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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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Nuclear Accidents

Japan has raised the severity of its nuclear crisis from level 5 to the highest level (level 7), describing it at a "major accident" and putting it on a par with the Chernobyl disaster. Whilst reporting this, The Telegraph (click to view full article) has also included details of previous incident…

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Workers affected in chemical incident

Three workers at the premises of Sealine International in Kidderminster experienced breathing difficulties, following a chemical spill.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service stated that the spill is thought to have been caused by two liquids (Styrene Monomer and Butanox) reacting inside a dr…

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Theme park company fined for saw blade injury

Parkware Ltd has been fined after a worker injured his hand on a rotating saw blade.

Steven Gardiner was cutting up sheets of plywood at Loudoun Castle Theme Park when his right hand slipped forward and came into contact with the blade. He underwent a six hour bone graft operation to save his finger…

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Wimbledon carpenters fined for risking employees' safety

Pentcroft Ltd have been fined after their lack of safety precautions were found to 'consistently put the health and safety of its workers at risk'.

The company was found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay …

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Worker's fingers severed - firm fined £5,000

Linpac Packaging Ltd has been sentenced after a worker's fingers were severed while trying to clear a jam in a machine on 13 March 2010.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £5,000 and ordered to p…

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County Limerick farmer killed in workplace accident

John Halpin, a 72-year-old father of three, was struck by farm machinery and pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Read more at the Limerick Leader.

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Scissor lift safety warning following fatal overturns

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is advising users of certain types of scissor lifts to make daily safety checks after five people were killed in three separate incidents when they overturned.

The HSE warns those who use, or lease out, JLG 500RTS and 400 RTS scissor lifts, to ensure checks ar…

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Health and Safety News - 16 April 2010

Man injured in farming accident

A man is in a critical condition following a farming accident when he was working alone on a farm in Derbyshire.

Buncefield depot staff 'not trained properly'

St Albans Crown Court was told that the explosion at the depot on 11 December 2005, happened after v…

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Health and Safety News - 3 March 2010

Young builder killed in fall from scaffolding

Justin Gillman, aged 26, is believed to have been pushing a wheel barrow full of bricks on scaffolding on a Chestnut Homes development in Skegness, Linconshire when he fell on Friday 26 February 2010.

The fall of six to eight feet, and the br…

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