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Don't Ignore Near-miss Reporting: Here's Why
Don't Ignore Near-miss Reporting: Here's Why
Following a serious accident on-site, many employers respond by re-evaluating their workplace risks and controls to determine what went wrong and how they can reduce the likelihood of future incidents. But in reality, many work-related accidents can be prevented altogether with the implementation of an effective near-miss reporting system. Indeed, the HSE defines a near-miss as an incident that didn’t...

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...

Company Sentenced After Employee Suffers Serious Injuries to Face
Company Sentenced After Employee Suffers Serious Injuries to Face
A manufacturing company and the organisation’s director were sentenced with various fines after an employee was dragged into a rotating drive shaft.

The employee was working in a production line when her hair got caught in the rotating shaft, resulting in the loss of her scalp, ears and one of her thumbs. Further investigation revealed that the production line lacked adequate safety guards....

Recent Health & Safety News and Prosecutions
Recent Health & Safety News and Prosecutions
Several Parties Sentenced After Worker Fell From Height

A company, two directors and a contractor received various sentencings after an electrician fell from height through an unprotected stairwell. The employee was performing electrical work on a property owned by the contractor when he fell from a damaged board and landed on the concrete floor, suffering several fractures, a bleed on the brain...

Company Fined After Two Employees Fall From Height
Company Fined After Two Employees Fall From Height
A construction company recently received a significant fine following a fall from height accident that left two workers injured. The employees were working on a new build of three terraced houses and had gained unrestricted access to a timber-joisted floor. The workers then fell through the ceiling and sustained serious injuries—causing them to be unable to return to full time work. 

Further...

Sitting Is a Silent Killer: Help Employees Avoid Sedentary Risks in the Workplace
Sitting Is a Silent Killer: Help Employees Avoid Sedentary Risks in the Workplace
While you might envision a high-risk workplace as one that places employees in frequently hazardous situations—such as handling machinery, dealing with dangerous substances or performing heavy lifting—recent research revealed that sedentary behaviour (e.g. sitting for extended periods) is one of the largest culprits of work-related injury and ill-health. Indeed, over 80 per cent of UK office...

Company Faces £1.4m Fine After Employee Crush Injury
Company Faces £1.4m Fine After Employee Crush Injury
A food processing company received a significant fine last month following a worker’s serious injury from a machine mishap on the poultry slaughter line.

The employee was trying to clear a blockage on the conveying system when he was struck by a metal stillage, resulting in several crush injuries—including fractured ribs, a punctured lung and a fracture to his back. Further investigation...

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....

Keep an ‘Eye’ on Employee Vision: How  Eye Care Can Improve Productivity
Keep an ‘Eye’ on Employee Vision: How Eye Care Can Improve Productivity
Ensuring safe and clear vision can help employees across sectors complete their job effectively and protect their eyes from on-site dangers. However, recent research revealed that prioritising eye care in the workplace offers even greater advantages, including overall employee well-being and increased productivity.

Although only 52 per cent of organisations currently provide employees with eye...

Recent HSE Prosecutions: Landlord and Contractor are Fined After Asbestos Breach
Recent HSE Prosecutions: Landlord and Contractor are Fined After Asbestos Breach
Both a landlord and building contractor were fined after a property demolition resulted in the release of large amounts of asbestos fibres. The landlord hired a building contractor to replace a conservatory containing asbestos panels at a rented property, which caused asbestos to spread as the panels were removed in an uncontained manner. 

An HSE investigation revealed the landlord failed...

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 and Director Jailed After Worker Suffers Fatality
A waste and recycling company was fined £700,000 and ordered to pay costs of £99,886.57 following a worker fatality from a machine accident. In 2010, the employee was working with a machine used to compress waste materials into small bales and entered the baling chamber to clear a blockage. After doing so, the machine...

Don’t Let Your Elderly Employees Become a Statistic: How to Keep Them Safe
Don’t Let Your Elderly Employees Become a Statistic: How to Keep Them Safe
Recent HSE data revealed nearly 40 per cent of workplace fatalities in 2017-18 were workers above the age of 60, representing almost a 25 per cent increase from the previous year. And these numbers are particularly alarming considering those over the age of 60 represent just 10 per cent of the UK working population. Make sure your workplace protects elderly employees from potential risks with these...

Health and Safety Statistics for 2017-18 Are Here: Areas Where You Can Improve
Health and Safety Statistics for 2017-18 Are Here: Areas Where You Can Improve
Every year, the HSE releases updated workplace health and safety statistics, providing employers with the opportunity to see how their company ranks in terms of health and safety initiatives, as well as highlighting key areas for improvement. This year’s data revealed a total of 144 workplace fatalities—nearly a 5 per cent increase from the previous year. Review these key figures from the...

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...

HSE News and Prosecutions
HSE News and Prosecutions
Oil Industry Giant Fined Following Employee Injury from Gas Cylinder

Shell UK received a £60,000 fine after a technician suffered a serious injury from a gas cylinder on an offshore installation. When a technician rolled a cylinder along the floor and removed the protective cap, the trigger mechanism activated, releasing enough pressure to force the technician to drop the cylinder. This...

Lessening the Burden of Lung Disease
Lessening the Burden of Lung Disease
Occupational lung disease has become a serious killer among UK workers, according to recent data. In fact, work-related lung disease such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and mesothelioma kills nearly 12,000 Brits each year, according to the HSE. Lung disease often develops from exposure to carcinogens in the workplace such as asbestos, silica dust and diesel engine exhaust emissions. 

Consider...

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...

Finding Trends in 2018 Fatality Figures
Finding Trends in 2018 Fatality Figures
The HSE’s recent annual workplace fatality figures report revealed that 144 workers suffered fatal injuries between April 2017 and March 2018—an additional nine deaths compared to the previous year. The report identified the following trends:
The top three causes of fatal injuries include workers falling from height, being struck by a moving vehicle and being struck by a moving object....