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Work Under Pressure: a short film about stress

This week is European Health and Safety Week. The theme for this year is Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress – EU-OSHA and its partners aim to get Europe talking about stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace and how we can tackle it together. In support of this, safety-focused video production company Out-Takes has produced Work […]
Common Workplace Hazards

Do You Use Lifting Equipment? Avoid a £20,000 Fine!

A North London meat wholesalers was fined over £20,000 last month for operating a fault-ridden 2.5 tonne forklift truck with a forged positive exam report. Now, forging the safety report was obviously extreme behaviour, and we don’t need to even mention to any of our lovely readers what a dumb and dangerous idea that is. […]
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Safety and health reporting for duty

Earlier this year I wrote a blog series on strategic OSH – particularly in the supply chain and as part of an organisation’s broader sustainability objectives. This time I am going to be focusing less on procurement and more on safety and health reporting. I am guessing that as an occupational safety and health professional, […]
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Reducing occupational asthma: knowledge is key

Asthma is a common breathing problem, of global concern. Everyday, my clinical practice confirms this. While patients tell us that their inhaled treatments have improved vastly over the last 20 years, asthma continues to cause ill health in a large proportion of the population. One global initiative, GINA, estimates that seven per cent of the […]
In Court

East Kilbride firm sentenced after worker hit by chainsaw

Enviroclean (Scotland) Ltd has been fined £7,000 for safety failings after a worker was injured when a chainsaw hit him on the leg as he slipped while felling trees. The HSE investigation which followed showed that the worker was not wearing adequate PPE nor was he competent to operate the chainsaw. Hugh Dorricot, then aged […]
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Slug and Lettuce fined after toddler falls into basement

A national pub chain has been sentenced after a two-year-old girl fell six feet through a staircase balustrade and into a basement below at the Slug and Lettuce in Hanover Street, London, in October 2012. The company appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court following an investigation by Westminster Council which found that the gap in the […]
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What has happened to the new CDM Regulations?

The HSE anticipated publishing The new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations by 5 October. Here we are in mid-October, however, and the new regulations are nowhere to be seen. I was involved in the original 2007 Regulations, so I have been watching CDM 2015’s progress with interest. The answer to this question is not straightforward, […]
In Court

Boss cleared of manslaughter 12 years after fatality

Simon Bromley, 45, the boss of a worker who was crushed to death in a concrete mixer has been cleared of manslaughter, but found guilty of breaching health and safety regulations. Sentencing relating to those breaches has been adjourned, however Mr Bromley was jailed for three years for drugs charges. Mr Bromley claimed that he […]
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Facilities managers and safety: How many hats can you wear?

In your current role have you been involved with facilities or human resources? Do logistics or operations come into your remit? What about sales and marketing, finance and contractor management? It’s a fact that many property and facilities managers have chosen this as a career, and there are a range of professional, vocational and academic […]
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