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Blog posts August 2011

Court rejects “hazardous to health” odour appeal

An electrical-components manufacturer has lost an appeal against a decision that the health of its workers was not adversely affected by strong smells generated by a neighbouring business, reports SHP Online.

Hirose Electrical UK Ltd. lodged a nuisance claim against Peak Ingredients Ltd. which manuf…

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Two firms prosecuted for dangerous building site

Two construction companies have been fined for "appalling" standards at a building site in the London Borough of Merton.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted principal contractor, Kubik Homes Ltd, and the subcontractor, Bellway Developments Ltd after visiting the site in Wimbledon on sev…

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County Durham firm fined after worker struck by waste vehicle

First Skips Ltd. has been prosecuted for safety failings after a worker was seriously injured when a vehicle reversed into him.

The 25-year-old, from Blackhall, was working in a sorting shed at the waste and recycling company in Shotton Colliery when the incident occurred on 8 October 2009.

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Glasgow demolition worker fatally injured

Whiteinch Demolition Limited, a Glasgow demolition contractor has been fined after a worker was killed when a weight from a face shovel machine fell on him.

On 12 May 2008 Bernard McCarroll, aged 68 years from Croy, was dismantling a hydraulic excavator at the company's yard in Glasgow by the proces…

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Essex roofing contractor given suspended prison sentence

A self-employed roofing contractor from Essex has been given a suspended prison sentence after an incident in which a friend fell through the roof of a domestic garage – and later died of his injuries.

Steve Mason had been contracted to replace a flat roof on a double garage at a house in Well …

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Barnet bread company fined after man dies from fall

Ovenpride Wholesale Ltd. has been fined after a man died of injuries sustained when he fell from a stepladder.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Ovenpride Wholesale Ltd. and manager Amjad Mahmood for failing to provide a safe system of work which, led to the death of handyman Rocco Ca…

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Bexleyheath restaurant owner sentenced for carbon monoxide death

The owner of a fried chicken restaurant has been sentenced for an accident in March 2009 in which a 16-year-old girl died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a store room in the restaurant.

The girl and a 19-year old male had permission to stay in the room after the restaurant closed but a cylinder he…

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Middlesbrough firm fined after worker hurt by 600kg bag of fertiliser

Fertiliser Solutions Ltd. has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when a 600kg bag of ammonium nitrate fell on him.

Robert Dearlove, 32, was part of a team clearing up a spillage after several bags of ammonium nitrate fell from a stack at a warehouse in Middlesbrough.

The Health an…

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Top 10 bizarre health and safety 'bans'

top_ten_imageThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published this years' ten most bizarre health and safety bans or restrictions spotted in media coverage.

This is just the latest step in the HSE's efforts to 'put the record straight' about health and safety.

What has been good to see is that the media hav…

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Austrian worker injured in fall from height

A 21-year-old worker suffered serious head injuries as the result of a 10 metre fall from scaffold.

The man was rescued by helicopter from the new Reiterkogel-Ost mountain station in Saalbach-Hinterglemm after falling from a section of scaffold with no side barriers.

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Livingston construction supply company fined for workers forklift injuries

SIG Trading Limited has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he was run over twice by a forklift truck.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard a SIG Trading Ltd forklift driver was moving a large metal coil with a forklift truck inside the company's warehouse on Houston Industrial Estate…

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Forklift guidance

forklift_imageFollowing news of a man being killed in a forklift incident, it's worth pointing out that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides valuable advice for anyone making use of forklift trucks in the workplace.

The HSE's free-to-download guidance 'Safety in working with lift trucks' states that…

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Meat plant worker killed by forklift

Vion Food Scotland Ltd. has been fined £100,000 after a worker was killed when he was hit by a forklift truck so badly loaded its driver could not see him.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that George Hardie, 60, was walking across the yard at the company premises in West Lothian, o…

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Lincolnshire timber company fined for employee hand injury

saw_imageKestrel Timber Frame Ltd, of Bourne, Lincolnshire, has been fined after a worker suffered a severe and permanent hand injury while using a circular saw.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that the employee was using a table mounted circular saw when his hand was caught in the blade -  it …

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RIDDOR Changes

An update to the consultation on the “Common Sense, Common Safety” recommendation to amend RIDDOR:

The amendment would increase the “over three” days time period after which an injury must be reported to enforcing authorities to “over seven” days. The increased period coincides with the point wh…

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UK nuclear regulator publishes five-year plan

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has published its Corporate Plan setting out its strategic intentions over the next five years and explaining how these will be resourced.

In the foreword of the plan, by Nick Baldwin (Chair of ONR) and Mike Weightman (HM Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installatio…

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Liverpool roofing company fined for risking workers' lives

roof_pictureRainsafe Protect Ltd. has been prosecuted after it allowed two of its employees to work on a slippery roof with nothing in place to stop them falling.

The two workers from Rainsafe Protect Ltd. were spotted pressure washing the sloping house roof on Spital Road in Bebington during a routine visit by…

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Ayr recycling company fined for employee injuries

An Ayr recycling company was fined £80,000 after a worker was severely injured when he was crushed between two skips.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that on 26 August 2009, Steven Graham was standing in between two skips at a recycling centre run by Lowmac Alloys Ltd when a shovel lo…

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Essex satellite firm sentenced after fatal roof fall

Satellite TV installation firm Foxtel Ltd, has been prosecuted following the death of a worker who fell while carrying out work on a roof, reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Engineer Noel Corbin, 29, from New Addington, Croydon, suffered fatal head injuries after falling 13.5 metres from…

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Young people at work

Following news of a child who suffered burns working on a farm, it's worth pointing out that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides excellent advice for anyone employing young people.

"Young people, especially those new to the workplace, will encounter unfamiliar risks from the jobs they wil…

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