“It was luck rather than good management that there had not been a serious injury at First Class Post”

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A Leeds printing business has been prosecuted for regularly putting its workers in danger during routine stocktaking at its factory in Wortley.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told Leeds Magistrates today (30 Nov) that First Class Post Ltd allowed employees to be lifted to heights of almost six metres in a box perched on a forklift truck. The plastic box wasn’t fixed to the forklift and there was no protection from falls for the workers.

The court was told HSE brought the prosecution after finding out about the company’s stocktaking practice.

An HSE investigation discovered employees were regularly put at risk during quarterly stock checks. They were lifted five to six metres in an unsuitable plastic box or a cage balanced on the forks of the truck. The risk of falling was magnified as there was no way to secure the box to the truck forks and no fixing points in the box to which a safety harness could be attached.

First Class Post Ltd of Silver Royd Business Park, Wortley, pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The firm was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £1,041 in costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Paul Newton said:

“It was luck rather than good management that there had not been a serious injury at First Class Post as a result of this reckless working practice. I hope this prosecution will prevent one happening in future.

“Putting employees at risk in this way is simply not acceptable. If the company had complied with the law requiring work at height to be properly planned and carried out safety under supervision, it would not have had to face this charge.

“The dangers of falls at work are well known. In 2010/11 38 people died as a result of a workplace fall in Great Britain and more than 4,000 suffered a major injury.

For information and advice on safe working at height, go to www.hse.gov.uk/falls

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CCL Label Ltd of Pioneer Way, Castleford, pleaded guilty #PUWER

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A West Yorkshire firm has been fined after an employee had a thumb and finger shattered when his hand was drawn into dangerous moving parts of a printing press.

Derek Shield, 55, needed a skin graft and had to have his left thumb and index finger pinned under a bandage for several months after the incident at CCL Label Ltd in Castleford on 27 February 2012.

Mr Shield, of Tingley, was cleaning a letter press printing machine when his left hand was drawn into a half-inch nip point between a large impression drum and a roller.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the company after its investigation found the incident could have been prevented if the press had effective protection against dangerous parts.

Leeds Magistrates were told today (30 Nov) that Mr Shield, who had worked for the firm and its predecessors for 27 years, was cleaning a central impression drum and feeling for any loose or foreign objects as it rotated so he could remove them. His left hand was drawn into the nip point while he was operating the machine with his right.

HSE found that a guard covering the nip point had been removed two years earlier and no checks were made to ensure guards were in place before the machine was used. CCL Label Ltd had identified that the machine could be operated without guards in place, but failed to take action to address the hazard.

CCL Label Ltd of Pioneer Way, Castleford, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £2,141 in costs.

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H&A Prestige Packing in court over forklift injuries

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A bottling firm in Chorley has appeared in court after one of its employees was injured while being lifted on the prongs on a forklift truck.CCTV captures a worker balancing on the prongs on a forklift truck, shortly before he is injured in a fall

The 39-year-old worker from Preston, who has asked not to be named, was filmed on CCTV standing on the forks of the vehicle as it lifted him and a battery-operated pallet truck across the warehouse floor at H&A Prestige Packing Company Ltd.

As the vehicle moved, the pallet truck overbalanced and fell from the forklift. The worker tried to hold on but also lost his balance and was caught between the forks on the pallet truck.

He avoided being burned by the battery acid that leaked onto the floor, but suffered bruising to his right hip and thigh.

H&A Prestige Packing was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) today (30 November 2012) following the incident at its factory at Ackhurst Business Park on Ackhurst Road on 31 May last year.

South Ribble Magistrates’ Court, in Leyland, was told the company had been hired to bottle an energy drink for export that is used during fasting. The pallets of bottles were heavier than usual, each weighing one-and-a-quarter tonnes, so a pallet truck was used to move them inside the containers.

On the day of the incident, the warehouse shift manager had stood on the prongs on the forklift on four separate occasions so that the pallet truck could be lifted in and out of the containers. When he finished his shift at lunchtime, he asked another worker to take over. It was this worker who fell from the forklift approximately 40 minutes later.

A HSE investigation found that several workers and managers had been seen standing on the prongs on forklift trucks on several occasions prior to the incident. However, the behaviour had remained unchallenged by two layers of management.

