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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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  • The Role of a competent person

    Health and safety practitioners, also known as health and safety officers, managers, advisers or consultants, seek to minimise the risk of injury and ill health at work. The role of a health and safety practitioner is to provide advice on planning, implementing, monitoring and reviewing protective and preventative health, safety and welfare measures.
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  • How do you know your advisor is competent?

    If you are seeking to contract with an external consultancy or employ an internal advisor, how do you know what role and function the competent person should take and what capabilities, knowledge and skills they would require to be effective.
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