Safety Smart Monthly Update November

6th November 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!

More support needed for workplace stress
Those who don’t feel stressed because of their job are in a small minority, while most who do feel stressed would stop short of raising the issue at work.

That was the finding of a snap social media poll, run by IOSH for this year’s International Stress Awareness Week (30 Oct–3 November), that showed 84 percent of those who responded said their work had made them feel stressed in the past 12 months.

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Demolition company given £60,000 fine as worker seriously injured

A Woolwich labourer is ‘lucky to be alive’ after part of a Victorian building fell on him during demolition work in Kilburn, North West London.

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Suspended prison sentence for builder over gas safety failures

A builder has avoided an immediate spell behind bars after being convicted of carrying out gas work at a property in Berkshire when he was not qualified to do so.

Thomas Murray, who traded as Kerbgold Design and Construction Ltd, was given an eight-month prison sentence which was suspended for 18 months.

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HSE Guidance: Wood Dust controlling the risk 

This information sheet is produced by HSE’s manufacturing sector on wood dust. It provides advice for woodworking employers on the health and safety risks from wood dust and how they can be controlled. It will also help employers to ask the right questions when dealing with local exhaust ventilation (LEV) designers and suppliers, and when selecting suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE).

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SMART RESOURCE: Controlling the risks of wood dust 

Looking for straightforward advice on controlling the risks of wood dust? Our Smart Resource can help! We’ve created an easy reference guide for making sure you’re on top of wood dust risk and that you’re compliant whenever an inspector may choose to call! 
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Hosted by Dan Clark, this podcast has been bringing out extremely helpful tips about workplace safety since its inception. Each episode of this podcast is filled with insightful advises from prominent leaders in the industry. Be it Kaizen principles, PPE, safety software or tools, they cover it all in their episodes to help you make your workplace safer.

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Companies fined after labourer fractures skull

Two companies have been fined £46,000 in total after a labourer from Runcorn fractured his skull.

The man had been working on a new build house when he fell through a stairwell on 3 March 2021.

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Construction company fined after work experience teenager injured 

A 16-year-old boy suffered serious injuries after becoming trapped under a tractor while on paid work experience.

Tom Cutler was gaining experience of vehicle repair work at Earlcoate Construction & Plant Hire Limited, Folds Farm, in the New Forest, ahead of hopefully starting a vehicle maintenance course at Sparsholt College.

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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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