June 2014 Newsletter


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June 2014


London Developer Fined

Dangerous work at height identified 

The owner and developer of a construction site in Raynes Park, South London has appeared in court after a safety inspector twice spotted dangerous work at height from the carriage of a passing train.

A closer inspection of the site confirmed work was taking place on and around the roof of a three-storey building without any measures in place to prevent or mitigate a fall.

A HSE inspector first spotted unsafe work on 19 August 2013 as he passed by on a train. He headed straight for the site and immediately served a Prohibition Notice.  The same inspector making the same train journey witnessed near identical activity less than two months later.

For more information on the fines issued and specific regulations breached, please read more.

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Fire Statistics

April 2012 to March 2013 within UK

The latest fire statistics have just been released by the Department for Communities & Local Government.  Are you aware of the risks?

Fire and Rescue Authorities in Britain attended 192,600 fires in 2012-13. This is nearly a third fewer than the year before, due to fewer outdoor fires as a result of above average rain-fall.

While only 12 per cent of dwellings report not having a working smoke alarm in England, more than one third of fires occurred in dwellings in Great Britain where no alarm was installed.

Three quarters of fire-related fatalities occurred in dwelling fires, the figure fell by 11 per cent (32 deaths) compared to 2011-12.

For more points released, for further information from the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as how we can assist you in reducing risk, please read more.

Mythbusting by the HSE

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 reality’ arguments which appear in the media from time to time”.

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School garden bans cane supports for plants due to health and safety

The enquirer’s wife works as a Teaching Assistant at a local Primary School. One of her duties is to look after the school garden and bamboo canes are being used to support runner bean plants. One of the school governors has stated that for ‘Health and Safety’ reasons all the canes must have a ping pong ball on the end. This is so the children don’t trip and impail themselves on the canes.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

Café refused to top up tea in same cup due to health and safety

The enquirer was having a cup of tea in a café and was told he could not have a second cup poured into the same cup – instead it would have to be supplied in a new clean one.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

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