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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.

Company fined after a worker was injured by a forklift truck

A facility services company operating at Winchester prison has been fined after a worker suffered a broken leg when he was struck by a forklift truck (FLT).  Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard that on 23 May 2019, the Gov Facility Services Limited employee was injured whilst carrying out inspections of drain covers adjacent to a workshop. He was struck by a FLT, breaking the bone in his right leg.

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Hull manufacturer fined £60,000 after man loses arm in horrific factory accident

A worker lost his arm in a horrific accident at a machine manufacturer near Driffield in which he nearly lost his life.  Agricultural machines manufacturer Superior Machines Ltd has been fined tens of thousands of pounds for safety breaches after the 68-year-old man became entangled in a machine.

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Manufacturing company fined after workers exposed to asbestos

Power Link Machines (UK) Ltd was sentenced for safety breaches after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was informed the company was using gaskets within its generator sets that contained asbestos.  Analysis by HSE’s Science Division confirmed the gaskets contained asbestos.  The company was served with a Prohibition Notice on 26 March 2018 requiring them to stop the use of these gaskets and ensure that they did not import any asbestos containing items.

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STIHL TS 410 & TS 420 product recall

STIHL has learnt that a limited number of TS 410 and TS 420 cut-off machines in the below noted serial number range were assembled with the flywheel-to-crankshaft connection over-tightened. Overtightening of this connection may damage the flywheel, which could cause the flywheel to fail and break apart while the engine is running. A failure during the operation of the machine would pose a projectile hazard to the user or a bystander. A damaged flywheel is not apparent from a visual inspection.

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High school fined after child is fatally injured

A high school in Chelmsford has been fined after a young child died after a locker in a changing room fell on top of him.  Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that on the 23 May 2019, nine-year-old Leo Latifi was fatally injured when he attended an after-school swimming lesson at the sports centre of Great Baddow High School.

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British Airways fined £1.8m after worker was crushed by baggage trolley

Airline giant British Airways has been fined £1.8 million for ‘significant failings’ in the general management of supervision and monitoring, risk assessment and training.  On 16 March 2018, an employee was pulling a train of dollies, which are vehicles used to transport baggage around the airport. She was using the centre of the roadway between the two lanes, pictured above, as a walking route.

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Covid: Employers can put self-isolating staff on furlough

Employers can claim from the furlough scheme for staff who are self-isolating.  The entitlement exists despite government guidance stating it is not what the scheme is intended for.  The little-known entitlement was first reported by Politico magazine after emails from civil servants complaining about government guidance were leaked. 

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School fined after worker injured in fall from ladder

Southend High School for Boys Academy Trust has been sentenced after a worker fell from a ladder.  The injured person was using an unsecured ladder at the school to dismantle a canopy roof. The ladder slipped, causing the worker to fall and sustain fractures to his face, a fractured femur and other injuries. The incident happened on 19 February 2019.

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First international guide on psychological health, safety and well-being at work

BSI, in its role as the UK National Standards Body, publishes international guidance on psychological health and safety and managing psychosocial risks at work.  The new standard, named ISO 45003: Occupational health and safety management — Psychological health and safety at work — Guidelines for managing psychosocial risks, provides recommendations to organizations on how to prevent work-related psychological ill health in their workers and other relevant interested parties.  

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Building contractor fined following the death of worker on house building site

Nickell and Richmond Limited has been prosecuted following a case brought by HSENI, and fined £40,000.   The Bangor based company pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to a total of four health and safety offences which resulted in the death of a worker at a house building site in Jordanstown.

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