Week commencing 1st October – In the News

A company has been severely fined after ‘insufficient’ workplace transport controls led to collision

An HSE investigation uncovered how an unnamed company was ordered to pay £60,000 in fines after failing to adequate control measures. Although no workers were injured in the incident, HSE inspector Medani Close said that the company had not implemented even the most “simple safety measures

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 Construction firms are set to be targeted on their health standards in October

This week, the HSE announced its plans to focus greater scrutiny on the health practices and standards of construction firms. The HSE quoted figures that a construction worker is almost 100 times more likely to die from an occupational illness than a workplace accident. Peter Baker, of the HSE, stated that “we’ve [HSE] launched this inspection initiative to find out what exactly businesses in the construction industry are doing today to protect their workers’ health

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Fall Arrest Systems – an alternative solution for working at height?

SHP Online recently spoke to Bradley Markham, of Bull Products, for his thoughts on the feasibility of using Fall Arrest Systems to limit fatalities and injuries at height. Markham cited the greater freedom to work harness-free as one of the main reasons construction firms should consider the practice.

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Two dead after a gas leak at Norfolk poultry farm

Two pest controlling subcontractors have died after a suspected gas leak at Banham Poultry in Norfolk. The two men, aged in their 30s and 40s, are believed to have been inadvertently exposed to hazardous refrigerant coolant. Police stated that the spill had been contained and that there was no threat to the wider public. Our sincerest condolences go out to those affected by this tragic incident.

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MOD considers the applications of wearable technology

On Friday, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) outlined its intentions to promote wearable technology as a means to prevent injury. DASA wants to use wearable technology to help prevent musculoskeletal injuries, and also those relating to extreme weather conditions. The agency deliberately stated its desire to use ‘novel ideas’ to overcome traditional safety concerns.


Is this a vision of the future or not? Read the article HERE to decide