Archive for October, 2012

Workplace ill-health and injury topples in new HSE statistics

New figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show a slight decrease in the amount of workplace ill-health and injury in 2011/12.

In particular, the provisional statistics showed that between April 2011 and March 2012 in Great Britain:

  • 22,433 major injuries, such as amputations, fractures and burns to employees were reported, compared with 24,944 in 2010/11;
  • 88,731 other injuries serious enough to keep people off work for four or more days were reported, down from 91,742 the previous year;
  • an estimated 1.1 million people said they were suffering from an illness caused or made worse by their work, down from 1.2 million in 2010/11;
  • 173 workers were fatally injured, down from 175 the previous year.

Chair of the HSE, Judith Hackitt said, “Any reduction in the number of people being injured or made unwell by their jobs should be welcomed. Given the challenging economic conditions which many sectors have faced in recent years it is particularly encouraging to see continued reductions in levels of injury and ill health.”

She continued, “The HSE remains committed to helping employers understand what they need to do to ensure workers can go home from their jobs safe and well without creating unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy.”

The statistics also show that construction, agriculture and waste and recycling remain the industries in which workers are most likely to be injured or made unwell by their jobs.

In total, 27 million working days were lost in 2011/12, with 22.7 million days lost to ill-health and 4.3 million days lost to injuries. These figures are up slightly on 2010/11 when 26.4 million working days were lost.

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Company fined over maintenance tragedy

Gallaher Ltd have been fined £150,000 plus costs at Antrim Crown Court, after previously pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Order (Northern Ireland) SI 1978/1039 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2000/388.

Trevor Allen, a maintenance engineer at the Lisnafillan factory in Ballymena, was carrying out repair work on a robotic palletiser along with a work colleague. An engineering manager was also present when the accident happened. During the work, an unsupported robot arm, which weighed approximately a quarter of a tonne, went into freefall. The arm fell on top of Mr Allen trapping his head and shoulders on top of a scaffold bar. He died four days later from his injuries.

A Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSE NI) investigation revealed that neither of the maintenance engineers had been trained to carry out the work they were asked to do. In addition, the company had not carried out a risk assessment for the work. There were no maintenance manuals available which provided instruction on how the job should have been done. It emerged during the investigation that other people in the factory had been trained and did know how to do the job but an attempt to contact one of these people was made too late to save Mr Allen.

Louis Burns, Head of the HSE NI's major investigation team said, “This tragic incident was completely and easily avoidable. It is hard to overstate the potential for death or serious injury arising from poorly planned repair and maintenance work. Careful planning and extreme care must be taken at all times to ensure that the correct people and equipment and systems of work are provided and used during repair and maintenance work. It wasn't on this occasion and a life was needlessly lost as a result.”

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Regulation (EU) 965/2012 on technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operations pursuant to Regulation (EC) 216/2008

This Regulation sets out the technical requirements and administrative procedures which are related to air operations under Regulation (EC) 216/2008, on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency.
It establishes rules for commercial air transport operations with aeroplanes and helicopters, including ramp inspections…

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HSE consulting on greater first-aid flexibility

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have produced a consultation which seeks views on proposals to amend the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations SI 1981/917.

The document is a response to a recommendation in Professor Löfstedt’s report “Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation“, and includes proposals to:

  • remove the requirement for the HSE to approve first-aid training and qualifications;
  • review the associated Approved Code of Practice L74 – First aid at work, to support employers with the changes.

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Proposals to revise the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 – CD248

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Consultation on Proposals to exempt from health and safety law certain self-employed is ending

28 October 2012 is your last chance to have a say on the Proposals to exempt from health and safety law those self-employed whose work activities pose no potential risk of harm to others – CD242.

The consultation sets out the proposals the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has identified to give effect to the recommendation in Professor Löfstedt's report “Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation“, to exempt from health and safety law those self-employed whose work activities pose no potential risk of harm to others.

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Consultation on RIDDOR is ending

28 October 2012 is your last chance to have a say on the Proposals to Revise the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 – CD243.

The consultation is part of the Health and Safety Exective's (HSE) aim to make it easier for businesses and other users to understand what they need to do to comply with health and safety law, following recommendations made in Professor Löfstedt's “Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation.”

The proposals also seek to implement the changes recommended in the 2010 Government Report, “Common Sense, Common Safety“, by re-examining whether RIDDOR is the best approach to providing an accurate national picture of workplace accidents.

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Christmas starts early for ‘elf and safety police

A town in Gloucestershire is getting ahead of the rest of Britain by beginning to put up their Christmas decorations in October!

The team of highly-spirited volunteers in Coleford, Gloucester, will leave no stone unturned by rigorously testing each bulb and fitting.

Kevin Wilkins, 44, of the Coleford Christmas Lights Committee shone a light on the reason behind the early start, “There are over 160 illuminations and everything has to be checked for safety. When people moan we just say “Merry Christmas”. We are down on volunteers at the moment and if we had more we could start later.”

Town clerk Annie Lapington said the council relied on residents rather than contractors to put up the decorations because it was “more cost-effective”.

She said, “We give a grant to the group so our Christmas lights are much more cost-effective than other towns. Our Christmas lights are done by a group of volunteers who only work on a Sunday. They have six Sundays in which to put up a fantastic display before they are switched on, on the last Friday in November. They are moving to totally LED lights which are much more environmentally friendly.”

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Building (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2012/375

These Regulations came into force on 31 October 2012 and apply to Northern Ireland only.
They amend the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2012/192, in order to  set a timescale for issuing a contravention notice under the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) SI 1979/1709, in relation to work completed on plans deposited…

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Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (Commencement No. 1, Transitional, Transitory and Saving Provisions) Order SSI 2012/253

This Order applies to Scotland only and brought various provisions of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 into force on 1 October 2012.
The following provisions came into force on 1 October 2012:

section 5, on directions given by Scottish Ministers;
part of section 11, on ranks which a constable can…

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