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Working at height is a risky business

Posted: January 11th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Working at height can be a risky business, as a horticultural nursery worker found out at his expense when he fell through the glass roof of a greenhouse while carrying out maintenance works. In this case, the employer was found to be at fault for not providing the right training or for reducing the risks their workers were exposed to. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 are designed, however, to prevent this type of accident from occurring. They apply to… Read more »

Suffolk County Council’s Highways Department breached health and safety

Posted: January 10th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive has taken legal action against Suffolk County Council following its findings of three breaches of regulations designed to protect workers’ safety. The Council’s highways department employs one hundred and twenty road workers, four of whom have developed hand arm vibration syndrome as a result of working with vibrating machinery over a period of several years. Hand-held machinery such as power drills and chain saws can cause persistent but tiny amounts of damage to nerves and… Read more »

Worker crushed by 1.5 tonne weight

Posted: January 10th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Once again, a lack of understanding of the risks and the absence of adequate safety procedures has resulted in serious injury that could easily have caused loss of life. A maintenance engineer was left minus the tops of three vertebrae, plus a broken shoulder and two cracked ribs when a one and a half tonne counterweight descended on him and pinned him to the junction box of the zinc galvanising machine he was working on. An investigation into the incident… Read more »

Nursery fined after worker falls through glass roof

Posted: January 9th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

An absence of adequate health and safety training has been identified as one of the main contributing factors in an accident at a horticultural nursery in Evesham. A 21 year old man was left unable to work for three months following a 3 metre fall through a glass roof onto a concrete floor. He sustained multiple injuries, including concussion with blood on the brain and a fractured hand. An investigation into the incident by The Health and Safety Executive found… Read more »

How a lack of training and first aid procedures can endanger life

Posted: January 9th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A logistics firm based in Lichfield has been fined a total of £60,000 for serious health and safety failings that could easily have cost the life of one of its fork-lift truck drivers. In August 2008, a sixty-year old fork-lift driver was loading computer cabinets onto a trailer, when he noticed that one of the cabinets was unstable on the forks. He stopped the fork-lift truck in order to prevent the cabinet from falling, but was unable to do so… Read more »

The Mental Capacity Act: protecting vulnerable adults

Posted: January 6th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Anyone who works with or cares for a person who is unable to make their own decisions must be aware of The Mental Capacity Act and its implications. It is designed to protect those who are made vulnerable by a lack of mental capacity that impairs their decision-making capabilities. There are numerous reasons why a person may not be able to make decision on their own, ranging from mental health conditions and learning difficulties to brain injuries and being in… Read more »

Emergency First Aiders at Work

Posted: January 6th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

All employers must undertake a first-aid needs assessment in order to ascertain whether their company requires the appointment of a qualified first-aider, and if so, how many. For low-risk companies, the presence of a first-aider may prove to be unnecessary, but they still need to choose an ‘appointed person’. This individual will need to take responsibility for any first-aid equipment (replenishing the first-aid kit, ensuring use-by dates are respected etc.) as well as for contacting the emergency services when necessary…. Read more »

Death cap mushroom claims two lives at New Year’s party

Posted: January 5th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A New Years’ Eve party in Australia took a tragic turn when death cap mushrooms were mistaken for straw fungi and served up as part of the evening meal. Four of the guests were rushed to hospital after eating the poisonous mushrooms. One was later discharged, while two of the dinner guests unfortunately died. The death cap mushroom, while abundant in certain areas of Australia, can also be found closer to home. In 2010, one woman died and another was… Read more »

What is COSHH?

Posted: January 5th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

COSHH is a law that pertains to the Control Of Substances that are Hazardous to Health. It obliges employers to take certain measures to protect the lives and health of their workers. Which industries does COSHH relate to? Many businesses use substances or products that could be harmful to human health. Even common substances such as paint or bleach need to be handled with care and workers should not be exposed to them without the necessary precautions. Other businesses may… Read more »

Fresh warnings from HSE as the number of workplace deaths rose in 2011

Posted: January 4th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Health and safety measures sometimes come in for ridicule and criticism, and yet The Health and Safety Executive have been forced to issue new warnings to employers in the UK as deaths in the workplace are again on the increase. • In 2009/10, 147 people were killed at work. • This rose to 171 for the year 2010/11, with 24,700 workers suffering serious injury. Certain industries are, of course, more high risk than others; construction, agriculture, and waste and recycling… Read more »

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