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Workplace Injuries Cost Businesses Billions

Photo shows people on some metal stairsLast year, 609,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey. Of those, the majority were as a result of a slip, trip or fall.

The cost to businesses is over £14billion a year and 31.2 million working days lost. The irony is that slip and trip accidents are some of the most e…

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5 Health and Safety Hazards During the Winter – And How to Avoid Them

Photo shows footprints in the snowPlummeting temperatures and fallen leaves have been foreshadowing what this “year of the snowstorm” might look like, which is said to likely be the coldest since 2010/11. At this time of year, new potential hazards arise in the workplace – both outside and in – that need to be taken care of to preve…

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Preventing injuries at work

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Minor injuries at work are common, but by following the simple steps below, you can make sure that your workplace is safe.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) can occur when individuals sit at desks for long periods of time. Today, virtually all office jobs require…

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Health and safety in the office; what are you missing?

Photo shows people working in an officeThe emphasis on health & safety is now such an important aspect of our society. Governments, companies and local services all place our safety as one of their top priorities. But when it comes to safety in the work place it’s down to the employer and the health & safety trained to keep the work plac…

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Hampshire aircraft maintenance company fined after workers injured in falls

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ATC (Lasham) Ltd. (a Hampshire-based aircraft maintenance company) has been sentenced for safety failures after three workers were injured in separate falls at its airfield in Lasham – two in the same month.

The company was fined a total of £35,000 and ordered to pay £32,430 in costs after admi…

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The league table of construction accidents

Photo shows workers on a construction siteAny documentation from the HSE always makes for interesting reading, particularly when it relates to the construction industry. This is a field which makes up just 5% of the British workforce, yet still contributes to 27% of fatal injuries to the whole country. In short, it’s dangerous – although th…

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Medway NHS Trust fined over patient death

Danny Jewitt, 45, from GillinghamMedway NHS Foundation Trust has been sentenced for safety failings after a vulnerable patient died following a fall from a first floor window at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham.

Danny Jewitt, 45, from Gillingham, sustained serious chest injuries in the incident on 10 May 2009 and was pronoun…

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Health and Safety News - 17 March 2010

Royal Mail escapes with five-figure fine

Royal Mail has received a reduced fine following the death of an employee after the group mitigated that it’s experiencing financial difficulties. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued two Improvement Notices, which required Royal Mail to review i…

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Health and Safety News - 5 March 2010

 Free 'Danger' display card from the HSE

Get free copies of the A5 colour 'Danger' display card, relevant to your sector, from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The 'Danger' display card will remind your staff of actions they can take to help prevent slips, trips or falls from height. You…

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