Effective OSH training is critical, not least because it contributes to helping to ensure employees are competent, yet there remain many pitfalls at the delivery stage. We brought together three experienced representatives from OSH training providers to discuss present and future training challenges with IOSH Magazine’s deputy editor.
The ministry said incidents involving vehicles were the most common cause of worker deaths. From January to May this year, 287 workers were injured in such accidents, six of them fatally. More than 250 workplace inspections will now take place over the next eight weeks in an enforcement crackdown named “Operations Roadrunner”. The MOM said that during the first five months of the year it inspected traffic management systems at more than 400 construction sites, storage yards, warehouses and factories. One in five visits uncovered poor practices.
Crane erectors David Newall, 36, and Rhys Barker, 18, died on 21 June at a building site in Dunwoody Way, owned by developer and housebuilder Seddon Homes. Post mortems concluded that both men died from crush injuries. A third man, 45, who was also working on the crane, is recovering from serious injuries in Royal Stoke University Hospital.
Since 1996, the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled; one person is diagnosed every two minutes. According to Diabetes UK’s latest estimates, almost 3.5 million adults have been diagnosed with the condition, while it remains undiagnosed in more than one million others.
Samuel Harrington, a 58-year-old builder, was found not guilty on 2 June at St Albans Crown Court after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had charged him with a s 3 offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act.The HSE had brought the charge in 2016 after a two-year investigation into an incident at a property conversion on Upton Road on 31 May 2012, which was owned by Meadows WR.
Weymouth Magistrates’ Court was told that employees of Carter Training had been using a mobile crane to lift a stillage of 500 2 kg fittings on a building site in Dorchester, Dorset.The container turned on its side and the contents emptied on to staff working directly below. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said that lifting equipment directly above contractors had put them at risk of harm. The victim, 44, sustained two fractures to her left shoulder blade, a fracture to her left collar bone, a cut to the back of her head and bruising.
In most other areas of endeavour we learn from triumphs, but in safety the focus is often on disaster. We are knowledgeable enough to realise that we cannot simply blame the end user, but we still try to unpick long, causal chains of errors – of end users, of senior management, of designers – seeing human error as something to be designed, managed or reinforced out of an organisation.
Workplace violence is a well-recognised risk for staff in the security and healthcare sectors but it has become a concern for organisations as diverse as high street retailers, utility companies and government bodies. Statistics from the National Board for Crime Prevention found that 70% of physical attacks on workers arise when they are attempting to prevent theft, dealing with angry customers or troublemakers.
The Co-operative Group pleaded guilty to a charge under s 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £400,000 on 22 May. It was also ordered to pay costs of £50,000. (See box below for how the judge applied the sentencing guidelines.)Stanley May, 74, slipped and fell on a puddle of water and hit his head on the floor on 6 July 2015. He was taken to hospital but died two days later from a subdural haematoma.