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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.

An export services company has been fined after an employee suffered serious injuries when his finger came into contact with a saw blade.  The employee’s left index finger was partially severed when it came into contact with the unguarded part of the radial arm saw blade, he was using to cut wooden batons, Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court was told. The incident happened on 16 September 2019.

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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has welcomed the planned updates to the Highway Code but has called for a major education campaign to ensure that all road users are aware of the new rules and advice.  Following a public consultation on a review of the Highway Code to improve road safety for people walking, cycling and riding horses, several changes have been made and come into force on 29 January 2022.

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Whatever part of National Highways' network you’re driving on, we want you to stay safe and know what to do if anything goes wrong.  Our videos explain the main features of smart motorways, and we provide advice and guidance on safer driving and what to do in an emergency.  In the following video, TV presenters Suzi Perry and Ortis Deley take you on a road trip along a smart motorway, explaining the system and key information that drivers need to know.

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Great Britain’s workplace regulator is asking demolition and construction firms to double-down on thorough planning, management and control of demolition and refurbishment work.  The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is asking that businesses properly plan, organise, manage, and monitor their work and use competent people to avoid incidents and ill health amongst their workers and the public.

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We already know that male-dominated industries can, in many cases, be full of risk factors for men – but what about women’s health in male-dominated industries? Danny Clarke, Founder of Simply-People, highlights what needs to be done to ensure significant change in workplace culture. 

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An export services company has been fined after an employee suffered serious injuries when his finger came into contact with a saw blade. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard how on 16 September 2019, the employee’s left index finger was partially severed when it came into contact with the unguarded part of the radial arm saw blade, he was using to cut wooden batons.An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Neil Smith (Export Services) Limited had failed to maintain the adjustable front guard on their radial arm saw.

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Employers in Great Britain need to ensure they are ready to provide the same level of protection to workers who carry out casual work as employees who have a contract of employment when amended personal protective equipment (PPE) regulations come into force on 6 April.  The Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (PPER 2022) extend employers’ and employees’ duties, which remain unchanged, to limb (b) workers and increase the coverage of people carrying out work activities that must be protected under the new rules. 

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An Irvine-based construction company and its director have been sentenced after multiple health and safety failings, giving rise to significant risk, were found on a house build site in Irvine.  Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard how three inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) took place at the construction site at Eglington Park in Irvine between October and December 2016.

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A total of 46 out of 71 firms in Sheffield and Rotherham hit with surprise inspections were ordered to make improvements to protect workers, according to the Health and Safety Executive.  A total of 46 out of 71 firms in Sheffield and Rotherham hit with surprise inspections were ordered to make improvements to protect workers, according to the Health and Safety Executive.

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Metals fabrication company MTL Advanced Limited have been sentenced for health breaches after several workers were diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) or carpal tunnel syndrome.Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard that the company was visited by the Health & Safety Executive in March 2018 following a concern received from an employee. 

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