Unexploded ordnance survey: London Bridge

Strategic risk advisor 6 Alpha Associates has provided a detailed unexploded ordnance (UXO) risk assessment for Network Rail as part of the five-year, multi-million pound redevelopment of London Bridge station. London Bridge is the oldest major station in the capital and is currently being rebuilt as part of the £6.5bn Thameslink programme – with a […]

IOSH calls for action on occupational cancers

IOSH has voiced its concern at the huge rise in the number of deaths from mesothelioma. In 2012, there were 2,535 deaths from the disease – most of them caused by past occupational exposure to asbestos, HSE has revealed. This was up from 2,311 in 2011. Of those who died in 2012, all but 409 […]
In Court

Loughborough firm’s ‘gross negligence’ lands them in court

A Loughborough company has been fined for safety breaches after an employee’s ankle was crushed by a woodworking machine. HSE described the incident as entirely preventable and resulted in the worker needlessly suffering an extremely severe injury, as he will never regain full movement in his ankle and foot. The 46-year-old man, who has asked […]
Occupational Health

HSE stats: we’ve put safety first, at the expense of health

Yesterday, the HSE issued the annual health and safety statistics for the UK. The good news is that the number of fatal accidents and injuries are down and continue to fall year on year. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same thing for the health of our workers. There have undoubtedly been some improvements in occupational […]

Construction design dilemma: CDM2015

The current requirement of hazard elimination and risk mitigation as proposed in CDM2015 has the odds stacked against it, argues John Carpenter. He offers some thoughts on how to improve the situation. Since 1995, the mandatory requirement under criminal law for construction designers (as employers) to have regard to the consequences of their design decisions […]
Common Workplace Hazards

Five things about early rehabilitation that you may not know

Capturing injury or illness early and treating it appropriately results in better outcomes for injured parties and prevents the development of chronic conditions. It requires considerable skill, however, to manage early rehabilitation, working with injured people at the early stage to ensure that their condition is appropriately assessed and the right treatment commenced. Here are […]
Care home

Scottish care home fined £30,000 after pensioner is scalded

Campsie View care home in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire has been fined £30,000 after an elderly resident suffered burns when she was placed in a bath that was too hot. Elizabeth Warrington, who was 80 at the time of the incident in September 2009, scalded her hands and feet. She was treated for three weeks at […]

Occupational hygiene saves lives

Control strategies for long latency occupational disease tend to target workers’ respiratory health. But as Chris Keen explains, skin absorption and ingestion exposure are often overlooked. Anyone who has seen the latest figures on long latency occupational disease will appreciate the sheer scale of the problem. HSE estimates that there were around 8,000 deaths attributed […]
In Court

Somerset firm fined £80,000 after worker killed in explosion

A horticultural company has been fined after a worker died and three others were seriously injured in an explosion while emptying a pressurised tank used to heat greenhouses. HSE said that simple, sensible and proportionate steps should have been taken to do the work safely. Peter James, aged 67 of Southmead Terrace, Crewkerne, died of […]
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