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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 releases annual injury and ill-health statistics for Great Britain

Statistics released today show that Great Britain is still one of the safest places in the world to work with the lowest number of deaths on record.  However, more than half of Britain’s working days lost in 2019/20 were due to mental ill-health.  The annual report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) includes statistics for work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, enforcement action taken, and the associated costs to Great Britain.

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Manufacturer fined after worker’s arm caught in machinery

A company that manufactures composite hose products has been fined after an inexperienced agency worker was injured when he was pulled into a spinning lathe, sustaining open fractures to his right arm.  Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 20 November 2018, a worker at Novaflex Ltd was operating a lathe at the Bromborough site when the sleeve of his sweatshirt caught between a pitch wheel and rotating mandrel, pulling his arm into the machine.

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Metal pressings manufacturer in court over segregation failures

A manufacturer which failed to safely segregate workers and vehicles has been ordered to pay £525,000 after a worker was hit by a forklift truck.  On 23 November 2018, the employee was working at G-Tekt Europe Manufacturing's premises in Tredegar, south east Wales. He was struck by the vehicle, causing a serious brain injury which led to him being placed in an induced coma.

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Manufacturing workers still being exposed to dangerous levels of air pollutants in the workplace

Up to 440,000 workers with health conditions that are worsened by air pollution are still being exposed to unhealthy levels of airborne hazards and pollution; regulation limits are too weak and are not being enforced, according to a new whitepaper.  The whitepaper by Global Action Plan and Zehnder Clean Air Solutions has discovered that the quality of the air in the manufacturing sector continues to be underplayed and not acted upon with workers in the UK still being exposed to unhealthy levels of airborne hazards and pollution.

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HSE and Sefton Council target Liverpool City Region for COVID-secure spot inspections

Sefton Council is one of many local authorities working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) checking on businesses to make sure they are COVID-secure.  Sefton is part of the Liverpool City Region that has just been placed in the highest lockdown tier following discussions between central and local government.

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UK nuclear regulator starts legal proceedings against Sellafield Ltd

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has started legal proceedings against Sellafield Ltd over an alleged health and safety breach at its nuclear processing site earlier this year, the watchdog said on Friday.  The charge relates to an incident on April 24 when a Sellafield employee sustained injuries while working on high voltage electrical equipment.

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Agency driver was crushed to death by overloaded pallet of tiles

A transport company has been fined after a lorry driver who had worked for the firm for just two weeks was crushed to death by a pallet of tiles weighing 1400kg.

Named in local press reports as Petru Pop, the agency worker was carrying out a delivery for Reason Transport UK on 23 November 2016 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He was delivering a pallet of stone tiles using a tail-lift and a manual pallet truck. After struggling to lift and manoeuvre the pallet onto the truck’s tail-lift, he lost control of the pallet, which fell onto him. He sustained fatal crush injuries.

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Drivers to be banned from picking up mobile phones

It will become illegal for anyone to pick up and use their mobile phone while driving, under new legislation to be enacted next year.  The change will end a loophole that can allow drivers to escape punishment for using a hand-held phone to take a photo or play a game.

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BESA GUIDANCE, NEWS AND USEFUL INFORMATION

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has published new guidance to help engineering and construction firms keep their staff safe in the light of new government restrictions.

The Association’s Covid-19 Panel has produced two new guidance documents providing clear and practical information about how to reduce the risk of virus transmission on site and methods for carrying out risk assessments for workers who have to stay away from home

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Tough new measures to tackle modern slavery

Ambitious new measures to strengthen the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to ensure that large businesses and public bodies tackle modern slavery risks in supply chains have been announced by the UK government.

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