Self-Affirmation Enhances Performance, Makes Us Receptive to Our Mistakes

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Life is about failure as much as it is about success. From the mistakes we make at work or school to our blunders in romantic relationships, we are constantly reminded of how we could be better. By focusing on the important qualities that make us who we are – a process called self-affirmation – we preserve our self-worth in the face of our shortcomings.

Self-affirmation has been shown to have powerful effects – research suggests that it can minimize the anxiety, stress, and defensiveness associated with threats to our sense of self while keeping us open to the idea that there is room for improvement. But how does the process of self-affirmation actually work?

New research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, explores the neurophysiological reactions that could explain how self-affirmation helps us deal with threats to our self-integrity.

via Self-Affirmation Enhances Performance, Makes Us Receptive to Our Mistakes – Association for Psychological Science.

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Multinational company, Cargill plc fined over worker’s severed fingers

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A multinational company has been sentenced after one of its employees lost three fingers in machinery at a factory in Trafford Park.

The 46-year-old from Boothstown in Salford, who has asked not to be named, was trying to clear a blockage in a wheat milling machine when the glove on his left hand was dragged in by a roller on 29 October 2010. He also lost part of his index finger and has required a significant amount of surgery.

His employer, Surrey-based Cargill plc, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found a lockable plastic guard to prevent access to the rollers was rarely, if ever, used.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court in Sale was told today (26 October 2012) that the company’s procedure for sampling flour actually required operators to put their hands under the rollers while they were still rotating.

HSE found that another employee had also suffered injuries in May 2009 when his right hand was drawn into the rollers on the machine at the same Trafford Park Road factory, which produces wheat products for fish food and bakeries.

He managed to pull his hand out but lost three nails and small fragments of bone from his fingers.

The court heard that despite the worker’s injury, Cargill continued to operate the machine without using the lockable plastic guard on the rollers so employees could still see inside.

This remained the case until the October 2010 incident, which led to the company fitting a large transparent sheet over the rollers with a small gap near the top where a scraper can be used to remove blockages.

Cargill plc, which employs 140,000 people in 65 countries around the world, pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The offences relate to failing to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery and failing to ensure the safety of employees.

The company, of Fairmile Lane in Cobham, Surrey, was fined £35,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £12,484.

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Hall Isherwood Ltd fined over unsafe work on school roof

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A Blackburn firm has been fined for allowing work to be carried out on a primary school roof without safety measures in place.

An inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was passing Clayton le Woods Primary School, near Chorley, on 31 January this year when he spotted four men working on the roof.

No scaffolding or other safety equipment had been installed, which would have prevented them from being injured in a fall. This was despite one of the men working at the edge of the roof next to a 15 foot drop.

The inspector immediately served a Prohibition Notice ordering the men to come down from the roof until safety measures were put in place. HSE today (26 October 2012) prosecuted Hall Isherwood Ltd, the company responsible for overseeing the work, for two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

South Ribble Magistrates’ Court in Leyland heard that the company had been hired to carry out work at the school on Back Lane in Clayton le Woods, which included painting work and replacing slates on one side of a sloping roof.

The only access to the roof was by using a ladder, which had not been secured to stop it slipping. Once the workers were on the roof, there were no guard rails or scaffolding in place to stop them from falling.

Hall Isherwood Ltd, of Wensley Road in Blackburn, was fined £750 and ordered to pay £1,581 in prosecution costs after admitting both safety offences.

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Essex firm fined after contractor fell seven metres

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An Essex manufacturing firm has been fined after a contractor suffered multiple fractures to his skull, leg, back and wrist when he fell from an unsecured platform.
The platform from which the worker fell

The platform from which the worker fell

The 34-year-old from Colchester, who does not wish to be named, was replacing a light fitting from a makeshift work platform derived from a metal cage mounted on a wooden pallet. He had been lifted up by a reach truck, but as he started working the cage toppled sideways off the vehicle’s forks and he was thrown seven metres to the ground below.

