Top HSE New Headlines – 10/07/2018

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Top HSE New Headlines – 10/07/2018

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ACC proposal unlawful and breaches health and safety

“ACC’s proposal to disestablish over 100 jobs in its clinical services directorate is unlawful and causing unnecessary stress for affected staff,” says Lloyd Woods, a Senior Industrial Officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

Tackling risks to health and safety for individual miners

Some of the greatest risks faced by miners are on an individual scale. Becoming trapped underground, losing oxygen and the spread of poisonous gases are all considerable threats to individual miners, and Carroll Technologies Group provides a range of comprehensive and tailored solutions and services to protect miners. So how is the company helping ensure miners can complete their work safely and effectively?

 

Barchester scoops prestigious health and safety award

Having previously won two RoSPA ‘Gold’ awards and being ‘Commended’ in the whole care sector, Barchester has this year received the Healthcare Services Award: Highly Commended.

Dr Pete Calveley, CEO at Barchester Healthcare, said: “The safety of our residents, patients and staff is always our first consideration and so we are especially proud that our work in this area is recognised by RoSPA.

 

New California Workplace Standards for the Health and Safety of Hospitality Housekeepers

Beginning July 1, 2018, hospitality employers in California will be required to comply with new regulations for policies and training practices for housekeepers. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standard Board approved the “Hotel Housekeepers Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program” intended to control the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders to housekeepers in resorts, hotels and other lodging establishments.

 

Danatec Releases 12 New Online Safety CoursesElectrical Safety and Joint Health and Safety Committee lead new material charge

CALGARY, Alberta, July 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Danatec Educational Services Ltd., is proud to announce the release of 12 brand new online safety courses to the public. This breaks the record for new materials released in Danatec’s 33-year history. With online learning at an all-time high, Danatec meets the demand for online learning with interactive, engaging and compliant safety training.

 

Swanage bouncy slide owner admits safety breach

The operator of an inflatable slide that broke free from its tethers, injuring several children, has admitted health and safety breaches.

The slide, which was erected for the 2016 Swanage carnival, was lifted by the wind and toppled before travelling 10 metres, Poole magistrates heard.

 

Gas plant safety worries underlined by MSP

NEWLY released reports from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed safety concerns at the Fife Ethylene Plant at Mossmorran and its neighbouring Braefoot Bay terminal.

Local Green MSP, Mark Ruskell, has said this raises serious questions about how long the plant can continue to operate.

 

Speciality Gas company fined after employee overcome by fumes

A Speciality Gas Company from the Midlands has been fined after an employee was overcome by vapour whilst disposing of redundant gas bottles.

 

£160k fine for putting lives at risk

Stoke Combined Court was told how on 7 February 2015, four members of the Air Liquide (UK) Ltd Emergency Response Team were disposing of redundant gas bottles at the company’s site in Tunstall. The task involved two workers cutting the bottles open inside a purpose-built box, using a hacksaw operated from the outside.

 

Disciplinary action for high sickness absence

High sickness absence can place huge pressure on a business. How easy is it to take disciplinary action against a disabled employee for high sickness absence? The Employment Appeal Tribunal has looked at this issue recently in a case where the employee was absent for 60 days in a 12-month period.

 

Leeds Magistrates’ Court was told that the W E Rawson employee leant into a packaging machine while trying to dislodge a package on 28 February 2014.

The 50-year-old became trapped between an upper and lower moving conveyor and later died in hospital of severe crush injuries.

 

Marine safety week is praised by leading expert

THE inaugural Maritime Safety Week which is being launched by the UK Governmenttoday has been welcomed by a leading maritime health and safety expert.

Bruce Craig, a partner at law firm Pinsent Masons in Aberdeen, said any activity which raises awareness and promotes higher maritime safety standards in UK waters is a positive step forward.

 

HSE releases annual workplace fatality figures

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2017/18, as well as the number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in 2016. 

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