Safety Smart: Monthly Update May 2021

Monday, May 17, 2021

If you missed out on our last newsletter - never fear! we've pulled together all the information in this blog post and there's plenty to catch up on!

Back In The Building After COVID19

Vaccines are being rolled out and workplaces starting to reopen. How should OSH professionals keep employees safe, and use their influence to manage the difficulties to come?

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HSE Spot Check Inspections 

The Health and Safety Executive is carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are COVID-secure. HSE will be calling on businesses to provide expert advice on how to manage the risks and protect workers and visitors in sectors including hospitality and retail.

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Making Mental Health Matter 

The IOSH-funded MENTOR study explored the role of mental health first aid and barriers to its success.

Three years on from its publication, in the midst of a pandemic, how has mental health support progressed?

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TRIGGER WARNING: Please note, the following video includes mention of suicide and may be upsetting to some viewers.
Chris's Story

Understanding the importance of managing and reducing workplace stress has arguably never been more important than now, in the shadow of the COVID-19 epidemic. As part of Stress Awareness Month - mental health in construction charity  Mates In Mind have shared the story of Chris to raise awareness and encourage others to seek help. 

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Hotel liable for the death of guest who fell from a window 

Hoteliers have failed in their appeal against their liability for the death of a guest who fell from a window.

The guest was staying in a second-floor room at the White Hart Hotel in Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, following a wedding. 

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£1.5 million fine for Tyne-Wear Metro operator after the death of an employee

Tyne Wear Metro operator, Nexus, has been fined £1.5 million after pleading guilty to an offence under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974., for failing to ensure the safety of staff.

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Asbestos firm fined following fatal gas explosion

An asbestos removal contractor has been fined after a worker was fatally injured and another worker seriously injured in a gas explosion whilst cutting pipework due to the gas supply not being safely closed off. 
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