A recent court case has dramatically illustrated the need for eternal vigilance and "going the extra mile" with health and safety management, even when great care is being taken. It involves a flammable gas leak at the Total Lindsey Oil Refinery (TLOR) in North Killingholme, on the Humber estuary near Grimsby.Continue reading
Measures to control employee exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS), the second biggest cancer-causing agent in the world’s workplaces, have been introduced by a cross-sectoral group of organisations. After signing a commitment to tackle the cancer risk, organisations have removed or substituted materials containing the deadly dust. Others have introduced mechanisms to control what workers breathe in.Continue reading
HSE is reminding companies to monitor workers’ health after a South Wales housing association was fined for exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard that Charter Housing Association Ltd reported six cases of HAVS following a health surveillance programme launched in June 2015.Continue reading
Ensuring that “the right people” are in place to “make the right decisions” on fire safety in high-rise or complex buildings is vital to prevent a repeat of tragedies like the Grenfell Tower fire. The interim report by Dame Judith Hackitt into building regulations and fire safety, commissioned following Grenfell, was published on Monday 18 December.Continue reading
An arboriculture company has been fined after felling an eighty-two foot tree in the wrong direction. Southend Magistrates Court heard that The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company Limited were working on a large poplar at Torrington Drive, Debden 1 August 2016. It fell across a grass verge, the public carriageway, footpath and front gardens opposite, hitting two cars and narrowly missing two members of the public.
Employers are publicly committing to making positive changes to their health and safety culture, and this has resulted in improved health and safety practices benefiting an estimated 300,000 workers.Continue reading
Three companies have been fined after a contractor to BBC Studioworks Ltd fell more than 10 metres at Elstree Film Studios. Harrow Crown Court heard how Eric Ihoeghinlan, an employee of Gabem Management Ltd, fell through a lighting grid hatch while recovering electrical cables for BBC Studioworks Ltd during a de-rigging operation on 18 November 2014.Continue reading