June 2016 – Using Mobile Phones When Driving


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Using mobile phones when driving

Is merely complying with the law sufficient?  Phil Jones discusses.

More than a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve someone who at that time is driving as part of their work (Department for Transport figures).

Furthermore, there is a substantial body of research that shows using a hands-free mobile phone whilst driving is a significant distraction, and substantially increases the risk of the driver having an accident.

NHS Foundation Trust fined £200,000 for safety failings

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has been fined for safety failings after 90-year-old Major James Fyfe, suffered a broken neck and a cut to his head as a result of a fall from a QA3 trolley. He died 26 days later.

Myth-busting by the HSE

Library will not let users plug their laptops into power sockets for health and safety reasons

A Council run library will not let users plug their laptops into electrical outlets because of a risk of tripping or in case of faulty laptop charger plugs.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

Supermarket cafe refused to sell customer a packet of untoasted fruit bread

Supermarket cafe refused to sell customer a packet of fruit bread for health and safety reasons as he didn’t want it toasted before taking it home.
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

From the Team
Join us this year at Flat Living Live.  We are looking forward to another fantastic few days, this year at the new venue; Olympia 6th – 7th July.This year we will also be hosting a seminar on both days.  In attendance we will have with us some of our most expert consultants.  We will open the floor to questions and aim to answer them thoroughly for you.

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Tragic fall from height

H20 Plumbing Services Limited were contracted to carry out repairs to two motor rooms situated on the roof of a building on Hagley Road, Birmingham.  Fines were issued after a worker died after falling from the roof of a five-storey building.Read More

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