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Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

What does HSE stand for?HSE

The Health and Safety Executive, often referred to as the HSE, is an independent regulator that aims to prevent work-related death, injury and ill-health.

Click here to visit The Health and Safety Executive website.

When was HSE formed?

The foundations of the organisation can be dated back to the 1800’s when the HM Factory Inspectorate, Mines Inspectorate and Quarry Inspectorates were formed.

But it was on 1 January 1975 that the Health and Safety Executive was officially established, led by its first Director General, John Lock.

The organisation came into being the year after the publication of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. (In Northern Ireland, these duties lie with the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).)

What does HSE do?

The organisation acts in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces. It is not the sole regulator, as in many cases local authorities are responsible for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974.

Since 2014 when the Care Act came into force, the Care Quality Commission has been responsible for undertaking some of the investigatory/regulatory work currently been undertaken by the HSE or the local authorities, when an incident causing harm, injury or death occurs to a person who is receiving care and support.

Commentary from HSE officials is often featured in SHP from its in-court stories, where the regulator is responsible for bringing prosecutions against individuals and companies.

HSE prosecutions

For the latest HSE news stories, including prosecutions, follow SHP’s In Court page here and see a summary of the most recent news stories below.

HSE facts and figures

The HSE produces a number of regular reports and surveys, which contain important statistics and information for the health and safety professional.

According to the HSE’s Annual Report 2019/2020, there were 111 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2019 and March 2020 (a rate of 0.34 deaths per 100,000 workers), the lowest year on record. The data represents a fall of 38 deaths from the previous year, though it is likely that this fall was accentuated by the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the economy in the final two months of the year.

Workplace fatality figures by sector in 2019/20

  • Construction: 40 fatal injuries;
  • Agricultural, forestry and fishing: 20 fatal injuries;
  • Waste and recycling: 5 fatal injuries.

Workplace fatality figures by cause in 2019/20

These three causes account for 60% of the workplace fatality figures in 2019/20.

HSE regulatory functions versus local authorities

As a regulator, the HSE’s aim is to prevent workplace death, injury or ill health, through using a variety of methods to influence change and help people manage risks at work. These include:

They claim to work collaboratively with other regulators, agencies and government departments to ensure the most appropriate organisation intervenes. They do this by setting arrangements, where laws overlap, to:

  • Promote cooperation;
  • Minimise duplication;
  • Coordinate on joint regulatory activities;
  • Share information and intelligence.

They will not intervene if another regulator has specific responsibility for that area.

Local authorities are responsible for regulating health and safety in lower-risk workplaces, such as offices, shops and warehouses.

For more information, visit the HSE’s guide on who is the correct enforcing authority.

COMAH

Under the Control of Major Hazards Regulations 2015 (COMAH), it also regulates major hazards by working jointly, as a competent authority, with:

  • Environment Agency.
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
  • National Resources Wales.

Offshore major hazard industries (oil and gas) are regulated jointly by us and the Department for Environment and Climate Change.

It supports the work of the Office for Nuclear Regulation, the Office of Road and Rail Regulation and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

It also works closely with the Civil Aviation Authority and Maritime Coastguard Agency.

A complete list of all the regulators we have formal agreements with is available online.

Where is HSE based?

Headquartered in Bootle, near Liverpool, the HSE headquarters address is: Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 7HS.

There are also several other offices around the country. To find your nearest office or knowledge – centre see this page on the HSE website.

Reporting incidents to HSE

All incidents can be reported using an online form, but a telephone service remains for reporting fatal and major injuries only – call the HSE Incident Contact Centre on 0345 300 9923 (opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm).

Latest HSE articles

Roofing supplies firm and director fined after workers fall from height

A roofing supplies firm and its director have been fined after two workers fell from a tower scaffold, sustaining serious injuries.

Construction firm director sentenced after worker seriously injured

The director of a construction company has been sentenced after a sub-contractor suffered serious injuries when a stack of plasterboards fell on him at a construction site in Thames Ditton, Surrey.

Tower Hamlets council fined after death of child in playground

A council has been charged with health and safety breaches over the death of a five-year-old girl in a playground and faces a potential £2 million legal bill.

