• HSE issues 3D printer safety warning

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned that 3D printers can create harmful emissions, which could potentially endanger users, in a new report. The HSE report, which examines emissions from polymer filament desktop 3D printers, found some plastic filament materials, when heated, were found to release chemicals “known to be hazardous to health”, such […]

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  • Are machines safe if they have a CE mark?

    John Boyle, former chair of IOSH’s Food and Drink Industries Group and Health, Safety, Risk and CI for G’s Fresh, explores machinery safety If a machine has a CE mark it must be safe, right? Surely the manufacturer or supplier of the machine is responsible? The answer to the first question is, unfortunately, no. A […]

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  • Christmas is a time to relax and have fun but it can also be very busy and stressful. You may be out and about more than usual for that essential Christmas shopping and to festive parties and other social events. To reduce the risk of experiencing crime during the festive season here are some helpful tips: Christmas […]

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  • ‘Get a grip’ on ladder safety The Ladder Association is offering a free Ladder Safety Pack to help improve ladder competence, as part its new ‘Get a grip’ campaign. The Ladder Association, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to keeping people safe when working at height, is urging ladder users – and those responsible for managing the safe […]

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  • A scaffolding company must pay more than £50,000 after a workman sustained life-changing crush injuries when the forklift truck he was operating overturned, trapping him.  Image credit: HSE The Whiterose Scaffolding employee’s internal injuries were so severe that he now lives with chronic pain and has significant mobility problems. The Leeds-based company, which notes on […]

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  • Learner drivers to have motorway lessons in a bid to increase road safety As of Monday, June 4, learner drivers in England, Wales and Scotland are allowed to have driving lessons on the motorway. Photo: Flickr / Graham Richardson Previously, motorway driving was reserved only for those who had passed their test, or as part […]

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  • HEARING DAMAGE

    Musician wins landmark hearing damage ruling A viola player who suffered a life-changing hearing injury at a rehearsal in 2012 has won a landmark High Court judgment against the Royal Opera House (ROH). The case, won by Chris Goldscheider, has huge implications for the industry and the health and safety of musicians. It is the […]

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  • Latest news and prosecutions Martin-Baker fined £1.1m over Red Arrows pilot death Known fault in ejector seat shackle costs Martin-Baker Aircraft Company £1.65m

    The Martin-Baker Aircraft Company has been fined £1.1m for failing to address a longstanding mechanical fault in the parachute mechanism of its ejector seats, a fault that led to the death of Red Arrows pilot Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham in 2011. Cunningham was killed on 8 November 2011 when the Mark 10 B ejector seat […]

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  • Handyman with ‘flagrant disregard’ jailed

    A self-employed handyman has been sentenced after undertaking gas work which put the life of a homeowner at significant risk. Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard that, on 16 May 2014, Paul Joseph Vokes, trading as Paul’s Handyman Services, carried out work to replace ridge tiles on the roof of a property in Coatham Drive, Hartlepool. One […]

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