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Glazing company fined £36,000 for dangerous work at height

05-02-2016

Photo shows the dangerous work at heightIdeal Glazing (Euro) Ltd. has been fined £36,000 after carrying out work in the West End of London with no measures to prevent the workers falling eight metres and after dropping part of a window onto the public area below.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard the company carried out window installation work at Aldford House, Park Street, London, between 19 and 20 January 2015 that put their workers and members of the public at risk of suffering serious injuries or a fatality.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation into the work after a member of the public provided photos of workers leaning out of window openings eight meters above the ground. They also provided a video showing the workers dropping part of a window which fell to the ground and missed a nearby pedestrian.

The company had failed to provide equipment such as scaffolding which would have prevented the workers and window falling. None of the workers had received any formal training and no one was appointed to supervise the work.

The risks associated with the work had not been sufficiently assessed. The court heard the company had failed to invest in equipment for working at he…

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Health and safety hazards on a farm

05-02-2016

Photo shows cows in a fieldFarming is a risky occupation, it comes with many risks and hazards. The industry accounts for nearly 20% of the reported fatal injuries each year. The most common types of accidents that happen on farms involves heavy machinery and handling and lifting. If due care and attention is paid this can reduce the number of personal and financial costs of accidents.

Risk Assessments

It is very important not to neglect the health and safety risks in farming. If the appropriate guidelines are followed then accidents can be avoided so long as the risks are managed properly. This is why risk assessments are so important. Risk assessments enable you to see the parts of the farm that pose the most risks and as soon as these risks are identified, they can then be dealt with or avoided.

All employers must assess their own personal risks and employee risks regarding the environment they are working in. This doesn’t mean that you are singularly required to eradicate all the health and safety risks on your farm, but you should take all steps that are feasibly possible to ensure you and your staff work in a safe and secure environment, this involves risk management.

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How to focus on completing your NEBOSH National General Certificate

01-02-2016

Photo shows a group of adults in a training sessionAchieving the appropriate qualifications for your job is challenging. You may have to study and train, while you’re working. Finding the time to balance both can leave you stressed out and, in general, tired.

But it is worth the investment, especially when your job requires health and safety knowledge and training. With the right qualification, you can improve career options and secure protection at your job. One such qualification is the NEBOSH National General Certificate.  

NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) certificate-level qualification provides substantial foundation for health and safety, whether you’re in management or in a staff position. To help you focus on completing this qualification, here are some recommended steps to take:

Consider an online course provider

A classroom setting is not the only way to learn the lessons under the NEBOSH general certificate-level. You can save time and money by considering an online learning course provider. It is a convenient format that will allow you to study at your own pace. So if you’re more prone to finishing faster, you can learn ahead of the other course participants. And if…

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Reducing accidents at work - it’s easier than it may seem!

19-01-2016

In the past year alone (2014/15), approximately 1.2 million people suffered from a work related disease. To put it into perspective, that’s approximately 1 in 60 people. This is also equivalent to 27.3 million working days being lost because of work-related illnesses and injuries, or over £14 billion in cost due to injuries and ill health from working conditions.

To further put things into perspective, there’s also a death toll. 142 workers were killed at work, and over 2,500 succumbed to the notorious asbestos-caused Mesothelioma (a cancer of the covering of the lungs or in the abdomen).

If you weren’t aware of it already, we hope these statistics further enforce the need for health and safety awareness in the workplace, for both staff and employers.

Health and safety is a broad, extensive subject, but we’ve decided to compile some of the most common tips that are terrifyingly easy to implement into the workplace.

Train staff well

Even the most skilled and experienced workers will come across an aspect of health and safety that they haven’t had to consider in each new job they start. Be sure to share every tip and technique you come across with your workers…

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