Coronavirus advice for employers

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a national lockdown in England on 4 January, the government has published stay at home guidance which stresses that the single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

Nestlé fined after worker traps arm in machine

Nestlé UK Ltd has been sentenced for breaching health and safety regulations after an employee was dragged into a machine on the production line of their Albion Mills site in Halifax.

Sawmill firm sentenced after serious hand injury

A company has been sentenced after a worker was seriously injured when his hand came into contact with a rotating bandsaw blade.

HSE warns of electrical safety dangers in farms when reacting to manslaughter case in Warwickshire

The HSE has warned against the severe dangers of inadequate electrical safety systems in farm buildings  following a recently concluded prosecution at Warwick Crown Court.

Brexit implications for business

The UK has left the European Union. This article provides advice and guidance for businesses on how to comply with REACH Chemical Regulations, advice for businesses wanting to gain or maintain access to the GB market and what businesses need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods placed on the EU market.

Manufacturer fined £100k after worker severs finger

L.S. Starrett Company Limited, a precision tool manufacturer, has been fined after an employee’s index finger was severed and his thumb deeply lacerated in an incident involving a radial arm drilling machine.

Company fined after putting workers at risk of a fall from height

A roofing contractor has been fined after a health and safety inspector came across two workers jet washing a steeply pitched roof on a house without adequate protection.

Müller UK & Ireland prosecuted after agency worker’s fingers amputated

Yoghurt and dessert manufacturer, Müller UK & Ireland, has been prosecuted after an agency worker suffered severe injuries when their fingers were caught in machinery.

Company fined after worker suffers crush injury

Chemical company, Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Ltd (Reckitt Benckiser Ltd), was fined for safety breaches after a worker had his left arm crushed in a bottle filling machine.

Company fined after machine operator suffered serious leg injury

A titanium supplier has been fined after an employee sustained multiple fractures to his leg whilst operating a metal cutting band saw machine.

Lucilla Cummings wins SHP’s Rising Star UK Award

Travis Perkins PLC SE Improvement Specialist, Lucilla Cummings, has been named as the winner of the SHP Award for Rising Star UK, while Adam Clarke, Occupational Hygiene Technician, Health and Safety Executive was recognised as ‘highly commended’ in this category.

Engineering company sentenced after apprentice narrowly escapes serious injury

A plant hire company has been fined after an apprentice avoided a potentially fatal crush injury from a mobile crane.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park: £333,344 fine after child rollercoaster fall

Lightwater Valley Attractions Ltd has been fined £333,344 and ordered to pay costs of £16,183 after a child was left with life-changing head injuries after being thrown from a ride.

Engineering firm sentenced after employee suffers permanent nerve damage

An engineering company has been fined after a worker was diagnosed with hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).

Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service accepts Crown Censure after prison officers sustain serious burns in training exercise

Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) has been issued with a Crown Censure by the HSE after nine prison officers suffered burns in a training exercise. An investigation found that HMPPS failed to report the injuries to HSE until four months after the incident.

Plastics manufacturer fined after employee was injured by machinery

A plastics manufacturer, which specialises in the manufacturing of traffic barriers and cones, has been fined after an employee’s finger was severed due to inadequately guarded machinery.

Insulation firm fined after employee suffered serious hand injury

A manufacturer of industrial insulation has been fined after an employee suffered serious injuries to his hand while trying to clear a blockage from a machine.

HSE checking businesses in the transport sector are COVID-secure

In the run up to the festive period, the HSE is working with local authorities to inspect businesses in the transport and logistics industry to ensure they are managing the risk of coronavirus.

Waste recycling company fined after employee fatally injured

Enva Scotland Limited has been fined following an incident where a 28-year-old employee, Martin Kane, was fatally injured whilst cleaning a mobile shredder.

Building contractor fined for asbestos failings

A company has been fined for failing to complete the correct asbestos survey at a domestic construction project.

How does HAVS impact the rail sector?

