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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.

Concern about health and safety standards amid HGV driver shortage crisis

Until McDonald’s ran out of milkshakes and Nando’s was forced to close restaurants, the pressures in the transport industry were pretty much ‘off radar’, notes Dean Roscoe (CMIOSH), health and safety manager at Sovereign Transport Services. ‘But as an industry we’d been flat out for months.’  The UK’s critical HGV driver shortage – which has impacted supply chains across a range of sectors, notably medicines and food – has scarcely been out of the headlines in recent weeks.  B ut it’s a problem that has been brewing for some time.

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Kitchen manufacturing company fined after worker injured by machinery

Kitchen manufacturing company Omega PLC were sentenced for safety breaches after a worker severely injured their finger in unguarded machinery.Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard that on 8 May 2018, the worker was processing wood panels on an edge-banding machine at a kitchen unit manufacturing factory in Doncaster. 

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Doncaster engineering company fined after worker diagnosed with occupational asthma   

Lantern Engineering Ltd was sentenced for health breaches after workers were exposed to metal working fluid (MWF). MWF is hazardous to health, and exposure can cause health conditions including irritation of the skin/dermatitis, occupational asthma, bronchitis and irritation of the upper respiratory tract.

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New technology driving change in road safety

Since the 1980’s, the UK has seen considerable change in relation to driver technologies and practices, whether by introduction of and greater reliance upon telematics and ‘black box’ systems, to more recently the use of semi-autonomous and self-braking vehicles. Innovation and tech certainly appear to be creating a shift change, in terms of how duty holders and organisations are seeking to manage and control its work-related road risk (“WRRR”).

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Employers must ensure workplaces are well ventilated to minimise COVID-19 spread

Businesses are being reminded that they have a legal duty to ensure that their premises have an adequate supply of fresh air in enclosed areas as part of a broad strategy to minimise the risk of the coronavirus from spreading via workplaces.  With most COVID-19 restrictions lifted, Great Britain's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its guidance on ventilation and air conditioning as part of a package of preventative measures to help safely manage the increasing number of people returning to the workplace and to reduce infection risk. 

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An annual gas safety check can keep us all safe

Gas Safety Week, from 13 to 19 September.  If we can take one positive from the incredibly challenging past 18 months or so, it must be the acts of kindness and neighbourliness that we have all witnessed, especially during the difficult months of lockdown.  From those who worked to keep essential services running to getting the weekly shop for our vulnerable neighbours or simply making time to chat, the sense of community, connectivity and collective care is one thing that most of us have wanted to preserve as we have emerged from those dark times.

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Two companies fined for failing that led to crush injury

Two companies have been fined a total of £100,000 after an employee was crushed by machinery.  Chivas Brothers Limited and Fire Protection Group (FPG) Limited pled guilty to health and safety breaches, committed between 20 December 2016 and 22 February 2017, at Dumbarton Sheriff Court.

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Worker’s arm became trapped in machinery

A rubber processing company has been fined after a worker’s arm was trapped in machinery.  An employee of Marple Polymers Processors Limited was cleaning a stationary conveyor belt on a Banbury mixing machine, on 4 January 2018. Unaware cleaning was taking place, another employee started the conveyor belt system. The original employee’s left arm became trapped between the conveyor belt and the tension idler causing serious injuries to their arm and hand.

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Construction company prosecuted for multiple safety failings

A construction company has been fined after repeated health and safety breaches, giving rise to significant risk, were found on a site in Bolton.  Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how inspections at the construction site at Manchester Road, Bolton, had taken place three times between October 2019 to January 2020 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 

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HSE warns on work-related road risk

Driving for work is likely to be the most dangerous activity most workers will ever undertake, the Health & Safety Executive says.  Company car drivers in the UK are 49% more likely to be involved in traffic collisions, even after correcting for demographic variables and their relatively high mileages.  Countless other will suffer stress, anxiety and/or minor injuries from unreported incidents.

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