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Before the Bridge aims to inform audiences and start a discussion about the impact of new technology on the workplace and how increasing automation threatens the future of human jobs.
Presented by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the US production, directed by Lewis Wilcox, was joint winner of the festival's Healthy Workplaces award with Turtle Shells, a film that explores the connections between animals, humans and war.
EU-OSHA says that by funding the Healthy Workplaces Film Award it aims to build a library of films to raise awareness of occupational safety and health issues and to inspire directors to create more films about work, its changing nature and its effects on workers and their environment.
The documentaries shortlisted for the award this year included one covering the struggles of small farmers in the UK, the dangers endured by workers in a high-altitude Bolivian mining camp and life in a huge Indian textile factory.
In 2016-17 – the first full year that the new sentencing guidelines for safety and health offences were in place – fines reached £69.9m compared with £38.8m for the same period a year earlier. This is the second consecutive year in which financial penalties have soared. There was a 115.5% rise between 2014-15 (when £18m worth of fines were collected) and 2015-16.
Multinational businesses plan an average 5.4% increase in their environment, health and safety (EHS) budgets next year, according to new research by technology consultants Verdantix. A survey of 382 EHS directors in 31 countries found that 35% of respondents expect to increase spending on safety measures, while only 20% plan to raise investment in curbing greenhouse gas emissions.The survey covers EHS directors in businesses with annual revenues of at least $250 million (£191 million), including ConocoPhillips, BP and Rolls-Royce.
The strongest came from IOSH chief executive Bev Messinger who launched the conference with an overview of progress on the WORK 2022 strategy that aims to improve safety and health standards worldwide by collaboration and influence. As an aside to an overview of IOSH’s aims for its WORK 2022 strategy which aims to help cut the estimated work-related death toll of 2.78 million a year by collaborating with and influencing bodies worldwide, Messinger told delegates her brother-in-law had been killed in a workplace accident on 12 October.
The report has made 40 recommendations for businesses, regulators, the government and the public sector after it found one worker in six suffers from a mental illness and 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems lose their jobs every year.
Eric Ihoeghinlan, an employee of Gabem Management, fell through a lighting grid hatch on 18 November 2014 while he was recovering electrical cables for BBC Studioworks during a derigging job.He sustained a blood clot to the brain, fractured pelvis and ankles, and a ruptured spleen. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was no edge protection around the hatches of the lighting grids. BBC Studioworks pleaded guilty to breaching ss 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It must pay £6,000 in costs.
Soon after the first paying passengers boarded Edinburgh’s new light rail system in May 2014, its operator had to cope with a spate of “tram surfing”, a pursuit which involves thrill seekers hitching precarious lifts by clinging to the outside of moving carriages.In one case, a surfer had mounted a tram on a downhill section in Edinburgh city centre and slid off, rolling down the road and coming to rest in front of an ambulance. Fortunately, though 74 surfing incidents were reported in 18 months, no one was seriously injured.
A Belfast-based Risk & Compliance software provider has been collaborating with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and construction giant Costain as part of an ongoing project to unlock artificial intelligence’s (AI) potential in improving the management of risks on worksites.
IOSH and award-winning content marketing and publishing agency Redactive today announced a new partnership to provide news, updates, insight, careers advice and job opportunities for safety and health’s largest professional community.
Nick Wilson, director of health and safety services at WorkNest, has more than 20 years of training experience, working with individuals from the top to bottom of organisations. Here he explains the steps you can take to improve the effectiveness of training and increased employee engagement when delivering courses.