February 2017 – Council not protecting workers health


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Council not protecting workers health

Thanet District Council has been fined £250,000 after a worker was left with permanent injuries

Canterbury Crown Court heard how a worker from Thanet District Council was diagnosed with suffering from hard arm vibration (HAV) after visiting his GP.

Symptoms of the condition can include tingling, pins and needles, numbness and pain in the hands. This affects sleep when it occurs at night and sufferers have difficulties in gripping and holding things, particularly small items such as screws, doing up buttons, writing and driving.

Network Rail safety failings

Network Rail has been fined £800,000 after a track worker was hit by a train travelling between 130 and 145 km/h on the main line between London and Brighton.

He survived but sustained multiple life-changing injuries.

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Myth-busting by the HSE

Employer stopped proving funds for alcoholic drinks at staff Christmas night out (offsite)

Employer stopped proving funds for alcoholic drinks at Christmas night out (offsite), citing health and safety.

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”.
Phil Jones

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