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We scour the Internet for Health and Safety related news items on an almost daily basis.

The news articles and clippings, curated by MD Safety, highlight the requirements for compliance with UK Health and Safety Legislation and best practice across all industry sectors.

The majority of the information and cases will apply to a greater or lesser degree to our broad range of Clients and lessons to be learned will be able to be gained.

Why RoSPA supports a life sentence for dangerous driving

Dr Karen McDonnell, OSH Policy Adviser at RoSPA, explains why seeking to influence policy and legislative change is one of many routes taken by RoSPA to meet its vision of life free from serious accidental injury. 

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COVID-19: updated reporting guidance for employers

As the UK begins to adapt to another blanket lockdown, it is timely to look at the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) further guidance for employers struggling to determine whether confirmed COVID-19 cases within the workforce are reportable under RIDDOR, writes leading regulatory lawyer Rhian Greaves. 

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Safety breach on housing construction site at Wheatley Hill

A HOUSE building company has admitted a Health and Safety breach relating to an unsafe temporary working platform on a construction site it was operating during a new homes development.    The charge, of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act, was brought against Dere Street Homes Limited, of Cornsay Colliery, County Durham.

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Company and director fined after incident leaves worker paralysed

A company and an individual have been fined after a worker suffered life changing injuries while dismantling an external platform lift.  Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 31 August 2017, a worker was injured whist working on an external lift shaft at Alton College. A heavy component of the lift toppled to the ground and he fell with it, suffering serious life changing injuries that resulted in him being paralysed and confined to a wheelchair.

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Scaffolding company fined after scaffolding collapsed

A scaffolding company has been fined for safety failings after scaffolding collapsed on to a street in Maidenhead while it was being dismantled.  High Wycombe Magistrates Court heard how the collapse could have resulted in serious injury or loss of life.

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Logistics company fined after a worker was injured in explosion

A&D Logistics Limited, a national logistics haulier, has been fined after a worker suffered flash burn injuries when there was an explosion as he opened the door of a container. Paisley Sheriff Court heard how, on 7 January 2019, a team leader was requested by a member of the management team to dry out condensation from the office accommodation container. The custom and practice within the yard was to use a propane fuelled open-flame gas torch attached to a 47Kg LPG cylinder which was left burning within the container.

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10 year old tyre ban enters law

On 26 October 2020, The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 statutory instrument was made. Three days later it was laid before Parliament. It comes into force on 1 February 2021. As a result, 10 year-old and older commercial vehicle tyres will be illegal in the UK from the 1 February 2021.

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HSA report shows 68% of inspections result in enforcement

OF ALL inspections and investigations carried out in Ireland 2019, 68% resulted in enforcement being taken, new figures released by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) reveal.  Of the 9,270 inspections carried out, 7,891 were proactively completed in relation to occupational health and safety, and 1,379 were completed in relation to chemicals.

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HSE releases annual injury and ill-health statistics for Great Britain

Statistics released today show that Great Britain is still one of the safest places in the world to work with the lowest number of deaths on record.  However, more than half of Britain’s working days lost in 2019/20 were due to mental ill-health.  The annual report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) includes statistics for work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, enforcement action taken, and the associated costs to Great Britain.

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Manufacturer fined after worker’s arm caught in machinery

A company that manufactures composite hose products has been fined after an inexperienced agency worker was injured when he was pulled into a spinning lathe, sustaining open fractures to his right arm.  Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 20 November 2018, a worker at Novaflex Ltd was operating a lathe at the Bromborough site when the sleeve of his sweatshirt caught between a pitch wheel and rotating mandrel, pulling his arm into the machine.

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