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31st March 2021

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) – What Is It And When Is Health Surveillance Needed?

HAVS is an occupational disease caused by excessive use of vibrating tools.  It develops through gripping on to tools and machinery resulting in the transmission of vibration into the body.  Symptoms include tingling, numbness and loss of strength with damage being irreversible in some cases.  Risk Assessment As with any workplace hazard, vibration exposure needs […]

17th March 2021

HSE Target Metalworkers In Summer 2021

Our client has recently received a letter from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), advising them to be prepared for an inspection focussing on ‘Fabricated Metals’. The letter detailed that as part of the HSE’s targeted inspection activities on the sector, they will be paying particular attention to risks arising from: Metalworking Fluids Welding Fume […]

19th February 2021

Arm Amputation Leads To H&S Fine For Engineering Firm

Ken Mills Engineering Ltd – a Littleborough based engineering firm specialising in bailing equipment – have been fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £50,494 after an employee suffered severe injuries whilst conducting repair works at a site in Wakefield.  Crush The 48-year-old man was working on a haylage baler at a farm when […]

19th February 2021

Hotel And Night Porter Prosecuted Following Fatal Fire

In December 2017, a fire at Loch Lomond Hotel Cameron House resulted in the death of two residents.  CCTV footage from the reception area showed a Night Porter clearing ash and embers from a fireplace, before decanting them into a plastic bag and placing it in a storage cupboard.  The cupboard contained newspapers and other […]

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17th February 2021

HSE Outsources COVID-19 Inspection Visits

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has taken the tact of employing contractors to undertake routine inspections on UK employers to ensure that they are following the latest coronavirus rules.  Change Of Tact Historically, the HSE has not engaged with external organisations for this type of work. If you received a call from an HSE […]

27th January 2021

Iconic Bradford Hotel Fined £24,000 For Health & Safety Breaches

The owners of the famous Midland Hotel in Bradford City Centre have been found guilty of four breaches of Health & Safety legislations following an investigation by local environmental health officers (EHO).  The authorities were first alerted to the issues by a departing general manager who had raised concerns about the pace of action being […]