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Just in case: does PPE make a difference?

By David Towlson In Terry Pratchett’s 26th Discworld novel, Thief of Time, two History Monks (Lu-Tze and Lobsang) are rushing to deal with an emergency involving their procrastinator machines (used to move and store time). Standard health and safety issue is a thick cork helmet. Lu-Tze hands Lobsang the helmet, and the following conversation ensues: […]
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Welsh firm in court after woodworker loses arm

A Powys firm has been fined for serious safety failings after a woodworker had his right arm severed while clearing sawdust from underneath a circular saw. The worker was taken to hospital, where he remained for a month, but doctors were unable to successfully reattach his arm and he underwent an amputation below the elbow. […]
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Throwback Thursday: Looking back at CDM

Last week, CDM 2015 draft guidelines were published, bringing in some significant changes. Here we look back at March 1996, which gives a thorough overview of CDM and everyone’s responsibilities. The underlying philosophy of CDM was to “require all parties to a construction project to give time and thought to planning how to work safely.” […]
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Changes in event construction: a response to CDM 2015 draft guidance

By Simon Garrett A significant change from CDM 2007 is that the new regulations will also apply to event construction where it never applied before. A letter from the chair of the HSE’s Joint Advisory Committee on Entertainment seeks to placate the events industry, which rightly robustly questioned the need to impose CDM in the […]
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Tyrrells fined after worker loses fingertip in fryer

Herefordshire crisp producer Tyrrells has been fined for safety failings after a worker lost part of a finger in the moving parts of a fryer, in November 2012. On 19 January Hereford Magistrates’ Court heard how the 35-year-old employee of Tyrrells Potato Crisps Ltd in Leominster was cleaning part of the machine when his finger […]
Chemical Hazards

Royal Mail fined for safety breaches

The Royal Mail has been prosecuted following an incident in January 2014 in which a worker suffered severe chemical burns to his leg while involved in a cleaning task at the company’s Hemel Hempstead site. It was heard at Watford Magistrates’ Court on 9 January that some cleaning liquid had leaked, causing a concentrated cleaning […]
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DHL sentenced after HGV driver is seriously injured at work

Domestic freight operation firm DHL has been sentenced at the Old Bailey for safety failings after an HGV driver was run over by his own vehicle at a depot in Bedfordshire. The prosecution followed an HSE investigation into the incident which showed that the company had failed to assess the risks associated with parking on uneven […]
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Does management system integration make sense?

By James Clayton All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required to keep them current and relevant for the marketplace. The future environmental management system standard, ISO 14001:2015, will respond to latest trends and ensure it is compatible with other management system standards such as ISO 9001 by […]
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Asperlink fined £13,500 after ignoring safety advice

HSE has prosecuted a Hertfordshire-based paper company after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he was struck by a 3.2 tonne reel of paper at its premises in Essex in September 2013. The subsequent investigation found that the company had failed to act on advice from its own safety consultants for three consecutive years. Chelmsford […]
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