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19 09, 2017

Not enough being done to tackle work-related ill-health, say GB’s business leaders

September 19th, 2017|Health and Safety|Comments Off on Not enough being done to tackle work-related ill-health, say GB’s business leaders

Almost half of Britain’s industry leaders do not feel enough is being done across industry to tackle cases of work-related ill-health, according to new research from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The research also found more than two-fifths of businesses are reporting a rise in cases of long-term ill-health with the majority (80%) stating tackling this growing problem is a priority within their organisation.

This news comes as HSE figures show that work-related ill-health is costing the economy more than £9bn with 26 million working days being lost, making it a priority for HSE, as the Government’s chief occupational health adviser.

The views of 300 major business leaders were sought and 40% of respondents said their industry was not doing enough to raise awareness and tackle the causes of long-term work-related ill-health.

The findings were revealed as HSE announced its new national campaign – ‘Go Home Healthy’. The campaign aims to reduce cases of work-related ill-health by shining a light on the causes and encouraging employers to do the right thing to protect their workers’ health.

Speaking after the campaign launch, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt said:

“Everyone should want to have a healthy and safe environment at work. Work-related ill-health is a costly issue for individuals, businesses, and the whole economy. This campaign will encourage employers to operate healthier workplaces and ensure workers get the support that they need.”

Commenting on the findings, HSE’s chair Martin Temple, said:

“The survey findings confirmed what we already suspected – more needs to be done to tackle work-related ill-health.

“Over the years, figures show that as workplace safety has improved, health has stagnated. The ‘Go Home Healthy’ campaign is about driving behavioural change in workplaces so we all can go home healthy. There is a moral, legal, and business case for employers to do the right thing by their workers. The importance of more joined-up thinking across industries when it comes to tackling work-related ill-health cannot be overstated.”

Join in the conversation using #WorkRight and follow @Go_Home_Healthy for campaign updates. More information on the campaign can be found here: www.hse.gov.uk/gohomehealthy

17 09, 2017

Company fined after worker fatally crushed by fork lift truck

September 17th, 2017|Health and Safety|Comments Off on Company fined after worker fatally crushed by fork lift truck

Lincolnshire based firm Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres Limited has been fined after a worker died when the fork lift truck he was driving overturned at the company base in Grantham.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the worker was transporting tyres on 30 July 2014 when the fork lift ran over a loose tyre in the road. He was crushed between the fork lift truck and the ground and later died from his injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was no company policy in place instructing workers to wear seatbelts when operating fork lift trucks. The investigation also found if the tyres had been stored securely this would have prevented them rolling onto the roadway and would have reduced the risk of the fork lift truck overturning.

Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres Limited of Hill Foot, Grantham, Lincolnshire pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £300,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,000.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Principal inspector David Butter said: “This tragic incident could have easily been prevented if the company had enforced and monitored the wearing of seat belts for fork lift truck drivers”.

4 09, 2017

Engineering firm fined after health and safety failings

September 4th, 2017|Health and Safety|Comments Off on Engineering firm fined after health and safety failings

An engineering company has been fined after a 29-year-old worker was diagnosed with hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) – a condition causing tingling, pins and needles, numbness and pain in the affected person’s hands.

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how the employee, who was working in the trimming department at Taylor Engineering and Plastics Limited, was exposed to vibration from tools used to sand components. Health surveillance implemented at the company in 2014 showed that the employee had developed HAVS through exposure to vibration while working at the company.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company risk assessments relating to vibration were not suitable or sufficient. It also found that health surveillance was not introduced by the company until 2014, despite regulations making this a legal requirement being introduced in 2005. Training for employees on the risks from vibration was also found to be inadequate and many were unaware of the consequences of exposure to high levels of vibration. The company did not have the right systems in place to manage the health of its workers and it failed to implement control measures such as using tools that had lower levels of vibration.

Taylor Engineering and Plastics Limited of Molesworth Street, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,171.00.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Jennifer French said: “There is a well-known health risk associated with exposure to hand arm vibration and guidance has been in place since the early 1990’s. The company failed to protect workers using vibrating tools which led to an employee suffering significant health effects.”

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24 08, 2017

Silica dust Guidance

August 24th, 2017|Ill Health and disease|Comments Off on Silica dust Guidance

New guidance available on key HSE Construction Sector priority

The inhalation of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) dust is a widespread hazard and significant cause of ill-health in the construction sector. The effective elimination or control of RCS dust is one of three top priorities for HSE now, and in the coming years.

RCS is very fine dust which when inhaled deep into the lungs can cause serious lung diseases including: lung cancer; silicosis; and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These diseases cause permanent disability and early death.

