Safety Smart Monthly Update January

9th January 2023 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!

Call to create more neuro-diverse workforces 

A chartered psychologist is calling on employers to consider neurodivergent employees when planning where staff should work so that these individuals can thrive in the workplace.

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Thinking Differently 

In this IOSH article hear from a health and safety professional about her autism and how neurodiversity can affect individuals and workplaces.

The issues that people face in the workplace aren’t always obvious. One aspect of occupational health, safety and wellbeing that is commonly overlooked – precisely because it isn’t visually apparent – is neurodiversity.

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Coroner Interview: 

The Changing Nature of Work-Related Fatalities 

UK senior coroner Kevin McLoughlin on the changing nature of work-related fatalities and the challenges of getting a true picture.

The UK Justice Committee’s 2021 recommendation to make better use of coroners’ Reports to prevent future deaths (PFD) highlighted that harnessing the knowledge and experience of this group of professionals in conversations around work-related deaths is vital. 

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Psych Health Podcast: Diversity and Inclusion 

In this episode, the hosts chat with Dr Jacqui Wilmshurst, Chartered Applied Psychologist. Jacqui shares her experiences in working with neurodivergent clients and her own experiences as a neurodivergent woman. 

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BLOG: Workplace-related fatalities – why the risk applies to us all

It can be natural to think about work-related fatalities in terms of accidents and in what we would consider as higher risk jobs – working in construction, for example, handling heavy machinery or working at height all carry a greater risk of accident and therefore unfortunately fatality – but what about those not in those types of role or even industry how do we assess and address the risk here?

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Case Study

Demolition firm and director prosecuted after a 20-year-old labourer crushed

A demolition firm has been fined and one of its directors ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work after a 20-year-old worker was crushed.

Ace Demolition Services Ltd had been contracted by Southend Borough Council to demolish Futures Community College, in Southchurch Boulevard, Southend-on-Sea

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Company fined after fall leaves worker with life-changing brain injuries

A man has suffered life-changing brain injuries falling 2.5 metres from a delivery vehicle to a concrete floor at a vehicle parts company where he worked.

John McFarlane, 57, a father of four and grandfather of three, was in a coma for 24 days. He had a fractured skull, fractured ribs, a broken collar bone, and broken and dislocated fingers.

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