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UK Electrotechnical JIB report shows 90% decrease in industry accidents since 2001 21 May 2018

The latest Electrotechnical JIB Survey of Accidents at Work has shown that the 2017 accident incidence rate (AIR) for RIDDOR-reportable accidents is less than 10% of what it was in 2001. Of the 17 reportable injuries in 2017, there were no fatalities and none of the injuries were due to contact with electricity. However, 11 were the result of falls or trips at height or at ground level. ...

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North Sea will need 40,000 new skilled recruits in next 20 years - report 14 May 2018

A report into UK oil and gas workforce dynamics by global energy skills body OPITO and Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Oil and Gas Institute indicates that more than 40,000 new people will need to be recruited into the industry over the next 20 years, including 10,000 in posts that do not exist today....

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Japanese conglomerate seeks to reduce exposure to UK nuclear project 02 May 2018

Hitachi will ask the UK government to take a direct stake in the company that is to build and operate a nuclear power plant in Wales which is now 100% owned by the Japanese industrial group. Hitachi expects the government to invite private British companies to participate and hopes to reduce its own stake to less than 50%, according to Japan’s Nikkei news agency....

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Production to restart at Chevron platform in North Sea after suspected gas leak causes shutdown 30 April 2018

Production was suspended on April 28 at a North Sea oil platform following a suspected gas leak. Chevron said the Alba Northern platform was shut at 17:50 as gas bubbles were spotted in the water. All 124 staff on the Alba Northern were safe and remained on the platform, the company said....

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HSE tells UK oil & gas operators to reduce oil and gas leaks 26 April 2018

Chris Flint, the Director of the Energy Division within the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has sent a letter to UK offshore oil and gas operators urging them to raise their game when it comes to preventing accidental oil and gas leaks. The letter was sent to operators ahead of the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster....

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UK company fined after DSEAR failures badly injure worker 23 April 2018

A company specialising in spray foam insulation services has been fined after an inexperienced worker suffered severe burns while attempting to refuel petrol powered equipment. Greenseal Insulation Ltd of Birmingham pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002 and was fined £40,000 with costs of £11,779....

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Europe's largest bank announces ban on unsustainable energy investments 23 April 2018

London-based HSBC, whose global assets total more than $2 trillion, announced on April 20 that it will no longer finance new coal-fired power plants (with a few targeted exceptions), Arctic drilling or new oilsands projects, including pipelines....

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Confirmed exhibitors and sponsors at the Hazardex 2019 Conference & Exhibition 19 April 2018

The Hazardex 2019 Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 27th & 28th. The event will be sponsored by PR Electronics and as of April 16, 2018, more than 20 companies (listed below) have confirmed they will be attending. Spaces are limited, so get in touch soon if you wish to take a stand at the only European specialist hazardous area operations event....

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Planned new UK nuclear plant may not be feasible without prompt government commitment - EDF boss 13 April 2018

EDF has threatened to cease the development of the Sizewell C nuclear power station project unless the government agrees this year to come up with a viable funding model for the proposed nuclear plant in Suffolk. The boss of the group’s UK arm, EDF Energy, had previously said the plant could be built for around 20% less than the Hinkley Point C plant currently under construction in Somerset....

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UK company fined after workers suffer serious burns 12 April 2018

Two employees of BAS Castings Ltd suffered serious burns from an electrical flashover, with company shortcomings judged to be a causative factor by a court. The company, of Pinxton, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (3) and Regulation 14 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. It was fined a total of £ 60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £ 1,354....

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