Safety Smart: Monthly Update July 2021

12th July 2021 Posted in Blogs

How To Avoid Common Risk Assessment Mistakes 

Reflecting on the past year, one thing is for sure – Covid has highlighted the importance of risk assessment like never before. Former HSE inspector Nick Wilson CMIOSH offers 12 top tips based on the common mistakes he has seen employers make when compiling risk assessments.

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LONG COVID: Special Consideration Needed 

Vaccination may be winning the war against the pandemic in some countries, but for those with Long Covid, the fight is only just beginning. How does it affect people, who are at risk, and how can OSH professionals help sufferers return to work? Dr Karen Michell answers these questions and more. Read More Male Suicide in Male-Dominated Industries  

The suicide rate for men in England and Wales hit a two-decade high in 2019, with men accounting for nearly three-quarters of suicide deaths registered.

Men aged 45-49 are at the highest risk of suicide, and as discussed in our blog post around men’s mental health, it’s the largest cause of death for men under the age of 35.

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Learning from near misses 

Have you ever wondered why workers seem not to learn from near misses that happen to them or colleagues? Why do employees repeatedly do things that are obviously unsafe? Paul Verrico and Sarah Valentine, from Eversheds Sutherland, investigate…

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Risk Assessments – Are you making these common mistakes? 
In this month’s SMART Resource we take a look at Risk Assessments and common mistakes from choosing the right person for the job, why it’s a team effort and making sure you’ve acted upon guidance from last time. 

Get Your Smart ResourceBuilder jailed for failing to report leg amputation 

A site boss has been jailed for six months for failing to report a serious incident in which a worker had to have his leg amputated.

On 8 January 2019, Simon Lewis was clearing a site in New Malden, Surrey with an excavator so a new house could be built. The vehicle tipped while digging and it crushed his leg, resulting in amputation.
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High School fined after child is fatally injured

A high school in Chelmsford has been fined after a young child died after a locker in a changing room fell on top of him.

Nine-year-old Leo Latifi was fatally injured when he attended an after-school swimming lesson at the sports centre of Great Baddow High School, Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard

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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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