Mary Cameron, Team Leader within SOCOTEC’s Occupational Hygiene team, discusses the impact that HAV exposure has on employees within the rail sector and the actions that organisations can take to effectively reduce and eliminate exposure.

Scaffolding company fined after scaffolding collapse

A scaffolding company has been fined for safety failings after scaffolding collapsed on to a street in Maidenhead while it was being dismantled. The collapse could have resulted in serious injury or loss of life, says the HSE.

Company and director fined after incident leaves worker paralysed

A company and an individual have been fined after a worker suffered life changing injuries while dismantling an external platform lift.

Setting the Bar for competence in the building safety sector

Setting the Bar is the second and final report of the Competence Steering Group and is an update on the interim report, Raising the Bar, published in August 2019. The Joint Industry Board (JIB), explains more about the proposals relating to the competence of persons carrying out construction work going forward.

Logistics company fined after a worker was injured in explosion

A national logistics haulier has been fined after a worker suffered flash burn injuries when there was an explosion as he opened the door of a container.

Cheshire Council fined after child falls from height

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been fined after a young child fell almost three metres to the floor from a gap in railings, sustaining serious head injuries.

Company fined after forklift truck fatality

A pallet transport company has been fined after a forklift driver was killed when his forklift overturned.

Building contractor fined following dumper truck incident

A building contractor has been fined after an employee suffered serious injuries when the forward tipping dumper truck that he was operating rolled over.

HSE’s Chief Scientific Adviser welcomes introduction of new COVID-19 research programme

The HSE has been asked to lead one of seven studies as part of a national COVID-19 research programme funded by the UK government and fronted by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance.

£40,000 fine after care home death fall

A 94-year-old man fell nearly 30 feet from a second floor window of the Wellburn Care Home.

Britain remains one of the safest places to work in the world, according to latest HSE statistics

Health and Safety Executive has released its annual injury and ill-health statistics for Great Britain.

Construction firm fined after worker was seriously injured

A construction company has been fined after an employee was struck by the placing boom of a concrete pump, causing serious injuries.

Manufacturing company fined after worker suffers brain injury in forklift truck incident

A company that manufactures metal pressings and sub-assemblies for the automotive industry, has been fined after a worker was struck by a forklift truck and suffered a serious brain injury.

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Firm fined after worker suffers serious injuries

A woodworking company has been fined after a worker became entangled in an unguarded drive shaft and suffered serious injuries.

Manufacturer fined after an employee suffered crush injuries

A manufacturer of carbon-based products has been fined following an incident where an employee sustained soft tissue injuries to his right hip and a fracture to his lower right leg.

Drayton Manor death: Theme park to be prosecuted for alleged health and safety breaches

HSE confirms that Drayton Manor theme park will be prosecuted over the death of an 11-year-old schoolgirl who fell from one of its rides and drowned.

Manufacturer fined after worker’s arm caught in machinery

A company that manufactures composite hose products has been fined after an inexperienced agency worker was injured when he was pulled into a spinning lathe, sustaining open fractures to his right arm.

Construction company fined after dangerous demolition

A builder has been sentenced after concerns over an unsafe demolition site were raised.

‘The end of health and safety gone mad?’ – eBook launched to highlight the profession’s positive work

“The end of health and safety gone mad?” is a new eBook investigating the way the health and safety community has evolved and adapted to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. It explores growing positive media attention and the work performed by major health and safety associations, and asks how the profession may look going into 2021.

Transport company fined after employee fatally crushed

A transport company has been fined after a worker was fatally injured when the pallet of stone tiles which he was attempting to deliver fell onto him.

Hand-arm vibration exposure: On-tool measurements vs. vibration emissions data

Mary Cameron, team leader within SOCOTEC’s Occupational Hygiene team, discusses the role that measured vibration levels and manufacturer’s data plays when assessing HAV exposure and implementing subsequent control measures.

Council fined after teacher assaulted by pupil

Luton Borough Council has been sentenced after a teacher was assaulted by a pupil.

Don’t slip up on safety

Your health and safety priorities may have changed, but the risk of slips is still here, and with cleaning being high on the agenda, it could be un-intentionally increasing the risk of slips on your site.

