Safety Smart: Monthly Update

Monday, December 13, 2021

New COVID19 Rules from Monday 13th December 2021

The rules surrounding COVID19, the workplace, hospitality venues and public spaces has changed. Find out what you need to know to keep yourself and your employees safe. 

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Ventilation at work during COVID19 

The law says employers must make sure there’s an adequate supply of fresh air (ventilation) in enclosed areas of the workplace. This has not changed during the pandemic. In particular, if yours is a workplace that cannot work from home then you need to familiarise yourself with these rules and ensure your site is compliant. 

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Managing Driver Eyesight

Understanding the conditions that cause eyesight to deteriorate is crucial for driver safety. How should OSH professionals manage driver eye health in the UK?

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Helping employees with addiction

Addiction in any form whether substance or behaviour related is often shrouded in secrecy and the person suffering from addiction may feel stigmatised, this is true within the workforce as in any area of life. This often leads to denial from both employees and employers about problems concerning alcohol and drug misuse within the workplace, as Rob Lloyd, Managing Director at Prevention Digital, explains.

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Industry Case Studies

Company fined £130,000 after fatality at quarry

A company has been fined after an employee was struck by an excavator and fatally crushed.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told. Pawel Kocik was struck by a quick hitch on the dipper arm of an excavator and crushed between the quick hitch and side of the feed hopper of a mobile crusher.

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Director sentenced for failing to comply with HSE enforcement notices

A director of a former car salvage company has been jailed for failing to comply with HSE enforcement notices served to protect the health and safety of workers in his workplace and visitors to the site.

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Contractor and security company fined after security guard dies of hypothermia at windfarm

Two companies have been fined following an incident where a security guard died after being found lying face down and hypothermic, in deep snow, at a remote hillside in Ayrshire.

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Construction company fined after injured worker loses sight

A Bradford-based construction company has been fined after an employee was injured at work leading to significant sight loss in his right eye.


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