Company and director fined after worker fell from height

Friday 19th May 2017

Eco NRG Solutions Ltd and its director Jon Luke Antoniou have been fined after a worker fell from height at a farm in Cornwall. Taunton Magistrates Court heard how Lewis Harding, 28, had been fitting solar panels on a fragile roof at Venn Farm on the 19 May 2015. He fell more than three metres through a fragile skylight and broke his back in three places. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to take adequate precautions to prevent workers falling from height. There was no edge protection, under-roof netting or boarding provided on site. The company instead relied on an ineffective use of harnesses. Unsafe working had been taking place for months before the accident and…

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Just four in ten prepared to attempt to keep someone alive using first aid

Tuesday 7th March 2017

Six in ten bystanders won't give a cardiac arrest victim first aid Up to 1,000 lives a year could be saved if more people attempted to helpJust four in ten prepared to attempt to keep someone alive using first aidBy the time ambulance staff arrive valuable minutes may have been lostNew report from the British Heart Foundation estimates a further 1,000 lives could be saved each year if members of the public attempted to resuscitate People are dying needlessly from heart attacks because bystanders are unwilling to step in to carry out life-saving techniques. Just four out of ten members of the public are prepared to attempt to keep someone alive undergoing a cardiac arrest using first aid. This compares to more…

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Adrenaline Auto-Injectors to be held in all schools – Campaign

Tuesday 14th February 2017

The plans for an amendment to legislation which will allow schools to hold a spare adrenaline injector for use in case of emergencies continues to progress positively and we have just heard that this change is to come into effect in October of this year. We had hoped it would be sooner but some Government clearance meant things have been delayed slightly. In the meantime, there will be a public consultation and the development of a robust training programme for school staff and we will keep you updated throughout the year. For further information click here

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HSE shuts down two sites after tip-offs from public and emergency services

Tuesday 13th December 2016

The HSE stopped all work on two construction sites following tip-offs of flagrant safety breaches, temporarily closing a pub conversion in Cheshire and a basement excavation in London. The HSE was alerted to problems at Bluefig Development's pub conversion in Bollington, Cheshire following a call from a concerned member of the public to the local authority. The HSE stopped all the work on the site as the conditions were putting workers lives at immediate risk. In the London case, the HSE the inspected the basement excavation after being prompted by the emergency services, which had been called to rescue a worker who hadbroken his arm at the site in Bathurst Mews, Westminster. After the accident, the HSE found that workers were still at…

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Volvo pays £900,000 over worker’s stepladder fall

Thursday 8th December 2016

Volvo's truck and bus division has been fined £900,000 after a worker was seriously injured after falling from a worn step ladder that was not the company's property. Westminster Magistrates' Court heard that the worker was servicing a large delivery truck and repairing the driver's access rope for the cab on 17 September 2015. He fell from the step ladder, hit his head and lost consciousness. He developed swelling on his brain and was placed in a medically induced coma for two weeks. He still suffers from ongoing complications and has been unable to return to work. The court heard that the firm had not trained its staff to select, inspect and use access equipment for work at height. An HSE investigation also found…

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Worker suffers facial injury from crowbar

Monday 5th December 2016

A construction company from Northallerton has been fined after a worker suffered facial injury from a crowbar. Durham Crown Court heard how Walter Thompson (Contractors) Limited (WTL) was Principal Contractor for the 47 bedroom extension of the Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham. During the installation of concrete floor slabs a worker was struck in the jaw by a crowbar when it became trapped between two of the slabs. He suffered a head injury, including lacerations to the head and jaw and dislocated teeth. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 15 December 2014, found that WTL failed to adequately plan and manage the installation of the two floor slabs. Walter Thompson (Contractors) Limited, of Construction House,…

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Health and safety statistics 2015/2016

Wednesday 30th November 2016

Key figures for Great Britain (2015/16) 1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness2,515 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2014)144 workers killed at work72,702 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR621,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey30.4 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury£14.1 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2014/15) Ensure your team has the skills and the confidence to act in an emergency, click here For more information on the above statistics click here

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AED training added to first aid at work syllabus

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that from 31 December 2016, all first aid training providers must include automated external defibrillator (AED) training on first aid at work courses. The HSE has revised its first aid at work syllabuses to include AED training, in response to changes to resuscitation guidelines which place more emphasis on the role of an AED in treating a casualty who is unresponsive and not breathing. Here at PureSafe we already use training AED's on our courses. Have a look at our large range of courses here

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Bilfinger “rigger” killed installing fall arrest lines on pylon

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

International engineering contractor Bilfinger was last week fined £200,000 following the death of a worker who fell nine metres from an electricity pylon. Vincent John Richards, 49, from Walsall was installing fall arrest lines for painters to use on the pylon at Great Orton, Carlisle on 5 July 2014 when the incident happened. The HSE investigated and prosecuted Bilfinger Industrial Services (UK) for serious safety failings. Carlisle Crown Court heard that Richards, employed by the company as a "rigger", had been working with a colleague preparing the pylons in readiness for painters to carry out maintenance work. On the morning of the incident, Richards arrived at the pylon and found that the painters had already commenced painting even though the pylon had not…

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Council fined after boy nearly drowns

Friday 18th November 2016

A council has been fined £75,000 after a four-year-old boy nearly drowned during a swimming lesson. Evan Rhys Davies was taking part in a mix-age and ability play session at the end of his swimming lessons at Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre when he got into difficulty. The lifeguard had left his station to put out lane ropes for the next lesson, instructors were engaged in other tasks (completing forms) or in conversation with each other or parents. Swansea Crown Court heard how Evan's father discovered his son floating face down in the water when he came to pick him up from the lesson. He was pulled from the water and revived at the side of the pool, although deprived of oxygen, he…

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