New Year – New Resolution!

Do you make New Year Resolutions only for these to be forgotten a few days later? Health and Safety can be very similar.

Do you make New Year Resolutions only for these to be forgotten a few days later? How many of us have tried to give up smoking, lose weight or become fit by joining a gym? Everything goes well for a few days until we get bored, tempted or depressed and give up. After which we revert to our old ways.

Health and Safety can be very similar – we start with good intentions only to find that it can be easier and more convenient to do it our way without considering the risks that we are exposed to – this applies to all sectors and work activities where we consider health and safety to be red tape and a barrier to success.

Too many employees suffer ill health and injury at work; problems from use of display screen equipment via repetitive work and poor posture, noise and vibration from work with hand tools, exposure to dust fibres such as silica and asbestos. In many of these cases, problems arise from a failure by persons to accept responsibility for their health until it is too late – 85% of all injuries and ill health are caused by human error which could be avoided.

Don’t let your health and safety intentions stay just that. We can help you make your intentions become a reality. Contact us for an informal chat.

Latest Information from The HSE

Posted 20.12.2016

Hospital fined after safety failings led to dementia patient’s death

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £366,000 after the death of a patient on a specialist dementia ward.

Council fined £250,000 for not protecting workers health

Thanet District Council has been fined after a worker was left with permanent injured after being diagnosed with hard arm vibration (HAV).

HSL: Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) – Health Surveillance and Exposure Control – Buxton, 17 Jan 2017

This one-day course will deal with background issues, current practice and how things are changing in relation to health surveillance, particularly in light of the new HSE guidance. It will also provide information about controlling RCS exposures in the workplace.

RR1087 – Market surveillance of FFP3 disposable respirators’

Filtering Facepieces (FFPs) are disposable Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) for protection against dusts, particles and aerosols. This report describes market surveillance testing of samples of ten FFP3 respirator models from ten different manufacturers that are available on the UK market.

RR1086 – Noise risk as described in instructions supplied with printing machinery

The printing industry uses a wide range of noisy machines that have the potential to damage workers’ hearing if the risks are not effectively managed. This report describes research that was carried out to assess the adequacy of the noise emission information provided in a sample of fifteen instruction manuals supplied by manufacturers of printing machinery.

Updated 22.12.2016


HSE has recently published its draft Health and Work strategy and Sector plans.

The construction sector plan details what HSE are doing to help Great Britain work well. It covers health and safety performance, the top three strategic priorities for the next three to five years and actions we propose to take.

Our top 3 priorities are

To help make further improvements, we will be starting a discussion early in the New Year with the wider health and safety community before publishing later in 2017.

Find out more by joining the conversation


HSE prosecution announcement 07/12/16

 HSE informed BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd, and Keir Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd that they will be prosecuted in relation to three incidents that took place during the construction of the new Crossrail railway tunnel construction, which runs east to west across London.


09/12/16: Construction companies fined after failing to carry out basement excavation work safely

19/12/16: Trio of firms fined £2million after worker’s leg is broken in trench collapse 

Further information

Construction Safety Topic – Structural stability during excavations

Busy Builder leaflet – Excavation: What you need to know as a busy builder

Busy Builder leaflet – Basement construction: What you need to know as a busy builder

 Mobile Plant and machinery

24/11/16: Man riding basket and worker crash five metres to the ground

09/12/16: Employee Seriously Injured after Fork Lift Truck Overturns 

Further information

Construction Safety Topic – Telescopic handlers

Construction Safety Topic – Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPS) 


Roofwork/Working at height

08/12/16: Company and Director fined after Multiple Safety Failings on Construction Site

13/12/16: Builder prosecuted for worker’s fall

12/12/16: Prosecution of local roofing specialist company and its directors over unsafe roof work

19/12/16: Employee prosecuted for dangerous work at height

16/12/16: Air conditioning maintenance company in court over workers fall

Further information

Construction Safety Topic – Assessing all work at height

Construction Safety Topic – Working at height

Free leaflet – Fragile roofs

Busy Builder leaflet –Fragile roofs: What you need to know as a busy builder, contractor or maintenance worker

