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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 worker suffers crush injury

Chemical company, Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Ltd (Reckitt Benckiser Ltd), was fined for safety breaches after a worker had his left arm crushed in a bottle filling machine.  The 25-year-old worker suffered an open crush injury to his left forearm at the company’s site in Dansom Lane South, Kingston upon Hull. He also sustained tendon damage to the forearm, wrist and hand, Grimsby Magistrates Court was told.

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Oldham business owner loses appeal against conviction over health and safety failings

A MAN jailed over health and safety failing which led to his building in Oldham to collapse into the ground in the middle of the day has lost an appeal against his conviction.    King’s House building was being converted from an office space into a shisha bar in August 2016 when disaster struck the day after it was reported to the local authority over business concerns.

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AWE pleads guilty to health and safety offence

THE ATOMIC Weapons Establishment (AWE) has been fined £660,000 after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974).  AWE was also ordered to pay costs of £9,945.71 during a virtual hearing at High Wycombe Magistrates Court.

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Safety experts take season’s goodwill to those sleeping in bins

While the Christmas story celebrates a magical night in a stable, a sad and dangerous reality of the festive season for a growing number of people sleeping rough in the UK is taking shelter in a waste bin.  Sadly, there will be thousands of vulnerable people who are tempted to do this, not just over Christmas but all year round, risking unimaginable death or injury from crushing by being unknowingly tipped into a bin lorry.

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Lightwater Valley fined £350k over boy's rollercoaster fall

A theme park where a boy fell from a rollercoaster has been fined £350,000 for health and safety breaches. The seven-year-old was airlifted to hospital with head injuries after falling from the ride at Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire in May 2019.  York Magistrates' Court heard the ride no longer operated and the park viewed the accident with 'great sadness'.

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HSE statement following incident at water recycling centre in Avonmouth

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) remains at the site of a water recycling centre in Avonmouth following yesterday’s fatal explosion.  HSE is fully supporting the investigation into the incident, for which Avon and Somerset Police have primacy.

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Council fined £300k after toddler fell through gap in railings

A local authority has been fined after a young child fell almost three metres to the floor from a gap in railings, sustaining serious head injuries. On 16 November 2018, a family was visiting Chester City centre to watch the Christmas parade. While standing at a viewing point on The Rows at Bridge Street, their 21-month-old daughter fell through a gap in the railings onto the floor below, fracturing to her skull.

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HSE launches investigation into Urbaser worker’s death

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched an investigation into the death of a refuse collector working for Urbaser at a school in Kent on 25 November.  The worker, who has not yet been named, was completing his morning collections at the Benenden School on behalf of Tunbridge Wells borough council. He was hit by a refuse collection vehicle in the school’s grounds and died at the scene. No-one else hurt in the incident.

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Footage reveals dangers of not paying attention in roadworks

Highways England has urged motorists to drive carefully through roadworks as it reveals new research and shocking footage that show the dangers of not paying attention.  Latest data shows road workers have reported around 6,500 incidents over three years of drivers going through cones and into roadworks sites – an average of 175 a month.

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HSE to prosecute following Birmingham fatal wall collapse in 2016

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution is being brought against two companies after five workers were fatally injured and another seriously injured at a site in Birmingham.  On 7 July 2016, Ousmane Kaba Diaby, Saibo Sumbundu Sillah, Bangally Tunkara Dukuray, Almamo Kinteh Jammeh and Mahamadou Jagana Jagana were all fatally crushed by a collapsing wall at the site on Aston Church Road in Nechells area of the city. Tombong Camara Conteh sustained serious injuries.

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