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The UK government has banned combustible cladding

The UK government has banned combustible cladding on new high-rise residential buildings and given new powers to councils to rid private buildings of unsafe materials and recover the costs from landlords.

Housing secretary James Brokenshire made […]

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New sentencing guidelines jail terms of up to 18 years for gross negligence manslaughter

Although the highest sentences are going to apply to individuals whose disregard of safety was motivated by cost saving and where there is a “blatant disregard for a very high risk of death”, for medium […]

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Recycling company has been fined £650,000

A Recycling company has been fined £650,000 after an employee died inside a waste sorting machine at its premises in Milton Keynes.

Aylesbury Crown Court was told that the ballistic separator, which separates organic and inorganic […]

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Counterfeit work-based qualification cards.

A man who sold counterfeit work-based qualification cards has been jailed for more than three years.

Warwickshire City Council Trading Standards brought the prosecution against Andrew Weeks, 53, after he was found producing the fake cards […]

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Government releases funding to replace Grenfell-style cladding

The UK government has handed out £248m to social landlords to fund the replacement of combustible cladding on their high-rise residential buildings that are 18 m or over in England.

The funding is the first tranche […]

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Time to improve the waste and recycling sector’s poor safety record.

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has launched a year-long campaign to improve the waste and recycling sector’s poor safety record.

Headed by the CIWM’s health, safety and wellbeing special interest group (SIG), the “This […]

MPs want more Inspections from Local Authorities!

Local authorities should do more to target stress and occupational health risks in the sectors they regulate, and use income from Fee for Intervention to shore up their declining presence in health and safety regulation, […]

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Heatproof mats sold to schools found to contain asbestos.

Secondary schools across the UK are starting the new school year with a warning not to use their stock of heatproof mats used with Bunsen burners after the HSE discovered that two major suppliers had […]

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Why choose TEAM Safety Services for your Fire Risk Assessment?

London Fire Brigade believes that following a few simple steps can ensure you have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and that people will be protected from fire.

If you are an employer or occupy or […]

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18 years in prison under new court guidelines.

Negligent employers and managers in England and Wales who blatantly disregard employee safety could be sentenced to up to 18 years in prison under new court guidelines.

The guidelines, which will come into force on 1 […]

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The new PPE Regulations – what does it mean to you?

The new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 brings about the most significant changes to the rules on PPE, since the introduction of the first Directive over 20 years ago. The changes are designed to ensure ongoing […]

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Don’t ignore a HSE notice!

Coach firm pays £90,000 for LOLER infringement

 

A coach company in Wrexham, North Wales that repeatedly failed to arrange statutory checks on its lifting equipment has been fined £90,000.

 

Mold Crown Court heard that, between 4 April […]

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Managing safety is always a cheaper option!

A furniture maker has been sentenced after its employees were exposed to significant quantities of hardwood dust at its workshop in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

Luton Magistrates’ Court was told that Andrena Furniture’s employees were exposed to high […]

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ISO 45001 is here!

ISO 45001 – the new global standard for health and safety management systems is now available and its significance should not be underestimated. More than 65 countries provided an input into this process over the […]

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Contesting enforcement notices

Organisations contesting enforcement notices will be able to rely on information that was not available to the inspector who served the notice. A Supreme Court judgment in the case of HM Inspector of Health and […]

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A member of public sustained head and face injuries after a scaffolding clip fell.

A member of the public sustained head and face injuries after a scaffolding clip fell and hit him while he was walking in Islington, north London.

Alandale Plant and Scaffolding has been fined £160,000 over the […]

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Moment of stupidity’ earns corner-cutting scaffolder suspended sentence

An experienced scaffolder has been given a suspended prison sentence and community service after he was spotted working 18 m above the ground without edge protection and in a safety harness that was not attached […]

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HSE focused inspections.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched its latest round of focused inspections, targeting exposure to hazardous substances such as construction dust.

 

HSE inspectors will visit building projects across Britain and focus on respirable silica […]

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The latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) injury and ill health statistics.

The prevalence rate of work-related stress and mental health problems among workers in Great Britain rose in 2016-17 to 1,610 per 100,000 workers, according to the latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) injury and ill […]

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Can you afford not to comply!

Fines handed to dutyholders found guilty of safety and health offences increased by 80% in the 12 months to the end of March 2017 despite a fall in the number of cases prosecuted, the Health […]

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