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Blog posts May 2011

Bedfordshire recycling firm fined for worker's smashed jaw

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that Ampthill Metal Company Ltd. have been fined after an employee had his jaw broken in several places and lost three teeth while attempting to open the rear door of a Roll-on Roll-off container. As he removed the locating pin from the handle holding th…

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Ipswich manufacturer fined after worker injured

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that Crane Ltd, Viking Johnson's parent company of West Road, Ipswich has been fined after an employee suffered multiple injuries when two quarter tonne steel flange rings fell on him.

The pipe coupling manufacturer admitted breaching Regulation 4 of th…

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Changes to the HSE reporting system

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that, from September this year, the majority of work-related injuries and incidents reportable under RIDDOR will have to be notified to the HSE via its website (fatal and major incidents and injuries will still be reportable by 'phone).

In a further step…

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Hastings scaffolder balanced eight metres without safety harness

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that a Hastings scaffolder has been fined for endangering himself and others after working on a four-storey scaffold with no harness.

A passing HSE inspector spotted Gareth Roser working without a harness - he was contracting for Battle-based Giant Scaf…

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Australian bosses go undercover for safety truth

As part of  WorkSafe Victoria's 'The Skeleton Project', three CEOs spent a day with their workers, under the cover of a workplace safety researcher, to find out more about musculoskeletal injuries.

Read more about The Skeleton Project and find out how it gave these CEOs a unique insight into the i…

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Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Glasgow

The Daily Record reports that one man has died and two other people have been taken ill with Legionnaires' disease.

The Greater Glasgow's Public Protection Unit met with Health Protection Scotland, Environmental Health and the Health and Safety Executive to investigate whether or not there is a comm…

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Health and Safety Case Law

The case law page of has been updated.

Shell guilty over Norfolk gas plant blast

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) reports that Shell has been prosecuted after it admitted responsibility for an explosion and fire that took place at the Bacton Gas Terminal in Norfolk in February 2008.

The charges, brought by the Environment Agency (EA) and the Health and S…

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Hertfordshire electrical company after Crawley employee paralysed

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil Ltd was fined a total of £120,000 with full costs of £81,927 for  breaching section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

A man was left paralysed when he was knocked from a scissor lift at Ma…

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Falling scaffold poles kill Orlando worker

The Orlando Sentinal reports that Tracy Irwin, 53, suffered fatal injuries when metal scaffolding fell from a forklift and hit her. It is reported that Irwin worked for a subcontractor for Cirque du Soleil, which has been renting the Amway Arena, where the incident occurred.

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Hertfordshire farm fined for worker's roof plunge

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported that a father and daughter who own and run a farm in Hertfordshire have been fined after an employee fell through a fragile barn roof and suffered multiple fractures.

Stefan Wasilewski, 39, was cleaning the roof of a barn standing on scaffold board…

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Jobs - The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is looking to recruit three Regional Health and Safety Advisors. See the jobs page for further details.

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65% of IOSH members support change to RIDDOR

Around 65% of members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) support Government plans to move from a “three-day injury” reporting regime to seven days, IOSH reports.

This finding comes from a consultation of IOSH members in February in response to the Government’s reform pla…

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Workplace health and safety – how to make a complaint

If anyone considers that their employer (or someone else’s) work activity is putting their safety at risk or damaging their health, then concerns should be raised with that employer or person. If no improvement is made and their safety or health continues to be at risk, then this can be reported to…

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Quarterly release of fatal injuries - first nine months of 2010/11

Published at the end of March, the quarterly fatal injury figures for the period April to December 2010 provide emerging details of the count of workplace fatal injuries in 2010/11:

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National Statistics 2009/10

The following statistics are, or will shortly be, available for the period of 2009/10:

Blood lead exposure: 

The latest annual data based on HSE's exposure to lead study. The update includes the working population in the lead industry, exposure by lead industrial classification and data on the num…

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Sussex man dies setting up fairground ride

Michael Patrick O'Brien, of Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham-by-Sea was killed setting up the ride at Bassetts Park, Wellingborough - the ride landed on top of him, trapping him beneath the rear wheels.

The Northants Evening Telegraph reported that "organisers vowed it would go on because it was what he w…

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Fatal explosion at munitions disposal plant

Albania's defence ministry says an explosion at a munition disposal plant has killed one worker and wounded three others.

The accident happened when a shell accidentally exploded at a military munitions disposal plant in Bigaz, 100 miles south of Tirana.

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