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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.

A leading manufacturer of aircraft seats has been fined £660,000 after one of its employees suffered horrific injuries when he fell through a roof at a site in South Wales.  Safran Seats GB Limited was carrying out work to vacate its premises in Llantarnam Industrial Park in Cwmbran when the incident happened on 19 May 2020.

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NEWPORT council is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after one of its employees was killed following a tractor collision.    Highways worker Stephen Bell, 57, died after an incident on Langstone Court Road on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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Responding to the announcement that a record 2.6 million people in the UK are not working due to long-term sickness, IOSH Head of Policy Ruth Wilkinson makes a statement

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HSE principal inspector Amy Kalay explains how a wall collapse at a metal recycling site in Birmingham left five workers dead and two company directors facing nine months in jail.  On 7 July 2016, five agency workers were part of a team clearing swarf from a metal recycling bay at a site operated by Hawkeswood Metal Recycling Ltd and Shredmet Ltd (now operating as Ensco 10101 Ltd) in Birmingham. Around 15 minutes after the men started work, the 12ft-high, 45-tonne wall of the bay – made up of 30 concrete blocks – collapsed, killing the men instantly. 

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False fire alarm numbers continue to rise post-pandemic, causing major challenges for the economy by wasting vital time and resources. Evie Fry, Marketing Apprentice at Safety Technology International explains the issue.   The latest Home Office figures from the year ending September 2022 reveal fire and rescue services attended 238,885 fire false alarms, the largest total of false fire alarms in over a decade, an increase of 10% compared with the previous year.

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A Wiltshire landowner has been fined £15,000 after members of the public were seriously injured by cattle while walking along footpaths on his estate.  Sir Charles Hobhouse pleaded guilty to health and safety failings at his Monkton Farleigh Estate in Bradford-on-Avon.

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Employers need to act to make sure their workers are protected during periods of extreme hot weather this summer.  That’s the message from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – the country’s workplace regulator.

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Almost a third of small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not have a risk assessment policy in place, according to a poll of 1,500 small business leaders carried out for insurers Hiscox.  The findings, published in the Hiscox Risk Readiness Report, also suggest that a quarter of SMEs do not see health and safety as a priority. 

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Ilke Homes Ltd is set to go to trial at York Crown Court after a prosecution was brought by the government’s Health and Safety Executive.  The company was charged with one count of contravening a health and safety regulation on December 12, 2018.

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We look at some of the highlights of the BSR 2023 conference and explain how the issues under discussion will irrevocably change the safety of the UK’s built environment.

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