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Annual workplace injuries and ill-health 2015/16

10-11-2016

safety and health infographic showing workplace injury and ill-health statistics for 2015/16

 

Annual workplace injuries 2014/15

08-07-2015

safety and health infographic showing annual workplace injury statistics for 2014/15

This infographic was produced using statistics from provisional data released by the Health and Safety Executive. Further details can be found here.

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HSE calls for New Year resolution on health and safety blame game

02-01-2015

45% of health and safety myths were down to poor customer service - image

The Health and Safety Executive wants businesses that provide customer service to turn over a new leaf and stop blaming health and safety for poor or over-the-top decisions.

The regulator launched its 40th anniversary year with a call to stop the culture of blaming anything and everything on non-…

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More than 1,100 construction sites fail safety checks

24-10-2013

Photo shows unsafe work at height discovered during HSE campaign

Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the building sites visited during a month long safety drive.

During a nationwide campaign, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited 2,607 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place.

Inspectors found basic saf…

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Enforcement action taken at one in five construction sites

25-03-2013

Prohibition Notice served on this site - 17 metre drop and no edge protection

Nearly one in five construction sites visited across Britain have been subject to enforcement action after failing safety checks.

In a month long initiative, inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited a total of 2363 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place and…

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New figures published for fatally injured workers

12-07-2012

New official statistics published on 5 July show the number of workers fatally injured in Britain last year remains largely unchanged.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released provisional data for April 2011 to March 2012, which shows 173 workers were killed - down 2 from the previo…

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HSE serves a further two Improvement Notices on Edinburgh cooling tower

12-06-2012

On 11 June 2012, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served two Improvement Notices at a second Edinburgh company as part of its ongoing Legionella investigation.

The Improvement Notices served on Macfarlan Smith Ltd., Wheatfield Road, Gorgie, Edinburgh require thorough cleaning of one of …

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HSE serves Improvement Notice on Edinburgh cooling tower

08-06-2012

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today served an Improvement Notice on an Edinburgh company for alleged failures to adequately control the risk of legionella in a cooling tower.

The Improvement Notice served on North British Distillery Company Ltd. refers to one cooling tower at Whea…

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New date for health and safety cost recovery scheme

19-03-2012

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that its cost recovery scheme, Fee For Intervention (FFI), is going ahead but will now not start in April 2012.

The scheme sets out to recover costs from those who break health and safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends on helping to put…

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Professor Ragnar Löfstedt concerned report could be ‘misused’ for political purposes

20-01-2012

Professor Ragnar Löfstedt has raised concerns that his report could be ‘misused’ for political purposes.

David Cameron referred to Löfstedt’s report as he blamed the ‘albatross’ of health and safety legislation for holding back British business.

But the King’s College academic, speaking…

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New Year's Eve explosion leaves two security guards in hospital

05-01-2012

Two security guards suffered serious facial burns after an explosion at the Welbeck Colliery site at Meden Vale on 31 December.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating the incident along with police and the fire service as the source of the explosion at an electrical sub station at th…

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More senior managers prosecuted for health and safety failings

04-01-2012

gavelThe number of directors and senior managers prosecuted under section 37 of the Heath and Safety at Work etc. Act, 1974 has rocketed by more than 400 per cent in the last five years, reports SHP.

The total number of individuals convicted under s37 in 2010/11 was 35 – a substantial increase on the …

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60 missing after ferry sinks off Indonesia

21-12-2011

Officials say a passenger ferry with more than 150 people on board sank off the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia. At least eight people are dead and 60 are missing, though dozens of others were rescued.

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Two killed in fire at Hyderabad pharmaceutical factory

19-12-2011

Two employees were killed in a huge fire at a pharmaceutical company at Patancheru near here, police said.

 The fire broke out on Sunday at the chemical factory of Rantus Pharma in Pashamylaram industrial area of Patancheru in Medak district, about 50 km from Hyderabad. The factory was comple…

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iPad 2 supplier factory explosion injures 61 workers

19-12-2011

An explosion at Shanghai's Riteng Computer Accessory Company factory has left 61 workers injured, 23 of whom have been hospitalised with burns.

The accident occurred on Saturday afternoon, with the factory in the middle of a trial production run of aluminium back panels for Apple's iPad 2 tablet.

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HSE welcomes Löfstedt review

29-11-2011

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has welcomed the publication of the Löfstedt review.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling commissioned the independent review in March 2011 and appointed Professor Ragnar Löfstedt - Director of the King's Centre for Risk Management at King's College, London - to …

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RAIB Report: Station overrun incident at Stonegate, East Sussex

24-11-2011

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into an overrun incident at Stonegate on 8 November 2010.

Report Summary:
 
"Shortly after 08:00 hrs on Monday 8 November 2010, a passenger train running from London Charing Cross to Hastings failed to stop at Stonegate station in …

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HSE challenges construction industry to learn from London 2012

25-10-2011

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is challenging the construction industry to learn from the London 2012 construction project and improve the safety record of one of the most dangerous occupations in Britain.

The HSE's Leadership and Worker Involvement on the Olympic Park research, published…

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Are you ready for winter?

24-10-2011

The Red Cross is "encouraging people to get ready for the potential big freeze in the next few months".

The Red Cross reports that "last year’s severe weather caused real disruption to thousands of lives, but the good news is that it’s easy to make sure you’re prepared for the worst – by preparing …

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Healthy Workplaces European Campaign on Safe Maintenance

24-10-2011

During 2010-2011, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is helping promote safe and healthy workplaces by encouraging an integrated and structured approach to maintenance.

Maintenance is a process that affects every area of safety and health. Poor standards and a failure to keep working environm…

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