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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.

  THE Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says it is still investigating the death of a worker who died from chest injuries after being crushed by a cherry picker.  The Star reported after an inquest was held in March into the death of Uldis Senkans, who died aged 30, in the incident at CEW Recycling Group site on Merton Steet, St Helens, on November 8, 2019.

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A staggering 85% of UK tradespeople would not know what to do in the event of a fire at work, new research has shown.  The study by IronmongeryDirect also showed just 12% of workers always have access to a fire extinguisher and 85% do not have one in their vehicle.

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), through its Working Minds campaign which aims to prevent work-related stress and promote good mental health in the workplace, has compiled a list of resources to assist employers and workers during stress awareness month this April.  HSE and its twenty-two partner organisations across Great Britain have come together to urge workplaces to take action on work-related stress and mental health.

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Asbestos and You

11-04-23

Tradespeople across Great Britain are being warned about the hidden dangers associated with asbestos.  The warning comes as part of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Asbestos and You campaign targeting tradespeople about the personal risks from asbestos that still exist in  properties across the country today.

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Climbdown likely after cross-party Lords revolt threatens to defeat Jacob Rees-Mogg’s retained EU law bill.  Ministers have begun a full-scale retreat over post-Brexit plans to ditch thousands of EU laws by the end of this year, after Tory peers warned they would join a mass cross-party revolt in the House of Lords.

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A manufacturing company has been fined £600,000 after a worker’s leg was crushed by a forklift truck.  The man was working for AkzoNobel Packaging Coatings Limited when the incident occurred at the firm’s Birmingham site on Bordesley Green Road on 8 May 2018.

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An East Yorkshire garden landscaping supply company has been fined £600,000 after an employee died while loading a lorry.  Brian White, 59, was working for Kelkay Limited when he was operating a forklift truck at the company’s site on Heck and Pollington Lane, Pollington, East Yorkshire, on 15 June 2018.

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As part of its collection of guidance documents for those with a legal duty for fire safety in relevant premises, the Department for Housing Communities and Local Government (DLUHC) has published three new fire safety guides for those responsible for small premises.

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On 23 March 2023, at Chester Crown Court, Christopher Colebourne pleaded guilty to seven counts of “failing to comply with the Fire Safety (Regulatory Reform) Order 2005”.  Mr Colebourne is the sole director and owner of Oddies Bar Crew Ltd, which includes flats above the bar and an adjacent takeaway.

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A Peterborough company has been fined £500,000 after a young father was killed in an explosion at a firework factory.  Twenty-four-year-old Brendan Ledgister was working for Le Maitre Ltd when one of the products he was using ignited and caused an explosion on 2 October 2018.

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