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HSE releases annual UK workplace fatality figures 13 July 2017

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its annual figures for work-related fatalities in 2015. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that 137 workers were fatally injured between April 2016 and March 2017 (a rate of 0.43 per 100,000 workers), the second lowest year on record....

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UK steel company fined £1m after worker severely burnt in explosion 30 June 2017

Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering Limited (SFEL) has been fined £1m ($1.3m) after an oxygen pipe exploded in front of a worker on 9 August 2013 causing severe third degree burns. He was initially not expected to survive, having been kept in a coma for several weeks and undergoing several skin grafts....

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UK waste recycling company fined £220,000 after worker scalded 09 June 2017

A waste company was sentenced on June 7 after one of its workers received severe burns to his upper body and face. Teesside Crown Court heard how the worker was injured on 17 October 2014 when he was seriously scalded by hot ash and water at the Stockton-on-Tees site of SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Tees Valley Ltd....

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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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