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Mine company and manager to face manslaughter charges

The company that owns Gleision colliery and the person who managed it at the time of the deaths of four miners in a flooding incident in September 2011 are to face manslaughter charges, South Wales Police has announced.   MNS Mining Ltd has been summonsed on four counts of corporate manslaughter and the mine manager […]

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Top 10 tips from London 2012

Building the venues and infrastructure for London 2012 was one of the largest construction projects in Europe and was completed on time, within budget and with an excellent health and safety record.   30 periods of one million hours were worked without a reportable injury, plus five periods of two million hours and two periods […]

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A19 death crash texting driver jailed

A woman who killed a man as she sent a text message while driving has been jailed for three years.   The 29 year old woman was driving on the A19 near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, when she crashed into a stationary car at the side of the road.   Alexandru Braninschi, 25, who was standing […]

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Garden Centre charged with Corporate Manslaughter

The Crown Prosecution Service has charged a Norfolk garden nursery with corporate manslaughter in relation to the death of an employee two years ago.   The employee died from an electric shock, caused when the metal hydraulic-lift trailer he was towing came into contact with an overhead power line. The HSE investigated the incident on […]

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INJURY MAP–How does your area size up?

Two weeks ago the Health and Safety Executive published their annual batch of statistics detailing the human toll inadequately managed health and safety takes on the country. But how is the burden shared across Great Britain?   This breakdown compares fatal and major injured rates (per 100,000 workers) for local authorities across the country, and […]

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HSE halts West Yorks construction sites

Work at six building sites in the Bradford area was halted immediately during an inspection initiative focusing on the construction industry by the HSE.   A total of 61 sites were inspected across West and South Yorkshire during September; work was stopped on six small construction sites in Bradford district.   Inspectors served three Prohibition […]

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Updated Smoking Legislation

On October 1, 2012 the new Smoke Free (Signs) Regulations 2012 came into force.   The changes will mean that for indoor workplaces there won’t be a requirement to display the existing A5 poster (this contains a ‘no smoking symbol’ and words explaining that it is against the law to smoke in the premises)   […]

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Welsh local authorities told to report on asbestos in schools

The unexpected closure last Friday of a school in Caerphilly, owing to worries about asbestos levels, has prompted the Wales Education minister to seek confirmation from all local authorities in the principality that they are managing asbestos in schools in accordance with their legal duties.   Cwmcarn High School shut on 12 October after a […]

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Fee for Intervention comes into operation today…..

  HSE’s new cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), will come into force today   Under The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, those who break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE’s related costs, including inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action.   The many businesses that comply with their legal […]

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Reforming health & safety in GB

From next year, low-risk businesses such as shops and offices will no longer be subject to proactive health and safety inspections unless a genuine employee complaint or notification of an actual incident is made to the HSE. Exempting low-risk businesses from proactive inspections has been part of Government policy since March 2011, when they launched […]

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