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HSE launches health and safety Myth Busters panel

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has set up an independent panel – the Myth Busters Challenge Panel – to scrutinise decisions where health and safety has been used as a convenient excuse to stop essentially sensible activities going ahead. Health and safety and particularly the so-called ‘elf n safety’ culture have come under close…

Building firm prosecuted over worker’s fall

A building firm has been prosecuted after a worker suffered severe injuries when he fell from a damaged scaffolding plank at a site in South Warwickshire. Sibbasbridge Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £3,353 costs. Regulation 6(3) of the…

Nestle fined £180,000 after safety failures led to worker’s death

A Halifax man was killed at a Nestle factory in the town because the company failed to implement basic safety measures, Bradford Crown Court was told today. Father of three Nazar Hussain died at food giant Nestle’s Albion Mill plant in Bailey Hall Road in December 2008 after a colleague re-started a conveyor-type machine, known…

HSE misses half of its own safety targets

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has missed more than half of its own targets, according to an internal audit that revealed that 243 HSE staff had had accidents while working at the Bootle, Merseyside, headquarters. The audit found that the HSE failed to achieve seven out of its 11 targets for workplace safety. Among…

IOSH warning over Government rush to implement Löfstedt

In its official response to the LÖfstedt Review of health and safety in the UK the leading health and safety body, IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) is warning that the Government is trying to do “too much, too soon”. The Institution broadly welcomed the findings of Professor Ragnar Lofstedt, who looked at 200…

Company’s risk assessment failure

A forklift truck driving employee of Manufacturer Vesuvius UK Limited of Derbyshire was badly injured when he fell from a ramp whilst unloading a lorry on 15th February 2010. He was unloading a 7-metre long container at its Sheepbridge Works in Chesterfield using his truck and mobile ramp when the ramp became separated from the…

Call for day of action on safety

The TUC is calling on safety campaigners to challenge a government safety strategy that it says “will lead to more work-related deaths, injuries and ill-health”. TUC head of safety Hugh Robertson has warned “there has never been a more worrying time for health and safety”, adding that he believes that four decades of political consensus…

Workmen injured as walkway collapsed

Two workmen were treated for minor injuries after the partial collapse yesterday afternoon of a walkway serving HMS Belfast moored on the Thames near Tower Bridge. The walkway is constructed partly from scaffolding members and appears to have sheared at the point it joins with the ship. It came to rest partially submerged in the…

Safety failings found in basement construction sites

HSE inspectors took enforcement action for serious safety failings on more than a third of sites visited during a recent initiative to improve standards on basement construction sites. Inspectors visited 109 sites in four London boroughs – Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Wandsworth – on 15 and 16 November. They took enforcement…

Lofstedt report published

The Lofstedt report has been published today, making 19 recommendations for the reform of health and safety, which the Government has accepted. Professor Lofstedt concludes in his report that: “In general, there is no case for radically altering current health and safety legislation. The regulations place responsibilities primarily on those who create the risks, recognising…

Neal Stone:  Signs of improvement in HSE’s annual statistics report

Neal Stone, Director of Policy and Communications, British Safety Council HSE’s recently published statistics show strong signs of improvement in Great Britain’s workplace health and safety performance in 2010/11. Both the incidence and number of major and reportable workplace injuries fell significantly in 2010/11. Both the injury rates for major injuries and injuries over three…