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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.

HSE warning after safety concerns of Channel 4 show

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to raise concerns with broadcasters after several instances of unsafe DIY practices were aired on a Channel 4 documentary this summer. The HSE, which regularly holds discussions with broadcasters is understood to have expressed concerns about incidents on the recent '£1 Houses: Britain’s Cheapest Street' programme, where homeowners were seen tackling jobs on the properties in an unsafe manner. 

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Employee killed by falling wooden bearer

On  7 September 2017, James Longair, 62 was helping a colleague who was operating a side loader at IODS Pipe Clad Limited, moving pipes from one part of the yard to another by lifting the pipes on the forks. The men decided that the pipe should be lifted at one end using a side loader. Once the pipe had been lifted at one end it rolled off the forks and struck the deceased on the leg before falling onto a wooden bearer. This sent the bearer into the air, striking the deceased on the head.  

The HSE’s investigation found that the work method used to lift and move the pipes was unsafe. In particular, there was no method to secure the pipe on the forks when lifted, which meant when the pipe began to roll along the forks the operator had no control over it. The pipe subsequently fell off the end of the forks, ultimately leading to the fatal injury.

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Tree service company sentenced after employee suffers finger amputation

Josh Noon Tree Services has been sentenced today after a worker suffered serious hand injuries when his hand was caught in a log splitting machine. Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard that on 29 December 2017, 33-year-old tree surgeon Darren Gillespie was working with another employee on the log splitting machine at the company’s site at Lapford, Crediton.

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Company director fined after worker impaled on a spike

Hafeez Ghafoor, formerly a director of the now-dissolved landscaping company R K United Ltd, has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered life changing injuries. Leeds Crown Court heard that on 25 August 2016, an employee of R K United Ltd was using a lorry loader crane to deliver a load of soil to a new house on Otley Road, in Leeds. As he brought the crane arm down, his left arm was impaled on a spike which was protruding from the control system. The impact caused several bones in his arm to be shattered.

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Waterloo worker death: Engineer killed at Waterloo station

A worker very sadly died at Waterloo London Underground station in the early hours of this morning.

His death is being treated as unexplained and is currently being investigated by British Transport Police. It said in a statement: “Officers were called just after 2.20am this morning (Wednesday 18 September 2019) to London Waterloo Underground Station following reports that a contract worker had received an injury.  

“London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade were already on scene and it became apparent the incident was more serious.

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Roofing contractor company fined after fatal ladder fall

An Aberdeen based roofing contractor has been fined after an employee fell to his death from a ladder while exiting a scaffold at Jute Street in the city.  Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that on 21 September 2016, Joseph Kane, an employee of Henderson and Aitken Limited fell from the top rungs of a ladder when it slipped sideways on the scaffold. Mr Kane died of multiple injuries.

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Deaths, falls and assaults among catalogue of health and safety concerns

A council health and safety report includes details of a port explosion which killed a worker, an attack on a social worker and other incidents on Wearside in 2018/19.  An explosion which killed a Sunderland dock worker will be examined by city leaders next week.

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Firms reminded to remember fall risk from vehicles

On 25 October 2017, a Braithwaite Engineers Limited employee was injured when he fell from a lorry bed whilst unloading the lorry at their site in Risca. The fall resulted in multiple fractures of his head, ribs, shoulder blade and fingers, causing him to miss over five months of work. Investigating, the HSE found the company had failed to provide employees with suitable and clear instructions and training so that employees did not access lorry beds in an unsafe manner.

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Company and sub-contractor fined after worker falls from height

Two companies, P.D.R. Construction Limited and Metcalfe Roofing & Building Services Limited, have been fined after a worker fell through a fragile mesh roof whilst carrying out work at height.  Teesside Crown Court heard how, on 21 July 2016, the injured person had been in the process of installing a roof on a new KFC Drive Thru in Coulby Newham. Whilst moving materials on the roof, he stepped backwards onto an adjacent fragile mesh roof that was not loadbearing, falling approximately three metres and suffering multiple fractures of his lower left back.

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Groundworks company fined after security guard suffers life changing injuries

A groundworks company has been fined after a security guard suffered serious hand injuries. Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how on 17 November 2017 at the site on Ableton Lane in Avonmouth, a plant driver employed by APK Earthmoving Limited requested the assistance of a security guard working for a separate company to remove a trailer from a bulldozer whilst the machine was operated by the driver. The security guard’s right hand was trapped between a metal post and the bulldozer resulting in the amputation of his middle and ring fingers, and loss of movement in his index finger of his right hand.

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