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Blog posts July 2011

Agriculture case studies – children on farms

Agriculture has one of the highest fatal accident rates of any industry in the UK. It is also the only high-risk industry that has to deal with the constant presence of children. Farms are homes as well as workplaces.

Visitors to the countryside, many of them children, are often present whilst work …

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Australian farm worker dies in fall from forklift

A 44-year old farm worker received fatal head injuries in a 3-metre fall from a forklift truck during work to deposit fertiliser into a bin on a farm at Yarrawonga, Victoria.

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Packaging company fine for fireball that caused life-threatening injuries in Cumbria

Innovia Films Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an investigation into the cause of a fire at the plant on Station Road in Wigton on 13 September 2006.

Gordon Metcalf, 62 from Maryport, and another worker, were about to clean debris from a damaged fuse box when a …

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Safety statistics show fall in leaks and injuries offshore

The number of offshore oil and gas leaks that could potentially lead to a major incident has fallen, according to new safety statistics released today (Tuesday 19 July)

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that there were 73 major or significant hydrocarbon releases associated wit…

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Australian companies fined after man blinded

Two companies have been fined a total of $155,000 after a worker in Western Sydney was blinded and left with multiple facial and skull fractures when a high-pressure gas hose fitting came loose, reports New South Wales Government.

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B&Q Ireland plead guilty for customer death

B&Q Ireland has pleaded guilty to a breach of health and safety legislation by failing to ensure a safe workplace at its Tallaght store.

Michael O’Rourke was hit and killed by a half-tonne fencing panel bundle that had fallen 4.3 metres, in March 2009.

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Nottingham cleaning products manufacturer fined for seriously injured employee

Revelholme Marketing Ltd. (trading as Unic International) has been fined after an employee was seriously injured when a powered industrial truck used to lift and transport materials toppled and fell on him.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that the worker suffered a fractured cheekbone,…

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Essex school fined over caretaker injury

Shenfield High School has been prosecuted after one of its staff fell from height while at work.

Caretaker David Springett was recladding the outside of the kitchen with a colleague, on an unguarded work platform, when he lost his footing and fell 1.9 metres to the ground. He broke two ribs and need…

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Photos: how not to work at height

Staffordshire interior design firm fined for injuries during refurbishment work

Bridgford Interiors Limited  has been fined after two men were injured while carrying out refurbishment work at a TK Maxx outlet in Hounslow.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that three men were pouring concrete to fill in an opening in the first floor of the retail unit when the temp…

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Photos: Interesting use of ladders!

Second-hand smoke kills

Second-hand smoke is the smoke that fills restaurants, offices or other enclosed spaces when people burn tobacco products such as cigarettes, bidis and water pipes. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.

Every person should be able to breathe smoke-free air. Smoke-free laws…

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Crane collapse kills Australian worker

A loaded crane collapsed, killing a 27-year-old worker at BHP Billiton's iron ore loading facility at Finucane Island at Port Hedland.

BHP Billiton Iron Ore reports that "The onsite emergency team has been activated and external emergency services including police are attending the scene," adding th…

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Northern Ireland food factory fined for employee head injuries

Linden Foods Ltd. has been fined following an accident which left one of its employees with serious head injuries.

BBC News reports that Lucas Da Costa was struck by falling pallets at the company's Dungannon factory in February 2010.

The company pleaded guilty to two counts of health and safety br…

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£640,000 fine for fish farm deaths

Two companies have been fined a total of £640,000 following the death of two fish farm workers on a barge moored at a salmon farm on Loch Creran, Argyll & Bute, reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Two workers (employed by Logan Inglis Limited, Cumbernauld) were fixing a hydraulic crane o…

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Chemical firm sentenced over finger loss

Ineos Enterprises Ltd. has been prosecuted for ignoring basic safety guidelines after a maintenance worker seriously injured his right hand at a Runcorn factory.

The 58-year-old worker lost his ring finger and suffered damage to his middle and little finger after his gloved hand was pulled into mach…

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Poole builders fined after scaffold fall

P O Sharps Landscapes has been sentenced after a carpenter was seriously injured when he fell three metres off scaffolding while working on a house extension.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that the working platform had no guardrails, and a ladder used to access the working platform a…

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Today is Action Mesothelioma Day 2011

Mesothelioma is a terminal chest cancer that develops between 15 and 60 years after exposure to asbestos.

The British Lung Foundation campaigns to raise awareness of mesothelioma and to improve the treatment and care of people who are affected by it. This campaigning culminates each year on Acti…

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