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Opposition warns that health and safety duties could be set back by the removal of strict liability

The Bill for Enterprise and Regulatory Reforms which includes a proposed amendment to civil liability laws concerning health and safety duties is currently being tabled in Parliament. The House of Commons held a debate earlier this week concerning this Bill which provides for a wide range of amendments to the regime of business regulations. The… Read the Full Post

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Tyre factory worker badly injured in unguarded conveyor

A Northern Ireland company dealing with tyre recycling failed to put in place vital safety measures to protect employees using a conveyor. The occurrence took place on 22nd July 2011 at OM Tyre Recycling Limited’s plant in Mayobridge. Andrzei Zamela was trying to clear an impasse of shredded tyre pieces that had accumulated on an… Read the Full Post

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Maintenance worker was exposed to poisonous gas at soft-drinks plant

A contractor, while doing servicing to equipment at a factory that manufactures soft-drinks internationally, was exposed to a deadly gas-ozone gas. Loughborough Magistrates’ Court heard that Cott Beverages Ltd contracted Hanovia Ltd to service their UV equipment. The factory is based in Kegworth. On 26 July 2010, Richard Sharp, who is an employee of Hanovia… Read the Full Post

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The HSE Want Your Opinion on Proposed Changes to the First Aid Regulations

The Health and Safety Executive are asking for views on the proposed changes to first aid training that is offered in the UK. The Consultative Document wants to see how the public feel about the proposed changes that will apply to Regulation 3(2) of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.  The HSE has… Read the Full Post

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Health and Safety Rights for Workers Being Reduced Under New Proposals

The rights workers have regarding their personal health and safety at work are due to be scaled down according to a report in The Independent on 3rd November 2012. Under the proposed changes employees that are injured at work will now have to work harder to prove the employer is to blame for the accident.… Read the Full Post

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Factory and safety consultant slapped with a fine for machine guarding failures

A Health and safety consultant working for a company based in Hampshire and his company have been prosecuted after fingers of two workers were severed inside a machine in separate incidents. Both incidents occurred in Fareham, Hampshire inside the factory of Porvair Filtration Group Limited. Last year on 12th April, a worker operating a guillotine… Read the Full Post

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Director failed to say publicly the health and safety convictions

A business involved in plant and demolition has had its HGV license suspended because of the director’s failure to disclose health and safety convictions to the Traffic Commissioner. In May this year, Birstall Plant and Demolition Services Limited was also fined ten thousand pounds after an HSE prosecution following an incident when a worker sustained… Read the Full Post

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Reporting Accidents at Work

The law for reporting accidents and incidents and keeping adequate records is known as the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations, or RIDDOR for short.  Under this law it is necessary to report and record incidents such as: Deaths that are work related Serious injuries Industrial disease diagnosis Any occurrences that are considered… Read the Full Post

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HSE Intervention Fees are Now in Play

The Health and Safety cost recovery scheme is now fully active. Any intervention the HSE has to make will now be chargeable; yet another reason to make sure health and safety is one of your top priorities. Any companies that are investigated by the HSE will now be liable for a number of costs that… Read the Full Post

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Using Chemicals at Work

When using chemicals at work it is important to be aware of the laws surrounding health and safety.  There are many industries that have to use hazardous liquids and materials, or that create them through a process.  There are many different types of jobs where chemicals are present including Lab technicians Employees working in a… Read the Full Post

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