Woman’s Hair Ripped from her Scalp During Sweet Corn Eating Challenge – How NOT to use a Power Drill!


Woman whose hair was ripped from her scalp during a corn-eating challenge releases video of herself pulling on her remaining locks to prove it WAS real – after sceptics point out she ‘barely reacted’

  • A woman from China spectacularly failed at the ‘corn drill challenge’ 
  • A lock of her hair was caught in the rotating drill and is torn from her scalp
  • She barely made a sound as the challenge went horribly wrong 
  • She was attempting to eat a cob of corn in under ten seconds using a drill
  • The woman has since released videos to prove the accident was not staged
  • In one video the woman appears to be receiving medical treatment

Read more and view video: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3584088/Woman-hair-ripped-scalp-corn-eating-challenge-releases-video-receiving-medical-treatment-prove-accident-real-sceptics-point-barely-reacted.html#ixzz4YYZZWSeH

Clean Air – Take Care

Clean Air? – Take Care! is a new joint initiative between the British Safety Industry Federation and HSE aimed at reducing occupational respiratory disease. The initiative is centred on a range of national activities and educational seminars designed to raise awareness among RPE users, employers, fit testers and advisors on the correct selection, deployment, use, maintenance and storage of RPE. More information including campaign videos, posters and campaign documents visit British Safety Industry Federation’s Webpages.


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.

Stay Safe this Christmas

However you celebrate the holiday season, it should be a safe and largely stress-free environment for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Sadly, this is often not the case, as Christmas is in fact the time of year when most accidents occur. While there is no way to ensure total safety at this or indeed any time of the year, there are many simple steps you can perform in order to avoid the chances of causing a Christmas calamity.

Here are a few simple but efficient measures you can perform in order to avoid accidents, and prevent some not-so-merry mishaps:

  • Don’t overload plug sockets: Fairy lights are a much-loved element of Christmas, but please be mindful of attempting to recreate the huge displays organized by your local council! An extension lead or socket should not use more than 13 amps or 3,000 watts of energy, so be sure to check the specifications of all your electrical items before use. These days there are lots of battery and solar powered options available for indoor and outdoor use, so this may be worth considering to reduce the number of plugs.
  • Don’t leave open flames unattended: Candles and open fires are a part of the traditional Christmas ideal, but they should always be treated with caution! People are 50% more likely to die in a house fire at Christmas than at any other time of year, so make sure that you are not leaving flames unsupervised, particularly around cards and paper decorations. On the same note, be sure to buy the correct batteries for any electrical items that have been purchased as gifts; you shouldn’t be tempted to remove them from your smoke alarm!
  • Use the proper equipment when reaching for something at height: When decorating your home or removing things from the attic, please be sure to use the proper ladder or step required for the height, do not use chairs and stools!
  • Take care in the Kitchen: Be sure to keep children away from hot water and cooking fat, and avoid the consumption of alcohol when cooking. Also ensure that everything is properly cooked and in-date before serving, to avoid food poisoning.
  • Keep Christmas plants away from children, animals and vulnerable people: Mistletoe, orange berries and the Christmas rose are all poisonous, so be sure to keep them out of harms way, or avoid them in favour of faux versions if you can.
  • Be extra wary of choking hazards: Small parts from broken ornaments, packaging, crackers and the like could be lethal to small children, so be on the lookout for any stray items in their reach.
  • Don’t drink and drive: It may seem like a rather obvious point to make at any time of the year, but at Christmas people are more likely to relax and loose track of how much alcohol they’ve consumed, or are more willing to take risks on Christmas Day because they expect the roads to be quieter. Please use the same caution at Christmas as at any other time of the year to stay safe and well!

Secure your site over the Christmas Holiday closure

HSE is reminding construction managers to secure their sites to reduce the risks of accidents during the Christmas shutdown.

In past years, members of the public have been killed or injured in construction related incidents. Incidents including materials being blown off site, scaffolding collapsing or children gaining access to poorly protected sites.

Before closing sites for the holiday, HSE recommends contractors ensure loose materials is secure and scaffolding is properly supported. It should be checked particularly after bad weather.

View the HSE’s scaffold checklist.

Children often see poorly guarded sites as playgrounds, so contractors should do all they can to help prevent them gaining access in the first place. They should also ensure that potentially dangerous areas such as deep excavations are secure.

View the HSE’s guidance on how to protect the public.

Should the site be closed for a significant period, it may be sensible to arrange for regular checks to take place to ensure that the site remains safe and secure


In this article we are going to investigate the 12 health and safety myths of Christmas and discover where and how the myths were started. The myths are courtesy of the HSE myth buster panel.

  1. Workers are banned from putting up Christmas decorations in the office

What the HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel says

Bah Humbug! Each year we hear of company’s banning their workers from putting up Christmas decorations in their offices for ‘health and safety’ reasons, or requiring the work to be done by a ‘qualified’ person.

Most organisations including HSE and local councils manage to put up their decorations, celebrating the spirit of Christmas without a fuss. They just sensibly provide their staff with suitable step ladders to put up decorations rather than expecting staff to balance on wheelie chairs.