The greater the level of dust in air, the higher the risk. High dust levels are caused by one or more of the following:

  • Task – high energy tools, such as cut-off saws, grinders, wall chasers and grit blasters can produce a lot of dust in a very short time. Dry sweeping can make a lot of dust when compared to vacuuming or wet brushing;
  • Location – the more enclosed a space, the more the dust will build up. However, do not assume that levels will be low when working outside with high energy tools;
  • Time – the longer the time dust is created the more dust there will be; and
  • Frequency – regularly doing the same work day-after-day increases the risks.

The construction sector guides on silica were issued in late 2016 and include the following:

  • CN0: Advice for managers
  • CN1: Concrete scabbling
  • CN2: Chasing with handheld power tools
  • CN3: Drilling and coring with hand-held rotary power tools
  • CN4: Crushing and screening demolition material
  • CN5: Clearing and removing rubble
  • CN6: Cutting paving and kerbstones with rotary cutters
  • CN7: Abrasive blasting
  • CN8: Diamond coring/hole cutting
  • CN9: Breaking in enclosed spaces

This information is designed to help duty holders comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), as amended, to prevent or control exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and protect the health of the workforce.

You are required to protect your most valuable assets (your employees), if they are wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as, Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) against hazardous substances, then your employees must be face fit tested for every type of mask (RPE) which is given to them.

For more information on Face Fit Testing contact Ralph N Bennett via the contact button above, or just email him on ralph@ralphnbennett-hs.co.uk

21 07, 2017

Bodge it & Scarper caught again-2

July 21st, 2017|Cowboys at Work|Comments Off on Bodge it & Scarper caught again-2

WHISTLE BLOWER-2

Dear reader are you absolutely fed up of losing work to the infamous Roofer ‘Bodge-it & Scarper’ because they cut corners on health and safety and thereby quote their prices greatly reduced.

The photograph below is genuine and this company cut their costs by approximately £900.00 by not providing edge protection.

These gentlemen were taken to task by me, this photograph including their vehicle outside their clients house, but unfortunately it doesnt have their Company name on it.

It is so easy to do, there is one central reporting number and or one email address to send you complaint to the Health and Safety Executive (they are waiting for your help).

Procedure:

Take your photo, try to get the contractors name into the photo (VAN), make a note of the address they are working at, the time and date.

Simply make a call or send by email your evidence, you can remain anonymous if you wish (if you remain anonymous, you will not receive feedback from HSE).

Telephone 0300 003 1647 (free on most mobiles)

Email: cat@hse.gsi.gov.uk

They will also give feed back on the actions taken.

START BLOWING THAT WHISTLE AND GIVE YOURELF AND OTHER BONA-FIDE CONTRACTORS A FIGHTING CHANCE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD.

18 07, 2017

Lack of Guarding costs Warburtons £1.9Million

July 18th, 2017|Unguarded Machinery|Comments Off on Lack of Guarding costs Warburtons £1.9Million

A guarded conveyor belt, not the involved Warburtons belt.

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It is the second time that the food giant has been handed a multi-million pound fine in the last six months.

Nottingham Crown Court heard how, on 4 August 2015, the agency worker was injured as he cleaned parts of the bread production line.

His arm became trapped, leaving him with friction burns that required skin grafts.

An investigation by the HSE found CCTV footage of the incident. It showed the worker cleaning parts of the line, then reaching into it and becoming trapped between two conveyors. Part of the machine had to be dismantled to release him

HSE inspectors found the machine could have been fitted with localised guarding to prevent access between the conveyors.

Warburtons, of Mushroom Farm Eastwood, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.

As well as the fine of £1.9m, the company was ordered to pay costs of £21,459.

For the year to September 2016, the company had a turnover of £526m, and a profit before tax of £34.6m.

Dangerous machinery is guarded for a reason, for professional advice email me ralph@ralphnbennett-hs.co.uk

18 07, 2017

Safety Failings brings what they deserve

July 18th, 2017|Safety Failings|Comments Off on Safety Failings brings what they deserve

Roofing company fined after safety failings
Date:

8 June 2017

A roofing company has today been sentenced for safety failings related to working at height.

Brighton Magistrates Court heard how numerous concerns were raised by members of the public about work being carried out by G & S Roofing Limited.  The company twice ignored written advice to address the issue of working at height in an unsafe manner.

In August 2016, (not pictured above)a further concern was raised by a member of the public who contacted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after seeing more evidence of operatives hired by G & S Roofing working unsafely from height. Inspectors then visited the site.

The HSE investigation found one of the operatives to be working on the flashings of a chimney from a ladder resting on the pitch of the roof at the unguarded gable end of the two storey house. There was nothing at the gable end of the roof to prevent a person falling. There were no suitable measures in place to prevent a person falling from the gable end, a fall which could have caused personal injury. A prohibition was served but the company took no action to rectify the dangerous working conditions.

