The employee was trying to clear a blockage on a plastic injection moulding machine when the incident happened on 20 December 2016. The severity of his injuries caused him to miss three months off work.The Health and Safety Executive found that Brother Industries (UK) had no safe system of work for clearing a blockage on its machines.
According to the report, manufacturers to date are continuing to address health and safety in a very traditional way. This leads to a focus on compliance, physical health, risk assessment and promoting good health & safety practice rather than addressing psychosocial and mental health factors which can equally impact on employee performance.
Known as the “stay put” policy, the strategy requires occupants to wait in their homes unless they are directly affected by fire or smoke. However, chartered fire engineer and expert witness Dr Barbara Lane told the Grenfell Tower public inquiry on Monday (4 June) that although the principles of the stay put regime had “substantially failed” by 1.26am, the LBF did not abandon the policy until 2.47am – more than 80 minutes later.
Under the new PPE Regulation - and with hearing protection moving to Category III -companies and officers of companies face the prospect of fines if helmet mounted ear defenders have not been properly accredited to the relevant helmet in use. Failure to operate such a policy could mean irreparable hearing damage is caused and claims from workforce.
Jhanade Ryan was installing solar panels on the roof of roofing and cladding sheeting manufacturer Firth Steels, when he slipped on the fragile surface in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, in December 2015. The subcontracted roofer, who was working for solar power firm Centreco (UK), slid down to the edge protection and fell 5 m through scaffolding when the toe board snapped. He landed on a sub-station roof and sustained a spinal fracture, a broken coccyx and nerve damage. Ryan spent almost three months in hospital but has been left unable to work by impaired mobility.
Between July 2017 and September 2017 almost 3,500 incidents were recorded, ranging from physical and verbal abuse of road workers to motorists driving into coned-off work areas. Of these, 150 were serious and resulted in four road workers and two drivers being hurt.Highways England, the government body responsible for operating and maintaining England’s roads, said it received nearly 300 reports a week from workers who had been subjected to abuse. Its traffic officers who patrol the roads are the most common targets.
The crane operator, who was employed by HJ Enthoven & Sons, was using an overhead crane to lift a bin of scrap lead when the bin slipped. Its contents emptied on to the worker, trapping and injuring him. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the company had failed to properly plan the work and ensure it was supervised by a competent person. HJ Enthoven pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined at Luton Magistrates’ Court, where it was also ordered to pay £6,510 costs.
Dudley Magistrates’ Court was told that Home Inspectors Southern, which carried out the survey, had failed to identify asbestos cement and insulating board containing chrysotile (white) and amosite (brown) asbestos. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the worker who carried out the survey had no training in asbestos surveying or previous experience with a qualified person or accredited organisation.
Newlay Civil Engineering employee Thomas Shaw was injured in November 2015 when a colleague reversed the vehicle over his leg during road resurfacing work in Straiton, South Ayrshire. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the road roller had no flashing beacon and the reversing alarm was not working. In December 2015 it served an improvement notice, which the company complied with the next month.
The funding will be used by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England to train 156 fully certified construction mental health first aid instructors by September 2019. The first MHFA instructor course was held in May, with the others due to take place over the next 18 months. These instructors will each be required to deliver two of MHFA’s two-day training courses, resulting in at least 2,500 qualified mental health first aiders by 2020.