Week Commencing 01/03/2021 – In The News

Metal Supplier Fined After Employee Suffers Multiple Fractures

MetalA metal supplier has been fined after an employee suffered multiple fractures to the hand and wrist when he was polishing a metal bar with a manual metalworking lathe.

On 27 January 2019, an employee working for Timet UK Limited was using a manual metalworking lathe to polish a metal bar when the emery cloth, which he applied by hand, snagged causing his right hand to be pulled underneath the rotating bar. This resulted in a fracture to his right wrist and two fractures to his right hand

An investigation by the HSE found that the company had failed to implement a safe system of work for the use of manual metalworking lathes to refurbish, polish and deburr parts. They also failed to ensure that employees received adequate training in the use of the lathe, as well as adequate supervision.

Timet UK Limited of Witton, Birmingham pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and were fined £375,000 and ordered to pay costs of £16,622.

Read more on the case from the HSE.

Food Waste Action Week

An earth made up of food waste such as orange skins and mould.This week has been Food Waste Action Week. Preventing food waste is a key part of fighting climate change. Don’t believe us? Have a look at some of these figures:

  • If we stopped throwing away the 714,000 tonnes of potatoes we waste every year in our homes, it would do the same for the environment as taking 326,000 tonnes of CO2e out of our atmosphere.
  • Wasted food accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions globally than all of the commercial flights we take each year.
  • If we all stopped wasting bread at home in the UK for a year, it could do the same for greenhouse gas emissions as planting 5.3 million trees.
  • If food waste were a country, it would have the third biggest carbon footprint after the USA and China.

Simple ways to reduce food waste is by making shopping lists and planning your meals, freezing leftovers, keeping an eye on your date labels and using up every edible bit of food that you can.

Take a look at more ways you can take action on Love Food Hate Waste.

Early Data Adds Promising Data to the Efficacy of COVID-19 Vaccines

A graph from Chartr showing weekly hospital admissions per 100,000 people in the UK from November 2020 to February 2021 in ages 18-64 and ages 85+ as based on data from ONSThe latest data from the Office of National Statistics adds further evidence to the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines as the number of hospital admissions and deaths for those aged 85+ appears to be falling faster than for any other group in England.

The rate of weekly COVID-related hospital admissions is now down 71% from its peak for the 18-64 age bracket, but is down 80% for the 85+ age bracket. Although it’s too early to make any definitive conclusions, the early evidence is promising, particularly when combined with other data released this week that showed the Pfizer vaccine was associated with an 83% reduction in deaths from COVID-19 — adding to similar earlier evidence from Israel’s programme.

See more graphs like this from Chartr.

30th April – Next Open Emergency First Aid Course

A cartoon figure wearing a white headband with a red cross on it next to a pink first aid box.WA Management’s next open Emergency First Aid at Work course is scheduled for 30th April in Coventry. The course costs just £125 +VAT per person or £115 +VAT for 3 or more people.

We are running these courses as it is considered essential for many of our customers to have qualified first aid trainers. Rest assured that COVID-19 guidelines will all be followed during the day to ensure the safety of our trainers and trainees. By this point, more lockdown restrictions should have been eased so it would be beneficial to book in any training needed before the return to the office!

We can also arrange course bookings for in-house training sessions as well.

If you are interested, please get in touch with us to book your course!