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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.

MD Safety comment:  Despite many campaigns to improve work at height safety we still see far too many incidents such as this.  Pre planning of work at height is essential.

A Runcorn business park operator has been fined £13,000 after a worker fell more than 13 feet through a fragile roof.  The man sustained life-threatening injuries, including a fractured skull and collapsed lung as a result of the fall, which happened while he was carrying out repairs at a premises on The Heath Business and Technology Park on 17 June 2021.

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MD Safety comment:  A worrying statistic, hopefully to be improved in the coming years.  we need a regulator to conduct inspections to advise and support and, yes, to prosecute where compliance is poor.

The number of unannounced inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the construction industry has fallen to a record low, the second-largest trade union in the UK has found.

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The mother of a seven-year-old boy who died after being electrocuted in a pub beer garden is urging the hospitality sector to make sure their outdoor electrical equipment is safe.  Danielle Jones’ son, Harvey Tyrrell, was electrocuted after he touched unsafe lighting in the garden of a pub in Harold Wood, Essex in September 2018.

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MD Safety comment:  Important to be aware of for controllers of larger premises.

The proposed Protect Duty, now titled as the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill aims to address the current absence of legal duties to consider terrorism risks. 

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MD Safety comment: If anyone is looking to enhance their H&S competency then this is a good first step.

The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence is for senior business leaders, or anyone who aspires to this role in the future and is designed to help leaders become better health and safety advocates and influencers by highlighting key areas to focus on to make a difference.

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MD Safety comment:  Although it should be more frequent - its not often that companies are fined under H&S law for at work driving offences.

A multinational services company has been fined £240,000 after admitting health and safety failings following a fatal crash on the A11 in Norfolk.

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A manufacturing company has been fined after a dad was drawn into a machine and broke his arm in two places.  Paul Pearce, a father-of-two from Lymington in Hampshire, was unable to work for over a year following the incident on 12 March 2021.

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A vape liquid manufacturing company in Manchester has been fined after a worker lost two fingers and a thumb while clearing a blockage in a packaging machine.  The agency worker at VN Labs Ltd was operating a nicotine liquid pod packaging machine at the firm’s premises on Beacon Road, Trafford Park, when it became blocked on 22 October 2020.

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After months of controversy and opposition in the House of Lords, the government has now replaced the overarching sunset clause in the Retained EU Law Bill (the 'Bill') with a list of the 600 pieces of retained EU law that it intends to revoke by the end of 2023. Although the Bill is still making its way through Parliament, with amendments to the text still being considered, it now seems that the Bill will not bring any major changes to health and safety or environmental law in the UK.

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HSE principal inspector Amy Kalay explains how a Friday afternoon turned to tragedy at a Birmingham haulage yard.  On 30 August 2019, depot manager for Turners (Soham) Ltd Neil Roberts was leaving work when he was struck and fatally injured by a vehicle reversing out of a maintenance bay. 

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