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Manager denied he was in charge

A senior manager of a roofing company tried to stop the HSE from charging him with neglect by denying his managerial status. What happened and what was the outcome for the manager’s employer? In November 2016, an untrained apprentice, who … Continue reading

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Acid attack first aid

In recent years, robberies and attacks involving acid have increased with the number exceeding 500 in 2016/17. In November 2017, the Metropolitan Police Service led a multi-agency exercise to prepare hospitality businesses for acid attacks. How should you brief your … Continue reading

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Health & Safety Newsletter February 2018

Construction firm lands fine of £100 000 for fatal fall A construction  firm which erects steel-framed buildings has been fined after a worker fell 6.3 metres from a roof and died. The HSE investigation found that the employee was installing … Continue reading

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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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Health & Safety Newsletter August 2017

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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Health & Safety Newsletter July 2017

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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