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Minimising the risk of injury at work

It doesn’t matter what industry you work in, there will always be hazards. Accidents at work can vary from the very minor and easily avoidable to the potentially fatal.image of a bandaged hand and thumb

A quick look at the Health and Safety Executive statistics for last year will give you some indication of the significant amount…

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Warrington worker struck by forklift at recycling plant

A recycling firm, which ignored warnings about safety at its plant in Warrington, has been sentenced after a worker was struck by a forklift truck.

The truck was carrying a large bale of crushed aluminium cans when it hit the 43-year-old man as he walked across the warehouse floor at the site on …

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Welsh chemical firm fined over dangerous substances

A Deeside based chemical company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to comply with three Improvement Notices.

Euticals Ltd. (formerly Archimica Ltd.), which manufactures and distributes speciality chemical products in Sandycroft, Deeside, was visited re…

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Warehouse workers could have been killed

Workers on a sloping warehouse roof in Birkenhead without safety measures in placeThree Wirral employees could have been killed if they had fallen while carrying out work to a warehouse roof in Birkenhead, a court has heard.

The men were seen repairing the leaking roof, up to 16 metres above the ground, without harnesses or any suitable safety measures to stop them falling…

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Maintenance firm fined for unsafe working at crematorium

Workers on the roof of Morriston Crematorium in SwanseaA company installing fans on the roof of a South Wales crematorium endangered workers and members of the public with a haphazard approach to safety.

Employees of IFZW Maintenance Ltd. were allowed to work on the roof of Morriston Crematorium in Swansea without any protection from falls - a …

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Forklift driver's lucky escape at Hemel warehouse

The overturned forklift truck at a warehouse in Hemel HempsteadA forklift truck driver could have been seriously injured or even killed when the vehicle he was operating overturned at a warehouse in Hemel Hempstead, a court has been told.

The worker was using the truck to align a one and a half tonne storage container on top of a stack of containers when it …

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Suffolk roofer caught on camera risking lives

Anthony Nightingale caught on cameraThe director of a Suffolk roofing firm has been sentenced for safety failings after he was caught on camera using a power tool while balancing on the ridge of a house roof.

Anthony Nightingale of Copdock, Ipswich, was filmed using a petrol-powered disc cutter to cut through a tile while he an…

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Stoke-on-Trent company fined after worker's finger severed by saw

A Stoke-on-Trent timber company has been fined after an employee lost his finger while operating a circular saw.

The 42-year-old worker from Stoke on Trent, who has asked not to be named, severed his finger while using a circular bench saw at Scott Timber Limited on 12 January 2011.

A Health a…

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Shop owners prosecuted for dangerous storage of fireworks

Two brothers who were storing fireworks next to an electric heater in their shop have received contitional sentences and ordered to pay £800 in costs.

Soutwark Council Trading Standards Inspectors found over 70kg of the explosives were not being stored safely and immediately removed them from Wa…

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New date for health and safety cost recovery scheme

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that its cost recovery scheme, Fee For Intervention (FFI), is going ahead but will now not start in April 2012.

The scheme sets out to recover costs from those who break health and safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends on helping to put…

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Lancaster landlord sentenced for putting lives at risk

A landlord in Lancaster has been sentenced for putting the lives of a family at risk by failing to arrange an annual gas safety check.

Carole McMillan, 57, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after she failed to arrange for a registered engineer to visit a property on Birkdale…

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Fall from height leads to fines

Two Nottingham companies have been fined after a worker fell more than nine metres, injuring his back.

The 38-year-old employee of M-tech Engineering Limited fell from a mobile tower scaffold being used to install a steel staircase at a building in Convent Street, Nottingham, on 15 April 2009.

He …

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Construction firm fined over worker's injuries

An engineering contractor has been fined after a worker suffered severe injuries when his excavator struck a bridge on the M1 motorway in the East Midlands.

A maintenance fitter employed by Nottinghamshire firm Van Elle Ltd was driving a wheeled excavator during widening work on the motorway between…

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Guidance - Using work equipment safely

Following a number of recent news items about prosecutions for machinery related workplace injuries, I'd like to remind my visitors that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides valuable advice on what you can do to eliminate or reduce the risks from work equipment.

The HSE's free-to-downl…

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Professor Ragnar Löfstedt concerned report could be ‘misused’ for political purposes

Professor Ragnar Löfstedt has raised concerns that his report could be ‘misused’ for political purposes.

David Cameron referred to Löfstedt’s report as he blamed the ‘albatross’ of health and safety legislation for holding back British business.

But the King’s College academic, speaking…

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Worker suffers severed finger at plastics firm

A plastics firm which manufactures cases for computer games has been fined after an employee severed his finger in machinery at a factory in Corby.

The worker was trying to fix a problem on a colour dosing unit attached to an injection moulding machine at DuBois Ltd's premises in Arkwright Road when…

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Worker killed at Cemex plant

A 36-year-old contractor has been killed at the Lawford Road Cemex plant this morning (Wednesday).

Another man was taken to hospital with a broken arm.

Emergency services attended the scene; police officers and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating.

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Firm fined after technician's death at Cornish factory

An experienced technician at a plastic products factory in Cornwall was killed after he was crushed between the plates on a machine used to make plastic lids.

Shaun O' Dwyer, 54, originally from North Yorkshire, but living in Redruth died in the incident on 30 May 2008 at Curver UK Ltd's factory …

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Using work equipment safely

Following the prosecution of a company after a maintenance engineer was crushed, I'd like to remind my visitors that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides valuable advice on what you can do to eliminate or reduce the risks from work equipment.

The HSE's free-to-download guidance Using wo…

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