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£300,000 fine for company that failed surveyor

Posted: March 25th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A surveyor was killed by a reversing lorry as he talked on his mobile phone, while he was working on the project to widen the M25 near Dartford. It is thought he did not hear the lorry reversing up behind him as he was walking along the closed-off central reservation, and was hit by the eight-wheel vehicle. He died at the scene of the accident. The subsequent Health and Safety Executive investigation found that the accident had been allowed to… Read more »

How reducing food waste could help those in need

Posted: March 25th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A labour MP is bringing forward a private member’s bill in parliament, asking for a law to force supermarkets to donate edible and healthy food waste to charities. With a rising global population, the world’s food resources are under ever-increasing pressure, and yet it is thought that up to half of all edible food waste is destroyed or sent to land-fill. Increased financial hardship in the UK and elsewhere is likely to mean that more and more people are struggling… Read more »

Engineer loses a finger on production line

Posted: March 24th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A manufacturing firm in West Yorkshire has been successfully prosecuted following an accident on a new press production line. The production line, which used presses to produce lids for whiskey bottles, was still in the development stage, but despite the fact that it was experiencing frequent teething problems, it was being used for the production of around twenty thousand caps per day for a new client. On the day in question, an engineer was attempting to resolve a mis-feed problem… Read more »

Could black market food sales cause an increase in food poisoning?

Posted: March 23rd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

We are being told on a daily basis that these are times of financial strife that require a period of austerity and cut-backs. One consequence of this that we may not automatically think about is the increase of black market food sales and the effects that this could have on public health. Reports of animal rustling are on the increase, with sheep and cows regularly disappearing from farmer’s fields. There is a fear that certain unscrupulous individuals are stealing livestock,… Read more »

CIEH Level 2 Award in Manual Handling

Posted: March 22nd, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The importance of Manual Handling Health and Safety Training should never be underestimated. Many people’s jobs involve some lifting, pulling, pushing and carrying, and most of us are probably vaguely aware of the correct way to lift or carry something. We are probably less aware, however, of the risks involved in manual handling, particularly if it is not carried out correctly. Not only does the training raise awareness of these risks, but it also provides employees with the skills necessary… Read more »

The Future Food Risks Conference 2012

Posted: March 22nd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Food Standards Agency recently organised The Future Food Risks Conference in London, bringing together a group of food experts from various organisations in an attempt to identify likely future risks to our food chain. As the previous article showed, one of the consequences of increased austerity in our society is the rise in stolen livestock and the resultant increase in black market food sales. These untraceable food products are likely to have been produced with little regard for food… Read more »

Food Safety Week 2012

Posted: March 21st, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

This year, food safety week will run from 11th to 17th June. While it is aimed at improving awareness and food safety in the home, it can also act as a reminder to businesses that prepare, sell or serve food to the public. As the country comes to terms with a new age of austerity, the campaign this year is being run in conjunction with the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign. This theme is designed to raise awareness of how… Read more »

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006: an overview

Posted: March 20th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

These regulations are designed to cover three aspects of asbestos: • The prohibition of asbestos • The control of asbestos at work • The licensing of asbestos The prohibition of asbestos The importation, supply and use of all forms of new asbestos (blue, brown and white) are prohibited, as is the second-hand use of asbestos. The control of asbestos at work Asbestos was a popular building material before its prohibition, and was widely used in the construction industry. Materials containing… Read more »

Fire destroys Oxfordshire landmark and offices

Posted: March 19th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A seventeenth century thatched barn, thought to be the longest in Britain at one hundred metres, was destroyed by a huge blaze at the weekend. The Grade II listed building, valued at nearly £5 million, accommodated the offices of an energy company. The cause of the fire is not yet known. As well as reducing the landmark building to a pile of smouldering timber and ashes, the fire also causes severe disruption to the village it had been an integral… Read more »

Strimmer attachment banned and company fined after tragic accident

Posted: March 18th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A tragic accident left a family of four without a father when an attachment came loose from a strimmer and struck a man on the back of the neck. The man had been working on the construction site of a new business park, clearing vegetation with a chainsaw. A colleague was working on a nearby bank using the strimmer, when a chain link became detached and hit the 37 year old man, causing fatal injuries. The subsequent HSE investigation found… Read more »

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