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HSE publishes Business Plan for 2017/18 18 April 2017

The UK Health & Safety Executive has published its Business Plan for 2017/18, which includes a continuing focus on reducing the likelihood of low-frequency, high impact catastrophic incidents in high hazard industries, as well as supporting the UK’s exit from the European Union. The article below is the HSE’s outline plan for the period, signed off by CEO Richard Judge and Chair Michael Temple....

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£600,000 fine for UK council contractor after worker receives electric shock and burns 15 March 2017

Amey LG Ltd was fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,498 after being found guilty  of breaching Regulation 25 (4) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 at Gloucester Crown Court after a contractor's employee was seriously injured in an incident on 29 May 2015. ...

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HSE settles FFI adjudication case before High Court hearing 06 March 2017

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has settled a judicial review of its FFI cost recovery scheme out of court before a planned High Court hearing on 8 March 2017. Facilities management company OCS Group brought the case to review the arbitration process for the HSE’s Fee for Intervention (FFI) scheme, under which charges are levied on companies for inspections and investigations....

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Launch of UK HSE Health and Work Strategy 19 December 2016

The UK Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP, announced on December 16 the launch of a new strategy for health in Britain’s workplaces by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The Health and Work Strategy’s main priorities are work-related stress, musculoskeletal disorders and occupational lung disease. ...

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Four receive suspended jail sentences in Wales for health and safety failings in woodworking factory 22 November 2016

The director of a Port Talbot furniture factory and three of its managers have received suspended prison sentences for ongoing health and safety failings. Swansea Crown Court heard how the factory at Margam Hall Upholstery Limited in Henshaw Street, Port Talbot was included in the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) programme of visits to woodworking premises. ...

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UK chemical company fined £3 million after release of fatal toxic vapour cloud 08 November 2016

On November 8, Cristal Pigment UK was sentenced to fines of £3 million for criminal breaches of health and safety regulations after its "high level of dereliction of duty" led to the death of a workman and life-changing injuries to another. Both men were overcome by a toxic vapour cloud at its Stallingborough plant in Grimsby in 2010, and a similar vapour release took place in 2011. ...

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Number of directors prosecuted by HSE trebles in a year - report 31 October 2016

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted 46 company directors for health and safety offences in the year to 31 March 2016, against 15 in the previous year, according to research by Clyde & Co quoted by SHP Online. In contrast, the number of employees who were prosecuted by the HSE in 2015/16 has fallen from 10 in the previous year, to just one....

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HSE asks for comments on proposed changes to guidance on risk assessment and hazardous substances in the workplace 11 October 2016

The UK Health & Safety Executive wants to make some changes to current guidance on risk and has asked for comments from stakeholders before it is published. The organisation is also inviting comments on a proposed review of regulations governing hazardous substances in the workplace. ...

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UK rocket motor company fined for safety failings 12 July 2016

An engineering company in Worcestershire, has been fined more than £380,000 for safety failings. Worcester Crown Court heard how an employee of Roxel (Rocket Motor) Limited was inspecting a rocket motor for damages received during the manufacturing process. The UK Health and Safety Executive reported that the emplyee used a fibre optic light to illuminate a conduit on the ‘charge’ of the motor....

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News Extra: HSE business plan for 2016/7 focuses on control of risk and low-frequency, high-impact incidents 01 July 2016

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) business plan for 2016/7 identifies control of risk and low-frequency, high-impact incidents as two particular areas of focus for the period. Alongside the other stated priorities, providing an effective regulatory framework and leading to improve workplace health and safety, HSE says these two areas are at the heart of its strategic intent to establish a 21st-century, world-class occupational health and safety system.<...

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