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Blog posts September 2011

Safety Notice – Supply of flail-type cutting attachments on portable hand-held brush cutters

Safety Notice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE):

Non-standard metal brush cutting accessories fitted to petrol driven brush cutters can fail catastrophically in-service. There is a risk of death or serious injury to operators and others in vicinity from ejected metal components. Supplier…

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Canadian commercial diving company fined for worker death

111008 Canada Inc., operating as O.D.S. Marine, an Ottawa company specializing in marine construction and engineering and commercial diving, was fined $100,000 on Tuesday (27 September) for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.

On 6 October 2009, a diver …

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Kent factory fined after worker suffers severe head injuries

A cardboard box manufacturer in Kent has been fined after an incident in which a delivery driver suffered severe head injuries after a fall.

As a result, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought a prosecution against W.E. Roberts (Corrugated) Ltd which is based at Thames Works, Grove Road, Nort…

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HSE proposal for extending cost recovery

This consultation sets out the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) proposal to replace the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2010 to reinstate existing fees and to extend the range of activities for which HSE recovers costs. In addition to reinstating existing fees the proposed Fees Regulations wou…

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Warning after asbestos kills man 43 years on from accident

A Yorkshire man survived an industrial accident in 1965 only to die 43 years later because he was not protected from asbestos particles in the aftermath, his family has revealed.

Ken Hoggett worked at the giant Ferrybridge power station when three cooling towers collapsed in 100mph winds.


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Worker's death at recycling facility results in $183,300 penalty

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has cited Marietta Industrial Enterprises Inc., which operates Refuse Recycling in Marietta, Ohio, for 21 safety violations. OSHA opened an inspection after a worker was found dead inside the rotating drum assembly of a machine used to screen recy…

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Marks and Spencer fined £1 Million for safety failings

Marks and Spencer plc and three of its contractors have been fined for putting members of the public, staff and construction workers at risk of exposure to asbestos-containing materials during the refurbishment of two stores in Reading and Bournemouth.

Previous article: Marks & Spencer faces fi…

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Demolition firm fined for site asbestos failings

Walsh Plant Hire and Demolition Contractors Ltd. has been fined after exposing workers to potentially deadly asbestos fibres at the former Revlon factory in Maesteg.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Walsh Plant Hire and Demolition Contractors Ltd of Pontypridd ign…

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Health and Safety Jobs Page

For the last couple of days, there was a problem with the jobs page of this site which meant that the recent health and safety jobs were not listed. This has now been repaired and some new jobs have been posted.

If you have a job vacancy you would like listed, please contact me.

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Prevention of infection and communicable disease control in prisons and places of detention

This document from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) provides guidance for healthcare workers and other staff who work in prisons and places of detention. The manual provides advice on specific infections and dealing with outbreaks, key points on immunisation and vaccination and guidance on infecti…

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Proposals on Revised Control of Asbestos Regulations

This consultation sets out the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) proposals to introduce revised Control of Asbestos Regulations to implement the changes required to comply with the European Commission's reasoned opinion on the UK Government's transposition of Directive 83/477/EEC as amended by 200…

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Crane crack sends Australian desalination plant staff home

A crack in a crane at a desalination plant forced the evacuation of 120 workers yesterday.

The workers were sent home at 2.30pm on full pay after the fault was detected in a crane in the pumping station area of the plant.

The workers were evacuated for safety reasons, reports the Herald Sun.

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Marks & Spencer faces fine over asbestos work

Marks & Spencer and three contractors face heavy fines in a sentencing hearing starting on Monday for failing to protect customers, staff and workers from asbestos during the refurbishment of two stores, reports The Guardian.

The charges relate to work at stores in Reading and Bournemouth between…

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Shropshire pub landlords prosecuted for failing to protect employees

The managers of a Chorley pub have been sentenced after they failed to buy insurance to protect their employees.

Stephen and Karen Martin were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after they employed staff at the Hinds Head pub in Charnock Richard without purchasing Employers' Liabili…

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Aberdeen company fined after man falls from scaffolding

Spark's Mechanical Services Ltd, an Aberdeen electrical and refrigeration services company, has been fined £10,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell 2.6 metres from a scaffolding tower.

On 19 October 2010, Charles Howie was working on a scaffolding tower at Iceberg Ltd fish processi…

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Firm fined over cooling tower drowning

A maintenance contractor must pay a total of £155,000 after a man drowned after falling into a water filled sump at a North Wales power station.

Michael Benn, 37, from Glenrothes, Fife was one of a team of three working to remove sludge and debris from part of a cooling tower at Connah's Quay Power…

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Twitter followers listed on my site

It's taken a while to get it working but the followers of @HealthSafety are now listed on the home page.

Thank you to all of you for following, I hope you find the tweets useful. Feel free to comment here if you have any ideas of extra things you'd like to see on the site!

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Shetland firm fined after worker injured in fall

A Shetland engineering company has been fined after a worker was severely injured when he fell while dismantling a redundant aerial mast.

David Thomson, 22, was working as part of a team removing the mast at the former RAF remote radar head at Unst, Shetland, when the incident happened on 23 August …

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Stoke foundry fined for worker's burns

A foundry in Stoke-on-Trent has been fined after a man was left with serious injuries after being burned by molten metal.

Copper Alloys Ltd. was prosecuted after the 28-year-old worker suffered severe burns to his left arm and upper legs when he fell into an unfenced pit, which housed a mould contai…

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RAIB report - bridge strike and road vehicle incursion onto the roof of a passing train near Oxshott station

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) today released its report (click for full report) into a bridge strike and road vehicle incursion onto the roof of a passing train near Oxshott station, 5 November 2010.

On Friday 5 November 2010, a lorry fell from the A244 (Warren Lane) road bridge whic…

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