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From 6 April 2012 [subject to Parliamentary approval] RIDDOR’s over three day injury reporting requirement will change. From then the trigger point will increase from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened). Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work […]

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FAQ – What should be in my risk assessment?

Your risk assessment should include consideration of what in your business might cause harm and how and, the people who might be affected.  It should take into account any controls which are already in place and identify what, if any, further controls are required. You should be able to show from your assessment that: a […]

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Asbestos – I may have been exposed – what should I do?

People who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos are understandably anxious and concerned about the possible effects on their health. Many cases of inadvertent, short-term exposure to asbestos will most likely have been minimal, with little likelihood of any long-term ill effects. However, although the type of asbestos involved may be known, there […]

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WARNING – ! Don’t open if squeamish

Proof that some people will do anything to get the job done…….how not to clear a jammed paper shredder!!!

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Farming safety gains wiped out, new statistics reveal

A sharp rise in the number of people killed or seriously injured on British farms has wiped out previously achieved safety gains. New figures released by the HSE show that between April 2009 and March 2010, the number of reported major injuries, such as broken bones or amputations, rose to 640, up from 599 the […]

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Manslaughter trial over geologist’s death adjourned

  The trial of the first UK company to be charged under the 2007 Corporate Manslaughter Act has been adjourned for legal arguments. Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings is accused over the death of 27-year-old employee Alex Wright of Cheltenham. The geologist died in September 2008 when a trench collapsed on him as he collected soil samples […]

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Tradesmen think they are no longer at risk from asbestos

The biggest killer in industry – asbestos – continues to be a big risk to tradesmen as the annual rate of death from Mesothelioma  – the asbestos related cancer continues to grow. Tradesmen are of the opinion that it is a historical problem and that they are no longer at risk. In fact the deadly substance may be […]

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Stress is costing billions

Here’s a frightening fact for you! Businesses are losing £28.3 billion per year because of stress, anxiety and depression, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has claimed. The watchdog says around 13.7 million working days are lost as a direct result of work-related mental health problems – with employers left to foot […]

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