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Minister helps launch HSE's new Health and Work Strategy

2 January 2017 Email this article

  The Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP has pledged her support for a new strategy for health in Britain’s workplaces. The Heath and Work strategy engagement is launched at a time when stress and musculoskeletal disorders account for around 80 percent of all working time lost due to illness. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ... more

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London hospital trust paid £1.3m in asbestos compensation

2 January 2017 Email this article

  One of London's largest health trusts has paid out more than £1.3 million in compensation to people who developed illnesses from asbestos while in hospital. Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust – which runs two of London’s largest hospitals – has been hit with 20 legal claims since 2001, according to figures revealed by The Evening Standar ... more

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200,000 new homes in Garden villages house building programme

2 January 2017 Email this article

 The first ever garden villages, which have the potential to deliver more than 48,000 homes across England, have been given government backing. In an expansion of the existing garden towns programme, these smaller projects of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes continue the government’s commitment to support locally-led development and make sure this is a country that works for everyone. T ... more

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Prosecution of local roofing specialist company and its directors over unsafe roof work

2 January 2017 Email this article

  A specialist roofing company and its two directors have been sentenced after admitting working unsafely at height on a hotel development in central Manchester during a major refurbishment and extension works. On the 17 March 2015, a member of public witnessed and photographed unsafe work at a construction site and contacted the HSE. Manchester Magistrates Court heard that the phot ... more

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Builder prosecuted for worker's fall

2 January 2017 Email this article

A builder from Surrey has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after a worker fell 3.2 m through an opening in a roof onto a concrete floor. He survived the fall but was left with broken ribs, swelling to his brain and nerve damage. An investigation found that he was part of the team building an extension to a house. They had been working on the roof, adjacent to an opening created ... more

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Volvo sentenced for worker fall from truck

2 January 2017 Email this article

  The national truck, bus and plant division of Volvo has been fined £900,000 after one of their workers fell and suffered head injuries. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how a worker was servicing a large delivery truck and repairing the driver’s access rope for the cab when he fell, striking his head and losing consciousness. He was placed in a medically induced c ... more

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Supervisor fined for exposing workers to asbestos fibres

2 January 2017 Email this article

An asbestos removal supervisor has been sentenced after admitting exposing numerous workers to deadly asbestos fibres during licensed asbestos removal works. Manchester Magistrates Court heard that a concern was received by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) claiming that Alan Burdett was allowing people into the sealed asbestos enclosure, which is designed to keep dangerous fibres from escapi ... more

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Fined - Worker fails in his own duty to protect himself

2 January 2017 Email this article

An employee of a steel erection firm has been sentenced at Manchester Magistrates Court after admitted working unsafely at height on a hotel development in central Manchester. Manchester Magistrates Court heard on the 21 January 2015 a member of public contacted HSE claiming that a man had been seen balancing on scaffold tubes in the rain while working on the roof of the multi-storey hotel. HSE I ... more

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Charity Music Video

8 December 2016 Email this article

Warwickshire police officers and other members of the emergency services put on their dancing shoes to record a music video in aid of Alex Goodwin, the son of a Warwickshire Police officer who has a rare form of cancer. To help raise money for Alex, Warwickshire Police Investigator Dave Jones, alongside his son, has written and recorded a single ‘Horizon on my mind’.  To support ... more

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Construction card fraudster jailed following CITB investigation

1 December 2016 Email this article

A Luton man has been jailed for 18 months and recommended for deportation for illegally working in the UK and falsely obtaining construction skills certification cards, following a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) investigation. 34-year-old Indian national, Manjit Multani, paid someone to sit the health and safety tests required to obtain the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (C ... more

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