How did this myth start?

This myth came to the attention of the HSE after Royal Bank of Scotland had banned staff in its City offices from putting up Christmas decorations because it could cause fire or injury. A memo was circulated to employees which said: “On no account should anyone stand on desks or chairs and attempt to hang decorations themselves, in case of injury”. Staff were told to book an engineer who would hang the decorations on the ceiling for them.

  1. Indoor Christmas lights need a portable appliance test (PAT) every year

What the HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel says

Lots of company’s waste money in the false belief they need to test their Christmas lights annually, or even don’t put them up at all! By following a few sensible precautions, such as checks by the user for obvious signs of damage, every workplace can switch on safely and sparkle!

How did this myth start?

Poor advice was given on-line from Christmas light suppliers that if you are buying second-hand Christmas lights that you need to make sure they are PAT tested. This advice evolved into the myth that your Christmas lights must need PAT testing every year.

  1. You can’t throw out sweets at panto’s

What the HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel says

Health and safety rules were blamed when a panto stopped throwing out sweets to the audience. In fact they were worried about the cost of compensation if anyone got hurt.

Realistically, if a panto throws out sweets the chances of someone being seriously hurt is incredibly low. It’s certainly not something HSE worries about – as far as we’re concerned, this is a case of ‘Oh yes you can!’

How did this myth start?

Back in 2010, council officials decided it was a health and safety risk to throw hard boiled sweets into the audience of an Aladdin pantomime in Barrow, Cumbria. They recommended that marshmallows were a much better option.

  1. Santa needs a seatbelt in his sleigh

How did this myth start?

A UK national newspaper published an article stating health and safety regulations are forcing Santa who makes a visit to Halesowen in the West Midlands to wear a specially made seatbelt. This article prompted a response from the HSE. You can read the response below…

What the HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel says

Colin Bower rightly describes as ‘ludicrous’ the decision that Halesowen’s Santa Claus must wear a seat belt in his sleigh. He then makes a reindeer style leap to assume that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) insisted on this stricture. HSE had no involvement whatsoever in this matter; our concern is addressing the risks that cause 240 workplace deaths and over 140,000 significant injuries a year.

  1. Second hand toys can’t be donated for ‘health and safety’ reasons

How did this myth start?

The HSE were prompted to reply to an article about Amman Valley Hospital’s toybox appeal where people were asked to donate new toys for children and young people. It was stated that the toys must be new for health and safety reasons.

What the HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel says

Following your recent story about the excellent Carmarthenshire Christmas Toybox scheme, I would like to point out that there are no health and safety reasons for not donating second hand toys.

Although I’m sure the organisers will want to make sure any items are clean and in good condition, there is no reason why a good second-hand toy should not make a great present for a child over Christmas.

It takes extra time and manpower to check the condition of used toys and there may be valid insurance or compensation issues involved, so I fully sympathise with the difficulties organisers face, but the good news is there no health and safety regulations saying this can’t be done.

  1. Traditional shopping centre Christmas trees scaled back or replaced by artificial alternatives

What the HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel says

We often hear excuses about the way shops and town centres have (or haven’t!) been decorated, especially if they appear less festive than in previous years.

These include traditional Christmas trees being scaled back or replaced with artificial alternatives for ‘health and safety’ reasons.

A traditional Christmas tree will probably cost a bit more and perhaps that’s one of the real reasons behind these decisions – but let’s be clear, health and safety laws exist to prevent people being seriously injured or made unwell at work, they are certainly not there to ‘cut down’ the festive spirit!

How did this myth start?

Back in 2009, a fake Christmas tree was assembled in Poole, Dorset due to the risk of a real Christmas tree being blown over in the wind and injuring shoppers. Residents of the area protested against the fake Christmas tree (which looked like a giant traffic cone) by ruining the tree with vandalism. The residents joined a Facebook campaign calling for the artificial tree to be replaced. The tree was replaced with a 30ft traditional Christmas tree.

  1. Seats removed from shops – despite weary Christmas shoppers wanting to rest their feet

What the HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel says

Give it a rest! When Christmas shoppers have been dashing through the crowds for those last minute bargains all they want is a quick sit down to rest their weary feet.

So you can imagine their dismay when they find all the seats have been removed for ‘health and safety’ reasons!

Of course shops need to manage crowds of people safely, but it’s a myth to suggest that it’s a requirement to remove seats at busy times, instead a bit of common sense should ensure seating is located in a sensible place.

How did this myth start?

Seats were removed in a shopping centre in Carlisle at Christmas time and were replaced with kiosks to the outcry of local residents. Discussions started turning into health and safety reasons for the removal of the seating. The manager of the shopping centre had no other choice but to release a statement saying that the seats were being removed so they could be replaced in January.

  1. Carol singers are a health and safety risk

What the HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel says

Surely no-one would object to hearing the dulcet tones of carol singers serenading us in the run up to Christmas!

Well, in the past few years we’ve heard of insurance companies producing comprehensive ‘health and safety’ guides for people wishing to take part in this age old tradition, and parish councils ordering groups of singers to apply for a permit in order to stop them upsetting home-owners.

