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Workplace complacency leading to a ‘safety plateau’

New statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlight a disheartening stagnation in the ongoing efforts to reduce work-related fatalities in Great Britain, according to a leading Health & Safety expert. According to the regulator’s latest report, a total of 135 workers tragically lost their lives as a result of work-related accidents between April 2022 and March 2023. Nick […]

Study says HSE struggling to run investigations due to funding issues

The number of mandatory HSE investigations that weren’t carried out because of resourcing issues increased nearly 200-fold between 2016/17 and 2021/22. That’s according to a report from Prospect union, HSE under pressure: a perfect storm , which details the build-up of problems at HSE after years of underfunding, overwork and underpay. The research, using HSE’s own figures, […]

‘Forever chemicals’ focus of new HSE report

A new report from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has set out in detail the extent to which so-called ‘forever chemicals’ are used in the UK. It has analysed how these substances, or PFAS (Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances) are used. The report has also included exposure from everyday items such as food wrappers, cleaning […]

Wine company fined £800k after HGV driver fatality

A wine and drinks supplier has been fined after a visiting HGV driver was killed after being hit by a forklift truck at its depot in Salford, with HSE pressing the need for clear safety instructions in loading areas. John Fitzpatrick was waiting for his trailer to be loaded at Kingsland Drinks Ltd in Irlam […]

Health risks to port workers highlighted by HSE

Port and distribution workers who play a crucial role in making sure items are delivered to buyers in the UK could be putting their health at risk. Approximately 63.2 million tonnes of goods were handled by UK ports in 2015 in freight containers. These containers are opened on arrival by workers at Great Britain’s ports […]

Nestle fined over ‘life-changing’ chocolate factory injuries

Nestle has been fined after an employee suffered life-changing injuries at its factory in Newcastle upon Tyne. The incident happened on November 30, 2020 when the man was drawn into a roller mechanism on a conveyor machine. South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard how the maintenance technician was investigating a problem on the conveyor belt of […]

HSE launches campaign to combat aches in construction

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned that construction workers are picking up injuries and conditions that can stop them working and leave them struggling to stand, walk, or sit down. HSE inspectors will be carrying out 1,000 inspections in October and November checking how workers are moving heavy or bulky materials. The law […]

Employers ‘must act now’ to make sure workplaces are ready for warmer weather

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is advising businesses to think how they need to adapt to warmer working conditions for their staff. After last month’s record-breaking temperatures and with more hot weather expected this week, HSE is asking employers to ensure extreme heat becomes part of their long-term planning. With temperatures reaching an unprecedented […]

Robens will still matter over the next 50 years, says HSE Director

Lord Alfred Robens (pictured) was a prominent post-war industrialist. In 1969, three years after the Aberfan disaster, Robens was selected to chair a committee on workplace health and safety. The Robens Report of July 1972 led to the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, paving the way for the creation of Health and […]

123 workers killed in work-related accidents in 2021/22 

A hundred and twenty-three workers were killed in work-related accidents in Great Britain in the last year, according to figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The annual data release covers the period from April 2021 to March 2022, during which time most pandemic restrictions were lifted and the economy began returning to […]