After the incident on 16 November 2011 at Adhere Industrial Tapes Ltd in Colchester the injured contractor required surgery and spent 10 days in hospital. He remains on crutches and is still undergoing physiotherapy and aqua therapy to help his recovery. He has not worked since the incident leaving his working future in doubt.

Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard today (26 October) that Adhere had failed to ensure that work at height was properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the company after an investigation found that the work platform used to lift the contractor lacked essential safeguards, including restraint harnesses, any means to secure the cage to the forks of the truck and a back guard to prevent entanglement in the truck’s lifting gear. None of the company’s drivers have been trained in lifting persons.

The court was told the company had no risk assessment or safe working procedure in place for this operation, and no procedures in place for the management of contractors.

Adhere Industrial Tapes Ltd, of Unit 1, Whitehall Industrial Estate, Whitehall Road, Colchester, Essex, was fined £12,000 and £4,806 costs after pleading guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 4(2) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

via Essex firm fined after contractor fell seven metres.

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Fines for safety consultant and leading Hampshire firm

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A Hampshire company and its safety consultant have both been prosecuted for safety failings after two workers were injured in similar incidents just weeks apart.

The two employees each had the ends of fingers sheared off while operating inadequately guarded guillotine machines at Porvair Filtration Group Ltd in Segensworth, Fareham, last year.

The incidents, on 12 April and 26 May 2011, were investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which served a Prohibition Notice stopping work on three guillotines being used by Porvair and also issued two Improvement Notices, one of which required the firm to access competent health and safety advice.

HSE discovered that Porvair’s external safety adviser, John Whiffin, had produced risk assessments for the firm concluding that safety guards on the treadle-operated guillotines were acceptable.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard today (26 Oct) that HSE found one guillotine was not guarded at the rear of the machine and the other was not properly guarded at the front or rear. Mr Whiffin had prepared risk assessments for both machines in July 2010. He advised the firm that safety guards were present and acceptable.

Magistrates were told that the ring fingers of the injured workers were ‘shaved to the bone’ by the cutting blades as each was working on separate machines. The two employees have since returned to work but suffer some impairment during day-to-day activities.

Porvair Filtration Group Ltd, of Fareham, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 for failing to take effective measures to prevent employees coming into contact with dangerous moving machine parts. The company was fined a total of £5,000 and ordered to pay £20,358 in costs.

John Whiffin, of Eastleigh, admitted two charges under the same Regulations in that Porvair’s offences were due in part by his actions or default. He was fined a total of £700 with £4,000 in costs.

via Fines for leading Hampshire firm and consultant.

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Connexions (UK) Plc and TV Bed Ltd – Prosecuted for blatantly ignoring a safety warning

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Two Hertfordshire companies have been prosecuted for blatantly ignoring a safety warning and continuing a dangerous working practice in clear view of a visiting inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The inspector witnessed a forklift operator lifting a worker in a wooden platform on the blades of the machine during a visit to Connexions (UK) Plc and TV Bed Ltd, who share the same premises at Travellers Close, Welham Green, on 17 May last year.

Watford Magistrates’ Court heard on 22 October that the employees were attempting to move waste materials into a skip following a recent warehouse refurbishment.

Photographs were taken that clearly showed the two workers – warehouse manager Jeff Minards, who was driving the forklift, and Paul Martin, who was on the platform – were working unsafely and risking serious injury.

This was despite HSE having served a Prohibition Notice against the companies just a month earlier, on 13 April, after heavy cases from a shipping container were unloaded in exactly the same way.

Connexions (UK) Plc and TV Bed Ltd, of Unit 3, Travellers Close, both pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. They were each fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs totalling £3,684.

Jeff Minards, of Marne Avenue, New Southgate, London, and Paul Martin, of Hawkes Road, Witham, Essex, both pleaded a single breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They were each fined £250 with individual costs of £873.

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Ealing company prosecuted for tipper fall failings

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A London waste management company has been prosecuted after a worker on his first day in a new job sustained life-threatening injuries when he fell from the top of a tipper lorry.

