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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.

Company fined after worker suffers loss of thumb and fingers

Food manufacturer, Young’s Seafood Limited, has been fined after a worker was trapped by a mixing machine.  Grimsby Crown Court heard that, on 16 October 2017, the 59-year-old worker was creating the mix for fish cakes at the company’s Humberstone Road factory in Grimsby.  At the end of a mix run he went to clear the mix from the machine, lifting an interlocked guard that should have stopped the machine from running.  He put his hand into the machine without realising it was still running and the augur caught his hand and drew his arm in up to the elbow.

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How ‘hybrid’ working may change occupational health forever

With this year’s long lockdown restrictions finally set to end this month, occupational health practitioners will be kept busy managing the operational and practical health and safety challenges of people gradually returning to physical workplaces. However, as Nic Paton argues, it is the emergence of possibly permanent ‘hybrid’ ways of working, and how this may change expectations and demand around health and wellbeing tools and support, that may provide a further challenge, and opportunity, longer term.  

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Engineering company fined after worker suffered multiple injuries

C F Booth (Engineering) Ltd has been sentenced  after a 37-year-old worker became entangled and pulled into a CNC lathe.  Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard that, on 9 May 2018, he was working on a Hankook CNC lathe setting up a workpiece on a jig which was held in the chuck and on the steady at the company’s site at Lyme Street, Rotherham. As he leaned over the workpiece and the steady to adjust a rear screw, the grub screws on the workpiece caught his t-shirt and he was pulled into the machine. He sustained a large open cut to his arm, 24 stitches to his lip and underwent an operation on his arm.

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Director fined after young worker injured in fall from height

Wayne McKnight (trading as RJE Construction) has been fined for safety breaches after a 17-year-old worker fell from a mezzanine floor to the ground below.  Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard that, on 28th February 2019, the worker and two others were building the mezzanine floor at a site  in Neepsend Lane, Sheffield. The injured person stepped on a loose board and fell 2.8 metres to the ground below, sustaining cuts and bruises.

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Handsworth warehouse fined £40k for repeated health and safety breaches

Plastic and Hardware Limited, on Middlemore Road, was fined after a series of inspections found risks to employees safety.  A Handsworth plastics wholesaler has been fined £40,000 for breaching health and safety regulations at its warehouse.

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Two construction companies fined after worker injured during lifting operation

Two construction companies have been fined after a worker was seriously injured when a part of an air conditioning plant fell on him while it was being lowered from a roof.  Southwark Crown Court heard that on 10 November 2017 three roofers had been working on Bromley High Street in London, finishing off a large roof refurbishment project.

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Conwy man saved by defibrillator he helped raise money for

A man who had a cardiac arrest at home was saved by a defibrillator he had helped raise money for years before.  David Pryde, 78, became unwell at his home in Llanfairfechan, Conwy county, on 28 April, and asked his wife Falmai to call an ambulance.

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Entangled tabard left worker unconscious

A plastics manufacturer has been ordered to pay £150,000 after a worker became unconscious as a result of asphyxiation when his tabard was entangled in the rotating spindle of a print machine.  On 29 January 2019, a supervisor at Alfaplas' site in Hereford attempted to realign a reel of product on the machine while it was running at half speed.

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Sole trader sentenced after worker sustains serious injuries in fall from height

Sole trader, Ian Pitman, has been fined after a sub-contractor fell five metres through a sky light onto a concrete floor.  Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how on 20 July 2017 a man working for Ian Pitman was renewing the guttering between two buildings in Chipping Sodbury in Bristol. While fitting a roof panel back into place he fell backwards through a sky light, hitting the rail of a lift truck below and landing on the concrete floor. He suffered multiple injuries including a fractured skull and broken ribs.

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New emergency text alerts to be trialled

A new emergency alert text system will be trialled this summer before being rolled out across the UK.  Warnings will be sent directly to people's phones in the event a risk to life, such as flooding or fire.  Similar systems exist in other countries, including New Zealand, 'where it has been widely credited with saving lives,' the government said.

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