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Food manufacturer and director sentenced after worker crushed by forklift

A multi million pound turnover food manufacturer and one of its directors have been fined after a worker was crushed by a forklift truck at its Warwickshire factory. Leamington Crown Court heard that agency worker Jamie Barsby was lucky to be alive after the incident at The Sandwich Factory Holdings Ltd on the Carlyon Road…

Would you complete a risk assessment for using a tape measure?

A new survey has revealed the lengths some small firms mistakenly go to trying to comply with health and safety. One business completed a risk assessment for using a tape measure and another introduced written guidelines for walking up stairs. These bizarre and unnecessary actions were uncovered by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which…

Louise Ryan: Limiting workplace risks amid changes to first aid

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has made some significant amendments to the way businesses maintain compliance with first aid legislation. Intended to ‘reduce the burden on businesses and put common sense back in to health and safety,’ the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 now state that HSE no longer needs to approve…

More than 1,100 construction sites fail safety checks

During the month of September, inspectors made unannounced visits to construction sites to ensure they were managing high-risk activity, such as working at height and the control of exposure to harmful dusts. Inspectors were also looking for good site order, sound structures and basic welfare facilities. Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half…

UK told to stand up to EU health and safety bureaucracy

Health and safety reforms that deliver a simplified legislative framework that is evidence based, risk informed, fair and consistent were called for by Ragnar Löfstedt, director of the King’s Centre for Risk Management at Public Service Events Health and Safety Reform 2013 conference. Reforms should help businesses comply with their duties and protect their employees…

Ann McCracken: Respect, trust and advanced communication to improve the bottom line

Ann McCracken, Managing Director AMC2 and a Vice President of the International Management Association (ISMAUK), will be chairing the Health @ Work Summit on the 20th June 2013. The 2013 Health @ Work Summit has the title – Understand how to deliver a healthier workforce to improve your bottom line.  For some time now there have been articles…

New online guidance makes it easier to understand health surveillance

New online guidance has been launched to make it easier for employers to understand what they need to do to check and protect their workers’ health. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidelines on health surveillance, which is needed where, even after all precautions are taken, there is still a risk that…

HSE appoints new chief inspector of construction

A new chief inspector of construction has been appointed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Heather Bryant, who is currently HSE’s divisional director for London, the East and South East, will replace Philip White at the end of March. After four years in post, Philip moves to lead another key division at HSE. The…

Employers urged to focus on well-being of staff

According to the 2013 Wellness at Work Survey, the UK workforce is under pressure and is not being given sufficient support by their employers. The survey conducted by OnePoll for The Best You magazine questioned workers from across the UK about mental health and well-being at work, and discovered that only 29% of employees polled…