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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.

We spoke to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Andrew Johnson about a case where a one-tonne pallet of glass fell on a United Pallet Network (UK) Limited’s employee, causing life-changing injuries.  On 30 September 2016, Andrew Potts was working for United Pallet Network at its hub in Lichfield, Staffordshire, when a lorry containing a consignment of four pallets of glass arrived. The pallets had not been appropriately loaded or secured and fell out of the trailer onto the 58-year-old as he made attempts to adjust them. Andrew broke his neck in five places, in addition to suffering other injuries, and has been left permanently disabled. 

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A proposed new law aims to revoke EU-derived legislation, including life-saving protections, by December 2023, unless specifically kept or replaced – Richard Jones CFIOSH explains how OSH practitioners can get involved.  The vital importance of health and safety protections have again been raised in the UK House of Lords debate on the controversial Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (REUL), with more than 140 amendments tabled by peers so far, including on health and safety. 

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Agriculture consistently has the highest number of deaths and and injuries of all sectors in Great Britain (per 100,000 workers). We want to make 2023 a safer year on our farms by working together.  Moving vehicles are the highest cause of deaths in British farming. These incidents account for 30% of all fatal injuries over the past 5 years.

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Sellafield Ltd has been fined £400,000 after admitting a health and safety breach that resulted in a worker sustaining serious back injuries when he fell from a scaffolding ladder at the nuclear site.

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A PENNINGTON company has been accused of failing to ensure health and safety practices after a worker was hurt.  HS Butyl Ltd, based at Gordleton Industrial Park, is charged with one count of contravening the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 by not ensuring measures were taken to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery, leading to an employee being injured.

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A manufacturing company has been fined after an employee lost parts of two fingers when his hand got caught in a machine producing face masks.  The 55-year-old machine operator was working a night shift for Alpha Solway Limited at the company’s Yew Tree Way site in Warrington, on 22 April 2021.

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David Mobsby, was working at Blatchington Mill School, a community school in Hove, and suffered a fatal head injury when he fell from the ladder on 3 August 2018.  Mr Mobsby, 71, had been cleaning the roof of a bike shed at the school on Nevill Avenue, Hove, using a standard-length broom and a telescopic surface cleaner before falling approximately 2.5 metres onto the tarmacked surface below.

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A survey has revealed that UK businesses strongly support health and safety regulations, highlighting fears over the impact of the Retained EU Law Bill, which is in the House of Lords at committee stage.  According to the research by Unchecked UK with support from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) among others, seven in 10 (69%) businesses are not willing to accept lower health and safety standards as part of the Retained EU Law Bill.

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Millennials, gen Z workers and other younger people who work as plumbers, electricians, and in other trades need to take the risk of asbestos much more seriously.  That’s the message from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The workplace regulator has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the risks associated with the dangerous substance.

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Those responsible for the safety of high-rise residential buildings in England have six months from April to register with the new Building Safety Regulator.  The Building Safety Regulator was established to protect high-rise residents from unsafe building practices in England in response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

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