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Health and safety hazards on a farm

05-02-2016

Photo shows cows in a fieldFarming is a risky occupation, it comes with many risks and hazards. The industry accounts for nearly 20% of the reported fatal injuries each year. The most common types of accidents that happen on farms involves heavy machinery and handling and lifting. If due care and attention is paid this can re…

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How to stay safe in the winter weather

12-01-2016

Photo shows an ambulance driving in the winter weatherThe Met Office is warning of the first winter weather for the UK. Mel Harrowsmith, Head of Civil Contingencies at the Met Office, said "For many, the weather during this week is likely to be the first experience of colder wintry weather, with either frost, wintry showers or even snow affecting many …

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Child loses fingertips in Rochdale park gate

14-07-2015

Photo shows the gate where the childs fingers were severedRochdale Metropolitan Borough Council was fined for safety failings after a child had two fingertips severed when they were trapped in a gate at a playpark designed for children under 11 years old.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard how the two-year-old boy trapped his fingers in an external gate …

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Safety Media to Launch New Health and Safety Software

04-06-2015

image for the safety & health expo in London between 16 and 18 June 2015Safety Media will be unveiling exciting new LMS software at the upcoming Safety & Health Expo at London’s ExCel over the 16th-18th of June.

Built into the learning management system will be new Incident Reporting, Risk Assessment and Audit Reporting modules. These will enable businesses to asse…

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Top construction site dangers

27-08-2014

Photo shows a construction worker climbing a scaffold ladderConstruction sites are one of the most dangerous places of employment. Workers are exposed to any number of hazards on a daily basis. However, the majority of all accidents and deaths in the industry can be avoided by simply following basic safety rules.

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While falls from unguarded heights ar…

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Asbestos: The Facts

31-07-2014

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Recycling firm fined after worker crushed

21-05-2013

Photo shows the conveyor support beam Linas Mataitis was crushed against

A worker at one of the world’s largest metal recycling firms was killed because of a failing to properly segregate people and moving vehicles, a court has heard.

European Metal Recycling Limited, which operates across Europe, Asia and the Americas, was (on 20 May) ordered to pay more than £370,…

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Hotel chain fined for asbestos risk

08-04-2013

The Grand Burstin Hotel in Harbour Way, Folkestone

A leading hotel chain has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 in fines and costs after construction workers and guests were put at risk of asbestos exposure at a Kent hotel.

Cheshire-based Britannia Hotels Ltd. failed to ensure a full asbestos assessment was undertaken before construction wor…

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Printing company fined £112,500 over death of worker

29-03-2012

One of the UK's leading printing groups has been fined £112,500 at Peterborough Crown Court after a maintenance engineer was crushed to death in a printing press.

Ian Ebbs, a 43-year-old father of two from Morton, near Bourne in Lincolnshire, was working the night shift at the Wyndeham Peterboro…

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Unregistered gas fitter's work put people at risk

28-03-2012

gas safe registerA Wrexham-based gas fitter has been sentenced after installing and illegally servicing equipment which could have resulted in harm to the tenants and landlord of a Wrexham property.

Wrexham Magistrates' Court sentenced Mr Neil Lloyd to a 12-month community order that includes 150 hours of unpaid …

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Lancaster landlord sentenced for putting lives at risk

19-03-2012

A landlord in Lancaster has been sentenced for putting the lives of a family at risk by failing to arrange an annual gas safety check.

Carole McMillan, 57, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after she failed to arrange for a registered engineer to visit a property on Birkdale…

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Wells Cathedral School fined after loft hatch fall

12-03-2012

Wells Cathedral School has been fined after one of its employees fell two and half metres through a loft hatch, breaking a shoulder blade and hitting her head.

South Somerset and Mendip Magistrates' Court heard that on 29 July 2011, the member of school staff had gone into an attic space next to…

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Two Leeds firms in court over worker's crush injuries

12-03-2012

A construction worker had both legs broken when a 22-tonne excavator reversed over him on a building site in Leeds, a court has heard.

The 58-year-old man from Barnsley, suffered severe crush injuries when the excavator backed into him as he erected boundary fencing on a Tinshill building site on…

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Failure to identify asbestos put workers at risk

12-03-2012

A Cardiff company has been fined for putting the health of demolition workers at risk after a building survey failed to identify the presence of asbestos.

Between 15 and 25 January 2010 PHH Environmental (UK) Ltd was commissioned to produce an asbestos survey on the soon to be demolished Old Cas…

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Worker seriously burned after cutting through 11,000 volt cable in Worcester

05-03-2012

high voltageTwo companies have been fined after a demolition worker was engulfed in flames when he cut through a live 11,000 volt cable at an electricity substation in Worcester.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Birmingham firm DSM Demolition Ltd. and Halesowen-based Gould Singleton Architect…

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Digger driver trapped under machine by falling wall

01-03-2012

A  digger driver has been hurt at the site of a construction project in Plymouth, Devon.

Emergency services at currently at Thorn Park off Mannamead Road where building work was being done at a private house.

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Oxford landlord fined for failing to meet basic gas safety regulations

01-02-2012

An Oxford landlord has been fined for endangering the lives of his tenants after consistently failing to provide safety records for gas appliances at a property he rented out in Didcot.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted William Edwards, 42, of Oxford, for breaching three charge…

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Worker injured in four metre fall in Canada

05-01-2012

A contract worker on the Honeywell site in Amherstburg was rushed to hospital yesterday after falling about four metres whilst carrying out inspection work on the site, which is due to be demolished.

The injured man is said to have suffered "a broken arm and lacerations".

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Devon street cordoned off after concrete rendering fell from shop

21-12-2011

A section of Victoria Street in Paignton was cordoned off this morning after concrete rendering fell from the front of a shop.

Firefighters arrived on the scene at about 8am, they cordoned off the area and then left the incident in the care of builders.

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Winter driving tips – advice and information

07-12-2011

car driving in snowDriving in the winter is very different than in other times of the year. Adverse weather and longer periods of darkness (especially after the clocks go back at the end of October) makes driving more hazardous. Sometimes conditions can be extreme, as we have found out over the last two winters in par…

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