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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 fell to his death through fragile asbestos roof

A roofer was fatally injured when he fell six metres whilst working on a replacement roof at a property in Kirkdale, Liverpool.Liverpool Crown Court heard how on 22 May 2017, the roofer was completing snagging work on a replacement roof. The worker had accessed a part of the old roof made of fragile asbestos cement sheets, which gave way.

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Sentencing guideline: five years on

In the five years since the implementation of new court guidelines for sentencing health and safety offences, the average fine has tripled while prosecutions have halved.  The Sentencing Council's Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Definitive Guideline, which came into force on 1 February 2016, has seen the average fine handed out by courts increase from just over £54,000 in 2015-16 to more than £150,000 in 2018-19.

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Safety advice for fleet managers

Road safety charity Brake has recently issued several advice sheets for fleet managers. 

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Sawmill company fined after worker fatally injured by machinery

A sawmill company has been fined after a worker was fatally injured when a lift conveyor collapsed on top of him.Hereford Crown Court heard how on 20 December 2017, two employees were working below a lift conveyor at Pontrilas sawmill in Hereford to remove wood debris.

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Committee writes to the Health and Safety Executive regarding covid safety in the workplace

Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee Stephen Timms MP, has written to the Health and Safety Executive, to ask about its approach to ensuring workplace safety during the coronavirus pandemic.  The letter notes reports that some workers are feeling under pressure to travel to their workplace against Government guidance and also the lack of enforcement notices issued by HSE since the start of this month’s lockdown.

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Hotel and porter fined after fire causes fatalities

A LONDON-based company has been fined £500,000 for fire safety failings that led to the deaths of two guests at the Cameron House Hotel in 2017.  An employee of the company had an 18-month Supervision Order imposed and a Community Payback Order and ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work after admitting health and safety failings which started the fire.

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Employer sentenced after worker struck by excavator

A sole trader who operated a construction and demolition waste recycling business has been fined after a worker sustained serious crush injuries when he was struck from behind by a 13.5 tonne excavator.Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how on 11 February 2019, the 50-year-old employee was manually sorting demolition waste in the yard of the waste recycling premises of William Leeson t/a W Leeson and Son, in Walkden, Greater Manchester.

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Company fined after worker has crushed arm amputated

Littleborough based company Ken Mills Engineering Ltd has been fined for safety breaches after a 48-year-old worker suffered a life-threatening injury. Leeds Crown Court heard that on 9 February 9 2017, the 48-year-old worker was repairing a Trojan Haylage Baler at New Hall Farm, Grange Moor, Wakefield when his left arm was trapped and crushed by a hydraulic ram.

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Company fined after scaffolding collapsed

A scaffolding company has been fined after scaffolding collapsed across the entrance to the car park of Coventry Skydome.Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 3 March 2019, scaffolding, which was approximately 13 metres in length and four metres high and had been erected to protect the public from falling debris, had blown down in high winds.

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Firm fined after driver fatally injured while loading flatbed trailer

A steel company has been fined after a worker was fatally injured by steelwork, which fell from a telehandler forklift truck during loading.  Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard how on 4 April 2019, an employee of South East Galvanizers Limited had visited PCR Steel Ltd at their premises in Star Industrial Estate, Essex to collect a load. He was performing an unplanned lifting operation, loading a metal balcony base frame onto a flatbed trailer, when the incident occurred. The load was not secured and the balcony frame weighing approximately 400kg fell and crushed the 47-year-old man, who had been standing on the back of the trailer bed.

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