In the News… the latest news articles relating to Health and Safety, court cases, the Health and Safety Executive and other issues relating to the industry. Click the links to see more.

Fatal Injuries Statistics For 2010/11 Released. Click Here for the facts.

Worker Suffers Serious Injuries After A Fall From Height: Electrical and refrigeration services company have been prosecuted – falls from height remain the single biggest cause of death in the UK workplace, causing 38 deaths in the UK last year alone.

More than 150 Scottish Firms Receive Health and Safety Awards: Balfour Beatty Scottish and Southern Ltd take the top award, in recognition of their approach to preventing accidents and ill health at work.

Epsco Ltd, Of Perth, Scotland, Ordered To Pay £155,000 After A Worker Dies. Cleaning company fined – HSE say the death was “entirely forseeable”.

Scaffolding Contractor Fined After Handing Over Unsecured Scaffolding To A Client: £34, 774 worth of charges result.

Cardiff Builder Fined For Ignoring HSE Warning Notices: Mr Haider Zaman, 53, trading as Pride Builders has been prosecuted and fined for ignoring HSE notices and being in breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Nightclub Owners In Lancashire Fined For Not Providing Adequate Safety Measures: Coco Lounge, Temptations and Cooler Bar did not have adequate measures, including inadequate signage.

Gleison Mine Tragedy: Mining experts call for a review of health and safety regulations following the death of four workers. The HSE is investigating the cause of the flooding.

Fife Firm Fined £112,500 After a Worker is Crushed to Death in a Potato Harvestor – A firm has been fined over the death of a worker who was crushed in a potato harvester, the Health and Safety Executive said. Keith Wannan, 34, from Cupar, Fife, died in September 2009 when he was trapped between the rollers of the machine…

Five Health and Safety Regs Have Saved 1000’s of Workers –  Five health and safety regulations that were opposed by industry have in fact saved thousands of lives and prevented tens of thousands of injuries, according to a recent analysis by Washington-based Public Citizen. In at least one case, productivity has also increased

Firm fined after passing HSE inspectors saw them working without safety gear. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors were passing by and noticed the men using no safety equipment to prevent falls while cleaning the roof of the property…

Health and Safety failures cost Slough based firm £243,000 after a worker is killed. Duco International Limited were prosecuted for failing to provide a safe system of work, which led to the death of worker Mitesh  Preshar. No risk assessment had been carried out, and Reading Crown Court heard there were systemic failures in the company’s health and safety policy.

HIV Porn Case: AHF to File Complaints with Federal & FL Health Officials
AHF file a health & safety complaint with the Florida Department of Health officials over condom-less pornographic film shoots after  the latest adult film industry-related HIV case – thought to be the 23rd such case since 2003. Industry sources say the man involved had “worked directly” with as many as a dozen women

Firm in court over printing press death of man from Morton
A PRINTING firm is to appear before the Crown Court after facing allegations of health and safety breaches after an employee, Ian Ebbs, was crushed to death during a night shift at St Ives Web, Fengate, Peterborough on October 6, 2008

Demolition death ‘avoidable’
he Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said that the death of a man who was killed when a weight from machinery fell on him was perfectly avoidable. A 68-year-old worker was dismantling a hydraulic excavator at the premises of a demolition firm on May

Fall death highlights the need to adhere to health and safety laws
Insurer’s say Companies need to meet their legal health and safety requirements set down by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The fallen employee fell from a stepladder and died

Britons risking health with holiday romances, says Co-op
“Some condoms that are available abroad don’t always comply with the relevant European health , safety and environmental protection laws, so we would advise people to plan ahead and make sure they take CE marked condoms with them, along with any first

Chipboard factory death man named
A joint investigation between the force and the Health and Safety Executive is being carried out. Andrew Connolly, managing director of Andrew Connolly Demolition which Mr Kay was working for at the site, said: “Unfortunately, we can confirm that there

Toxic chemicals found in over half of children’s car seats. Brominated flame retardant chemicals that are either deemed toxic or that lack adequate health safety data were detected in 44% percent of the 2011 car seats tested. (NOTE: did not test for all hazardous flame retardants,

The following article in the Daily Mail has been branded health and safety gone mad – but its nothing to do with health and safety law, its medical law. ands its a display of stupidity and incompetence – and the schoolteachers were not in agreement either. Schoolgirl’s Vaseline for her dry lips is confiscated… because of health and  ‘This is health and safety gone mad,’ said Mrs Wilkins, 28, a project manager, yesterday. ‘Where has common sense gone? I can’t believe how my daughter was humiliated. ‘This harmless ointment was taken away in front of all her friends.

Firms fined after man fell to death Serco Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching two health and safety regulations and was ordered to pay a total of £236186 in fines and costs. Birse Civils Ltd pleaded guilty to one health and safety breach and was told to pay £118093 in fines and costs.

Selby workers’ risk
Selby Times
SELBY area workers could be exposed to unnecessary risk of injury if Britain’s health and safety regulations are watered down, a not-for-profit campaign group has warned. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers spoke out today (Sat July 30) after it

Pub falls foul of hygiene rules
Shields Gazette
Lee Ellis, the manager of the Windmill Tavern in Clifton, near Kirkham, admitted 13 charges relating to food hygiene and health and safety when he appeared before Blackpool magistrates. Town hall licensing chiefs raided the premises on Clifton Lane in

Vince Cable announces ‘bonfire of the retail red tape’

Esso Fawley oil refinery worker killed

Police are investigating along with the Health and Safety Executive. Parent company Exxonmobil, which owns the site, which is the largest refinery in the UK, has also launched an internal inquiry. All non-essential work at the site has been suspended

Safety inspectors investigate Parkway death
By Mark Taylor, Reporter HEALTH and safety inspectors are investigating yesterday’s (Wednesday) tragic death of a construction worker at the Parkway site in Newbury. Northbrook Street closed to traffic yesterday from 9.10am following the incident and

Safety signs could have prevented glass firm accident
Nicholls and Clarke Glass factory in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, was found guilty of breaching safety legislation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and was fined £11200 and ordered to pay £3977.40 in costs. Ian Swain, a 37-year-old employee of the

Fire Safety Is A High Priority
Counci Council tenants living at a high-rise block in South Tyneside have been shown the dangers of chip pans thanks to an ongoing