G & S Roofing Ltd (not pictured above) of Pembroke Lodge, 3 Pembroke Road, Ruslip was found guilty in its absence to breaching Regulations 4(1)(a) and  4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 by virtue of Regulation 3(b). The company was today fined a total of £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,574.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Rebekah Dunn said: “The dangers associated with working at height are well-known and G & S Roofing had a duty to protect all operatives from the risk of falling from height. Despite repeated advice, the company failed to put in adequate precautionary measures.

“It is vital for duty-holders to ensure that all issues related to health and safety are suitably addressed, particularly when the issues are highlighted.”

Dont be a sheep and follow these examples, lead by example and gain Professional Health and Safety advice, visit http://www.ralphnbennett-hs.co.uk

Or email me on ralph@ralphnbennett-hs.co.uk

3 07, 2017

Safety Standards allowed to fall despite HSE Intervention

July 3rd, 2017|Fatal Fall from Height|Comments Off on Safety Standards allowed to fall despite HSE Intervention

Safety standards allowed to fall despite HSE enforcement action.

A company director and site foreman have been found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the death of a workman in Brighton in October 2014.

Michael Holland, 69, company director of Kings Road, Brighton, and Grant Oakes, 46, a site foreman of Elm Drive, Hove, had both denied a charge each of gross negligence manslaughter in connection with the death of 55-year-old carpenter David Clark. Mr Clark died one month after falling through a gap in the first floor of a building on which he was working.

How can in this day and age be allowed to happen, there are numerous types of equipment and covers in the market place.

Lewes Crown Court heard that Mr Clark was airlifted to St George’s Hospital, Tooting, in a critical condition after falling 4.5m to the ground. A month later he died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

The two men and Cherrywood Investments Ltd also admitted or were found guilty of offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The defendants will be sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on 21 July 2017.

This type of incident is totally avoidable with pre-planning and carrying out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment to be compliments by a very detailed Method Statement.

If you would like to protect your most valuable asset, your employees and then protect your bank balance by avoiding the level of fine as detailded above then please contact me on info@ralphnbennett-hs.co.uk for personal and professional safety advice.

27 06, 2017

Fall through Fragile Surfaces

June 27th, 2017|Falls through Fragile Surfaces|Comments Off on Fall through Fragile Surfaces

Yet another company fined after worker fell through fragile skylight fortunately this fall was not fatal which has been the result so often in the past.
Date:

7 June 2017

A Stranraer based groundwork company has today been fined after a worker fell more than seven metres through a fragile roof.

Stranraer Sheriff Court today heard the 42-year-old had been sub-contracted by McKeown Groundworks Limited, to carry out roof repairs on a barn at Whiteley’s Farm, Stranraer.

On 24 May 2016 the worker arrived at the farm to work on the roof. As he walked along the roof he stepped on a translucent light panel which broke under his weight resulting in his falling through the roof to the ground below.

Mock up, not actual photo

The worker suffered a compression fracture of the lower back as a result of this incident.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that McKeown Groundworks Limited failed to adequately supervise this work at height and relied on the experience of the workers to avoid injury while working at height.

It was also found that McKeown failed to plan the work at height and therefore no control measures had been put in place to prevent workers falling from or through the roof.

McKeown Groundworks Limited whose registered office is at King Street, Castle Douglas has today been fined £12000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2015.

This accident, consequences and costs to the company could have been totally avoided, if you require any assistance or guidance on how to plan and execute job specific RAMS (Risk Assessments Method Statements), then make contact via the Contact Us button or email direct info@ralphnbennett-hs.co.uk

20 06, 2017

Falling wheel injures employee

June 20th, 2017|Manual Handling|Comments Off on Falling wheel injures employee

Significant risk in handling excavator wheel had not been avoided or assessed, this is simply going back to basics of protection of employees and those working around them.
Holt JCB Limited has been fined £67,000 after the wheel of an excavator being handled manually fell and injured an employee at a site in Port Talbot on 8 April 2016.

The company is a privately run family business with over 30 years experience of selling JCB equipment and after sales services.

Swansea Magistrates Court heard how the apprentice was tasked with changing air filled wheels with foam wheels on a machine intended to be used on a recycling site.

The wheel weighed more than 400kg. The incident left the man with broken bones in both feet.

HSE investigators found the company did not have any handling equipment for wheels The manual handling operation was not assessed workers were not trained in how to handle the wheels.

Handling could have been avoided for £700
Holt JCB Limited of Third Way, Bristol pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Manual Handling Regulations 1992. The company has today been fined £67,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2929.70.

If you feel that you should visit your Manual Handling Training and Assessments then you should contact info@ralphnbennett-hs.co.uk