Poor lighting leads to fire escape death and £80,000 fine

By Sylwia Wolska | August 3, 2020

Aberdeen Market has been fined £80,000 after admitting to safety failures, following the death of an 80-year-old man in June 2018. Mr Frank Finnie was discovered at the bottom of a fire escape stairwell at the market, with poor lighting found to be the primary cause of the incident after an investigation was carried out.…

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HSE urges Blackburn businesses to take five steps to become COVID-secure

By Sylwia Wolska | July 28, 2020

he Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is out and about talking to businesses in Blackburn and the surrounding areas to ensure they are COVID-secure to help tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. To support the understanding of any patterns in the confirmed coronavirus cases in the area, HSE is working alongside Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council…

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Outdoor workers are twice as likely to develop skin cancer

By Sylwia Wolska | July 24, 2020

A new study has found that more than half of workers want more help from employers to protect themselves from the risk of sun exposure. State of the Nation: non-melanoma skin cancer reveals that four in 10 UK adults are not at all confident about identifying the signs of skin cancer, and when presented with the four most…

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Illegal gas work left home in dangerous state

By Sylwia Wolska | July 24, 2020

A self-employed property maintenance contractor has been sentenced after arranging and being in control of gas work that his contractors were not registered or competent to do, leaving it in a dangerous condition. Nigel Borrough, the sole Director of Collier Property Management Ltd, quoted for a kitchen re-fit which included the removal of an old…

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Farmer fined after fall from height

By Sylwia Wolska | July 24, 2020

A farmer has been for fined breaches of health and safety legislation after a roofing contractor fell whilst installing roof sheets an under construction agricultural building. A self-employed roofing contractor suffered was injured when he fell approximately 22 feet whilst installing roof sheets on an under construction agricultural building, which had no fall protection or…

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1 in 5 Managers receive no safety training

By Sylwia Wolska | July 15, 2020

IOSH is urging organisations to ensure line managers have access to OSH training after a new report revealed that one in five companies don’t train their line managers in health and safety. A YouGov survey of nearly 700 company decision-makers found that despite 96% of respondents agreeing that line managers are important in keeping their teams safe, 19% don’t…

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Scaffolding company fined after employee suffers severe injuries in scaffold collapse

By Sylwia Wolska | July 15, 2020

JR Scaffold Services Ltd has been fined after an employee fell eight metres to the ground and sustained severe injuries when the cantilever section of a scaffold he was erecting collapsed. Work was undertaken at a four-storey property in Alexandra Parade in Glasgow to erect a tower scaffold to repair a roof, Glasgow Sheriff Court…

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Firm fined £310,000 after workers’ fingers amputated

By Sylwia Wolska | July 15, 2020

A meat processing firm has been fined after two workers had their fingers amputated by machines. A 37-year-old employee was working on the Lorne sausage processing line at what was then the Halls of Scotland factory on Glenburn Road, Prestwick. He tried to clear a blockage by pushing the meat down into the mincer but…

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Tile manufacturer fined after employee suffered serious injuries

By Sylwia Wolska | July 15, 2020

A Colchester tile manufacturing firm has been fined £10,000 after a worker suffered three broken bones in his arm and crush injuries to his forearm when he was drawn into the in-running nip of a conveyor tail drum. The Spartan Promenade Tiles worker was removing sand from the inside of a conveyor belt in an…

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