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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.

HSE data, recently obtained by ZoneSafe via a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, reveals that the HSE conducted 610 inspections of waste and recycling sites between October 2022 and 20 March 2023, 20% more than the planned 500 visits.  Site visits were conducted as part of the Waste and Recycling Sector Workplan 2022-2023, which was implemented in 2022 in response to HSE concerns about poor health and safety standards in the sector.

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning tradespeople in the UK about the ‘hidden dangers’ linked to asbestos.  The warning is part of the recently launched ‘Asbestos and You’ campaign to raise awareness about asbestos risk among young workers.  Around five thousand people a year die from asbestos-related illnesses. Asbestos can still be found in buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000, when a ban on the material came into force.

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A Perthshire-based company has been fined £27,000 for health and safety failures after a worker lost part of a leg in a forklift truck accident.  John Brodie, 65, suffered the life-changing injury in April 2019 at the premises owned by Broomhall Feeds near the village of Inchture.

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A roofer who failed to erect scaffolding at a building in north-west London has been jailed after a worker plunged 16 feet to his death.  Andrei-Ionel Hutanu, 33, was working on the roof of a commerical premises in Neasden on August 19, 2019, when he fell and landed on a concrete alleyway below, suffering catastrophic head and neck injuries.

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A school boy plunged to his death down a manhole after a contractor failed to implement health and safety measures on a construction site near a play park, a court has heard.  Shea Ryan, 10, suffered a severe head injury after falling more than 20feet into water at the bottom of the uncovered manhole in July 2020. He was able to get into the site because the fence around it was not secure.

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A Lancashire trucking company has been fined £30,000 after a mechanic died while repairing a forklift truck.  Joseph Robinson, a mechanic at E. Jackson (Chatburn) Limited, was working with a new employee as they attempted to fix a steering fault on a forklift truck at the firm’s site at Salthill Industrial Estate in Clitheroe on 13 October 2020. While doing this, Mr Robinson, 39, told the new employee, who was driving the forklift truck, to move the vehicle forwards.

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An unlicensed asbestos removal company has been fined £80k after its director was jailed last month after failing to ensure the safe removal of the dangerous product.  In September 2021 at an address in Stockport, Asbestos Boss Limited removed an asbestos insulating board ceiling from a domestic integral garage with little to no control measures in place. The asbestos waste was then dumped at the property of the resident, littering the road and pavement with asbestos material.

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A concrete manufacturer has been fined £1 million after a 24-year-old man died at a site in Nottingham.  Stewart Ramsay, from Mansfield, was working for Creagh Concrete Products Ltd (CCP) at its Thurgarton Lane site in Hoveringham when he suffered fatal head injuries on 15 March 2017.

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The updated Network Rail Drugs and Alcohol standard (NR/L2/OHS/00120), which was published on 3 September 2022, will see an increase from 5% to 20% of all safety critical colleagues to be randomly selected for a D&A test each year. The standard will also see the drugs Ketamine and Tramadol added to the substance testing panel, while Propoxyphene has been removed. For more information please visit Network Rail’s dedicated website page.

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A Kent waste company has been fined £150,000 for several health and safety breaches.  City of London Magistrates’ Court heard that a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection found that employees of BSP (Knockholt) Limited manually sorting through waste in its yard near Orpington were at risk of being struck by heavy machinery moving next to them in August 2020.

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