Alone and at-risk: How construction companies can protect lone workers

Now that more construction workers are likely to be working alone, employers must ensure that they’re taking additional measures to protect their workers and meet their duty of care obligations – and workers need to be aware of how they can avoid the additional risks lone working can present.

Preventing work-related stress in construction

HSE has launched a ‘Talking Toolkit’, which focuses on work-related stress in construction, put together with consultation from the construction industry.

HSE to crack down on dust

Health and safety inspectors across Great Britain will be targeting construction firms from 5 October to check that their health standards are up to scratch during a month-long inspection initiative.

Fine for manufacturer after serious injuries to worker

Emtelle UK Limited, a manufacturer of plastic tubing and blown fibre tubing for telecoms and water piping, has been fined after an employee suffered serious injuries to his left hand when it came into contact with the exposed clamp of a socket machine.

Animal feed company fined after serious injury to employee

An animal feed processing company has been fined following an incident where part of an employee’s arm was severed by a moving conveyor.

Business owner convicted after ignoring notices

A mechanic and landlord based in Kent has been sentenced after refusing to comply with enforcement notices issued by the HSE and Kent Fire and Rescue Service to protect workers and tenants from injury.

Scaffolding company and director fined following ‘avoidable’ fall from height fatality

Wembley Scaffolding Services Limited has been fined following an incident where a worker fell five metres and suffered a fatal head injury. HSE adjudged that no suitable risk assessment was carried out prior to the incident.

Controlling the risk of legionella in water systems during COVID-19

Paul Sear, National Technical Manager for SOCOTEC’s Water Hygiene team, outlines why the current focus on preventing another surge of COVID-19 infections should not compromise the control measures designed to prevent Legionnaires’ disease.

£2m fine after fatal incident at manufacturing site

‘It is not good enough for companies to assume they are doing all they can to control the risk just because there have been no previous incidents,’ says HSE, after a specialist industrial services company worker suffered a fatal injury.

£30,000 fine after two safety breaches in a month

A firm has been fined £30,000 for breaching health and safety legislation after an employee injured his hand, a month after he had escaped unscathed in a similar incident which was not acted upon.

Training firm issues first aid certificate extension reminder

Reminder that the HSE permitted those that hold a first aid certificate that expired on or after Monday 16 March, have until the end of September to requalify.

HSE COVID-secure spot inspections target Bolton and Trafford

Bolton and Trafford are the latest areas the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is specifically targeting with spot inspections to ensure workplaces are COVID-secure.

Is your materials handling equipment still fit for purpose?

Is your materials handling equipment still fit for purpose? Some top tips for improving materials handling safety and efficiency on site.

‘Now is not the time for unnecessary trips to the office’

British Safety Council urges Government not to pressurise employers to get workers back into the office. If people can work from home, they should have the choice to work from home: for the sake of people’s health, wellbeing and the economy.

Worker’s hand amputated in bagel machine

A bakery has been fined after an employee amputated his right hand on a bagel production line.

£120k fine for manufacturer after employee fatally crushed

A manufacturer of adhesive tape has been fined after a worker was fatally injured while operating a rewind slitting machine.

Three construction firms hit with fines totalling £256k after worker dies during demolition project

A trio of construction companies have been fined after a worker suffered fatal injuries while demolishing a two-storey building in preparation for a development project.

£20K fine after worker suffers serious back injury in ‘avoidable’ crush incident

A powder coating company has been fined after a worker in a factory suffered shattered lumbar vertebrae and had to be kept in a lying down position on his back for two weeks in hospital.

Hand-arm vibration: HSE publishes new inspection and enforcement guidance

HAV Inspection and Enforcement Guidance document replaces the Topic Inspection Pack on Hand-arm Vibration.

£200k fine for maritime firm after employee fractures foot

A maritime freight and logistics company has been fined after a worker suffered multiple bone fractures to his foot when a forklift truck was driven over it.

Company fined after worker suffers serious crush injuries

Leeds and Bradford Boiler Co Ltd has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker broke his upper arm and suffered crush injuries to his lower arm in a workplace incident.

