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UK Government energy stats show renewables provided almost 30% of electricity generation in 2017 20 August 2018

The figures published in late July in the Digest of UK Energy Statistics confirm that 29.3% of the UK’s electricity was generated from renewables in 2017 – up from 24.5% in 2016. Half of this came from wind, which provided 14.8% of the UK’s power (8.6% from onshore wind and 6.2% from offshore) – up from 11% in 2016....

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UK defence plant blast kills one, injures another - Updated 13 August 2018

An explosion and fire at the Chemring plant in High Post, Salisbury, killed one staff member and injured another on August 10. Wiltshire Police said it was investigating the incident with health and safety officers, and said there was no risk to the public. The plant produces flares, chaff and decoys for military and civilian use....

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Shell UK fined after technician severely injured in offshore incident 07 August 2018

Shell UK Limited was fined on August 3 for health and safety breaches after a technician was struck by a cylinder and left severely injured on the Brent Delta offshore installation. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £60,000....

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UK sentences for gross negligence manslaughter could increase in severity 01 August 2018

Sentences for gross negligence manslaughter in the UK could be increased under new advice given to judges. This comes after the Grenfell Tower disaster in west London, which killed 72 people in June 2017, and police are considering whether offences in this incident include gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter or breaches of the Health and Safety Act....

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UK chemical plant explosion kills one 30 July 2018

An explosion at the Briar Chemicals plant in Norwich led to the death of one worker, Norfolk Police said on July 27. A police spokesperson confirmed the incident was not chemical related and said there was no risk to other site workers or the public. Another worker was taken to hospital and treated for shock....

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UK government gives Cuadrilla green light to start fracking at Lancashire site 25 July 2018

Shale gas developer Cuadrilla has been given the green light by the UK government to start hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations at the Preston New Road site in Lancashire. This is the first time the energy ministry has issued a fracking permit since the new shale gas regulatory regime was introduced....

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UK company owner jailed after fatal industrial unit explosion 12 July 2018

A company owner has been sentenced to 8 months in custody after pleading guilty to a health and safety breach that resulted in the death of two brothers. Luton Crown Court heard how Simon Thomerson, the sole owner and director of Clearview Design and Construction Ltd, had been contracted by the owners of an industrial park in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire to refurbish several of the units....

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Government infrastructure committee says UK should scale back nuclear plans in favour of renewables 10 July 2018

Government advisers have told UK ministers to back only a single new nuclear power station after Hinkley Point C, currently under construction, because renewable energy sources are likely to prove a better investment over the next few years. The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) said the government should scale back existing nuclear new build plans that envisage as many as six new plants being built....

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Workplace fatal injuries in Great Britain 2018 06 July 2018

The latest Health & Safety Executive fatal injury statistics show that 144  workers were killed in the UK over 2017/18.  This compares with 274 twenty years ago (1997/98) and 495 in 1981. These statistics are from RIDDOR - Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations....

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UK company develops technology to detect radioactive material using particles from space 06 July 2018

Scientists have successfully developed a technology that can harness muons – essentially heavy electrons derived from space particles – to detect and safely manage radioactive waste. This could have major implications for nuclear decommissioning, the storing of historic waste and the testing of new waste management techniques....

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