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Derbyshire company fined after death of worker using fork lift truck


stock photo shows a forklift truckA Derbyshire-based company has been fined after the death of a 19-year-old worker, when a fork lift truck (FLT) overturned at the company’s site in Chinley.

Manchester Crown Court (Minshull Street) heard how, on 10 February 2015, Ben Pallier-Singleton was driving a FLT during night time hours down a sloping roadway, when it overturned and the employee suffered fatal crush injuries. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation (with initial involvement from Derbyshire Constabulary) found the employee was not adequately trained; he wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time of the FLT overturning; the company did not inform their employees of the speed limit on-site; the company had not put measures in place to control the speed of vehicles and; the company failed to have adequate lighting and edge protection in place to avoid FLTs overturning.

Vinyl Compound Ltd. of Stephanie Works, High Park, Derbyshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and was fined £450,000 plus costs of £71,778.


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What is your office hygiene saying about you?


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A clean work environment is vital for your business. It presents a professional image for your company, creates a healthier environment for your staff and boosts morale overall. It’s not enough to simply run a hoover over the carpet and empty the bins every week – if you’re serious about productivity and want to create a better environment, you need to look at the areas you’ve been neglecting.

Problem Area: Desks

You’re no micro-manager, and telling staff keep their desks tidy will guarantee a coup from Creative. What’s a little clutter? Actually, that clutter is harbouring about 400% more bacteria than the average toilet seat.

Your thinking: Everyone works in their own way, I don’t want to be a dictator.

What it actually says: You’re letting your staff descend into chaos and promoting the spread of sickness.

Clean-desk policies might seem a bit Big Brother, and working in a comfortable – not clinical – space is more likely to inspire your employees. That said, make sure your staff are empowered to tidy up when they need to.

Make sure each desk can easily access a bin and a shredder (or at least a confidential waste deposit). Supply organis…

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The curious culture of handwashing around the world


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In the western world, we take for granted access to soap and the hygiene education responsible for our daily handwashing regime. A combination of globalisation and healthcare are driving the interest in handwashing culture around the world, with encouragement to adopt the western approach, especially in food handling and healthcare.

Regular handwashing with soap is promoted as an effective approach to disease prevention. There’s even a day devoted to it! Global Handwashing Day was set up in 2008 at the annual World Water Week in Stockholm. The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap (PPPHW) established Global Handwashing Day to promote a global and local vision of handwashing with soap. The campaign was initiated to help reduce child mortality rates and related respiratory and diarrhoeal diseases.

Suitably equipped bathrooms and running water are things we in the Western World take for granted. With many of his youthful years spent travelling the continents, author Mike James is all too aware of the varying levels of sanitation and cultural solutions. Working with information available with the Bathroom Discount Centre, he was curious to know more ab…

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