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Health & Safety Newsletter January 2018

Do you need fire extinguishers? You’ve heard that the Fire & Rescue Service is encouraging businesses to reduce the number of extinguishers they have. Is this right? Although you’re legally required to have a sufficient number of fire extinguishers on … Continue reading

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Health & Safety Newsletter December 2017

No roadworks speed limit lands South West Highways with £500k fine A highway services and construction business has been fined after an employee was fatally struck by a motorist while repairing a road in Devon. The accident happened on 29 … Continue reading

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Health & Safety Newsletter November 2017

Issuing and managing PPE You’ve decided that staff need PPE and have spent time selecting suitable items. But before you hand them out, it’s worth considering the next steps. Using personal protective equipment (PPE) as a means of controlling risks … Continue reading

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Health & Safety Newsletter October 2017

HGV driver killed by runaway vehicle A road haulage company based in Essex has been fined after an employee was fatally crushed by a runaway heavy goods vehicle (HGV). The employee was coupling a HGV tractor unit to a trailer … Continue reading

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Health & Safety Newsletter September 2017

Who is responsible for workstation assessments? As a host employer or an employment agency supplying temporary workers, you both have a responsibility to ensure the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 are adhered to within the workplace. Workstations … Continue reading

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August H&S Newsletter

Explosive atmosphere planning oversight blasts chemical firm for £1.2m Two workers suffered minor injuries from the blast when the chemical firm was operating the plant’s new hydrochloric acid (HCI) burner on 26 September 2013. Chelmsford Crown Court heard on 7 … Continue reading

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July H&S Newsletter

Waste recycling firm fined over employee’s incinerator burns The firm has been made to pay £230 000  after a worker was burned at its waste-to-energy generation plant in Stoke-on-Tees. Teesside Crown Court was told that a mattress spring had blocked … Continue reading

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Health & Safety Newsletter June 2017

How many toilets and washbins? Toilets and washbasins are covered by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. It states that washbasins must be located near to toilet facilities, however, what the Regulations don’t tell you is how many … Continue reading

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Health & Safety Newsletter May 2017

Are your stair barriers safe? The minimum required stairway protection is that described in the Approved Code of Practise (ACoP) to the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Tip 1. Check that your staircase meets the minimum standard in … Continue reading

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Health & Safety Newsletter April 2017

Self-employed haulage contractor killed by reversing lorry Daniel Adams, 63, of Farnworth, rented a unit on Sandywood Industrial Estate owned by Alec Sharples Farm Supplies and Transport Limited where the fatal incident occurred on the 7th May 2014. Manchester Crown … Continue reading

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