Week Commencing 12/02/2024 – In The News

£2.15m fine following recycling worker fatality HSE inspector Stephen Garner explains the background to a fatal accident at a paper recycling plant. On 30 January 2020, 32-year-old Dean Atkinson was returning from the employee welfare cabins to his workstation on the picking line at Ward Recycling’s paper recycling plant in County Durham, England. Dean needed […]

Week Commencing 11/12/2023 – In The News

Cider manufacturer fined following grandad’s death Tommy Manns, from Dymock, Gloucestershire, was driving for H Weston and Sons Limited, the manufacturer of Henry Westons Cider, when he was killed by the end of a security barrier on 28 September 2020. H Weston and Sons Limited was fined £1.4 million on Thursday after the company was […]

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 […]

Week Commencing 03/07/2023 – In The News

HSE launches manufacturing inspection initiative focusing on respiratory risks from silica Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors have begun a targeted inspection initiative focusing on manufacturing businesses where materials that contain silica are used. This will include brick and tile manufacturers and foundries. Exposure to airborne particles of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) can lead to life-changing respiratory conditions such […]

Week Commencing 29/05/2023 – In The News

Serco fined £2.25m after death of custody officer Security firm, Serco, has been fined £2.25 million for health and safety failings following the death of custody officer Lorraine Barwell. Ms Barwell, a 54-year-old grandmother was kicked twice, once in the body and once in the head, at Blackfriars Crown Court in 2015 during the restraint […]

Week Commencing 15/05/2023 – In The News

HSE targets construction workers’ lung health with nationwide inspection campaign Failure to prevent life-threatening diseases caused by dust at work is unacceptable, says the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as it gears up for a summer targeting construction sites across Great Britain. Supported by HSE’s Dust Kills campaign, which provides free advice to businesses and workers on […]

Week Commencing 06/02/2023 – In The News

New lifesaving defibrillators fitted in more than 200 high street stores New lifesaving defibrillators have been fitted in more than 200 high street stores across the UK and staff are being trained in how to use them. The equipment is being fitted in all O2’s owned stores in the UK as part of a partnership […]

Week Commencing 20/06/2022 – In The News

Gatwick: Passenger with restricted mobility dies after leaving flight A 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 […]

Why is Working at Height ‘The Most Dangerous Construction Activity’?

A shot from below of skyscrapers disappearing into fog.

It’s safe to say that most people are aware that if you fall from a building, the likelihood is that you’re going to hurt yourself. So why is it that in the workplace the accident statistics for falling from height are still so high? In 2020 and 2021 falls from height continue to be the […]

Safety Spotlight – Working at Height and Risk Assessment

For the month of August, we are putting in the spotlight two key areas relating to our Hazard of the Month, Working at Height. These key areas are Working at Height and Risk Assessments. Working at Height Everyone knows that working at height is a hazard. Common knowledge, however, often breeds complacency and it is clear […]