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Here's Why Fire Safety Needs to Be a Top Priority in Your Workplace
Here's Why Fire Safety Needs to Be a Top Priority in Your Workplace
Although summer has come and gone, there are still some burning-hot risks hiding in your workplace. Indeed, regardless of the temperature outside, an on-site fire could wreak havoc within your organisation at any time. What’s more, recent government statistics revealed that there has been an increase in fire-related incidents across the UK this past year. 

And the ramifications of...

Recent Health & Safety News and Prosecutions
Recent Health & Safety News and Prosecutions
Company Fined After Child Dies From Falling Gate

An electric gate company was recently fined after a young boy died from a falling gate incident. The boy was playing on the gate in an underground car park by pushing it open and closed. But the gate—which was installed by the company—lacked an end stop, which allowed the boy to push the gate beyond the retaining mechanism. 

As...

Stop Slipping: How to Prevent the Most Common Cause of Workplace Injury
Stop Slipping: How to Prevent the Most Common Cause of Workplace Injury
Whether it be a slippery surface, damaged floor coverings (e.g. a rug or carpet), improperly stored equipment or a dimly lit area, a wide variety of hazards can contribute to slips, trips and falls (STFs) in the workplace. 

What’s more, slips and trips take the top spot as the most common cause of work-related injury across industry lines, according to the Health and Safety Executive....

Recent HSE News & Prosecutions: Multiple Companies Fined Following Worker Fatality
Recent HSE News & Prosecutions: Multiple Companies Fined Following Worker Fatality
Two companies received fines following a lifting operation that resulted in the death of an employee. After Larkin Eng Services Limited contracted Cumbria Design Scaffold Limited to collect two metal walkways and deliver them using a flatbed lorry and a mounted crane, the employee was asked to assist in the delivery operation. However, the walkways were not securely fastened to the back of the lorry....

HSE Prosecution update
HSE Prosecution update
As you may already know, the limits on fines for Health and Safety offences have gone up and dramatically so. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publishes the figures for prosecutions and the fines each year. The latest figures being produced up to March 2018 (provisionally). Please note that these figures will include Scotland.

Overall the total amount of fines has increased...

Multiple Companies Fined After Security Guard is Killed
Multiple Companies Fined After Security Guard is Killed
Several companies have been fined following a fatal accident at the Immingham Docks. A security guard employed at the dock walked in front of an approaching HGV, causing the vehicle to run over the guard and kill him at the scene. Further investigation revealed Associated British Ports failed to provide signage requiring drivers to stop and report to security. In addition, ICTS (UK) Ltd did not offer...

Employee Stress in the Workplace - How to Help
Employee Stress in the Workplace - How to Help
While every employee experiences job-related stress at one point or another, too much stress in the workplace can lead to the development of serious mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. And recent data from the HSE revealed that this problem is far too common. In fact, stress, depression and anxiety account for over 40 per cent of work-related ill health complications, with 15.4 million...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Waste Company Fined Following Workers' Injuries in Explosion 
A waste company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,603.14 after two employees suffered burn injuries while processing flammable aerosol containers. The workers were processing aerosol canisters using an industrial plastic shredder. When using a gas-operated forklift to place the canisters into the...

Lone Workers Face Unique Risks: Keep Them Healthy and Safe
Lone Workers Face Unique Risks: Keep Them Healthy and Safe
Nearly 8 million employees in the UK are lone workers (those that work by themselves without direct supervision)—that’s more than 20 per cent of the working population, according to industry research. Especially in the age of technological advancements and flexible work offerings (e.g. working remotely), lone working has become an increasingly common practice. Whether it be a homeworker,...

Here’s How to Protect Your Employees’  Ears From Excessive Noise Exposure
Here’s How to Protect Your Employees’ Ears From Excessive Noise Exposure
While many may associate excessive noise with an excited crowd at a sporting event or the front rows of a concert, this sensory experience can occur in the workplace as well. Employees in the construction, agriculture, manufacturing and entertainment industries often experience excessive noise due to the nature of their work. 

If workers in your organisation are exposed to excessive noise,...

HSE News and Prosecutions
HSE News and Prosecutions
Manufacturing Company Fined After Employee Lost Multiple Fingers

A decorative panel manufacturing company has been fined £45,225 and ordered to pay costs of £1,612 after a worker suffered an injury when using an industrial saw. When the employee reached inside what he believed was a viewing hole to clear waste offcuts from sawing a medium density fibreboard, a drive and chain sprocket...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Director Jailed After Explosion Deaths 
The owner and director of Clearview Design and Construction Limited was sentenced to an eight-month custodial sentence and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170 after he pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach that killed two brothers. The brothers were hired as labourers to refurbish units in an industrial park. While working inside a...

HSE Recent News and Prosecutions
HSE Recent News and Prosecutions
Construction Firm Fined Over Safety and Welfare Failings

Toft Construction Ltd was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,176.90 after failing to safeguard its workers and the public. The firm had been hired to refurbish a domestic property, which required deep excavation in the front garden. In its investigation, the HSE found that the firm had failed to implement safety barriers...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Plastics Manufacturer Fined £1 Million After a Delivery Driver’s Death
Glynwed Pipe Systems Ltd was fined £1 million and ordered to pay costs of £27,942.57 after a delivery driver visiting the company was struck and killed by a forklift. The driver had arrived at the yard area when a forklift overladen with large coils struck him. In its investigation, the HSE found that...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Introducing the World’s First International Occupational Health and Safety Standard

An average of 2.78 million workers die across the globe each year due to work-related accidents or illnesses, according to the International Labour Organization. In an effort to address this staggering statistic, the International Organization for Standardization began developing a new occupational health...

The United Kingdom Ablaze: Fire-related Deaths Increase Significantly
The United Kingdom Ablaze: Fire-related Deaths Increase Significantly
From October 2016 to September 2017, 346 people died in fires, an increase of 93 over the previous year, according to the Home Office. Even if the 71 deaths at Grenfell Tower are excluded, the number of deaths due to fire is still 9 per cent higher than the previous year. What’s more, the number of incidents attended by fire services increased by 3 per cent.
With fire hazards becoming more...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Birmingham Contractor Fined £500,000 After Worker Struck by Tipper Truck
MV Kelly Ltd was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £30,000 with a victim surcharge of £120 after a worker was struck by a tipper truck. The worker was trying to get the attention of a vehicle in an adjacent worksite when he was struck and run over by a truck. While the accident did not kill...

HSE Releases 2016/17 Statistics
HSE Releases 2016/17 Statistics

The HSE recently published its 2016/17 health and safety statistics report, which provides a way for your organisation to review how it fares in regard to the rest of the country. Here are six key figures from 2016-17:

1. An estimated 516,000 individuals were diagnosed with an illness that they contracted through their workplace environments.

2. More than 31 million working...