Health and Safety News
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.
Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser and Head of RoSPA Scotland, discusses the main risks relating to driver behaviour and how employers can help to tackle them…Read More
A major pipeline transportation company has been fined £2.3million for safety breaches after its employees were exposed to risk of serious injury and even death while working on a leaking pipeline containing petrol under pressure. Workers at Exolum Pipeline System Ltd, formerly known as CLH Pipeline System (CLH-PS) Ltd, were excavating a suspected pipeline leak in the woodland adjacent to the B1398 and M180 near Holme, North Lincolnshire, between 7 to 10 March 2018. The employees were working in an area where a previous repair had taken place.Read More
Welsh ambulance worker who caught Covid from patient died of an industrial disease, concludes coroner28-03-23
A coroner has concluded that an ambulance worker in Wales who caught Covid while attending to an infected patient died from an ‘industrial disease’. Coroner Paul Bennett said 59-year-old Alan Haigh’s employment as an emergency medical technician during the pandemic presented the ‘greatest risk’ to his health.Read More
Firefighters support proposals to insist on two staircases in high rise buildings – but want legislation to go further22-03-23
Firefighters are supporting government proposals to increase the minimum requirements of staircases in high rise residential buildings – but want legislation to go further. The London Fire Brigade has said it supports the proposals to make it mandatory for new residential buildings above 30 metres to have a minimum of two staircases.Read More
A Derbyshire property owner has been given a community order after a father-of-two sustained life changing injuries when a wall collapsed on top of him during a barn conversion. Nigel Edwards failed to have a structural assessment of the outbuildings carried out as part of his planning for the project at his home in Woodhouses. The outbuildings were being converted into holiday let accommodation when a stone wall collapsed on 40-year-old Steven Tyson on 8 October 2021.Read More
The HSE has updated its guidance for Employers and Employees in respect of violence ad agression at work.Read More
New app could soon turn every car into a speed camera – and report traffic offences at the touch of a button21-03-23
The free app can be used to clock and then report speeding motorists – and utilises the phone camera mounted on the dashboard. According to the creator of the app, it could also be used to submit evidence to the police for those drivers who commit 21 different driving offences.Read More
A Hereford company has been fined £190k after an employee was seriously injured after falling into a pit. The man was working for Wyman-Gordon Limited, a company that produces forgings for the aerospace industry, when he fell into the bottom of a pit on 25 November 2018. He sustained deep cuts to his head that required eight stitches. He had been working at the company’s premises on Spa Road, Lincoln.Read More
A London company has been fined £175,000 after a worker suffered serious head injuries that saw him hospitalised for seven months. The man, who was 35 at the time, was working at a domestic property on Elmfield Avenue, Crouch End, London, on 3 March 2019 when he sustained head injuries during concrete pumping operations carried out by sub-contractor Singh Will Mix It Ltd.Read More
Vehicles play a vital role in farm work but incidents involving vehicles are the number one cause of deaths and serious injuries on British farms. Incidents involving moving vehicles have been responsible for 30 per cent of all fatalities on farms over the past five years, that’s 48 lives lost in incidents that have destroyed farming families.Read More