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Health and Safety News - 9 August 2010

Myth: Health and safety bans bunting

The reality - There are no regulations banning people from hanging bunting at weddings and village fetes or flying flags for sporting events HSE encourages people to have a bit of common sense about their attitudes to risk, not to make everything risk-free. There won't be an army of inspectors cutting down bunting or insisting flags are lowered. HSE exists to prevent people being killed or seriously injured at work, not to stop people celebrating in style.

Distribution company's failures led to Cornish vineyard owner's death

The owner of a Cornish vineyard died after a delivery of empty wine bottles crashed onto him when they fell from the tail lift of a lorry he was helping to unload.

Gregory Distribution Ltd of North Park, North Tawton was fined £200,000 with £16,993 costs at Truro Crown Court today following a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Companies fined after 44-tonne machine crashes onto Hull road

Two construction companies were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a 44 tonne machine crashed onto a busy main road in Hull.

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering Ltd and Multibuild Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws at Hull Crown Court.

The court heard that a piling machine, used to drive building supports into the ground, fell over and rolled across the road before crushing a wall opposite during the evening rush hour on 10 December 2007. Tower Street was closed for several hours until it was made safe.

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