Company fined £1.2M despite only minor injuries resulting from West Thurrock explosion
Jul27

Company fined £1.2M despite only minor injuries resulting from West Thurrock explosion

A chemicals company has been fined £1.2m following an explosion at its site at West Thurrock. Two workers suffered only minor injuries following the blast, which happened during the operation of the hydrochloric acid (HCl) burner on 26 September 2013, but the loud explosion was heard by people living in south Essex and north Kent.  There had a been a strong smell of chlorine after the incident, with residents initially advised to stay...

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Aircraft company fined after workers fall from the tail of a plane
Mar23

Aircraft company fined after workers fall from the tail of a plane

An aircraft engineering company has been fined after two men fell about 15 feet while they were carrying out checks at the tail of an aeroplane. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that an employee of Inflite Engineering Services and an agency worker suffered broken bones after the fall at Stansted Airport on 10 June 2015. They were working either side of the tail using mobile elevated work platforms when another employee closed the...

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MOD receives third HSE Crown Censure in 12 months after agency driver killed by reversing vehicle
Mar17

MOD receives third HSE Crown Censure in 12 months after agency driver killed by reversing vehicle

As HR and Health and Safety experts know only too well, breaches in health and safety law could result in the company being charged with Corporate Manslaughter where an employee is fatally injured as a result of that breach. However, as a Crown body, the MoD cannot face prosecution for breaches in health and safety law as the Crown is exempt under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act. When their standards fail, a...

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NEBOSH Pilots New Qualification Developed in Partnership with HSE

NEBOSH, the leading health, safety and environmental management examination board, has worked in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to develop a new qualification: the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management. Barry Wilkes, Director of Strategy said: “This new qualification is the result of a unique collaboration between the HSE and NEBOSH combining our ability to deliver strong, credible vocational OSH...

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Bakery giant Warburtons fined £2m as worker suffers life changing injuries in fall
Feb03

Bakery giant Warburtons fined £2m as worker suffers life changing injuries in fall

Bolton bakery giant Warburtons has been fined £2 million after worker Andrew Sears suffered life-changing injuries in a fall at the company’s Wednesbury site. Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that Mr.Sears, who had worked at the site since 2007, was cleaning mixing equipment in November 2013, and lost his footing, causing him to fall nearly two metres.  He was hospitalised with a compression fracture of the spine, and, despite...

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Health & safety in Europe: which country has the safest workplaces?
Nov03

Health & safety in Europe: which country has the safest workplaces?

In our modern society, safeguarding employees is a priority. Despite the health and safety horror stories we hear, it’s fair to say that a large proportion of European workers can work in safety with little fear for their health. This is largely a result of 1989’s European Framework Directive on Safety and Health at Work (Directive 89/391 EEC), which outlined the minimum safety standards at work in countries across Europe. However,...

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HSE News – Star Wars: The Force Awakens film makers fined £1.6m over injury to Harrison Ford
Oct26

HSE News – Star Wars: The Force Awakens film makers fined £1.6m over injury to Harrison Ford

The makers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been sentenced after failing to protect the actors and workers while on set during filming at Pinewood Studio, Slough, Buckinghamshire. Harrison Ford suffered a broken leg and deep lacerations when he was knocked off his feet and pinned to the floor of the Millennium Falcon set, as a prop door closed on him. HSE’s investigation found that there was no automatic emergency cut off, to...

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Nearly £2m fine for Tata Steel after two workers suffer hand injuries
Jul26

Nearly £2m fine for Tata Steel after two workers suffer hand injuries

Tata Steel has been fined after two workers suffered injuries to their hands in two separate incidents involving machinery. Northampton Crown Court heard how a 26-year-old employee lost two thirds of his left hand and his middle and ring fingers whilst trying to clear a blockage on a steel tube manufacturing line which had unsuitable guarding, and in a separate incident, a 52-year-old team leader lost part of his little finger when...

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Star Wars:  Producers plead guilty over injury to Harrison Ford
Jul26

Star Wars: Producers plead guilty over injury to Harrison Ford

Proof that actors are not immune to the effects of breaches in health and safety legislation came when film legend Harrison Ford was seriously injured during the filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Like all other employers, film companies are required to take reasonable steps to protect their staff from harm and the actor suffered a broken leg and other injuries when he was struck by a metal door on the set of the Millennium...

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Swansea Court Jails Man after Fatal Pembrokeshire Workplace Accident
Apr20

Swansea Court Jails Man after Fatal Pembrokeshire Workplace Accident

A self-employed contractor has been sentenced after a popular rugby veteran was killed when the trench he was working in collapsed on him. Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard how William Ryan Evans was contracted to construct a drainage field comprising of infiltration pipes laid at the bottom of deep trenches. He employed two workers and a subcontractor excavator to undertake the work at Longstone Farm, in Pembrokeshire. Hywel Glyndwr...

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