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November 30, 2018

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SHP weekly top five

SHP weekly top five

Our top five stories this week: Poorly fenced off construction site, poor work from height management, £2.3m fine, lift crushed workers foot, HSE publishes mental health first aid guidance and much more…

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1. Driver fell to his death on poorly fenced off construction site

A construction company has been fined after a chauffeur fell to his death at a concealed basement void in a domestic property. He entered the construction area and stepped onto a tarpaulin that was placed to prevent rainwater entering the basement, falling and sustaining a fatal laceration to the neck.

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2. Worker seriously injured due to poor management of work from height

A construction company has been fined after an employee fell through a plasterboard ceiling onto a staircase below. HSE investigation found that there was poor planning and a lack of understanding of the risks associated with working at height.

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3. £2.3m fine for Stagecoach group company in bus crash case

A bus company that ignored warnings about a driver who crashed into a supermarket, killing two people, has been fined £2.3m. Midland Red (South) Ltd admitted health and safety breaches after Kailash Chander, now 80, accelerated into a Sainsbury’s store in Coventry.

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4. Amputation after 800kg lift crushed worker’s foot

A worker had to have two toes partially amputated when an automated storage retrieval system (ASRS) lift dropped and trapped his foot.

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5. HSE publishes first aid guidance on mental health

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published updated guidance to help employers support staff experiencing a mental health issue. The updated guidance states companies should consider ways to “manage mental ill health in your workplace which are appropriate for your business”.

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Worker crushed due to transport management failures

Manufacturer fined £134k after worker stabbed in the neck

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