Posts Tagged ‘Crushing’


SAFETY ALERT – Mobile crushing plant – unintended movement of tracks

Investigation of a fatal incident by HSE has identified that unintended movement of some mobile crushers can occur when there is an earth/ground fault. This can result in unintended movement of the machine track(s) and the potential for injuries from being struck by or trapped by the machine. Where damage/deterioration of the electrical control cables […]

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Worker pulled through 5″ gap

Two firms have pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety rules after a worker miraculously survived being dragged through a gap in a machine no wider than a CD case. The worker suffered horrific injuries when he was dragged through the machine for processing heavy steel beams at a factory; he broke his back in […]

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HSE Safety Bulletin – Risks to users from firewood processing machines

 Introduction: In recent months HSE has investigated a number of serious accidents involving hands; including finger amputation, on some models of firewood processing machines. Initial conclusions suggest that these machines are not safe and are not fully compliant with the Machinery Directive Background: Typically firewood processing machines consist of both wood cutting and splitting stations. […]

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Fit Note needs more work

  Just one in five manufacturing companies believes the fit note has helped reduce sickness absence, a new survey by the trade organisation EEF has found. The sickness absence survey for 2011 shows respondents remain concerned that employees are being signed off unnecessarily and believe further action is necessary. The fit note, which replaced traditional […]

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New safety advice issued on electric gates

Installers, designers, maintenance firms and manufacturers of electric gates, are being urged to seriously consider new safety advice issued by the HSE following the recent deaths of two children. The safety alert points out that limiting the closing forces of gates alone will not provide sufficient protection to meet the relevant standards, and installers must […]

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The use of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP’s) are currently under investigation by the HSE following  a number of fatal and serious accidents where operators have become trapped between the guardrails or other equipment on the platform and adjacent obstructions.  The selection and application of MEWPS need to be carefully managed and implemented by competent […]

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