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Director jailed for failing to protect workers from asbestos exposure A company director has been jailed for eight months after failing to protect workers from exposure to asbestos at a student development project in Winchester. Stephen Davies, 59, had set up Cavendish Winchester Ltd with the sole purpose of refurbishing the Winnall Close commercial unit into student rental accommodation.…

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News and Insights – Health and Safety News March 2024

What are the latest updates to publications on first aid at work? Insights & News – Complisafe HSE has made recent updates to 2 publications on first aid at work: First aid at work: The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Guidance on Regulations L74 (hse.gov.uk) This document provides guidance on: managing the provision of first aid (first-aid kit, equipment, rooms etc) requirements and training for first-aiders requirements for appointed persons making employees aware of first-aid arrangements first aid and the self-employed cases where first-aid regulations do not apply The third edition was reissued with minor amendments in 2018 to: further clarify the significance of the 2013 amendment to regulation 3(2), which ended HSE’s approval of first-aid training providers update guidance on the use of automated external defibrillators, and blended learning in first-aid training incorporate some additional amendments to take account of other previous legislative changes The third edition has been further updated with minor amendments in 2024 to: emphasise employers’ responsibilities to take account of employees’ mental health in their first-aid needs assessment change the term ‘catastrophic bleeding’ to ‘life-threatening bleeding’ with more guidance on what employers should do if they identify this as a risk in their workplace simplify guidance on how to decide what first aid to provide How to go about selecting a first-aid training provider: A guide for employers GEIS3 – Selecting a first aid training provider – A guide for employers (hse.gov.uk)…

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Lorry loaders crush risk from powered tilting stabilisers

Health and Safety Executive – Safety notice Department name: Engagement and Policy Division (EPD)Bulletin number: EPD04-2023Issue date: 12/23Target audience: Lorry loader operators, owners and hirers, service and repairers, installers, manufacturers, Appointed Persons and sites receiving lorry loaders.  Issue On some lorry loaders with powered ‘tilting’ (also known as ‘swing-up’ or ‘rotating’) stabilisers people can be crushed against the bodywork of the vehicle when the stabilisers are being retracted.…

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Workplace Risk Assessment

HSE publishes annual work-related ill health and injury statistics for 2022/23

Key figures for Great Britain (2022/23) 1.8 million working people suffering from a work-related illness, of which 875,000 workers suffering work-related stress, depression or anxiety 473,000 workers suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder 2,268 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2021) 135 workers killed in work-related accidents 561,000 working people sustained an injury at work according to the Labour Force Survey 60,645 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR 35.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury £20.7 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2021/22) Nearly two million workers in Great Britain reported suffering from work-related ill health in 2022/23.…

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HSE has been made aware of a potential issue regarding the testing of boots to an American Standard; ASTM F2412-18A.  

The ASTM Standard contains a single test procedure representative of a very restricted working environment. In many cases, these limitations have not been made clear on the packaging or the product instructions.

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School trust fined after children injured by classroom ceiling collapse

An educational trust has been fined after 15 school children and their teacher were injured when their classroom ceiling collapsed during a lesson. Fifteen Year 3 pupils, aged between seven and eight, and their teacher had the ceiling collapse onto them at Rosemead Preparatory School in London, at around 9.30am on 15 November 2021.…

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Printing company fined after worker’s hand crushed

A commercial printing company has been fined £100,000 after an employee’s hand was crushed by a laminating machine. The man had been working for Celloglas Limited at the firm’s site at Cross Green Industrial Estate in Leeds. He was attempting to fix a laminating machine on 25 November 2020 when his right hand was drawn into the device and crushed between two rollers.…

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Manchester company director fined after obstructing HSE investigation

A Manchester-based construction company and its director have been fined after a catalogue of health and safety failings following an inspection. On 13 January 2022, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors visited a timber-frame housing development under construction off Brookwood Drive in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent by a company called Amro Construction Ltd.…

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Construction firm fined £90,000 after exposing public to asbestos during renovation work

A Warrington-based construction company has been fined £90,000 after exposing people to asbestos during a renovation project in the Hanley area of Stoke-on-Trent. Despite failing to attend Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court on 24 August 2023, Esskay Construction Ltd was found guilty in its absence. Nathan Cook, prosecuting on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court how the regulator received a concern on 31 August 2021 about asbestos disturbance.…

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Sole trader jailed after man crushed under van at Bootle garage

4th August 2023 The partner of a man who got stuck and crushed under a vehicle at a motor repair company and later died has spoken of her struggles coping with her loss. Kenneth (Kenny) McCord, 56, died following an incident on 16 July 2020 at JJ Tyres & Recovery based in Bootle, Merseyside.…

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Common work at height myths

HSE have banned the use of ladders on building sites No, this isn’t the case. Ladders and stepladders can be a sensible and practical option. They can be used for work at height when the use of other work equipment is not justified because of the low risk and short duration (short duration means working on a ladder for no more than 30 minutes at a time); or when there are existing workplace or site features which cannot be altered.…

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