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Eliminate burns in the workplace


Photo shows a chef in a hot kitchenBurns are often overlooked as a workplace-related injury, but occur by the thousands each year and in several occupational fields. While burn injuries are less common than slip and fall injuries or sprains and strains, according to a study conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 5,000 burn injuries occur each year in the U.S. and are a direct result of work-related fires and explosions.

While a majority of work-related burn injuries are classified as thermal, chemical, or electrical and often occur in an industrial setting, work-related burns frequently occur in foodservice settings like restaurants. Whether you manage a fast paced kitchen staff or supervise highly trained professionals who handle dangerous chemicals, it’s vital to have a burn pr…

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Lincolnshire transport and storage firm fined for forklift fatality


Photo shows Jonathan Newham who was killed in the forklift truck incidentA Lincolnshire transport and storage firm has been prosecuted after a father-of-two died when a metal frame being loaded onto a lorry trailer fell on top of him.

Jonathan Newham, 52, of Skegness, died in hospital from head and chest crush injuries following the incident at George H Kime and Co Ltd in Wrangle, near Boston, Lincolnshire, on 10 July 2012.

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the company was charged with serious safety breaches.

Lincoln Crown Court heard that George H Kime and Co Ltd had transported a consignment of goods from Wiltshire to Wrangle in readiness for the items to be auctioned in Skegness.

Mr Newham and a colleague were using forklift trucks to move the goods, which were not on pallets, from the trailer to a second…

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Be CO safe at work


picture shows how to identify a problem with a gas flameToxic to humans, carbon monoxide (or CO) is an extremely poisonous gas caused by unsafe gas appliances. Dubbed the ‘Silent Killer’ as it’s colourless, tasteless and odourless, it has claimed the lives of many thousands of people. In fact, it is estimated that around 50 people die each year from CO poisoning whilst around 4000 people experience symptoms, though the true figures could be much higher.

CO is produced when gas does not burn properly or when used in an area that has inadequate ventilation. Poorly maintained gas appliances such as cookers, stoves, boilers are all common causes of CO at home. According to some statistics, 11 CO deaths have been recorded in the workplace so what can you do to stay safe at work?


Occupations which have a substantial risk of…

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Safety Media to Launch New Health and Safety Software


image for the safety & health expo in London between 16 and 18 June 2015Safety Media will be unveiling exciting new LMS software at the upcoming Safety & Health Expo at London’s ExCel over the 16th-18th of June.

Built into the learning management system will be new Incident Reporting, Risk Assessment and Audit Reporting modules. These will enable businesses to assess areas of the business which are underperforming with their health and safety regulations and to respond efficiently and effectively.

To achieve success as a modern health and safety manager, utilising tools such as these helps to streamline your processes and reporting.

With Safety Media’s Enterprise LMS, you have access to these exciting new modules along with the necessary staples which have made Safety Media an industry leader in recent years.

Managing Director Toby Roberts said…

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London construction firm fined for dangerous basement excavation


Photo shows dangerous basement excavationLondon construction company Darma Limited has been fined after an unannounced inspection from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found dangerous conditions on a basement excavation site. 

The inspection of the site on Filmer Road in Fulham was carried out during a clampdown on poor safety conditions on basement projects in November 2013. 

The inspection found workers were being exposed to extremely dangerous conditions on the site, being made to work in and around deep excavations of up to four metres in depth that were not properly supported.

Westminster Magistrates court heard that basement excavation under existing buildings poses significant dangers and safe systems of work must be in place at all times. These include the appointment of a temporary works engineer, clear a…

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Free asbestos awareness workshops in Lancashire


Image from the HSE Asbestos, the Hidden Killer campaignFree workshops are being run across Lancashire to help small businesses better prevent the risk of exposure to asbestos.

Construction companies and small businesses are invited to attend one of six free half day events so they are aware of how they can avoid work that may disturb asbestos. This will include everyday activities, the risks of disturbing the fabric of the building and items that may contain asbestos.

The course is UKATA accredited and provides a comprehensive introduction to the dangers of working with asbestos, helping employers to comply with the law by ensuring that their workers are appropriately trained in order to work safely.

It covers:

  • The properties of asbestos and how it can be damaging to your health, possibly giving you an increased risk of lung can…

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