secretary Michael Gove has acknowledged that China’s restrictions on the import of secondary materials will “cause some issues” for recycling in the UK and noted that affected businesses are now exporting plastics and paper to other markets including Turkey, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia.

See: mrw.co.uk


Spanish firm Porvi Construcciones y Contratas, appointed by Befesa Salt Slags as principal contractor to demolish redundant processing machinery at a salt slag recycling facility in Wales, has been convicted in absentia and fined £3m after one of its workers died in a crush incident.

See: ioshmagazine.com


‘Speaking the truth to power’: an interview with the British Safety Council’s Lawrence Waterman in which he states “I want the British Safety Council to discover its campaigning zeal again”.

See: shponline.co.uk


Birmingham-based Mercian Recycling Ltd has pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £80,000 plus costs of £2,498.34 after an employee was paralysed by being trapped inside a moving conveyor.

See: HSE


The Government has scrapped its Fit for Work service, blaming “low referral rates”. The service will come to an end in England at the end of March and in Scotland at the end of May. The announcement in December came as part of the government’s response to its Work, health and disability green paper consultation.

See: personneltoday.com


The Health & Safety Event (exhibition and conference) will be held at the NEC, Birmingham from 10th-12th April. It is free to attend. For visitor and exhibitor details, and to register, see:

healthandsafetyevents.co.uk


Countrystyle Recycling Ltd of Maidstone has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and to breaching Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 after a worker suffered life threatening head injuries. The company has been fined £666,700 plus costs of £8,424.

See: HSE


The “Assessing the impact of Brexit on the UK waste resource management sector” (July 2017) Report funded by Cardiff University aims to discuss potential policy pathways for the waste sector after Brexit.

See: brexitenvironment.co.uk


The number of people aged 25 and under studying health and safety qualifications has more than doubled in the last five years according to the latest information from NEBOSH, the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health.

See: hrnews.co.uk


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

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