Worker sustained significant head injuries in a fall from height

Building firm fined after self-employed subcontractor sustained multiple fractures and a brain injury following 15-foot fall.

Face coverings in the workplace

To get some recommendations on face coverings in the workplace, for employers and employees, SHP spoke to Arco’s Director of QSHE UK and Asia, Neil Hewitt.

Company fined after causing M8 gas leak

John Murphy and Sons Ltd has been sentenced for safety breaches after damaging a 10-inch gas pipeline whilst undertaking work to allow the widening of the M8 motorway.

New HSE chair appointed

The Department for Work and Pensions has appointed Sarah Newton as Chair of the Health and Safety Executive Board.

Manufacturer fined after an employee died and another worker seriously injured

A manufacturer has been sentenced for safety breaches following two separate incidents including the death of an employee and series injuries to a second worker. A number of electrical safety failings were also found.

Firm sentenced after employee suffers finger amputations

A paper making company has been fined after a 22-year-old employee had her fingers crushed, leading to the partial amputation of both her middle and index finger on her left hand.

Fine after employee is burnt following explosion

A plumbing and heating company has been fined after an employee suffered serious burns following an explosion at a domestic property.

Costain fined £1.2m after MEWP collapse

Costain has been fined £1.2million after a worker sustained life changing head injuries and a second suffered a leg fracture when their MEWP was struck by a collapsing reinforcement cage during the construction of a road bypass.

HSE urges Blackburn businesses to take five steps to become COVID-secure

The Health and Safety Executive has said it is out and about talking to businesses in Blackburn and the surrounding areas to ensure they are COVID-secure to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

Report published into fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Britain

The HSE has issued a report that shows agriculture has the one of the worst rates of worker fatal injury in Great Britain. Last year, 21 people were killed in agriculture, one was a child.

Council fined following fatality after a tree branch struck a moving vehicle

Wirral Borough Council has been fined after a branch from a tree fell and struck the vehicle of a pregnant mother while she was driving, resulting in injuries to the mother and the loss of her prematurely born baby.

Safety breaches lead to fine for automotive firm and occupational health provider

A vehicle sales company and an occupational health & safety consultant have been fined for a breach of HAVS regulations.

Draft Building Safety Bill announced by UK government

Alongside the Fire Safety Bill and fire safety consultation, the Building Safety Bill is said to be bringing the “biggest improvements to building safety in nearly 40 years”. The Draft Bill was announced on 20 July by Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

10-year-old boy dies on construction site

A child has died after reportedly falling into a hole on a building site in Glasgow.

Illegal gas work left home in dangerous state

A self-employed property maintenance contractor has been sentenced after arranging and being in control of gas work that his contractors were not registered or competent to do, leaving it in a dangerous condition.

HSE releases annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) annual report and accounts summarises HSE’s performance during 2019 to 2020, and other developments in the organisation.

Scaffolding company fined after employee suffers severe injuries in scaffold collapse

JR Scaffold Services Ltd has been fined after an employee fell eight metres to the ground and sustained severe injuries when the cantilever section of a scaffold he was erecting collapsed.

Managing Work Related Road Risk as employees return to work post COVID-19 Lockdown

Dr Jim Golby, Director of Research and Customer Experience at Applied Driving Techniques, highlights the opportunities and benefits for Employers as their staff begin to return to work.

Consultant fined for providing ‘incompetent’ health and safety advice

A self-employed independent health and safety consultant has been fined £1,400 for breach of legislation for giving advice to clients, despite not being properly qualified.

Woman dies after London crane collapses

A woman has died, and four people have been injured after a 20m tower crane collapsed onto a row of houses in Bow, London.

Tile manufacturer fined after employee suffered serious injuries

A tile manufacturing firm has been fined £10,000 after a worker suffered three broken bones in his arm and crush injuries to his forearm when he was drawn into the in-running nip of a conveyor tail drum.

HSE urges businesses to make sure they are COVID-secure

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has called for businesses to follow the government’s 5 steps to being COVID-secure as the lockdown eases and more sectors are set to open their doors.

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