In Court

Firm fined after child injured at playground

A global supplier of children’s playground equipment has been fined £75,000 after a child suffered serious injuries at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham. Kompan Limited, a UK subsidiary of the Kompan Group of Denmark, was given the fine at Sheffield Crown Court on 7 November after pleading guilty to breaching section 3(1) of […]
Fire Risk Assessment

Fire safety: a third of businesses are non-compliant

According to the latest government statistics, more than a third of non-residential premises audited last year by FRAs (fire and rescue authorities) were not fully compliant with the government’s Fire Safety Order. Action was taken in 12,932 premises as a result of non-compliance with the order. The worst performers were licensed premises – only 52% […]
Chemical Hazards

Four killed at Texas chemical plant

Four workers have been killed at the DuPont chemical facility in Texas after an apparent chemical leak. Investigators from the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) are in Texas looking into the incident. A fifth worker at a DuPont plant in La Porte, Texas. The workers probably died while responding to a valve leak […]
Occupational Health

Local exhaust ventilation: not enough protection

Prof. David Fishwick’s blog on occupational asthma made a clear case for reducing inhalation exposure. This blog picks up on this theme and deals with local exhaust ventilation, the most common method of reducing inhalation risk. Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) is used to protect workers’ health by removing airborne contaminants before they enter their breathing […]
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