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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.

HSE develops BIM safety guidance for clients

The Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) BIM 4 Health & Safety Working Group is working with the UK BIM Alliance to develop guidance for construction clients on using BIM to improve design risk management.  The guidance note will help clients produce project information requirements (PIRs) for design risk management and is based on the protocols of BS EN ISO 19650, the international standard for managing information over the whole lifecycle of a built asset using BIM.

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Morrisons denies charges in worker death case

Supermarket chain Morrisons has pleaded not guilty to four health and safety charges following the death of one of its workers in 2014.  Matthew Joseph Gunn, 27, died 12 days after falling on the staff staircase at Morrisons' Ashchurch Road store in Tewkesbury on 25 September 2014. Matthew had worked for the company for 10 years and had suffered from epilepsy since the age of four.

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Company fined after several workers contracted occupational disease

Construction company Peter Duffy Ltd was sentenced today for safety breaches after multiple employees were diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS).Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that the company reported seven cases of HAVS between November 2016 and August 2018. 

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Furniture company fined for safety failure after driver injured

A furniture manufacturer based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire has been fined after a delivery driver sustained serious leg injuries when he was struck by a reversing lorry in the yard.  Derbyshire Magistrates Court heard how a visiting contractor driver had arrived at Belfield’s’  site in Furnace Road, Ilkeston, parked in position and pulled open the curtains of his lorry trailer for loading by a Belfield Furnishings’ employee.

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£34k fine for lower leg amputation incident

A construction company has been fined £34,000 following an incident that resulted in one of its workers having their leg amputated below the knee.  Sheffield Magistrates' Court heard that on 4 February 2019 – as part of trench work to install new drainage on the site of Arconic Forging and Extrusions in Templeborough, Rotherham – workers for Hovington Limited were breaking out ground using a 13-tonne 360 excavator with a hydraulic breaker attached to an automatic quick hitch.

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Self-isolation removed for double-jabbed close contacts from 16 August

Adults and children will be free to return to work, attend school, and meet friends and family as the protection from vaccines replaces the need for contact isolation from Monday 16th August 2021.

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Landlord and tyre company fined £43,000 for dangerous platform lift

A Birmingham tyre firm and its landlord have been fined a total of £43,333 after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety legislation at Birmingham Magistrates Court.  Blues Tyres Birmingham – based at Unit 13, 201 Coventry Road, Small Heath – was fined £26,677 fine and ordered to pay £3,751.35p costs and £170 victim surcharge. The firm’s landlord 365 Services Limited, based at 18-22 Stoney Lane, Yardley – was fined £16,666 and ordered to pay £4,000 costs and £170 victim surcharge.

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Derby landlord receives £50,000 fine for fire safety breaches in converted house

Following a fire on the night of 23 November 2019, Derby Crown Court has sentenced the landlord, Thirunavukkaradu Kulandaisamy, to suspended prison time and a fine of £50,000 for fire safety breaches. Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a fire at 1057 London Road, Derby on the night of 23 November 2019. According to local newspaper reports at the time, the police and fire service officers remained at the scene of the fire all night investigating the blaze.

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Amendments to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 consultation

In November 2020, a court judgment found that the UK had failed to adequately transpose aspects of two EU Directives into domestic law - Article 8(4) and 8(5) of EU Directive 89/391/EEC (“the Health and Safety Framework Directive”) and Article 3 of EU Directive 89/656/EEC (“the PPE Directive”).

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Key changes announced to guidance on Thorough Examinations

Key changes have been announced in the latest update to the materials handling industry official guidance notes on how to comply with the legal obligations for Thorough Examinations.  

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