Safety Smart Monthly Update April 2022

4th April 2022 Posted in Blogs

If you missed out on our last newsletter – never fear! we’ve pulled together all the information in this blog post and there’s plenty to catch up on!

Driving and using a mobile phone – the law has changed.

On 25 March 2022, the law on people using their mobile phones while driving in Great Britain changed to include stricter rules for motorists. 

This article looks at the changes to the law and the impact it will have on motorists. 

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The key drivers of bullying and incivility at work 

The CIPD has released an evidence review summarising research on the key drivers of bullying and incivility in the workplace, offering recommendations on how to best help employers maintain healthy relationships among staff.

The CIPD’s review argues that bullying and workplace incivility can be reduced by focusing on employees and their working lives in several ways. 

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Fatigue in the broadcast industry – the hidden cost of long hours 

The dangerous levels of fatigue in the TV and film industry have broader lessons for OSH professionals.

The term ‘burnout’ was given official status as an occupational syndrome by the World Health Organization in 2019, and stems from chronic workplace stress that has not been managed successfully (WHO, 2019). ‘Typically, it features feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, negativism or cynicism related to one’s job and reduced professional efficacy,’ the WHO said…

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Case Studies 

Scrap metal firm fined £2m over death of worker

A company and three of its bosses have been fined more than £2m over the death of a worker who suffered catastrophic head injuries at a scrap metal recycling plant in Oldbury. Father-of-one Stuart Towns, aged 34, had been working for Alutrade Ltd just three months when the tragedy happened. 

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Topshop death: Topshop and Arcadia guilty of safety breaches

Topshop and its former owners have been found guilty of health and safety breaches after a 10-year-old boy died when a queue barrier toppled on him. Kaden Reddick suffered a fatal head injury at the Reading store during a family shopping trip in 2021.

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Company fined after worker suffered fall from height

Infiniti Roofing and Construction Ltd has been sentenced for breaches of safety regulations after an employee fell through a gap in scaffolding and sustained multiple injuries whilst working on a building at Havers Hill, Eastfield, Scarborough.

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From Twitter

Joinery firm fined after failings

A joinery firm in south east London has been fined £14,000 for health and safety failings, including putting its workers at risk of exposure to wood dust.

NEWS: Birmingham City Council to cut all funding to the cultural sector.

Give it a few years and British culture will be represented solely by four films about each one of the Beatles.

What a country.

Company and director sued after scaffolder receives electric shock

A Kent scaffolding company has been fined and its director given a suspended prison sentence after a scaffolder suffered an 11,000-volt electric shock.

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