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Week Commencing 05/04/2021 – In The News

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Construction Firm & Director Sentenced After Worker Falls From Height A construction firm and its director have been fined after a self-employed labourer fell almost four meters through a fragile skylight on 22nd February 2019. He suffered head and facial injuries and was knocked unconscious. He spent nearly two weeks in hospital. An investigation by the HSE found that the work had not […]

Asbestos In The Workplace Toolbox Talk

Why is Asbestos a Problem Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals. It can come in several types; however, the following are the most common types used within the industry: Chrysotile (White) Crocidolite (Blue) Amosite (Brown) Asbestos has been widely used in the UK from the 1950s through to […]

Week Commencing 29/03/2021 – In The News

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Secret Filming Exposes Contamination Risk at Covid Test Results Lab Evidence of potential contamination, discarded tests and pressure to hit targets has been revealed at one of the biggest UK Covid testing labs after secret filming by a BBC reporter working as a lab technician was released. The reporter filmed staff cutting corners and processing […]

Strokes – Act FAST

Infograph for Act F.A.S.T (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) campaign that tells you the symptoms of a stroke.

What Happens During a Stroke? We have all no doubt seen the campaign, when stroke strikes you must Act FAST, but what exactly is happening during a stroke and how common is it? The latest data shows that a stroke occurs every five minutes and 100,000 people have strokes each year. Stroke is a type […]

Week Commencing 22/03/2021 – In The News

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Drayton Manor Fined £1M After Death of Schoolgirl on Water Ride Drayton Manor Park Ltd has been sentenced following the death of a schoolgirl on its Splash Canyon water ride in 2017, however, their fine will never be paid as the company is in administration. Since the incident, Drayton Manor Park has changed hands and […]

Safety Spotlight – Hand Arm Vibration and Noise at Work

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For the month of March, we are putting in the spotlight two key areas relating to our Hazard of the Month, Occupational Health. These key areas are Hand Arm Vibration and Noise at Work. Hand Arm Vibration Hand Arm Vibration can be a significant health risk wherever powered hand tools are used for significant lengths of […]

Week Commencing 15/03/2021 – In The News

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Global Engineering Company Fined After Employees Exposed to Chemical Spill The fabrication division of Nasmyth Technologies Limited has been fined after four employees were exposed to hazardous substances that caused significant ill health and time off work as a result. On 9th October 2017, between 150 and 200 litres of a chemical preparation, that included […]

Occupational Health – A Hidden Issue?

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Occupational Health can be a confusing and occasionally hidden issue or risk for management to consider within an organisation. There is a focus on the more prominent risks that employees face during day-to-day work activities be it simply working with hand tools, working at height or working in and around heavy machinery. The immediate, sometimes […]

Week Commencing 08/03/2021 – In The News

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International Women’s Day – 8th March On Monday 8th March, it was International Woman’s Day (IWD), a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It has been celebrated since the early 1900s, a time of great change and […]

Week Commencing 01/03/2021 – In The News

Metal

Metal Supplier Fined After Employee Suffers Multiple Fractures A 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 […]