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The root of manufacturing safety concerns

YPhoto shows a worker welding and not using visorour manufacturing plant has all the right safety equipment and training procedures in place. Why do you keep having accidents? The answer is simple: you have humans involved. Human error can negate even the most stringent safety measures. However, there are steps you can take to reduce this vast ar…

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Top 6 Grounding Site Dangers

Picture shows how to wire a UK plugIf your facility is not grounded correctly, both your employees and your equipment are at risk. Electricity will find a path to ground, and if a worker is the path of least resistance, they will receive an electrical shock. Depending on the current in the system, the shock could be anywhere from mil…

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Scaffolding safety: 5 scaffolding safety do’s

Photo shows a worker on scaffoldingThis blog explores the subject of safe scaffolding and focuses on 5 scaffolding do’s which ensure safety of a scaffolding work site. Read on for valuable information on how to maintain safety on site and ensure the wellbeing of workers and members of the public when scaffolding work is taking place.…

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Asbestos: The Facts

blue asbestos fibresDespite incessant media coverage and tremulous word-of-mouth horror stories, the risks of asbestos continue to be underestimated.

The fact is that asbestos can be lethal. The lack of immediate symptoms is deceptive, and can often mean that those handling the substance are unaware of the danger they…

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Common factors in forklift truck accidents

Photo shows a forklift truck in a warehouseIn the 21st century, health and safety considerations in the workplace are more important than ever before. As technology takes more and more of a place in our workplaces, we are more susceptible to injuries and accidents than ever before and, sadly, many of these are entirely avoidable, especially …

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How avoiding the ‘fatal four’ can improve your construction site

Photo shows a worker on a construction siteYour employees are your number one asset on the job site, and taking a few moments to make certain the job site is safe and secure can go a long way towards productivity and can save you money in the long run.

According to the US Department of Labor, 806 workers were killed in 2012 while working on…

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Don’t be at risk when working from home

Photo shows a man working from a home officeWorking from home is becoming more common these days and the attractions are there for all to see. The lack of a commute, working in a relaxed environment, and simply being able to call the shots for a while, are all part of the enjoyment that this scenario offers homeworkers. But the fact is, that …

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Four smart tips for picking the best protective gear

Photo shows a worker wearing protective eyewearThere are a variety of workplace-related conditions where having the proper gear can make the difference between safe, predictable results and dangerous circumstances involving injury or even death. Your senses, hands and feet, and even torso can be subject to dangerous conditions when you work in a…

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What are employers' fire safety duties?

photo shows a building on fireEmployers, building owners and other people responsible for commercial buildings have a duty to put necessary fire safety precautions in place to all reasonable and practicable extents. This is seen in health law under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which applies to all non-domestic…

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Fire training, why is it necessary in the workplace?

image shows firefighters responding to a large fireThe possibility of a fire breaking out at work often seems too remote to warrant much attention, and as a result many businesses tend to give insufficient thought to workplace fire safety. In fact, many employees are quite clueless as to what to do to prevent fires and how to react should a fire bre…

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Is your wood workshop safe?

image of a man working with woodAccording to a report published in December 2012 by the HSE, the major accident rate for wood-workers is 17% above the national average for all kinds of machine workers. Such incidents could cost your business huge amounts of compensation, and further problems whilst you wait for a valued member of …

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Health and safety guidance blog posts

Photo shows a man typingAre you an expert in a health and safety topic?

HealthSafetyNews welcomes guest blog articles from contributors on a wide range of topics - there are some terms and conditions but generally any well written, original work on a suitable topic is likely to be accepted.

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Assessing electrical fire risks in the workplace

picture shows an electrical socketMaking sure that your workplace is suitable for you and your employees to spend a large majority of their time is vital. In fact, if you do not pay enough attention to this particular area of your business, you could be fined, even be taken to court. There have been many cases in the past where empl…

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Tips for improving electrical safety in the workplace

Photo shows a high voltage warning signElectricity is such an integral part of everyday life that it is easy to forget how dangerous it can be. At home or at work, we use lights, computers and other appliances without a second thought – only questioning their safety when something goes wrong.

In the UK, more than 1,000 electrical inj…

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Improving fire prevention in the home

Photo shows firefighters tackling a house fireFire prevention is very important to all homeowners both inside and outside of the home. More than 3,500 people are killed in house fires every year in America and over 18,000 are injured due to lack of preparation or improper maintenance of fire-preventing materials and tools (Source: USFA).

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China clay company prosecuted after worker fell into machinery

Imerys Minerals Ltd, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of staff engaged in manually loading bags onto conveyors.

Gerald Dahlstrom was seriously injured when he was drawn into machinery used to flatten bags.

The company was fined £30,000 for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safe…

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