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Blog posts May 2011

The Fun Police

I’ve just left the BBC Television Centre where I watched the filming of the pilot episode of Matt Morgan’s “The Fun Police” – a Channel 4 sitcom based in the Health and Safety Department of Brightsea Borough Council. The show stars Flight of The Concords’ Rhys Darby along with Jack Doolan (Cemetery …

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Glasgow landlord fined for illegal gas work

Mohammed Aslam allowed his tenants to live with dangerous gas appliances and carried out gas work in a house and flat he owned despite not being legally qualified to do so.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that their investigation found the landlord illegally installed a boiler at a ho…

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London construction company fined for carbon monoxide death

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that a London construction company and a security company manager have been fined after a security guard died from carbon monoxide poisoning while at a work.

A petrol-powered electricity generator had been provided by Precis Holdings Ltd to power a port…

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London contractor fined £100,000 after worker fatality

Arlindo Visentin, 58, from Brazil, was buried alive while working on a property in Belgravia.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that Nadeem Aftab, Mr Visentin's employer has been fined in connection with the tragic incident that happened during the construction of a basement.

Mr Aftab of…

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High Wycombe landlord prosecuted for putting tenants' lives at risk

A landlord has been fined after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found he failed to ensure gas fittings, including a wall mounted boiler, at a property he rented out, were safe.

The HSE reports that Mr Asif Azam of Whitelands Road, High Wycombe, plead guilty at Aylesbury …

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Pennsylvanian worker's arm severed

A night-shift maintenance employee at R.H. Sheppard in Hanover was seriously injured on Monday after becoming entangled in a pulley of the machinery on which he was working. reports that the man was carrying out routine maintenance on a equipment that is used in making sand molds, when the…

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Derbyshire paper firm fined after worker suffers hand injuries

The Crimped Paper Works Limited, of Chapel-en-le-Frith, has been fined after a worker suffered severe and permanent hand injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that maintenance fitter David Millband, 46, was seriously injured when his right hand was caught in a reel-fed machine whic…

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First Aid Resources

The health and safety links page has been updated. One of the new additions is a link to some useful First Aid Fact Sheets available on the Aid Training website.

EDIT 25/11/13 - Aid Training link removed at request of site owner

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Shipyard worker killed by falling winch

A shipyard worker has been killed in Massachusetts after a winch reportedly slipped from its housing and landed on him. reports that the 73-year-old man was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of his injuries but, a few hours later, was pronounced dead.

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Man injured by un-manned lorry in High Wycombe

Bucks Free Press reports that a man was attaching a trailer to the parked cab when it rolled forward and struck him. The man was air-lifted to Wycombe Hospital but has since been transferred to Stoke Mandeville. His injuries are described as life threatening.

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Interim report on lessons learnt from Fukushima

Releasing the findings on 18 May, Mike Weightman, executive head of the ONR, stressed that current and proposed reactor designs in the UK are different to those at Fukushima, therfore:

"In considering the direct causes of the Fukushima accident we see no reason for curtailing the operation of nuclea…

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One dead, five treated after chemical spill

Ambulance Victoria reports that a man died and five other people were treated by paramedics after a chemical spill in Victoria this morning.

Paramedics treated the man for about 20 minutes including managing his airway and using intravenous drugs in an attempt to restart his heart but unfortunatel…

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Herefordshire farming company fined after 21-year-old worker electrocuted

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that Velcourt Limited, of The Veldt House, Much Marcle, Ledbury, has been fined after a man was electrocuted while working on farmland near Ludgershall in Wiltshire.

Edward Pybus, 21, from Yorkshire, was harvesting crops at Chute Farm, Upper Chute when h…

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Who visits

Over the last two months, visitors to have come from the following countries:

68% United Kingdom

20% United States of America

2% Germany

2% India

The final 8% is made up of the following countries: Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore, Netherlands, Japan, Nigeria, Mauritius and Hong…

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Interim report on lessons learnt from Fukushima for UK nuclear industry

On 18 May 2011, Mike Weightman, the UK's chief inspector of nuclear installations, will publish his interim report on the implications and lessons learnt for the UK nuclear industry from the nuclear crisis in Japan.

The report will be available on the Office for Nuclear Regulation website.

Previous …

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Worker killed in North Carolina Ferris wheel accident

A carnival worker was killed and another critically injured as they dismantled a Ferris wheel early on Monday morning, 16 May 2011.

The workers were taking apart the wheel, when a cable broke that was supporting the bucket lifts the men were in. The men then fell to the ground.

42-year-old Micha…

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Nottingham steeplejack firm fined after death of worker

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that Central (High Rise) Ltd, based at Thoresby Avenue, Sneinton, Nottingham, has been prosecuted after one of its workers was killed and another injured in two separate falls.

Brian Collins was setting up abseiling equipment at Sutton Bridge Power St…

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Stourbridge engineering company fined for thumb amputation

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that M I Engineering Company Ltd. was prosecuted for an incident at its factory in Bromley Street, Lye, which occurred on 30 June 2010. The thumb on an engineer's right hand was crushed by a falling steel plate and had to be amputated.

The company plea…

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Corporate manslaughter appeal refused

Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP) reports that the Court of Appeal has refused an application to appeal from Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings which was convicted under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, following the death of Alex Wright.

Previous related news: Cotswold G…

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Lincolnshire quarry owner fined for unsafe machinery

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that Andrew Freeman, who trades under the name Freemac Aggregates at The Quarry, Cross Road, The Fen, Baston, failed to comply with a legal notice prohibiting the use of poorly maintained and inadequately guarded sand and gravel plant until it was made s…

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