Safety Smart: Monthly Update

Monday, November 8, 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!

Tackling Violence At Work 

Violence at work is a huge problem with far-reaching implications, and incidence has risen in some sectors since the pandemic. How can organisations make their working environments safer for the workforce?

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Disability: Levelling the playing field


With just one in three disabled people of working age in employment worldwide, employers must do more to maximise the potential of those with disabilities.

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Mates in Mind wins £25,000 award from B&CE’s Charitable Trust

Mates in Mind has announced that a proposal for a new research initiative designed to discover more about the mental health struggles of self-employed tradespeople and those working for smaller businesses in the construction industry has received the £25,000 Occupational Health Research Award for 2021.

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CASE STUDIES 

Business owner prosecuted over fatal accident

The owner of a business based in Odiham, Hampshire has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, after a fatal accident.

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Father died in explosion whilst working alongside son

Chemical company Briar Chemicals Ltd has been fined £1 million after a 46-year-old maintenance contractor died in an explosion at its site Norwich.

On 27 July 2018, Rob Cranston was carrying out repair work on a mixing vessel during a planned period of shutdown maintenance.  

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Six month suspended sentence for skip and waste boss

The managing director of a skip hire and waste management firm, whose employee suffered life-changing injuries in the company yard, has received a six-month suspended prison sentence, with the company itself fined £150,000.

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Manufacturer fined £200k after labourer suffers injuries in forklift incident

A yacht manufacturer has been sentenced after an employee was injured when his forklift truck overturned.

A 57-year-old employee of Princess Yachts Limited was injured whilst assisting the unloading of a delivery at the company’s Langage site, Plymouth Magistrates’ Court was told.

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