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  • Ruptured gas main leaves firm with £1.2m fine

    Correct procedures should always be in place when working with hazardous gas, and it is up to the employer to ensure these measures have been taken. Gas company, Southern Gas Network, and construction firm, Cliffe Contractors Ltd, were left to pay a hefty fine after failure to carry out safety procedures resulted in a gas explosion which left two workers with severe injuries.
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  • Scaffolding company fined after forklift truck crushed worker

    In the UK, 25 per cent of workplace transport injuries are a direct result of forklift accidents. Every working day, five lives are changed because of accidents involving forklift trucks, with around 1,300 employees hospitalised following these kinds of accidents each year. With the number of forklift accidents being so high, it is important for employers to ensure all staff are fully trained and follow all health and safety procedures before starting any work.
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  • Farm’s failure to undertake risk assessment leads to fatal accident

    The agriculture industry has one of the worst fatal accident and occupational ill health records of any major employment sector. The four most common types of accidents on farms involve vehicles and machinery, falling from height, lifting and handling and hazardous substances. This means it is important to be proactive about health and safety on a farm and properly manage risks, so accidents can be avoided – this is why it is vital to undertake risk assessments.
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  • ‘Safety Culture’ – Aiding positive growth

    The emphasis of safety has changed throughout the years, from industry specific legislation and a focus on improving hardware (guards, safer equipment). The introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 focused on the physical aspects of our building and equipment, ensuring engineering of safety solutions was integrated into our interaction with our surroundings and investing in employee’s performance (selection and training, incentives and reward schemes).
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  • What Next? Creating Quality Safety Talent

    Many organisations recognise that safety professionals need leadership and influencing skills to drive positive change within the organisation. In addition, Board member’s proficiency in safety can improve decision making that limits risks, creates opportunities and improves both safety and organisational functioning. So, how can leadership drive safety beyond compliance?
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  • Safety taking a seat in the Boardroom

    The concept of visible, senior leadership of health and safety governance is to ensure organisations maximise their performance and lead beyond mere compliance. Although the value represented at board level is recognised, often safety still largely acts and moves like a non-strategic function. Many organisations struggle to translate health and safety into tangible actions and values. Failing to ask the correct questions from their management team, reviewing safety’s objectives and outcomes, challenging dialogue about the developments of safety and leading safety excellent throughout the organisation.
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  • Who manages health and safety at a construction site?

    Imagine you’re an alien, new to Planet Earth and visiting a construction site for the first time. One of the first things you’ll notice is the overwhelming emphasis on health and safety. Signs and notices on the subject come at you from all angles. Hi-vis clothing and hard hats are everywhere. But who’s in charge of all this health and safety activity? And how do courses and qualifications such as SSSTS (the Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme) and SMSTS (the Site Management Safety Training Scheme) fit into the big picture?
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  • Why do we need risk assessment in the workplace?

    As every business owner or manager knows, being an employer brings a lot of responsibilities. One of the biggest is the legal obligation to manage health and safety in the workplace. This involves controlling risks, but before risks can be controlled they have to be identified.
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