H&A Prestige Packing Company Ltd pleaded guilty to single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

The company was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £6,657 for the offences, which relate to failing to ensure the safety of workers and failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks.

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FAA proposes policy to improve flight attendant workplace safety

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration, working with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, today proposed a new policy for addressing flight attendant workplace safety.

While the FAA’s aviation safety regulations take precedence, the agency is proposing that OSHA be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards currently not covered by FAA oversight.

“Safety is our highest priority and that certainly extends to those who work in the transportation industry,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Under this proposal, flight attendants would, for the first time, be able to report workplace injury and illness complaints to OSHA for response and investigation.”

“The policy announced today with the FAA will not only enhance the health and safety of flight attendants by connecting them directly with OSHA but will, by extension, improve the flying experience of millions of airline passengers,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

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Man, early 20s, killed in Cork work site accident | Irish Examiner

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Man, early 20s, killed in Cork work site accident | Irish Examiner: A man in his early 20s has been killed in a work site accident in Cork.The incident happened near Gasworks lane, off Angelsea street shortly around 1pm.

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Man injured by falling concrete in Auckland lift incident – – NZ Herald News

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Man injured in Auckland lift incident – National – NZ Herald News:
Concrete falling down a lift shaft in central Auckland today resulted in an “explosion-like bang” and a suspected perforated eardrum for one man.

Eyewitnesses saw a man being escorted out of the Westpac building on lower Queen St, where he was taken into an ambulance while holding his ear.

An ambulance spokesman said a man in his 30s was being assessed at the scene after a loud boom was heard in the top of the lift about 11.25am.

“There was no fire, no flames or heat present at that time.”

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Fire Safety Management and Risk Assessment Rowans Fire, Health and Safety – @ROWANSfhs

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Rowans Fire Safety Management is for clients with multiple buildings who are looking to ensure compliance and standardisation throughout their portfolio of buildings. We can support and guide you through ensuring you meet the requirements of the Fire Safety Order and advise on changes or additions as necessary.

Under the Fire Safety Order all workplaces and buildings accessible to the public need to have a Fire Risk Assessment. All businesses and organisations must manage fire safety within their buildings, including communal areas of residential buildings.

Rowans have extensive experience working with local Fire and Rescue Services to make sure your premises are legal and safe.

We offer different levels of fire risk assessment. This keeps costs down for smaller employers and charitable organisations, and can be suitable for larger organisations with more complex buildings or portfolios.

Judith Evans is a life safety fire risk assessor, registered on the Institution of Fire Engineers Register of Fire Risk Assessors and Auditors, and has been carrying out assessments on properties ranging from council managed and maintained tower blocks to schools, along with industrial sites such as manufacturing plants, warehousing and shops and offices.

Roy Evans has a lifetime of experience in fire safety and also carried out fire risk assessments in schools and shops and offices.

To find out how we can help you, email us at info@rowansfhs.com or call us on 0800 14 88 345.

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Cromer fish and chip shop fined £12,000 for food hygiene breaches – – Eastern Daily Press

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Cromer fish and chip shop fined �12,000 for food hygiene breaches – News – Eastern Daily Press: A fish and chip shop owner faces a �12,000 bill after admitting a string of food safety breaches.

Bernard Parkin of Beach Road, East Runton, pleaded guilty yesterday to eight offences at the Regency Fish and Chip restaurant on New Street, Cromer.

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Food squads revealed shocking health risks at Sheffield eateries – The Star

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Food squads revealed shocking health risks at Sheffield eateries – Green Scene – The Star: PEST problems, poor hygiene and contaminated food are just some of the horrors health watchdogs have uncovered at Sheffield eateries.

Figures obtained through The Star’s Your Right to Know campaign have revealed Sheffield Council closed down 27 food premises between January last year and September. The decision to shut down businesses comes when inspectors believe there is an ‘imminent risk to health’.

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Cal/OSHA fines Atascadero State Hospital for patient attacks on employees | KSBY.com |

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Cal/OSHA fines Atascadero State Hospital for patient attacks on employees | KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles: Cal/OSHA says they are issuing citations against Atascadero State Hospital for dangerous conditions and patients assaults on employees.

The agency says they are calling for $27,675 in fines due to the attacks.

The violations include a “regulatory” violation on what Cal/OSHA is calling “incomplete record keeping” for on-going patient assaults on employees.

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