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The 4.5 m tall concrete structure at Hawkeswood Metal Recycling's plant gave way on 7 July 2016 crushing the workers, before tonnes of scrap metal behind fell on top.
The five men were pronounced dead at the scene, while a sixth escaped from the debris with only a broken leg.
The HSE has taken over from the West Midlands Police and will investigate whether any safety regulations were breached.
Geoffrey Brown, the principal inspector who is leading the investigation, said: "This remains a criminal investigation into the five deaths. We will be considering whether there were any breaches of health and safety law relevant to the circumstances of this tragic event.
"We will of course keep the families updated as our investigation continues."
Two IKO Design employees were re-siting a heater and installing a new chimney flue on 31 October 2014 when one of them fell through a skylight.He died from his injuries six months later, Leicester Crown Court was told. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served an immediate prohibition notice after it found there was no safe access to a tower scaffold and no safe working platform. IKO had also failed to provide workers with personal protective equipment.
The proactive inspections will review safety and health standards in food manufacturing businesses across the country, focusing on two of the main causes of ill-health in the sector. These are occupational asthma from exposure to flour dust in bakeries, cake and biscuit factories, and grain mills; and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as lower back pain and upper limb disorders from manual handling activities and repetitive tasks.
The 57-year-old Bonds Foundry employee was working on a large shaft bracket casting at the former Tow Law site when one of the supports gave way in November 2014. He spent three weeks in hospital, where his leg was amputated above the knee. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served an improvement notice on Bonds Foundry on 5 January 2015 after its investigation found the company had failed to provide a safe system of work for shaft bracket castings, which are used to support rotating shafts such as those that drive boat propellors.
Hull Crown Court was told that Tata Steel employee Thomas Standerline, 26, was standing inside a cage while inspecting a crane in April 2010. An overhead crane travelled over the edge of his cage and trapped him, leading to instant death. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that, even after the occurrence of two incidents prior to Standerline’s death, Tata Steel had failed to enforce its own safety procedures. It also found that the overhead crane in question should not have been in operation.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Natalie Tinsley told IOSH Magazine that it had not been made clear to workers that they could use an onsite crane to support heavy shaft brackets during work at the former Tow Law factory in County Durham. As a result, the injured worker fashioned three support legs from scrap metal which he welded on to the bottom of a 2.8 m x 1.3 m piece of steel.
Dupont surveyed 82 senior managers from the oil and gas, mining, chemical manufacturing and construction sectors. Only just over two respondents in five said they discussed process safety and asset integrity at board meetings. But more than half reviewed general safety, health and environment metrics and regulatory compliance.If boards do not focus on operational risk, they can fall prey to the “illusion of understanding”, warned DuPont, in which “performance indicators may show positive trends but risks remain hidden, waiting to strike [at] any time”.
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.
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IOSH magazine spoke to HSE inspector Bill Gilroy about a serious accident at a Nestlé factory in Newcastle – an almost carbon copy of a previous incident at another of the confectionary firm’s factories.
The US Department of Labor has presented an Ohio-based vehicle parts manufacturer on its ‘severe violator enforcement programme’ with a fine of $480,240 (approx. £373,000) after inspectors found it had continually exposed workers to multiple machine hazards