Archive for December, 2014

Worker breaks back in fall from height

A Cheshire building firm has been fined after a plasterer broke his back when he fell three metres during the construction of a six-bedroom house.

CB Homes Ltd, working on the development in Little Budworth, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found the company had failed to make sure adequate guard rails were in place on the first floor landing to prevent falls.

The plasterer had needed to use a ladder to reach the first floor, and there was no guard rail in place along the open edge on the landing. He slipped and fell to the ground floor below.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Laura Moran said:

“A plasterer suffered serious injuries in the fall which could, and should, have been prevented.”

“As the principal contractor on the site, CB Homes was responsible for making sure work at height could be carried out safely. If the company had planned and supervised the work properly then it could have made sure guard rails were in place.”

CB Homes Ltd, of High Street in Tarporley, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,376 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations SI 2005/735.

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High spirits in Christmas pudding causes Health and Safety step-ups

A giant Christmas pudding has been created in Calderbridge, Lake District, weighing a whopping eight stone!

The calorific Christmas cake contains 200,000 calories, and used 24 kilograms of fruit.

The real safety issue concerned the two bottles of rum and two bottles of brandy, leading to potential fire risks when set alight.

To counter this, kitchen staff stood on stand-by with fire extinguishers for the lighting of the festive favourite.

Chunks of the cake, thought to be around 450 times larger than the average portion of pudding, have been sold with the proceeds going to charity.

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Commission seeking views on Working Time Directive

The Commission has launched a consultation on Directive 2003/88/EC, often referred to as the Working Time Directive.

That Directive sets out the minimum health and safety requirements for the organisation of working time.

The main purpose of the consultation is to gather insights and contributions from the public in the context of the ongoing review and impact assessment process concerning the Working Time Directive and possible changes to the Directive.

The consultation will contribute to the Commission's current review and assessment of the impact of the Working Time Directive on workers, employers and services across Europe.

It asks questions about:

  • the impact of the Directive;
  • views on an optional “opt-out” employees can sign in order to agree to work more than 48 hours;
  • how time when workers are available for work, but not working, may be treated.

The consultation ends on 15 March 2015 and any responses must be received by the Commission before this date.

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Farm Safety Partnership Scotland

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Hooky Street not so magnifique

Trading Standards are asking people to beware of counterfeit goods this festive period. It is believed that around £90 million is spent each year on counterfeit toys and presents at Christmas according to reports.

These counterfeit goods are not only fake, but some of them also fail to meet UK safety standards and can put lives at risk.

Customs officials this year have already detained 21 000 consignments of counterfeit goods at UK borders including 170 000 fake items in one haul alone.

Saving money can be a tempting prospect at this time of year, but Phil Buckle from safety awareness organisation Electrical Safety First said: “We understand that cheaper products can always be tempting but if it turns out to be counterfeit or substandard, then it could be putting you or a loved one at risk. With half of all house fires caused by faulty electrical goods, buying a knock-off product can be a cost too high to pay.”

Some of the horror stories told by Trading Standards include products such as make up that have been found to contain lead, and alcohol based gifts found to have traces of methanol and antifreeze.

When shopping, Trading Standards have advised to consider the four Ps, which are:

  • Product;
  • Place;
  • Packaging; and
  • Price.
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Farm Safety Partnership Scotland

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Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee) Order

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Regulation (EU) 1146/2014 (OJ:L308/3/2014) amending Annexes 2, 3, 4 and 5 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 on maximum residue levels for anthraquinone, benfluralin, bentazone, bromoxynil, chlorothalonil, famoxadone, imazamox, methyl bromide, propanil and sulphuric acid in or on certain products

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 396/2005 on maximum residue levels (MRLs) of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin.
These amendments regard the MRLs for:

anthraquinone;
benfluralin;
bentazone;
bromoxynil;
chlorothalonil;
famoxadone;
imazamox;
methyl bromide;
propanil;
sulphuric acid,

in or on certain products.
This Regulation is made in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal…

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Regulation (EU) 1291/2014 (OJ:L349/25/2014) on the conditions for classification, without testing, of wood-based panels under EN 13986 and solid wood panelling and cladding under EN 14915 with regard to their fire protection ability, when used for wall and ceiling covering

This Regulation states that:

wood-based panels covered by the harmonised standard EN 13986;
solid wood panelling and cladding covered by the harmonised standard EN 14915,

which fulfil the conditions set out in the Annex to this Regulation will be deemed to satisfy the classes of performance indicated in the Annex to this Regulation without…

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Consultation on the review on the Working Time Directive (Directive 2003/88/EC)

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