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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.

Fine after serious crush at recycling plant

In this incident, Mr Mucha had reversed the RCV into the processing plant in preparation for unloading. The unloading process required the driver to operate controls located to the rear of the RCV. It was while Mr Mucha was working to the rear of the vehicle that the incident occurred.

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Where are the traffic accident blackspots in your area?

Use the interactive map to find out the prevalence of traffic accidents in your area.

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Volvo fined after ‘life changing injuries’ suffered in crush incident

The HSE investigation found that Volvo Group UK Limited had failed to provide a sufficient number of wheel chocks for use by its employees and failed to provide information, instruction, supervision and training of its employees in their use. Volvo Group also failed to provide a suitable induction of the employee in safe working practices, it was found.

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Solar panel company fined after worker falls through skylight

A solar panel company has been fined after a worker fell through a skylight during the installation of solar panels on a farm workshop in East Sussex. Brighton Magistrates Court heard how, on the 23 July 2018, an employee of SolarUK Limited was carrying out installation work on the fragile roof in Ninfield.

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Company fined following multiple safety failings on construction site

A construction company has today been fined after failing to ensure the safety and welfare of workers on site during the renovation of a property. Preston Magistrates’ Court heard how, between 12 December 2015 and 14 June 2018, Navkaar Limited put its workers at serious risk of personal injury or death at a construction site in Blackpool.

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How do major construction projects manage workers’ health effectively?

Work related ill-health in the construction sector is a major concern worldwide. In the UK, around 80,000 people are harmed each year and there are approximately 4,000 worker deaths compared to 39 who die as a result of accidents.

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Company and director fined following dangerous construction work around a domestic boiler

A building company and its director have been fined for unsafe construction work around a domestic gas boiler which resulted in a gas escape.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard how MD Building Contractors Ltd was contracted to undertake construction work at Brooklyn Avenue, Aston, Birmingham, between 26 July and 28 August 2017. The work was an extension to the kitchen.

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Vehicle servicing company fined after truck rolled and crushed employee

Volvo Group UK Limited has been fined after an employee at the Cardonald Depot was crushed by a truck, leading to serious injury.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that on 7 June 2016 an employee of Volvo Group UK Limited was testing the brakes of a low-loader truck unit and trailer at the Cardonald depot, Glasgow.

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Putting the Health into H&S

The 12th consecutive TSA Health & Safety Seminar was held on 14th March, presented by Martin Mulholland and Geoff Davies from MD Safety Management and generously hosted by Leica Geosystems at their Head Office in Milton Keynes.  TSA Members enjoy this free event every year, with legislative updates and news followed by a more in-depth focus on a particular subject.

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Equality revenge: Achieving a gender and diversity balance in construction

“There is some great work being done and a drive to provide equal opportunities for people of all backgrounds – the benefits of having a diverse workforce are clear.“However, there are some passionate people who are unwittingly damaging the cause by failing to recognise that their own campaign is discriminating against those so called people who have held them back.“I am still fairly new to the world of construction. 18 months to be precise.

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