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Contractor Westdale Services Limited was fined £160,000 after a 12-year-old boy slipped off a scaffold ladder on an inadequately guarded site. On 6th May 2017, two boys were able to climb the rungs of a ladder within scaffolding erected by Westdale Services by placing their feet either side of a ladder guard that did not cover the rungs completely. One boy climbed to the top platform of the scaffold and climbed the uppermost ladder to a height of approximately 10 metres. The ladder slipped, causing him to lose his balance and fall to the ground. He sustained life-changing injuries requiring multiple operations.
Good order and site security
18.—(1) Each part of a construction site must, so far as is reasonably practicable, be kept in good order and those parts in which construction work is being carried out must be kept in a reasonable state of cleanliness.
(2) Where necessary in the interests of health and safety, a construction site must, so far as is reasonably practicable, and in accordance with the level of risk posed, comply with either or both of the following—
(a) have its perimeter identified by suitable signs and be arranged so that its extent is readily identifiable; or
(b) be fenced off.
(3) No timber or other material with projecting nails (or similar sharp object) must—
(a) be used in any construction work; or
(b) be allowed to remain in any place, if the nails (or similar sharp object) may be a source of danger to any person.
A court has heard how an agency worker’s hand injuries were made worse by a lack of trained first aiders on shift at the time. What mistakes were made and what can you do to avoid a similar situation?
In October 2017, during an agency worker’s second shift with NPS Worldwide UK Limited (N), a blockage occurred in a filling machine. The worker tried to unblock the machinery but as she did so her fingers were caught up in an unguarded rotating fan. As a result, she sustained serious injuries, losing parts of all the fingers on her right hand. But her ordeal didn’t end there.
Although the HSE has not released full details, it has stated that the injuries were made worse because incorrect first aid treatment was administered. This occurred due to a lack of trained first aiders on the night shift at the time of the accident.
Doctors tried to create new skin from grafts taken from her stomach. However, these failed and she was left with substantial scarring.
The HSE’s investigation identified a lack of suitable guarding to the fan. It also found that the company had not completed a sufficient risk assessment or provided its staff with adequate training. This was in addition to the lack of compliance with first aid legislation.
N pleaded guilty to breaching s.2(1) and s.3(1)Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 3(2)Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 . It was fined £28,000 with £7,771 in costs.
N had a duty to ensure it carried out suitable and sufficient risk assessments and an assessment for first aid needs.
Tip 1. For dangerous machinery it’s sensible to carry out one risk assessment per machine. Use our template form which has been specially developed for this purpose (see The next step ).
Tip 2. This process can be tricky to get right. Make use of maintenance staff and experienced operators who know their way around the equipment. If needed, arrange for your health and safety consultant or advisor to complete the assessment for you.
Tip 3. A good way of understanding what protection might be absent from older machinery is to review what is fitted to the latest version of the equipment. This can help greatly when completing your risk assessment.
Tip 4. Write down your procedures for clearing blockages and cleaning the machinery. Your step-by step procedure should always begin with the isolation of the power supply. This will ensure that workers do not come into contact with dangerous moving parts.
Tip 5. Ensure that your first aid provision covers all shifts and takes into account the activities carried out. As happened in this case, the wrong treatment can do more harm than good. Make sure that your first aiders’ training prepares them for the likely types of injury in your workplace, and their certification is kept up to date.
The accident was caused by missing guarding and made worse by incorrect first aid. If you use dangerous machinery, undertake a risk assessment to look in detail at the need for safety devices. Devise written instructions for safely clearing blockages and ensure that your first aid provision covers all shifts.
Taken from Tips & Advice Health & Safety, Issue 1, 16th September 2019
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Started off the New Year very Busy, Wishing all our customers a very Happy and Prosperous 2017. Don’t forget we have the new IOSH working Safely course needed to apply for the Labourers Green Card running on 16th February.
A security company based in Barnsley, a town which last year saw the tragic death of a child on a local construction site, has put together some materials aimed at primary school age children, designed to encourage them to steer clear of construction sites.
The material was not developed by the company in isolation. They involved their local education authority and a focus group of construction companies to help produce something that they hope will have a positive effect.
Keep Children away from building sites – Check this out!!!
Received a moment ago from Mr Laurence Cleathero, Tulip Services.
” I just wanted to say thank you for your First Aid course, Hugh was very engaging and the course was exactly the right length and pace to keep attendees interest. Hopefully I will never need the skills taught but feel confident of using them now should I need too”
Laurence Cleathero Tulip Services.
Martin & Charlotte attended the United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association AGM last week in Derby and had a fantastic time, very interesting talk from Dr Chris Warburton – Consultant Physician, Aintree Chest Centre about the effects of Asbestos on the human body and an inspiring marketing talk from Mr Geoff Ramm of OMG Marketing. We took on board some of his tips and going forward will be introducing these techniques reaching out to our customers so keep a look out. Great to be receiving calls from friends and contacts of customers who have previously and currently undertaking training with us. Thanks to you all!!
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Provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in Great Britain’s workplaces has been released today.
Ptovisional figures indicate that 144 people were killed while at work in 2015/2016 – up from 142 in 2014/5.
The Health and Safety Executive has called on all sectors to learn lessons to ensure workers return home safe from work.
Martin Temple, HSE Chair said:
“One death at work or life needlessly shortened, is one too many and behind every statistic lies a real story of loss and heartbreak and families left to grieve.
“Britain has one of the best health and safety systems in the world, but we should always be looking to improve and to prevent incidents that cost lives.
The new figures show the rate of fatal injuries in key industrial sectors:
There were also 103 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2015/16, of which 36 (35 percent) related to incidents occurring on railways.
The statistics again confirm the UK to be one of the safest places to work in Europe, having one of the lowest rates of fatal injuries to workers in leading industrial nations.
HSE has also released the latest available figures on deaths from asbestos-related cancer. Mesothelioma, one of the few work related diseases where deaths can be counted directly, contracted through past exposure to asbestos killed 2,515 in Great Britain in 2014 compared to 2,556 in 2013.
This is my fist blog!
Excited to release our first blog and to welcome you one and all. We will keep you up to date with what us all at Worksafe are up to in the world of Health & Safety.
Pleased to announce that we have a new trainer on board offering First Aid at Work training and from the feedback we have received he is going down very well. We also have a new lady in the office by the name of Marian so welcome to her!
This week Martin is travelling the North Norfolk Coastline visiting some of our customers and both of us will be attending the UKATA AGM on Friday. Will bring you more from the World of Health & Safety soon.