Well-intentioned pieces of advice such as ‘don’t sing in the road’ and ‘don’t carry large amounts of cash’ are not health and safety requirements, they are simple common sense.

How did this myth start?

Carol-singing Brownies and Guide were banned from a shopping centre in Hemel Hempstead because they were considered a health and safety risk as their presence obstructed fire escape routes. In previous years, a group of up to 100 girls would attend. The ban was lifted when the manager of the centre offered to allow 20 girls to sing.

  1. Children are banned from throwing snowballs

What the HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel says

Every year we hear inaccurate stories about children who aren’t allowed to throw snowballs, and swimmers who can’t take their traditional winter dip in the local lake. All this in the name of health and safety.

If we spend time on the trivial risks there’s a chance we’ll miss the most important ones. We need to focus on finding ways for things to happen, not reasons to stop them – a sensible approach to managing risk focuses on practical action to tackle risks that cause real harm and suffering.

How did this myth start?

As the HSE states, every year they hear about snowball health and safety risks but there was one incident that took place in 2007 that made the headlines. Pupils were sent home and suspended from a school in Peterborough for throwing snowballs. The headteacher of the school defended the decision saying the teenagers had broken a snowball fight ban.

  1. If you clear snow from outside your business or home you are likely to get sued

What the HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel says

Dear Editor,

I would like to make it clear that under health and safety legislation nobody who volunteers to support their community by clearing pavements during icy conditions should feel they are in danger of being sued.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) encourages a common sense approach to health and safety, and agrees with your reader that “clearing the snow and ice…makes it easier for people to get about.”

HSE is focused on the real safety risks at work, and we think it is ridiculous that people should feel prevented from helping others, through a fear of being held responsible for an accident.

How did this myth start?

This myth started after the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health gave a warning that clearing show could lead to legal action. This statement prompted the response from the HSE above. This statement also caused uproar around the country with even Ann Widdecombe, the former Tory minister and critic of Britain’s burgeoning “compensation culture”, saying “The idea you can be sued for being helpful is absolutely ludicrous.”

  1. Health and safety prevents people putting coins in Christmas puddings

What the HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel says

Finding a coin in your pudding on Christmas day – it’s a tradition that’s lasted for more than 500 years and is said to grant you a good luck wish for the coming year.

However, killjoys have been stirring up trouble saying it’s too risky to put coins inside puddings for ‘health and safety’ reasons.

Occupational health and safety law is concerned with what goes on in your workplace, not what you’re eating after a Turkey dinner – it doesn’t prevent coins or any other lucky charms being put in puddings.

If we had one wish, it would be to stamp out the health and safety Scrooges who try to dampen the Christmas spirit.

How did this myth start?

Sainsbury’s supermarket had hopes of selling Christmas puddings with “Lucky Sixpences” inside for Christmas in 2005. They were not allowed to go ahead with the plans as putting the coins in the puddings would “constitute a choking hazard” and because many shop-bought Christmas puddings are now heated in a microwave oven which could be dangerous.

  1. Elf n Safety ruins Christmas!

What the HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel says

Don’t believe everything you read!

Over the past 11 myths our mission has been to ‘sleigh’ the most commonly encountered festive health and safety myths. Yet, the myth we hear most often of all is that ‘elf n safety’ has ruined Christmas.

We hear of events being cancelled, Santa stopped from parading in his sleigh, and festive displays being banned, all blamed on ‘Health and Safety’ reasons.

Health and safety laws exist to provide safeguards against people being seriously injured or made unwell at work, not to hamper fun activities.

So on that note, we’d like to say Bah Humbug to all the festive killjoys out there and a very happy Christmas to everyone else!

How did this myth start?

We would like to round this article up in the same manner as the HSE by wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!



From the sweets to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and parents alike. But it can pose dangers to young revelers.

To help make this year’s festivity a trick-free treat, follow these simple safety tips:

Adorning Your Little Ghouls

Choose a light-colored costume because these are easily seen at night. Add reflective tape or glow-in-the-dark tape to the front and back of the costume and to the trick-or-treat bag.

Only buy a costume that is labeled “flame-retardant.” This means the material won’t burn. If you are making your own costume, use nylon or polyester materials, which are flame-retardant.

Make sure wigs and beards don’t cover your kids’ eyes, noses, or mouths.

Kids shouldn’t wear masks — they can make it difficult for them to see and breathe. Instead, use nontoxic face paint or makeup. Have younger kids draw pictures of what they want to look like. Older kids will have fun putting the makeup on themselves. Test the face paint or makeup on your child’s arm or hand before applying to make sure the paint doesn’t irritate the skin.

Avoid colored or decorative contact lenses, unless they have been prescribed by an eye doctor for your child.

Put a nametag — with your phone number — on your children’s costumes.

Avoid oversized and high-heeled shoes that could cause kids to trip. Make sure the rest of the costume fits well, too, which can help prevent trips and falls.

Make sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or swords, are short and flexible.