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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.

Worker dies in Tata Port Talbot steelworks accident

A worker has died in a machine accident at Tata's Port Talbot steelworks.  Tata Steel Europe said the company's thoughts were with the contractor's family and a full investigation had been launched. An air ambulance was sent to the scene following the accident at about 14:00 BST on Wednesday. A South Wales Police spokesman described it as 'an isolated incident' and said there was no threat to the wider public.

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Rail leaders urged to prioritise safety as fatalities increase

A railway health and safety expert today calls on industry leaders to ensure managing risks to workers and passengers are a priority as new figures reveal the number of fatalities and injuries last year. Published by the Office of Rail and Road, the figures 17 passengers were killed and 377 suffered ‘major injuries’ in 2018-19, up from nine and 354 in the previous year and the highest numbers for a decade.  Meanwhile, two rail workers lost their lives and 6,247 were injured in accidents, 158 of them classed as ‘major injuries’. And there were 329 fatalities involving members of the public – those classed as neither passengers or workers – down from 336.

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Two workers have died in explosion at SSI site

Fire crews were called to the old coke ovens at the SSI site in South Bank, Middlesbrough, at 2:15pm on 19 September.  Cleveland Police confirmed that two workers were killed in a ‘huge’ explosion. The two workers were working at height inside a cherry picker, working near a gas holder when the explosion happened.

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HSE warning after safety concerns of Channel 4 show

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to raise concerns with broadcasters after several instances of unsafe DIY practices were aired on a Channel 4 documentary this summer. The HSE, which regularly holds discussions with broadcasters is understood to have expressed concerns about incidents on the recent '£1 Houses: Britain’s Cheapest Street' programme, where homeowners were seen tackling jobs on the properties in an unsafe manner. 

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Employee killed by falling wooden bearer

On  7 September 2017, James Longair, 62 was helping a colleague who was operating a side loader at IODS Pipe Clad Limited, moving pipes from one part of the yard to another by lifting the pipes on the forks. The men decided that the pipe should be lifted at one end using a side loader. Once the pipe had been lifted at one end it rolled off the forks and struck the deceased on the leg before falling onto a wooden bearer. This sent the bearer into the air, striking the deceased on the head.  

The HSE’s investigation found that the work method used to lift and move the pipes was unsafe. In particular, there was no method to secure the pipe on the forks when lifted, which meant when the pipe began to roll along the forks the operator had no control over it. The pipe subsequently fell off the end of the forks, ultimately leading to the fatal injury.

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Tree service company sentenced after employee suffers finger amputation

Josh Noon Tree Services has been sentenced today after a worker suffered serious hand injuries when his hand was caught in a log splitting machine. Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard that on 29 December 2017, 33-year-old tree surgeon Darren Gillespie was working with another employee on the log splitting machine at the company’s site at Lapford, Crediton.

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Company director fined after worker impaled on a spike

Hafeez Ghafoor, formerly a director of the now-dissolved landscaping company R K United Ltd, has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered life changing injuries. Leeds Crown Court heard that on 25 August 2016, an employee of R K United Ltd was using a lorry loader crane to deliver a load of soil to a new house on Otley Road, in Leeds. As he brought the crane arm down, his left arm was impaled on a spike which was protruding from the control system. The impact caused several bones in his arm to be shattered.

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Waterloo worker death: Engineer killed at Waterloo station

A worker very sadly died at Waterloo London Underground station in the early hours of this morning.

His death is being treated as unexplained and is currently being investigated by British Transport Police. It said in a statement: “Officers were called just after 2.20am this morning (Wednesday 18 September 2019) to London Waterloo Underground Station following reports that a contract worker had received an injury.  

“London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade were already on scene and it became apparent the incident was more serious.

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Roofing contractor company fined after fatal ladder fall

An Aberdeen based roofing contractor has been fined after an employee fell to his death from a ladder while exiting a scaffold at Jute Street in the city.  Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that on 21 September 2016, Joseph Kane, an employee of Henderson and Aitken Limited fell from the top rungs of a ladder when it slipped sideways on the scaffold. Mr Kane died of multiple injuries.

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Deaths, falls and assaults among catalogue of health and safety concerns

A council health and safety report includes details of a port explosion which killed a worker, an attack on a social worker and other incidents on Wearside in 2018/19.  An explosion which killed a Sunderland dock worker will be examined by city leaders next week.

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