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Falling mirror kills child

Tragic death occurred in Hugo Boss Store after health and safety failings

On June 4 2013 an 18st changing room mirror fell and killed Austen Harrison, aged 4 in Hugo Boss.

On 2nd June the designer brand admitted health and safety breaches in connection with the death in the changing room area of the Hugo Boss store in Bicester Village, Oxfordshire.

The incident left the youngster with irreparable…

Risks from automatic gates

We are still finding issues with automatic gates following several serious incidents involving children being crushed which were widely reported in the press.

Specific hazards to consider are crushing hazards presented at both ends of the gate, i.e. not only at the leading edge.

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NHS Trust Fined

Worker suffered serious burns at Kettering General Hospital

A maintenance worker at the hospital was stripping down a steam boiler for periodic examination, when he received serious steam burn injuries to the lower half of his body.

The worker received his injuries whilst removing the crown valve from one of the steam boilers. The system only had a single point of isolation, instead of two, and this single point did not prevent steam leaking back into the section of the system he was working on. 

Myth-busting by the HSE

Unable to open office windows

Enquirer’s office has been told that they cannot have the keys to open the windows in their office on the 3rd floor as this would breach health and safety. The windows run almost floor to ceiling with the top section opening inwards. Standing next to the window, the open section is just below the enquirer’s chest height (they are 6ft tall). With summer coming the office is getting hotter and they are unable to have any fresh air in the building.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

Consultants and Letting Agents misinterpreting the risks of exposure to legionella of their tenants

Consultants and letting agents are i) using the revised L8 ACOP to infer there is new legislation regarding landlords responsibilities and ii) misrepresenting what the law requires of landlords of domestic rented properties in relation to assessing and controlling the risks of exposure to Legionella bacteria of their tenants, for financial gain.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.
The HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge potentially disproportionate or inaccurate advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety.

“We think that communicating these decisions will help all our clients with a better insight into the ongoing ‘perception v’s reality’ arguments which appear in the media from time to time”.
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