MOBILE OVEN CLEANING SAFETY ALERT

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Oven

Following an incident where a van exploded the HSE have issued a safety alert regarding mobile oven cleaning services. Typically, these services involve a van equipped with a dip tank to soak oven parts in hot cleaning solution at the customer’s property.  This is generally heated either electrically or using a gas burner connected to a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) … Read More

ENFORCEMENT ACTION FALLS IN 2018/19

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The latest figures issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show a fall in the number of prosecutions and notices issued for breaches of health and safety regulations in 2018/19. The HSE and local authorities can issue both improvement and prohibition notices. In the last year 11,040 notices were issued this represents a 4% decrease on the previous year. … Read More

SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS STILL TOPPING THE CHARTS

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The latest statistics from the HSE show the most common cause of non-fatal injury in the workplace was slips, trips and falls at the same level accounting for around 29% of injuries. So, what can you do to protect your workforce from becoming a statistic? Not surprisingly the precise answer will depend on your workplace and the hazards that exist … Read More

MIXED PICTURE FOR HEALTH & SAFETY IN NORTHERN IRELAND

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) recently published their latest annual report. Some significant headlines for the period 2018/19 include: A small increase in the number of reportable injuries to 1,906 from 1,898 the previous year. Despite the overall increase in the number of injuries the number of major injuries fell by over a quarter from 453 … Read More

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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Mobile Phones

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