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E-learning vs the classroom - putting health and safety training to the test

image of classroom trainingWhen it comes to health and safety training, it is essential that you choose a good course and that the course is delivered in the most effective way. Just a few years ago, all training was classroom led and held either on a training site or at the client's site. Today, thanks to advances in technol…

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Farm fined for young worker's death in tractor tragedy

Kim Webb - young farm worker killed in tractor tragedy

A young Somerset farm worker was killed when the tractor she was driving overturned in a field.

Kim Webb, 26, from North Cadbury, was driving a tractor that had no seat belt, cab or roll over bar on a sloping field near North Cadbury when the incident happened on 26 June 2009.

On 18 June, Bristo…

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High school fined after pupil's climbing wall injury

Photo shows the climbing wall at Manningtree High School where a child was injured

An Essex high school has been fined for safety failings after a 14-year-old boy fell more than four metres from a climbing wall.

The teenager was one of four pupils selected to try their first-ever 'lead climb', a more advanced, mainly rock-climbing technique, during a PE lesson at Manningtree Hi…

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Recycling firm fined after worker crushed

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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Transportation safety consulting services

HGV transportSince there are many variables concerning safety in the trucking industry (equipment, drivers, materials being shipped, other vehicles on roads and highways etc.), it shouldn't come as a shock that it's one of the most crucial focal points for many companies. The nature of the industry means that dr…

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The importance of confined space training

Photo shows confined space trainingRecent statistics from the Health and Safety Executive paint a positive picture for health and safety at work. Over the last 20 years there has been a downward trend in the rate of fatal injury in the workplace. When looking at these kinds of statistics it is often useful to compare a 10-year period…

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Health and safety training – types and requirements for UK businesses

training sessionThere are hundreds of different health and safety training courses available to UK businesses. Many are industry dependent, for example, building contractors that are required to carry out body-approved health and safety training for all workers, while others are generic.

Where legislation exists, …

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Why your business will benefit from a competent person service and health and safety support

According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), in the working year 2010/11, 1.2 million people were suffering from a work related illness. 26.4 million working days were lost due to work related illness and workplace injury.

It is the legal responsibility of every employer to make sure that t…

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CSCS tests: Why construction site health and safety is important

CSCS cardsBetween April 2010 and March 2011, 50 workers were killed on UK construction sites. The construction industry accounts for just 5% of employees in Britain, but 27% of fatal injuries happen on construction sites.

When you look at the figures, it’s clear that construction sites are some of the most d…

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Stoke trailer firm in court over serious crush injuries

A Stoke firm, which designs and manufactures trailers for commercial vehicles, has been sentenced after a worker was seriously injured when he was crushed underneath a lorry when the tuck-away tail-lift closed on him.

Mark Dimmock, 28, from Stoke-on-Trent, had only been working for Don-Bur …

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Care home's safety failures led to elderly woman's death

The owners of a West Yorkshire care home have been told to pay £183,000 in fines and costs after a frail 93 year-old widow died because established safety measures were neglected.

Mrs Elsie Beals asphyxiated after becoming trapped in the gap between her mattress and incorrectly-fitted bed sa…

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Norfolk manufacturer prosecuted for guarding failure

A manufacturer of steel building materials has been fined for safety failings after an employee sustained a serious hand injury on a poorly guarded machine in Norfolk.

Antonio Pires, aged 63, from Watton, was operating a power press to form sheet metal at Worldwide Steels Limited, trading as …

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5 health and safety tips to keep in mind when setting up your own business

Being your own boss is exciting; it opens you up to the world and various opportunities. But, amidst the excitement, be sure that you have all your legalities in check too. While having entrepreneurial spirit can be exhilarating, it comes with risks – especially if you are going to need employees.

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Northumberland firm and two directors fined after death of worker

A Northumberland firm and two of its directors have been sentenced for safety failings after a teenage worker died following a fall from a barn roof.

Jamie Lee Duddin, 18, of Corbridge, and another Scotts of Whittington Ltd. employee were carrying out repairs to the roof lights of the barn …

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Stockport firm in court after employee severs fingers

The machine which caused the workers injuriesA Stockport engineering firm has been prosecuted after one of its employees lost four fingers on his left hand when they were crushed in machinery.

The 62-year-old from Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire had been using a power press to cut electrical components from a thin strip of steel when his ha…

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Cornish bakery fined for worker's injuries

The unguarded pressure roller/nip point on the end of production line No 2A night shift cleaner got caught-up in the unguarded machinery of a moving conveyor belt at a Cornish bakery and had to be released by co-workers.

Wioletta Drozdz, 27, from Newquay, had both forearm bones broken in her right arm when the incident happened in the early hours of 10 December 2…

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Company fined after worker hurt in machinery

A Derbyshire window manufacturer has been fined after an employee's arm was dragged into a poorly guarded machine.

Wayne Marshall, 29, of Eastwood, was using a corner cleaning machine at Frame Trade UK Ltd. in Langley Mill when the incident happened on 13th May 2010.

A build-up of plastic debr…

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Amputation leads to fine for kennel firm

A Staffordshire kennel company has been fined after a worker amputated his finger on a circular saw.

Antony Capewell, of Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent was working at Ultra Kennels Limited at its Chesterton site when the incident happened on 11 May 2011

He was using a circular table saw to make …

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Worker suffers severe burns at Staffordshire firm

A Leek company that makes webbing for seatbelts and harnesses has been fined after an employee trapped both arms in a machine and suffered severe burns.

Stewart Wood, a dye machine operative at Marling Leek Limited, was working a night shift on August 2 last year when webbing became wrapped …

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Company fined after worker's fingertip is severed

A Cardiff manufacturing company has been fined after a worker lost the tip of a finger while using an unguarded drill.

Vaughan Thomas, 21, from Caerphilly, was working at MIB Manufacturing Limited's factory on Rising Sun Industrial Estate, Blaina, when the incident happened on 26 April 2011.

T…

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