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HSE Prosecution update
HSE Prosecution update
As you may already know, the limits on fines for Health and Safety offences have gone up and dramatically so. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publishes the figures for prosecutions and the fines each year. The latest figures being produced up to March 2018 (provisionally). Please note that these figures will include Scotland.

Overall the total amount of fines has increased...

Multiple Companies Fined After Security Guard is Killed
Multiple Companies Fined After Security Guard is Killed
Several companies have been fined following a fatal accident at the Immingham Docks. A security guard employed at the dock walked in front of an approaching HGV, causing the vehicle to run over the guard and kill him at the scene. Further investigation revealed Associated British Ports failed to provide signage requiring drivers to stop and report to security. In addition, ICTS (UK) Ltd did not offer...

Employee Stress in the Workplace - How to Help
Employee Stress in the Workplace - How to Help
While every employee experiences job-related stress at one point or another, too much stress in the workplace can lead to the development of serious mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. And recent data from the HSE revealed that this problem is far too common. In fact, stress, depression and anxiety account for over 40 per cent of work-related ill health complications, with 15.4 million...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Waste Company Fined and Director Jailed After Worker Suffers Fatality
A waste and recycling company was fined £700,000 and ordered to pay costs of £99,886.57 following a worker fatality from a machine accident. In 2010, the employee was working with a machine used to compress waste materials into small bales and entered the baling chamber to clear a blockage. After doing so, the machine...

Don’t Let Your Elderly Employees Become a Statistic: How to Keep Them Safe
Don’t Let Your Elderly Employees Become a Statistic: How to Keep Them Safe
Recent HSE data revealed nearly 40 per cent of workplace fatalities in 2017-18 were workers above the age of 60, representing almost a 25 per cent increase from the previous year. And these numbers are particularly alarming considering those over the age of 60 represent just 10 per cent of the UK working population. Make sure your workplace protects elderly employees from potential risks with these...

Health and Safety Statistics for 2017-18 Are Here: Areas Where You Can Improve
Health and Safety Statistics for 2017-18 Are Here: Areas Where You Can Improve
Every year, the HSE releases updated workplace health and safety statistics, providing employers with the opportunity to see how their company ranks in terms of health and safety initiatives, as well as highlighting key areas for improvement. This year’s data revealed a total of 144 workplace fatalities—nearly a 5 per cent increase from the previous year. Review these key figures from the...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Waste Company Fined Following Workers' Injuries in Explosion 
A waste company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,603.14 after two employees suffered burn injuries while processing flammable aerosol containers. The workers were processing aerosol canisters using an industrial plastic shredder. When using a gas-operated forklift to place the canisters into the...

Lone Workers Face Unique Risks: Keep Them Healthy and Safe
Lone Workers Face Unique Risks: Keep Them Healthy and Safe
Nearly 8 million employees in the UK are lone workers (those that work by themselves without direct supervision)—that’s more than 20 per cent of the working population, according to industry research. Especially in the age of technological advancements and flexible work offerings (e.g. working remotely), lone working has become an increasingly common practice. Whether it be a homeworker,...

Here’s How to Protect Your Employees’  Ears From Excessive Noise Exposure
Here’s How to Protect Your Employees’ Ears From Excessive Noise Exposure
While many may associate excessive noise with an excited crowd at a sporting event or the front rows of a concert, this sensory experience can occur in the workplace as well. Employees in the construction, agriculture, manufacturing and entertainment industries often experience excessive noise due to the nature of their work. 

If workers in your organisation are exposed to excessive noise,...

HSE News and Prosecutions
HSE News and Prosecutions
Manufacturing Company Fined After Employee Lost Multiple Fingers

A decorative panel manufacturing company has been fined £45,225 and ordered to pay costs of £1,612 after a worker suffered an injury when using an industrial saw. When the employee reached inside what he believed was a viewing hole to clear waste offcuts from sawing a medium density fibreboard, a drive and chain sprocket...

HSE News and Prosecutions
HSE News and Prosecutions
Oil Industry Giant Fined Following Employee Injury from Gas Cylinder

Shell UK received a £60,000 fine after a technician suffered a serious injury from a gas cylinder on an offshore installation. When a technician rolled a cylinder along the floor and removed the protective cap, the trigger mechanism activated, releasing enough pressure to force the technician to drop the cylinder. This...

Lessening the Burden of Lung Disease
Lessening the Burden of Lung Disease
Occupational lung disease has become a serious killer among UK workers, according to recent data. In fact, work-related lung disease such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and mesothelioma kills nearly 12,000 Brits each year, according to the HSE. Lung disease often develops from exposure to carcinogens in the workplace such as asbestos, silica dust and diesel engine exhaust emissions. 

