Safety Smart Monthly Update September 2021

Monday, September 13, 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!

The Ladder Association and the HSE have jointly produced new guidance, which replaces the HSE Guidance Document INDG455 of the same name.

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Practical and Pro-Active methods for addressing mental health in the workplace 

Mental ill-health in the workplace is a risk like any other, says Tim Marsh CFIOSH, who encourages organisations to address the psychological health of employees proactively, objectively and practically.

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GB Work fatalities up by almost a third 

Covid disruption, wide-scale furloughing of workers and a 10% reduction in weekly hours worked has been accompanied by a 28% year-on-year increase in the number of work-related fatal accidents, according to Great Britain’s annual fatality statistics.

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RIDDOR Legislation - ignore at your peril 

In the recent case of R (HSE) v Paul Adams 2021, there is a salutary reminder of the importance of prompt reporting of serious accidents to the appropriate regulatory authority, as Philip Tracey, Head of Regulatory Health and Safety Law at Plexus Law, explains...

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Case Studies 

Construction firm fined after several workers contracted occupational disease

A construction company has been sentenced for safety breaches after multiple employees were diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS).

The firm reported seven cases of HAVS between November 2016 and August 2018, Leeds Magistrates’ Court was told. 

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Rail Freight Terminal Operator found guilty of negligence fined £6.5m over boy’s death

The company that runs Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal in the Midlands must pay £6.5m after a court found it guilty of negligence over the death of an 11-year-old boy at the depot, near Rugby.

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