Week Commencing 17th December 2018 – In the News

RoSPA leaders outline strategies to embed safety culture into organisations

Earlier this week, RoSPA Occupational Health Policy Advisor Dr Karen McDonnell spoke to SHPOnline outline strategies to ‘embed’ a safety-conscious culture into an organisation. DrMcDonnell emphasised the pivotal role of communication in helping all employees to understand the importance of Health and Safety. Irrespective of role or level, it was suggested that a clear dialogue on the subject would benefit all.

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Network Rail fined £200,000 after incident

This week, it was announced that that Network Rail was fined £200,000 after a series of health and safety breaches resulted in life-changing injuries. The hearing, which took place in May 2018, was led by the Office of Rail and Road, and highlighted multiple safety inadequacies of the organisation. Network Rail reiterated its apologies and highlighted its commitment to upholding the highest level of safety across Britain’s railways.

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Part-time roofer sentenced for Health and Safety Breaches

A part-time roofer was sentenced this week over a series of failures which put co-workers and members at risk. The worker was found to have not implemented sufficient control measures or precautions regarding Carbon Monoxide poisoning. The subsequent HSE investigation uncovered how the prosecuted had blocked chimney flues and worked without scaffold. If you have any concern about safe working practices, contact WA Management today HERE

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Leading fire experts say timescale for inquiry ‘unacceptable”

Members of the Fire Protection Association this week said that the proposed timetable for phase 2 of the Grenfell Tower inquiry was “wholly unacceptable”. Jonathan O’Neill OBE, Managing Director of the organisation suggested that any delays would prevent the bereaved from receiving the closure that they need and deserve. The Inquiry suggested that the lengthy proposals were proportionate to the administrative workload of the case.

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Chaos at Gatwick as drone grounds all flights

The biggest story of the week occurred when all 765 flights in and out of Gatwick were suspended on Thursday due to Health and Safety fears. Several drones were seen to be encroaching on the perimeter fence, making it unsafe for passenger flights to take off or land. The Army was duly drafted in to manage the increasingly disgruntled number of those affected by the delays, estimated to be over 11,000 people.

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