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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 re…

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Eliminate burns in the workplace

23-06-2015

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 Administrati…

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Chemical firm fined for Burscough explosion

04-10-2013

Photo shows the aftermath of the blaze at Burscough Industrial Estate

A chemical firm has been ordered to pay £150,000 in fines and costs over a major explosion at a waste management site in Lancashire that caused three workers to sustain serious burns.

Personnel Hygiene Services (PHS) Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the blas…

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International chemical firm prosecuted over multiple incidents

15-04-2013

The corroded walkway which gave way when a worker stepped onto it

An international chemical firm has been fined more than £100,000 after workers were put in danger in three separate incidents at its Cheshire factory.

One employee at Tata Chemicals Europe Limited’s plant in Northwich suffered severe burns to his right foot which removed a layer of skin and requ…

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Tyneside firm fined after worker suffers toxic chemical burns

08-10-2012

A Tyneside firm has been fined after a worker was soaked with a concentrated, corrosive chemical and suffered serious burns.

Michael Reid, 66, of North Shields, was employed as an electroplater at DMI (UK) Ltd. when the incident happened on 30 January 2011.

In a prosecution brought by the Health…

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ECHA have added twenty substances to the list of "Substances of Very High Concern"

10-01-2012

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have added twenty substances to the candidate list. Companies manufacturing or importing these substances, or articles containing the substances, need to check whether they have any obligations which result from the listing.

The list now contains seventy-three s…

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Factory explosion is China kills three workers

05-01-2012

Three people were killed and four others injured in a workshop explosion in Zhejiang Province last night.

Initial reports are that a reaction kettle exploded and triggered a fire in a chemical factory.

All seven workers trapped following the explosion were rescued, but two died at the scene, and ano…

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Vegetable supplier fined for chemical incident

03-03-2011

Emmett UK Ltd pleaded guilty to contravening Regulation 12 (1) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and was fined £8,500 at Spalding Magistrates' Court. It was also ordered to pay full costs of £2,478.

In September 2009, an agency worker was cleaning food processing ma…

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Chemical firm sentenced after worker suffers toxic burns

08-02-2011

A chemical company has been sentenced after a worker suffered toxic burns to his arms and chest at an Ellesmere Port factory.

The employee at Abacus Chemical Ltd was mixing two chemicals together on 7 May 2009 when they exploded, causing him to be drenched in a hot, toxic chemical solution.

Abacus C…

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Health and Safety News - 2 December 2010

02-12-2010

Shropshire health trust fined over patient death

An 89-year-old man died after hospital staff left him with only one rail on his bed to prevent him from falling out.

New European rules on notifying chemical substances

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is supporting the European Chemical Agency's…

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