Week Commencing 14/08/2023 – In The News

Worker dies at Everton’s new Bramley-Moore Dock stadium site

A worker has died after being injured at Everton’s new football stadium which is being built in Liverpool.

The 26-year-old was taken to hospital after being hurt at about 12:30 BST on the construction site at Bramley-Moore Dock, Merseyside Police said.

The force said the man’s family had been informed and it was working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Everton said everyone at the club was “heartbroken” and sent condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Work has been suspended at the site until further notice, stadium contractor Laing O’Rourke said, adding it had been “shocked and saddened” by the “tragic incident”.

It added: “We can confirm that earlier today a member of our team, who was carrying out work for one of our sub-contractors, was seriously injured in an incident.

“He was taken to hospital via ambulance, where he sadly died.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased man and our wider project team.”

Read more on the BBC website.

Workplace transport inspections begin in manufacturing sector

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has announced that it will be carrying out a workplace transport inspection campaign at manufacturing premises across Northern Ireland.

The inspection campaign will run throughout Autumn, starting in September 2023. The campaign will continue for several months. To manage the risks from workplace transport effectively, employers and those in control of premises need to consider the following three key areas:

  • Safe Site
  • Safe Vehicle
  • Safe Driver

HSENI Inspectors will be providing information and advice during the inspection campaign. Where significant risks are found, Inspectors may take enforcement action in order to achieve compliance with health and safety legislation to ensure that the risks are properly managed.

Learn more about the campaign on the HSM website.

The shape of PPE for women could be changing to enhance safety and effectiveness

The shape of PPE for women could be changed so it increases safety for the user and is more effective in its role.

Potential alterations have been presented after research showed women were being given ill-fitting PPE which could put them in danger.

More than 50 people gathered at an event arranged by global provider of product and service solutions RS, a brand of RD Group plc, to discuss the problem and see the potential solutions.

The company hosted the event at its headquarters in Corby after customers in all sectors requested better PPE for women – particularly those working in hazardous industries like engineering, construction and manufacturing.

Irene Hoile, Operations Director at RS, said: “We know from independent research that women are being given ill-fitting PPE when asked to do jobs that could potentially put them in danger.

For more on the event, visit the SHP website.

Concerns raised for desk-based workers

The typical office worker will sit at their desk for over 1,300 hours this year, 10,000 hours just eight years into their career, and 53,000 hours by the time they retire.

Data, gathered by Banner, shows that despite growing concern for the health and wellbeing of employees, desk-based employees are estimated to spend 70% of their working day sitting down.

Searches for “hip pain” and “chair pain” are on the up, while searches for “back ache” remain high, all symptoms associated with chronic inactivity.

Jason Thomas, strategic sales manager at Banner says, “As it’s often cited that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert within a given field, most of us will be a pro at sitting five times over by the time we retire. With numerous health issues associated with long-term sitting, this is a growing concern for employers across the UK.”

Promisingly, searches for solutions, such as “standing desk” and “ergonomic chair” have also risen since COVID-19, which suggests workers are beginning to address the health implications a sedentary work schedule can cause.

Visit the HSM website for more on the research.

To keep up to date with the latest health & safety news and advice, follow us on social media:

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn