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  • Waste management company fined after worker suffers burns to body and face

    14 May 2024

    The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a waste management company following an incident on 14 July 2021 in which a worker suffered burns to his face and body after the crowbar he was using came into contact with a live electrical conductor....

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  • Investigation underway following explosion at BAE Systems site in Wales

    26 April 2024

    BAE Systems has said it is investigating an explosion that happened at its site in Monmouthshire, south Wales on 17 April. The blast happened at the company’s Glascoed munitions manufacturing plant where around 550 people work....

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  • Company fined after HSE inspection finds wood dust failures

    18 April 2024

    A company has been fined after an inspection by Britain’s workplace regulator found workers were being exposed to excessive levels of wood dust. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited Target Furniture Limited’s workshop in Northampton on 26 May 2022 and found significant amounts of wood dust around the site and unsafe machinery, requiring Prohibition Notices to be issued....

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  • Electric vehicle battery manufacturer cited for serious safety violations

    16 April 2024

    For the second time in less than a year, federal workplace safety inspectors have found a global electric vehicle battery manufacturer exposing employees to serious safety and health hazards at its Commerce plant, after workers suffered potentially permanent respiratory damage in an October 2023 lithium battery fire....

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  • Electrical contractor fined after worker suffers severe burns

    05 March 2024

    A US electrical contractor could have prevented a 22-year-old electrician from incurring life-threatening arc flash burns by following safety procedures they knew were standard in the industry, a US Department of Labor investigation found....

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Safety concerns rise as EV manufacturing accelerates 01 March 2024

The transition to all-electric vehicles is gaining speed. Currently, there is only one gigafactory in the UK, with another recently confirmed this week in Somerset. The number of gigafactories is expected to rise further in the coming years with ICE engines being banned from 2035. Due to the nature of the hazards involved in the production, battery gigafactories are considered to be high-risk environments....

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Dust explosion kills eight in China 30 January 2024

A dust explosion at a production workshop in eastern China killed eight people and left eight more injured on 20 January. The incident happened in Changzhou City in China’s Jiangsu Province at a facility operated by Changzhou Shenrong Metal Technology Co....

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Workplace fatality results in fine for Canadian manufacturer 29 January 2024

A Canadian agricultural equipment manufacturer has been fined $120,000 (£70,300) following an investigation by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development into a May 2022 incident. OJB Industries, based in the city if Lucan in Ontario, was fined after a worker was fatally injured due to carbon monoxide exposure following a fire in an oil-lubricated air compressor....

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Tata Steel confirms Electric Arc furnace investment in Port Talbot, 2,800 jobs to be cut 19 January 2024

Tata Steel confirmed on 19 January that it will commence statutory consultation as part of its plan to transform and restructure its UK business. Under the transformation plan, Tata Steel will embark on a £1.25 billion investment in Electric Arc Furnace technology in Port Talbot which is being back by up to £500 million of UK Government support. The plans will see 2,800 jobs cut across the UK....

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AI-powered tool to simplify navigating electromechanical repair and maintenance standards 09 January 2024

The Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT) is working with the British Standards Institute (BSI) and UKRI’s Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK, to develop an AI-powered tool to help electromechanical repair specialists ensure they repair hazardous area motors to the correct standard....

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