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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.

An operations manager at a funfair company has been jailed for six months and disqualified as a director for five years after a three-year-old girl died on a Norfolk beach. The funfair company he was working for has been fined £20,000.

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A manufacturer of shopping trolleys has been fined after two men fell approximately three metres when a metal cage they were dismantling collapsed beneath them.  On 12th May 2018, two employees at Wanzl Limited were taking apart a large metal cage as part of an ongoing programme of improvement works at Prologis Park in Coventry.

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MD Safety comment:  This unfortuante case highlights the dangeres of using mobile phones in any capacity when driving.  An enforced policy is essential.

A tractor driver who was looking at Snapchat before he crashed into a cyclist and killed her has been jailed.  Helen Wickham, 53, and her son, 19, were struck by the tractor towing a field roller as they were cycling along Holmes Chapel Road in Brereton Heath, Cheshire on 27 April 2020.

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  A building firm has been fined £75,000 after health and safety breaches led to the “tragic death” of a Lowestoft man who was crushed while installing fridges.    Barry Challen, 50, died after suffering critical injuries when a fridge unit fell on him while he and colleagues were moving it at a Co-op store on the island of Guernsey in May 2018.

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A specialist heavy lifting company has been fined after two men fell from height during the assembly of a crane.  On 19 January 2021, two employees of Osprey Heavy Lift Limited fell as a result of a partial collapse of a platform on a crane at the Port of Blyth, Northumberland.

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A Woolwich labourer is ‘lucky to be alive’ after part of a Victorian building fell on him during demolition work in Kilburn, North West London.  MAC Demolition Ltd, the Middlesex firm contracted to carry out the works, has been fined £60,000 after Tommy Brooks was left with life changing injuries. The 57-year-old had been employed on the site as a labourer for three months before the incident.

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Pair admit putting public at risk after 270 accidents - including 11 fractured spines - over seven-week period between 2016 and 2017.   Two former directors of a popular trampoline and adventure park face punishment after scores of visitors were 'injured on a daily basis' - including 11 who sustained fractured spines. David Elliott Shuttleworth and Matthew Melling, both 33, pleaded guilty to health and safety offences when they appeared at Chester Crown Court last month.

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Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will visit farms across England, Scotland and Wales as part of a push to change the culture in the industry and check for compliance with long standing legal requirements.  People on farms are 21 times more likely to be killed in a workplace accident than other sectors.

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Barnsdale Hall Hotel, now Rutland Hall Hotel, was ordered to pay a fine of £146,700 after a workplace accident left employee Andrew Veasey with life-changing injuries.  Two employees, including Mr Andrew Veasey, were carrying out the 'non-routine' task of removing a loose tree branch in May 2021 when Mr Veasey was raised up in a 'non-integrated working platform' that was attached to a JCB vehicle parked across a slope. The vehicle toppled over when the platform was raised and crushed the roof of a car before plummeting into a bank.

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A health and safety inspector found cladding lying on residents’ balconies at a Liverpool apartment block, posing a serious fire risk.  The combustible cladding was similar to that used on Grenfell Tower when the 2017 disaster occurred. Green Facades Limited had been contracted to remove the potentially dangerous aluminium composite panels and combustible insulation material from The Circle, an eight-storey building on Henry Street in Liverpool.

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