Week Commencing 20/06/2022 – In The News

Gatwick: Passenger with restricted mobility dies after leaving flight

Row of planes at an airportA passenger with restricted mobility has died at Gatwick Airport after leaving an aircraft.

Gatwick said staff were helping to disembark three passengers with restricted mobility at the time, including the man’s partner.

He decided to leave the EasyJet plane rather than wait for staff to return and fell while going up an escalator, an airport spokesman said.

Sussex Police confirmed the 82-year-old man died at 12:50 BST on Wednesday.

The Gatwick spokesman said the passenger made a short walk to the escalator from the runway to the Skybridge, which takes passengers to the north terminal.

He said EasyJet cabin crew were closest to the man, so provided medical attention before the airport’s medical staff arrived.

Read more on the BBC website.

HSE publishes new Science Review

Person in a lab coat writing a reportA human cough simulator to test the effectiveness of face shield protection during the pandemic, reducing the risk of the transmission of COVID to delivery drivers and gas explosion tests in a life size replica house are just some of the studies scientists working for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have completed in the last 12 months.

All three are listed in HSE’s annual science review, which has been published today.

Using real life work cases as examples, the publication focuses on ways science and evidence is being used to protect people and places, helping everyone lead safer and healthier lives.

The annual review illustrates the mix of activities that has helped to ensure that HSE’s response to the Covid pandemic was informed by the best available evidence. In addition, it has also provided information that has helped HSE with evidence that was needed as an enabling regulator, and secure justice against those who breach the law.

For more on the review, visit the HSE website.

Draeger calls for greater ‘digital safety’ post Covid

Cyber security symbol on laptopDraeger Safety UK has issued a call for greater adoption of digital and connected safety technologies in light of changes to working styles post-Covid. This follows a warning issued by the company last year that British industry is ‘missing an opportunity’ in this area to improve employee safety.

The safety and medical technology leader, which has undertaken research on this subject* found that only half (54%) of UK managers believed that their organisation is making progress in relation to the availability of improved safety data through Industry 4.0 technology. This is despite 89% of managers indicating that their organisation would like to make better use of safety-related data, and 79% of managers reporting that increasingly dispersed workforces and lone working was a significant challenge for workplace safety.

Dräger hopes its campaign will raise awareness of technological safety advances amongst businesses, and improve understanding of the benefits – for both employee safety and corporate accountability.

For more, visit the HSM website.

Croydon tram crash: TfL admits to failings over fatal derailment

Yellow tramTransport for London (TfL) has indicated it will plead guilty to health and safety failings over the Croydon tram crash, which killed seven people, in November 2016.

Sixty-nine passengers were on-board the tram, bound for Wimbledon via Croydon, when it over-turned and crashed near Sandilands tram stop in south London on 9 November 2016. Seven people were killed and more than 50 people injured.

During a hearing at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on 10 June, TfL indicated it will plead guilty to health and safety failings. Driver Alfred Dorris, 48, of Beckenham, also appeared and indicated a not guilty plea to an allegation of failing as an employee to take reasonable care of passengers.

Visit the SHP website to learn more.

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