October 2016 – In the News

London Zoo Gorilla Helped Himself To Blackcurrant Squash

A gorilla that escaped from its enclosure at London Zoo drank five litres of undiluted blackcurrant squash before being returned to his den, a report has found.

Kumbuka, a western lowland silverback, made an “opportunistic” exit through unlocked doors, London Zoo added.

The zoo said the gorilla got into a secure keepers’ area on discovery of the security flaw.

Kumbuka was returned to his den shortly after being tranquilised on 13 October.

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Star Wars Film Maker Fined £1.6 Million For Injuring Harrison Ford

The makers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been sentenced after failing to protect the actors and workers while on set during filming, after actor Harrison Ford was struck by a heavy hydraulic metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon at Pinewood Studios.

Mr Ford suffered a broken leg and deep lacerations when he was knocked off his feet and pinned to the floor of the Millennium Falcon set, as a prop door closed on him. HSE’s investigation found that there was no automatic emergency cut off, to protect those on set, instead relying on the reactions of the prop operator(s) to bring the door to a stop.

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Worker Killed On M1 Smart Motorway Site

A worker has been fatally injured on the M1 smart motorway site in Northamptonshire.

The victim, who was killed at junction 16 on Monday morning, is understood to be a subcontractor on the site, which is run as a Costain/Galliford Try joint venture.

The site is part of a £65m scheme to boost capacity along the motorway between junctions 16 and 19.

A spokesperson for Costain/Galliford Try said: “We offer our sincere condolences to the deceased’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. An investigation is underway.”

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Why Yellow Is Old Hat On Building Sites

Bob the Builder needs a makeover – and for once, you really can blame health and safety rules. The cartoon character’s traditional yellow hard hat – a symbol of building sites across the country – is being quietly dropped. According to news reports, BuildUK – an industry body that represents some of the biggest contractors and trade associations in the UK – have created a new colour-coded scheme for hats, and yellow doesn’t make the cut.

From 2017, the Highways Agency, for instance, will insist that all staff working on motorways and A-roads wear hats coloured in correlation to their job position. Supervisors will be in black, slingers and signallers will wear orange, and site managers and “competent operatives” – like Bob – should be wearing a white hat (much like his safety-conscious counterpart, the Village People’s David Hodo). Visitors, meanwhile, will wear blue. Happy days for photo-opp friendly Tory politicians such as George Osborne, who love a high-vis jacket and a builder’s hat.

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Is Your Training Session A Moan And Groan Meeting?

Ian Johannessen, managing director of lone worker experts Peoplesafe, explains why education is vital if safety initiatives are to be successful. 

We all love a groan and a moan. Generally, an invite to a training session can cause a collective groan and some attendees will arrive intent on a good moan. But for many the anticipation is usually much worse than the eventual experience.

Lone worker safety can be a cultural challenge, but the right training can help ensure safety solutions are accepted and embraced. And this is especially important for those who work alone, as they are unable to ask colleagues for help.

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Is Staff Fatigue Your Biggest Health And Safety Risk?

Earlier this year Andrew Mason, a lorry driver from Hull, was killed in a high impact crash on the A12, when he drove into a stationary HGV. He left behind two children and devastated colleagues.

Witnesses suggest that he did not apply the brakes – which immediately points towards fatigue as the cause of the incident, as he more than likely fell asleep at the wheel. His daughter Charlotte certainly believed this to be the case. Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail she said: “I think he must have just fallen asleep. I think he must have done.”

While many claimed Mr Mason was an ‘experienced, professional and conscientious driver,’ and using GPS police determined he had taken all his rest stops, the symptoms of fatigue were still in effect and therefore led to the truly tragic turn of events. This is something workers and businesses must learn from, to avoid such incidents occurring in the future.

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Jaguar Land Rover: Man dies after becoming trapped underneath lorry at Solihull site

A man who was trapped under a lorry in a collision at Jaguar Land Rover’s plant in Solihull has died.

The incident happened on Monday 26th September at the firm’s base off Lode Lane.

The company have confirmed that the man who died was an employee with one of their suppliers.

According to workers, he was 23 and riding a moped at the time.

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