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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.

How can OSH professionals assess the mental health of their organisations and address any risks to health and safety effectively?  One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem each year (Mind, 2017). The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that depression will become the world’s most common illness by 2030 (2011), and the UN estimates that nearly one billion people globally are living with a mental health disorder (2022). 

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MD Safety comment:  We cannot stress enough the importance of obtaining accurate Asbestos Surveys and ensuring Asbestos Awareness Training for staff who may come into contact with these materials.

A former shipyard worker is warning young tradespeople of the dangers of asbestos after losing around a third of his body weight since being diagnosed with mesothelioma.  Before diagnosis he used to weigh 14-and-a-half stone but now touches the scales at just over 9-and-a-half stone.

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Tata Steel UK has been fined £120,000 after a worker suffered serious head injuries after being hit in the face with a scaffold pole, causing him to fall backwards.  Gavin Rowlands, an employee at Monolithic Refractories Limited, sustained permanent brain damage as a result of the incident on 3 April 2017.

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A family run haulage and storage business, has been fined following the death of a 25-year-old employee at its premises in East Lothian.  Andrew Black Limited was fined £150,000 after the death of Grant Borton, an experienced LGV driver on 31 December 2022.

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MD Safety comment: With our Director Martin having young children this is an excellent way to instill the safety message at an early age.

Ireland-based publishing company Health & Safety Publications is in our good books since releasing their range of child-friendly health and safety stories.  The Sam and Sue Safety Series of books for children began when Health & Safety Publications director Marek Szepietowski was looking for fun books with a subtle safety message for his three young daughters. He couldn’t find anything to fit the bill, so he decided to produce them himself. 

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MD Safety comment: With our Director Martin having young children this is an excellent way to instill the safety message at an early age.

Ireland-based publishing company Health & Safety Publications is in our good books since releasing their range of child-friendly health and safety stories.  The Sam and Sue Safety Series of books for children began when Health & Safety Publications director Marek Szepietowski was looking for fun books with a subtle safety message for his three young daughters. He couldn’t find anything to fit the bill, so he decided to produce them himself. 

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The UK's biggest pub chain has been convicted of a health and safety breach after the avoidable death of a student who was crushed outside a busy venue.

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MD Safey comment: Despite an increase in fatalities from last year the number still represents an on-going downward trend.  Construction still has the highest rate with falling from height the biggest single cause.  There's still lots to do to improve these numbers.

One hundred and thirty-five workers were killed in work-related incidents in Great Britain in the last year, according to figures published today (Thursday July 6) by the Health and Safety Executive.

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MD Safety comment:  Interestingly there is also a legislative requirement that, where the Responsible Person appoints a person to make or review the fire risk assessment, they must be competent. This legislative requirement will be brought into force at a later date.  This will have widespread implications for those businesses who undertake their own FRAs without being fully competent.

The Building Safety Bill received Royal Assent in April 2022 and became the Building Safety Act 2022. The new legislation has the effect of amending the Fire Safety Order in a number of ways - read on.

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MD Safety Comment:  This incident highlights the need to control Contractors when theya re working on your premises.

Two companies have been fined a total of £160,000 over the huge fire that destroyed a Primark shop in a historic building in Belfast city centre.

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