Health and Safety News

Occupational health and safety news and guidance

Blog posts March 2010

Health and Safety News - 29 March 2010

Truck danger warning after death

A fatal accident has prompted a warning that variable reach trucks should not be used if the right-hand side window is missing or broken.

Three killed in Norway train crash

Empty wagons from a freight train hurtled out of control and slammed into a building …

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Health and Safety News - 26 March 2010

Men to appeal blast deaths sentence

Alpha Fireworks owner Martin Winter, 52, and his 25-year-old son Nathan, jailed over the deaths of two firemen killed by a huge blast at a firework company are to appeal. A date for the appeal hearing has yet to be set.

Firm fined over injured joiner


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Health and Safety News - 25 March 2010

Fatal machine had caused injury before

The machine at Cemex which exploded and caused Peter Reynolds to fall to his death, had already injured another employee in the past. Nigel Crockford, who has worked at Cemex in Lawford Road, Rugby, for 14 years, received burns to his eyes during an explosi…

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Health and Safety News 23 March 2010

25% of city building sites 'unsafe'

More than a quarter of 163 construction sites in Greater Manchester visited by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors last week failed to meet the required standards.

No insurance leads to £2,100 fine

The proprietor of a greengrocer's has been fin…

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Health and Safety News 22 March 2010

India Games project safety slammed

At least 43 workers have died in accidents at Commonwealth Games construction sites India's capital New Delhi, according to a report.

Man dies after toxic fume leak

Paul Doyley has died following a gas leak on 5 March 2010 at a factory near Grimsby. Tox…

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Health and Safety News - 19 March 2010

Co-operation on circus safety

Flexible warrants were used by EHOs from two authorities to ensure that a hazardous circus complied with nine prohibition notices and four improvement notices.

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Health and Safety News - 17 March 2010

Royal Mail escapes with five-figure fine

Royal Mail has received a reduced fine following the death of an employee after the group mitigated that it’s experiencing financial difficulties. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued two Improvement Notices, which required Royal Mail to review i…

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Health and Safety News - 16 March 2010

'Elf and safety' stories should carry a warning

Last year, the Daily Mail ran, on average, one negative health and safety story every week. This article, by Rob Strange, Chief Executive of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) attempts to clear up some misunderstandings.

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Health and Safety News - 15 March 2010

New Local Authority Circular (LAC) – Risk of vehicles falling in motor vehicle repair

This new LAC 57/7, alerts enforcing authorities to the risks of vehicles falling from 2-post lifts in motor vehicle repair (MVR) facilities and outlines the key precautions for safe operation.

Managing for Healt…

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Health and Safety News 12 March 2010

Royal Mail fined over crush death

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned firms of their legal responsibilities regarding vehicle safety following the death of Colin Smith, 57, who was crushed between a lorry cab and its trailer in September 2006.

Firm fined over unsafe scaffolding

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Health and Safety News - 10 March 2010

No Smoking Day

No Smoking Day is the UK's leading health campaign for smokers who want to stop. The No Smoking Day website has all the information and resources you need to quit smoking.

Proposed framework for managing occupational health in the construction industry

In a new white paper, Construc…

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Health and Safety News - 9 March 2010

ICE review aims to clarify health & safety requirement

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) have published a review to help designers in the construction industry better understand the legal requirement to exercise a duty ‘so far as is reasonably practical’ with regards to Health and Safety at …

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Health and Safety News - 8 March 2010

Four hurt as cloud of toxic gas escapes from chemical plant

Four workers suffered burns and toxic inhalation injuries when two tonnes of titanium tetrachloride escaped from a chemical plant. Local residents were urged to keep windows and doors shut.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is inv…

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Health and Safety News - 5 March 2010

 Free 'Danger' display card from the HSE

Get free copies of the A5 colour 'Danger' display card, relevant to your sector, from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The 'Danger' display card will remind your staff of actions they can take to help prevent slips, trips or falls from height. You…

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Health and Safety News - 3 March 2010

Young builder killed in fall from scaffolding

Justin Gillman, aged 26, is believed to have been pushing a wheel barrow full of bricks on scaffolding on a Chestnut Homes development in Skegness, Linconshire when he fell on Friday 26 February 2010.

The fall of six to eight feet, and the br…

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