The 40-year-old from Northfleet in Kent, who does not want to be named, broke two ribs, punctured a lung and developed a blood clot in his head as a result of the fall at Horn Lane, Acton, on 2 March 2010. He was unconscious in hospital for two weeks.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (24 October) that the worker was in his first day of employment with Quick Skips & Recycling Limited and was collecting waste from Bridgemarts Limited, trading as Gowing & Pursey, for transfer to another site.

After loading the lorry he stopped the vehicle and climbed on top of the tipper unit to check an auto-sheeting device, used to cover the load, that had become jammed.

He manually freed the jam, but the sheet system sprung back, struck him and sent him crashing more than three metres to the ground below.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated and found both companies could and should have done more to prevent the fall.

Bridgemarts, which had overall responsibility for the Acton site, failed to adequately control the work at height risks and ensure the safety of a sub-contractor.

Quick Skips allowed systematic failings in health and safety management, both in relation to the Acton incident and also the operation of its own site in Ealing. HSE inspectors identified several issues during a subsequent visit to this site, including diggers and HGVs operating within close proximity to workers.

Quick Skips & Recycling Ltd, of Atlas Road, London, NW10, pleaded guilty to single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. The company was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay £2,843 in costs.

Bridgemarts was earlier fined £7,000 with £1,410 in costs at Westminster Magistrates after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 5 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 on 11 July.

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Building firm, Central Construction (Midlands) fined for worker ladder fall

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A Birmingham construction company has been fined for safety failings after a contractor was injured when he fell more than five metres from a ladder.

Adrian Morrow was undertaking chimney repairs at a home in Sutton Coldfield for David Hodkinson, trading as Central Construction (Midlands), when the incident occurred on 21 November last year.

The 39-year-old, from Arley, near Nuneaton, was working from a roof ladder, but as he made his way down it came away from its moorings. He fell onto a bag of sand being used to foot the ladder.

Mr Morrow suffered injuries to his foot and ankle, underwent several operations and physiotherapy, and was unable to work for more than four months.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard today (25 October) that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that David Hodkinson, of Sutton Coldfield, failed to ensure the work at height was properly planned, supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

He allowed the repairs to go ahead without proper preparation; there was no safe means of roof access, and no protective measures were in place to prevent or mitigate the effects of a fall.

David Hodkinson, of Walmley Road, Sutton Coldfield, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs of £500.

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Wimbledon company, AA Construction (London) Ltd fined for dangerous demolition site

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A Wimbledon construction firm has been prosecuted for endangering workers and the public with unsafe demolition work. AA Construction (London) Ltd failed to properly plan the work at Quintin Avenue, near Wimbledon Chase tube station, in early February 2011. Local residents raised concerns that asbestos materials were being smashed up and littering the site, that debris was dropping from height onto the road and footpath; and that the site was insecure despite its close proximity to a local school. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was notified and served three enforcement notices relating to unsafe practices that forced the site to be closed until urgent improvements were made.Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard today (24 October) that the HSE investigation found that numerous precautions could and should have been taken to make the site safe. http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-ldn-19412.htm?eban=rss-

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Gillingham worker pays price for firm’s safety failings while fitting hanrails

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A Dartford Scaffolding firm and its director have been prosecuted for failing to provide a safe way of working on a fragile roof after a worker fell and suffered serious injuries. Mr James Froud, 22, from Gillingham, was hospitalised for ten days and had to take several months off work whilst wearing a back brace and using crutches as a result of the incident at Siemans Windpower Compound at Ramsgate Port on 12 October last year. Canterbury Magistrates heard yesterday (23 October) that Mr Froud, a scaffold labourer working for London and South Scaffolding Ltd, was fitting hand rails on a fragile rooftop when he fell seven metres through the skylight. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and found that the company and director Gary Peck were aware of how fragile the roof and skylights were, but failed to take adequate measures to prevent a fall, such as using a mobile elevating work platform to avoid standing on the roof, or using staging fitted with guard rails. http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-se-19312.htm?eban=rss-

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