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Exposure to TB Leads to Fines for Trust

An NHS Trust has been fined after several employees were exposed to a strain of TB that is potentially deadly. The staff at Royale Brompton and Harefield Trust were exposed to the risk when a test vial smashed in a laboratory. The incident occurred in January 2011 and the Health and Safety Executive investigated to… Read the Full Post

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Keeping Reports and Records Under RIDDOR

RIDDOR EXPLAINED There is a law that demands employers and those with responsibilities within a work place must keep records and reports for: Fatalities that are work related Serious injuries Industrial diseases that have been diagnosed Near miss accidents known as dangerous occurrences The law is called RIDDOR, Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences… Read the Full Post

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Working with Asbestos – Get Asbestos Training

Before undertaking any work in a building you should ask the boss of the job whether an an asbestos survey has been carried out and is Asbestos present. If working on a non-domestic building you can ask for this information before you give a quote for the work you will be doing. If you discover… Read the Full Post

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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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Deepwater Horizon: Two BP employees charged with manslaughter

The Department of Justice in the US has filed the largest criminal fine in the history of the US against BP over the disaster of Deepwater Horizon in April 2010. The Department of Justice also indicted two senior supervisors of the company on manslaughter charges. A former executive with the BP has also faced charges… Read the Full Post

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Construction firm in the dock following a forklift incident

A forklift driver suffered severe injuries after one of his hands became trapped while he was transporting a load which was not adequately supported on his vehicle. The incident took place on 26th April 2010 at the premises of The Builders Supply Company Limited, in Edinburgh. The worker in question was a 19 year-old man… 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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A Garden centre is charged with corporate manslaughter

Norfolk garden nursery has been charged with corporate manslaughter by the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to an employee who died two years ago. On 15th July 2010 Mr. Grzegorz Krystian Pieton met his death after he suffered an electric shock that was caused when a metal hydraulic lift trailer that he was pulling came… Read the Full Post

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