Archive for December, 2015

Fire and Rescue Services (National Framework) (Wales) (Revision) Order SI 2015/1931

This Order came into force on 1 January 2016 and applies to Wales only.
It sets revised priorities for fire and rescue authorities under six key objectives:

continually and sustainably reduce risk and enhance the safety of citizens and communities;
respond swiftly and effectively to incidents;
be clearly and publicly accountable for delivery and…

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Regulation (EU) 2229/2015 (OJ:317/13/2015) amending Annex 1 to Regulation (EU) 649/2012 on the export and import of hazardous chemicals

This Regulation amends Annex 1 to Regulation (EU) 649/2012 on the export and import of hazardous chemicals.
Legislative background
Regulation (EU) 649/2012 implements the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure ('PIC procedure') for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade.
Revocations and amendments
This Regulation amends:

Regulation (EU) 649/2012, on the export…

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Fire and Rescue Services (National Framework) (Wales) (Revision) Order SI 2015/1931

This Order came into force on 1 January 2016 and applies to Wales only.
It sets revised priorities for fire and rescue authorities under six key objectives:

continually and sustainably reduce risk and enhance the safety of citizens and communities;
respond swiftly and effectively to incidents;
be clearly and publicly accountable for delivery and…

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John Wade Group Ltd recycling tragedy leaves one dead, and another seriously injured

Durham Constabulary and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are working together to investigate an incident which occurred at John Wade Ltd recycling plant on 12 December.

Simon Hogg, 47, from Darlington, died on the scene after becoming trapped in a trommel machine, a large cylindrical drum used to separate waste, at the recycling plant in Newton Aycliffe.

Another 46-year-old man from Darlington, who has not been named, was taken to James Cook Hospital with serious leg injuries. His condition is described as stable.

A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service has said: “we were called to reports of two casualties at the site at 12:04pm. The first ambulance was on the scene at 12:14pm.”

Durham Constabulary added: “Durham Constabulary and the Health and Safety Executive are working together to determine the circumstances of Mr. Hogg’s death. The investigation is continuing with many officers from both agencies still at the scene.”

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Roofing company fined

Roofing company IKO Plc has been fined following injuries sustained by a self-employed worker while at work.

Graeme Myers, 48, reached over a fence at the end of an auto-plant machine at Prospect Quarry in Matlock in July 2014, whilst the machine was still running, the pusher block used to transport empty trays moved forward, hitting his arm. As a result of the injury, Mr Myers required emergency surgery to close the wound and has suffered muscle loss and nerve damage. He was unable to work for three months.

Chesterfield Magistrates found that the fence height should have been higher, to prevent access to the pusher block and other dangerous components of the machine.

IKO Plc, based in Wigan, pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations SI 1998/2306.

Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector Lyn Spooner said: “This was a very simple case where IKO Plc had overlooked the conditions of its new site in its risk assessment and as a result failed to identify the reduced height of the fence guard, allowing access to dangerous parts of the machine. It was an obvious risk, and as a result one their workers was seriously injured. Companies must prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery in order to prevent serious injury and in cases like this there are often simple measures that could and should have been taken to prevent the accident occurring.”

For more information, see the:

  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations SI 1998/2306.
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Children (Performances and Activities) (Wales) Regulations SI 2015/1757

These Regulations came into force on 30 October 2015 and apply to Wales only.
It sets out requirements to applications made to local authorities in Wales for conditions that apply to licences for performances and activities under the Children and Young Persons Act 1963.
These provisions are divided into the following Parts:

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Children (Performances and Activities) (Wales) Regulations SI 2015/1757

These Regulations came into force on 30 October 2015 and apply to Wales only.
It sets out requirements to applications made to local authorities in Wales for conditions that apply to licences for performances and activities under the Children and Young Persons Act 1963.
These provisions are divided into the following Parts:

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The leaning tree of London

Safety inspections have taken place on the 60ft Norwegian Christmas tree standing in Trafalgar Square. The tree was put in place earlier in the month and a lighting ceremony was held on 3 December.

However, the proud tree now finds itself on a slight lean following the high winds brought by Storm Desmond. Happily, the tree poses no risk to the public despite its new angle.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London's office confirmed that they are looking into straightening it.

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Church Christmas celebrations cancelled

The congregation of All Saints Church in Kilvey, Swansea, have been dealt a double blow this year. Due to the deterioration of the Church and the dwindling numbers in its congregation, the Church in Wales took the decision to close it. The Christmas carol service was meant to be one of the last services at the church, but it has been cancelled due to health and safety fears.

The church had been decorated for Christmas and a fresh tree had been bought to ensure the service was as good as it could be. However, it seems that the church's insurers have put a stop to it due to the risks the building poses. The only way the service can go ahead is if the congregation accept personal liability for any damage that could occur.

The Reverend Steven Bunting said, “It's the safety of the people that is paramount. We thought we could carry it on for the final few weeks, but the insurance company said there's no way.”

He added, “Obviously it is devastating for those in the church that wanted it. It's heartbreaking for them to be told it's closing and then to have their final services pulled out from under them. But we can't mess around with health and safety nowadays.”

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Christmas trees get trim

Villages, towns and cities all over the UK proudly display decorated fir trees during the festive period. However, it seems this year that for some places, the Christmas tree displays are a little disappointing, and health and safety is receiving the blame.

In South Tyneside, the eight metre fir trees in Cleadon and East Boldon have had to be cut down by a metre. Balfour Beatty, which installs the Christmas decorations in the borough, decided following a review that it would be unsafe to place the trees in situ using a crane as their equipment would come very close to overhead power cables. As a matter of public and employee safety, the trees had to be trimmed.

A spokesperson for SouthTyneside Council said, “Following a borough-wide risk assessment of festive Christmas tree locations, we have taken the decision to install reduced height Christmas trees in Cleadon and East Boldon. This is to ensure that South Tyneside Council complies with the relevant Health and Safety Executive guidelines regarding the potential hazards associated with working in close proximity of overhead power cables.”

Meanwhile, in Llanelli in Wales, a tree that was meant to be 25 feet tall has had to have four feet trimmed off it so that it meets the town's own health and safety guidelines. The tree had to be sunk five feet into a hole in the ground for safety reasons, meaning the bottom four feet of branches had to be removed. Locals are apparently referring to the tree, which is now dwarfed by adjacent trees, as a 'bonsai Christmas tree'.

A spokesperson for Carmarthenshire Council said, “The tree had to be anchored five foot under the ground due to safety reasons. It meant that around four foot of branches had to be cut off to accommodate this. We can assure people that Christmas in Llanelli will still be a magical time”.

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