Safety Smart Monthly Update May 2022

3rd May 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!

Mental Health Awareness Week is happening from 9 to 15 May 2022. The official theme is ‘loneliness’ and, across the week, we encourage you to build meaningful connections with your friends, family, colleagues and communities.

Loneliness affects many of us at one time or another. We know that loneliness can be both the driver for and a product of poor mental health.

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IOSH urges caution over MP’s call to remove asbestos from all non-domestic buildings

OSH has urged caution after a parliamentary committee recommended that the government set a 40-year deadline to remove asbestos from all public and commercial buildings.

The Work and Pensions Committee’s report, The Health and Safety Executive’s Approach to Asbestos Management, published on 21 April, calls on the government to commit to a strategy to remove all asbestos from public and commercial buildings by 2062 and to ramp up funding to boost enforcement activity.

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SAFETY VIDEO:  Fatal Fire at packaging plant. 

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a new safety video about a fatal incident at a paper mill almost two years ago.

On 21 September 2020 at Evergreen Packaging’s paper mill in Canton, North Carolina, a worker was using a heat gun to warm an epoxy resin inside a tank. The heat gun fell into a bucket of flammable resin and a fire erupted, killing two contractors.

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Case Studies

Construction company fined after child struck by wall collapse

Gurmit Properties Limited has been fined for safety breaches after a substantial part of a wall at a construction site at Barnsley Road, South Elmsall collapsed, seriously injuring a child.

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Construction company fined after building collapse

A construction company has been fined after much of a three-bedroom domestic property in Stretford, Manchester, collapsed during a loft conversion and ground floor extension work.

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Manufacturing company fined after employee injured by unguarded machinery

A company that manufactures soft furnishings has been fined after an employee sustained serious hand injuries whilst working on an automatic duvet rolling machine.

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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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