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The technician, who has since retired, also lost parts of three fingers while preparing an explosive for a fireworks demonstration for a class at Bristol Cathedral Choir School.
It was revealed that explosive substances were regularly handled and prepared at the school, with gunpowder and flash powder kept in its chemistry storeroom.
The technician spent 12 days in hospital as a result of the accident, which the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said could have been avoided if the school had clear management arrangements to control and review the risks posed by the chemicals used in its teaching activities.
The school was fined £26,000 (£8,000 for the Section 2 offence and £18,000 for the Section 3 offence) and ordered to pay £12,176 costs.
On his first day of full-time employment, the 21-year-old agency worker stood in a drainage pit wearing insufficient personal protective equipment (PPE). He was exposed to alkaline cement slurry and sustained chemical burns to his feet and ankles, resulting in the need for cosmetic surgery.
The poll of 1,250 classroom staff found 43% were subjected to physical violence over the past year. Of those who reported violent incidents, 77% were pushed or shoved; 52% were kicked; 50% had an object such as furniture thrown at them; and 37% were punched. Half the teachers who dealt with challenging behaviour, which also includes stabbing and spitting as well as verbal abuse and (cyber) bullying, said it made them stressed. Forty-one percent suffered from anxiety as a result, while one in ten said they visited their doctor.
The poll was carried out by YouGov on behalf of the TUC and involved 1,642 workers aged 18 and over. It revealed that 12% of this sample had experienced work-related violence such as being stabbed, punched, pushed or spat on. The TUC says if this figure is a representative sample, then almost four million people may have had to deal with violence at work. Twenty per cent of those who have experienced violence at work say it has happened more than ten times.
Ashley Coe, who was working onsite for subcontractor Pascon, was installing cables in a trench when an excavator tracked under a 33kV overhead power line and struck it. Coe was helping to control the cable drum suspended from the arm of the excavator when the incident happened on 13 March 2013.
The 24-year-old from Stockport also sustained several broken bones in the accident on 28 March 2014.On 7 January, Manchester Crown Court was told that the worker was driving a ride-on mower with a grass box attached. When the chute to the grass box became blocked with long, wet grass – as often happened – the employee reached in to clear it. His hand came into contact with the rotating metal fan and was seriously injured. He is now unable to grip with his left hand or use his remaining fingers.
The worker had two fingers on his right hand amputated following the incident on 31 October 2014. Bespoke in Oak was sentenced at Northampton Magistrates’ Court, when it was revealed there was no functioning limited cutter projection tooling on the cutting block and dangerous moving parts were exposed.
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.
A SCUBA equipment supply company has been fined £9,300 and ordered to pay £11,000 costs after providing a diving school with contaminated air that led to children being taken so ill during a training session that one ended up in an induced coma.
A recent IOSH magazine webinar reflected on COSHH ill-health statistics in the manufacturing industry. With almost 3,000 viewers, lots of questions were asked. Here we answer some of those we didn't get to.
A director who had installed a cryotherapy chamber was unfairly dismissed, a tribunal has ruled, because the technical director and principal health and safety officer at the business failed to raise concerns about the work undertaken.
Research published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has identified some weaknesses in the control measures at a number of ports and distribution centres in relation to workers coming into contact with hazardous substances when examining or unloading freight containers.