DRINKING, DRIVING AND OCCUPATIONAL ROAD SAFETY

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Drink Driving

The Department for Transport recently published their final estimates for reported road casualties in Great Britain involving illegal alcohol levels in 2017. These final figures show a reduction in the total number of accidents involving drink drivers, (down to 5,700 from 6,070 in 2016) and a reduction in the total number of casualties (down to 8,600 from 9,040 in 2016). … Read More

PLANNING FOR SAFE AUTOMATED DRIVING SYSTEMS

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While fully self driving vehicles are not yet a common feature on our roads an increasing amount of driver assistance technology is being fitted to vehicles, including driving aids such as collision avoidance systems, parking assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, etc. While assisting the driver all these systems require the driver to remain alert and in control at … Read More

DON’T BE A PAIN IN THE NECK – GET THE CONVERSATION STARTED

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musculoskeletal disorders

The term musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is used to cover injury, damage or other disorders affecting the joints or other tissues in the limbs and back Work related musculoskeletal disorders are a significant problem. Figures from the HSE show that 469,000 workers were suffering from work-related MSDs (new or longstanding) in 2017/18 leading to a total of 6.6 million working days … Read More

LOOK OUT, LOOK UP CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

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Power lines

Overhead powerlines are often uninsulated and may be carrying electricity at voltages up to 400kV, if a conductive item such as a scaffold pole, machine arm, ladder etc touches a powerline electricity will be conducted through it to earth. Anyone touching the item is at risk of receiving a serious or even fatal electric shock. It is not always necessary … Read More

DEAD LEG SAFETY ALERT

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Pipe work

While medically a “dead leg” may be an injury caused by a numbing blow to a person’s leg, in terms of plumbing, a dead leg is pipework that normally has little or no significant flow including, but not limited to, piping that is no longer in use but still connected to a system. Following investigations into a recent failure which … Read More

BREAKING PIPES WITH A HAMMER MADE OF WATER

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Pressure systems

Following an incident which is currently under investigation by the Office for Nuclear Regulation where three people were injured following a release of steam, the HSE has issued a safety alert reminding operators of pressure systems involving steam of the phenomenon of condensate induced water hammer. This phenomenon typically occurs when steam enters cold pipe-work, as the steam cools, it … Read More

147 WORKERS FATALLY INJURED

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The latest statistics just released by the HSE show that in the year 2018 to 2019 147 workers were killed as a result of accidents at work. The most common cause of fatal injury was falls from height accounting for 410 deaths, being struck by a moving vehicle resulted in 30 fatalities. Other common types of fatal accident included struck … Read More

VIBRATION CODE OF PRACTICE GETS AN UPDATE

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Vibration

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 require employers to control the exposure of their employees to vibration at work. Exposure to vibration through the hand and arm can result in diseases such as hand-arm vibration syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome. To help employers comply with the regulations the HSE publish an approved code of practice on the regulations. … Read More

ROAD SAFETY ACTION PLAN LAUNCHED

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On 19th July The Department for Transport published its Road Safety Statement and supporting action plan. The action plan includes 74 actions the Government is either currently or is intending to take to improve road safety. Many of the actions involve supporting specific road safety campaigns, information, education and research programmes. Some of the other actions are: Research into the … Read More

GARDENING, GROUNDS KEEPING, HORTICULTURE – ARE YOU CONTROLLING YOUR VIBRATION RISKS?

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Vibration

Frequent, regular and prolonged exposure to vibration through the hands and arms can cause permanent ill health. Conditions associated with exposure to vibration include hand-arm vibration syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome. Sufferers can experience tingling and numbness in the fingers, pain, a loss of strength in the hands and an inability to do fine work. Some examples of sources exposure … Read More