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We scour the Internet for Health and Safety related news items on an almost daily basis.

The news articles and clippings, curated by MD Safety, highlight the requirements for compliance with UK Health and Safety Legislation and best practice across all industry sectors.

The majority of the information and cases will apply to a greater or lesser degree to our broad range of Clients and lessons to be learned will be able to be gained.

Father died in explosion while working with son

Chemical company Briar Chemicals Ltd has been fined £1 million after a 46-year-old maintenance contractor died in an explosion at its site Norwich.  On 27 July 2018, Rob Cranston was carrying out repair work on a mixing vessel during a planned period of shutdown maintenance.  

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Intense week of action to target commercial vehicles

North Yorkshire Police will be working with partner agencies including the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Immigration Enforcement in a bid to combat offences related to the use of commercial vehicles on our road network as part of a co-ordinated national operation.

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Sports nutrition supplier in court after worker loses fingers

A Liverpool sports nutrition product supplier has been fined after an employee had three fingers of their right hand severed whilst cleaning a screw conveyor.  Liverpool Magistrates Court heard how, on the 13 September 2019, a production operative, employed by Applied Nutrition Ltd at their Webber Estate site in Knowsley, was cleaning one of the product transfer screws.

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Company fined after worker paralysed by fall at Watford Football Stadium

A company has been fined after a worker was paralysed after falling 11 metres down a stairwell at a football stadium when the concrete floor he was working on collapsed.Peterborough Magistrates’ Court heard that on 14 June 2016, workers were constructing a new hospitality and seating stand at the stadium of Watford Football Club.

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Firm fined after health and safety breach

A paper recycling company has been fined £75,000 after a worker sustained multiple injuries after falling through a moving conveyor.  The incident took place in January 2018, with the unnamed employee sustaining serious crush injuries to his right leg as a result of the fall. Westminster Magistrates Court heard how the worker was injured whilst trying to remove contaminants from a paper load prior to it entering a baler.

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HSE Bulletin: Lubrication of circuit breakers

Bulletin No:STSU2 - 2021

All duty-holders with responsibilities for operation and maintenance of High Voltage (HV) and Low Voltage (LV) circuit breakers (excluding LV MCCB's and MCB's), including:- Others: Specialist HV and LV Electrical Maintenance Contractors providing services that include  maintenance of HV and LV circuit breakers (excluding LV MCCB's and MCB's).

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Contractor fined after employee falls from scaffolding

A shopfitting company has been fined after an employee suffered multiple fractures after falling fifteen feet from scaffolding.Manchester Magistrates Court heard how on the 24 October 2019, an employee of TA Knox Shopfitters Ltd was working from a tower scaffold at the front of the Footasylum Store in the Trafford Centre, Manchester, when the scaffold moved throwing him off balance.

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Construction company fined after three contractors fall

A construction company has been fined following an incident where three contractors fell from height suffering serious injuries.  Three bricklayers fell approximately 2.5 metres onto a concrete floor sustaining serious injuries ranging from a broken back, a broken sternum to a swollen knee. The three workers fell through a temporary stairwell cover, which gave way underneath them because it had not been correctly fitted. The incident happened on 18 July 2018.

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Concern about health and safety standards amid HGV driver shortage crisis

Until McDonald’s ran out of milkshakes and Nando’s was forced to close restaurants, the pressures in the transport industry were pretty much ‘off radar’, notes Dean Roscoe (CMIOSH), health and safety manager at Sovereign Transport Services. ‘But as an industry we’d been flat out for months.’  The UK’s critical HGV driver shortage – which has impacted supply chains across a range of sectors, notably medicines and food – has scarcely been out of the headlines in recent weeks.  B ut it’s a problem that has been brewing for some time.

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Kitchen manufacturing company fined after worker injured by machinery

Kitchen manufacturing company Omega PLC were sentenced for safety breaches after a worker severely injured their finger in unguarded machinery.Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard that on 8 May 2018, the worker was processing wood panels on an edge-banding machine at a kitchen unit manufacturing factory in Doncaster. 

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