Climbing the zero harm ladder

By Robin Stowell  I start by stating my support of Mark Ormond in his recent articles “Safety target: zero harm” and “Five reasons why you’ll never achieve zero harm” and judging by the online responses, so do the majority of safety practitioners. The failure of many zero harm concepts come from their simplification and interpretation […]
In Court

Case highlights the dangers of working near power lines

A Melksham construction company has been prosecuted after a crane operator suffered an electric shock when the equipment he was using came into contact with overhead power lines. The worker was resuscitated but now suffers from long term memory loss. Sub-contractor Lee Burge, 38, who lives near Bristol, was using the crane to move sections […]

How easy is it to be an expert witness?

As health and safety professionals we would like to think that we are experts in our field. But do you have what it takes to be an expert witness in a court case? Is our knowledge and experience something we can get over to the court? What is needed is the courage of our opinions […]

At the sharp end: waste management as a circular economy

A circular economy would help resolve future resource scarcity and security issues but presents new occupational health and safety challenges. David Palmer-Jones reports. Historically, waste management meant little more than burying waste in landfill. However, over the past decade in particular, dramatic changes have been made to the way we view and treat this material […]

Throwback Thursday: SHP’s early days

  In a new feature on the website we’ll be looking back at some of SHP’s earlier issues and highlighting interesting articles we find. Today it’s a brief history of SHP, and how it became the magazine it is now.   In April 1989 the editorial team announced a name change, saying “The new title […]
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Food company fined after worker is scalded

A Hartlepool-based food ingredients company has been fined after an employee was scalded by hot cleaning solution whilst working on an industrial cooking vessel. HSE said that the “painful injury could and should have been avoided”. Elver Alicarte, then 38, from Hartlepool, was attempting to re-attach an end cap to pipework leading from a cooking […]
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McColls newsagents to pay £225k following violent robberies

National newsagents and convenience store Martin McColl Ltd was fined £150,000 after admitting failing to protect staff members following a series of shop robberies in Wirral. This was not the first case of its kind for the newsagents, which was prosecuted in August 2010 after a store manager was assaulted. Liverpool Crown Court heard how […]

Skating on thin ice: preparing for winter weather

This winter, long-range weather forecasters are warning of heavy and persistent snow, freezing gales and sub-zero temperatures in the UK, and early 2015 is showing signs of temperatures hitting ‘record-breaking’ lows, meaning parts of Britain could see temperatures plunge to -27 degrees. We are fortunate that we do not experience the same regularity of extreme […]
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