Consider...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Director Jailed After Explosion Deaths 
The owner and director of Clearview Design and Construction Limited was sentenced to an eight-month custodial sentence and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170 after he pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach that killed two brothers. The brothers were hired as labourers to refurbish units in an industrial park. While working inside a...

Finding Trends in 2018 Fatality Figures
Finding Trends in 2018 Fatality Figures
The HSE’s recent annual workplace fatality figures report revealed that 144 workers suffered fatal injuries between April 2017 and March 2018—an additional nine deaths compared to the previous year. The report identified the following trends:
The top three causes of fatal injuries include workers falling from height, being struck by a moving vehicle and being struck by a moving object....

Temperature Tips: Keeping Workers Cool
Temperature Tips: Keeping Workers Cool
As temperatures stay on the rise this summer and the Met Office issues heat warnings, it is important to keep the health and safety of your workers in mind. Although there isn’t a concrete law for the maximum working temperature, you are responsible for providing your workers with thermal comfort, as well as clean and fresh air. Whether your employees work in an office or outdoors, be aware of...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Company Fined After Worker Develops Occupational Asthma

A design and manufacturing company, Bayham Limited, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,385 after a worker carrying out soldering work developed occupational asthma. The company began using an air displacement box (ADB) 15-20 years ago as a fume extractor. However, an investigation by the HSE found that the ADB...

Prepare for HSE Inspections: Avoid FFI
Prepare for HSE Inspections: Avoid FFI
When HSE inspectors visit your workplace, they focus on finding material breaches, also known as violations of any health and safety laws that require attention. If an HSE inspector identifies a material breach, a Fee for Intervention (FFI) will take place. This means that you will then have to pay a fee of £129 an hour for time spent identifying the breach, helping you correct the problem and...

HSE Recent News and Prosecutions
HSE Recent News and Prosecutions
Construction Firm Fined Over Safety and Welfare Failings

Toft Construction Ltd was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,176.90 after failing to safeguard its workers and the public. The firm had been hired to refurbish a domestic property, which required deep excavation in the front garden. In its investigation, the HSE found that the firm had failed to implement safety barriers...

Don't Risk a Fine with an Out of Date Health and Safety Policy
Don't Risk a Fine with an Out of Date Health and Safety Policy
In 2016-17, the HSE had a 93 per cent conviction rate, with the average penalty costing organisations £126,000. Now, take a minute to review your health and safety policies—are they sufficient enough to avoid such a staggering fine? If you’re unable to arrive at a satisfactory answer, you may need to review your policies. Even though such a task may seem too large and intimidating...

Mental Health Conditions Are on the Rise
Mental Health Conditions Are on the Rise
Mental health conditions—which include depression, anxiety and stress—have become far too common in the workplace, as 1 in 6 people experience a mental health problem in any given week, according to the NHS. In fact, 55 per cent of organisations reported that in 2017 the number of employees with mental health conditions increased, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development....

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Plastics Manufacturer Fined £1 Million After a Delivery Driver’s Death
Glynwed Pipe Systems Ltd was fined £1 million and ordered to pay costs of £27,942.57 after a delivery driver visiting the company was struck and killed by a forklift. The driver had arrived at the yard area when a forklift overladen with large coils struck him. In its investigation, the HSE found that...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Introducing the World’s First International Occupational Health and Safety Standard

An average of 2.78 million workers die across the globe each year due to work-related accidents or illnesses, according to the International Labour Organization. In an effort to address this staggering statistic, the International Organization for Standardization began developing a new occupational health...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Birmingham Contractor Fined £500,000 After Worker Struck by Tipper Truck
MV Kelly Ltd was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £30,000 with a victim surcharge of £120 after a worker was struck by a tipper truck. The worker was trying to get the attention of a vehicle in an adjacent worksite when he was struck and run over by a truck. While the accident did not kill...

Health and Safety Fines Keep Rising
Health and Safety Fines Keep Rising
2 February was the second anniversary of the Sentencing Council’s new, stricter sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter, food safety and hygiene offences, and health and safety offences. During that time, the courts have not been shy about imposing new guidelines, as the value of all HSE fines in 2016-17 totalled £69.9 million, an 80 per cent increase over the previous year. What’s...

HSE News and Prosecutions
HSE News and Prosecutions
New HSE Inspection Initiative Targets Food Manufacturers
In early January, the HSE began proactive inspections, which will review health and safety standards in food manufacturing businesses across the country. The inspections will be unannounced and focus on two of the main causes of ill health in the sector: occupational asthma and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Exposure to flour dust is the...