Busy Builder leaflet – Fragile roofs: What you need to know as a building owner, user or managing agent


25/11/16: Real estate company fined for safety failings

Further information

Asbestos health and safety 

Struck by

01/12/16: Worker suffers facial injury from crowbar

Further information

Busy Builder leaflet- Construction Phase Plan (CDM 2015)

 Gas safety

15/12/16: Building company fined for putting childminder and children at risk

Further information

Domestic gas health and safety


HSL eBulletin – Exposure Assessment and Control


WWT events

Improve the health and safety of your business by attending a health and safety event near you. Most of the Working Well Together (WWT) events we list are FREE and all provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people, see interesting new equipment and get confidential advice.

 27 January 2017 – CDM Q&A with HSE Construction Inspectors, Leeds

 Other events

The Stress Summit 2017

Improving worker health, wellbeing and business performance through a preventative approach to stress

Hosted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), The Stress Summit brings together keynote speakers and industry leading lights to show how an organisational approach to preventing known stressors in the working environment can deliver tangible benefits.

Attendees will learn how to successfully implement HSE’s Management Standards, to prevent stress and to tackle current problems, helping to improve the physical and mental health of employees and reduce sickness absence.

In 2015/16 stress, anxiety and depression resulted in 11.7 million working days lost at an estimated social and economic cost of £5.2 billion. Not only is work related stress damaging to health and wellbeing, it can impact productivity, competitiveness and profitability.

Earlybird prices available until 6 January 2017

Visit the HSE website to find many more national events, conferences and HSL training.

Latest Information from the HSE

Posted 7th December 2016

Three fined after man loses life due to fall through fragile roof

A company, its director, and a self-employed contractor have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after Terry Lewis (a 65 year old retired mechanic) was fatally injured by falling through a roof light.

Window fitter in court after worker suffered fatal head injuries

A Southampton window installation company has been fined after a worker suffered fatal head injuries following a fall from a ladder.

Chemical company fined £3mil after the release of toxic vapour cloud on two separate occasions

A chemical company was sentenced today after a worker was killed and one left with life changing injuries when they were overcome by a toxic vapour cloud.

Residential care home fined after resident choked to death

A care home based in Fleet, Hampshire has been fined after an elderly resident who had difficulties swallowing choked to death on food which had not been cut up.

Employee dies after collapse of waste material covers him

A Kent-based waste and recycling company has been fined after an employee died when wasted material collapsed on top of him.

Builder handed suspended prison sentence and community service following unsafe gas work

A builder has been sentenced to 250 hours of community service for putting a home owner at risk following renovations to their house in Cardiff.

Packaging firm fined over safety breaches

A packaging company has been fined after a worker’s thumb was severed due to the company’s failure to take adequate measures to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery.

Construction company fined after worker fell 6 meters

A Derbyshire based engineering construction company has been prosecuted after a worker fell and suffered severe injuries.

Council fined £250,000 for not protecting workers health

Thanet District Council has been fined after a worker was left with permanent injured after being diagnosed with hard arm vibration (HAV).

Worker injures hand in printing press

A seal and label producing company based in Kent has been fined after a worker Injured his hand in a printing press.

Worker injures hand on drill

A company in Essex, has been fined after a worker suffered injury to his hand on a drilling machine.

Company fined after workers fall into pulping machine

A maintenance company has appeared in court after a worker suffered serious injuries after falling 7 metres.

Council fined after boy nearly drowns

A council has been fined £75,000 after a four-year-old boy nearly drowned during a swimming lesson.

International Engineering Company in Court over workers death

An international engineering company has been sentenced following the death of a worker who fell 30 feet from an electricity pylon.

Four receive suspended jail sentences for health and safety failings

The director of a Port Talbot furniture factory and three of its managers have received suspended prison sentences for ongoing health and safety failings.