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Monthly Archives: August 2022

All you need to know about permit management systems


If you operate a waste management facility your environmental permit requires you to have a written management system in place and in this article all you need to know about permit management systems, we explain what you need. A management system is simply a set of procedures describing what you will do to minimise the risk of pollution from the activities covered by your environmental permit.

Ultimate guide to working at height


The purpose of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. If you are an employer or you control work at height (for example facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height) the Regulations apply to you, and you must take steps to eliminate or reduce the risks as far as reasonably practicable.

Safe Systems of Work


A formal management system or framework can help you manage health and safety and ensure that you have safe systems of work in place – the decision whether to use a recognised management system is up to employers and it is not a requirement of the HSE.

Unsafe working at height


Work at height means work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. This includes work above ground/floor level, locations where you could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface or could fall from ground level into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground

Transport safety failures


Employers who operate depots must ensure that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment is undertaken covering the transport risks, this will help prevent transport safety failures.

Construction site safety


Construction site safety is vital as sites are dangerous work environments but are also interesting places for children.  All construction sites require measures to manage access across defined boundaries; and steps to exclude unauthorised people.

Electricians’ injuries lead to fine


Electricians’ injuries lead to a fine for a mining company following two separate incidents.  The owners of Boulby Mine in Saltburn-by-the-Sea were fined £3.6 million and ordered to pay costs of £185,000 after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Cleveland Potash Limited (CPL) own the mine, which extracts organic fertiliser known as […]

Dyson fined after worker injured


Technology firm Dyson fined after worker injured by a machine sustained head and chest injuries when he was struck by a 1.5 tonne milling machine. The worker, at Dyson’s Wiltshire factory, was hit while moving the machine, which fell on top of him.  He only escaped being crushed under the weight of the machine because […]

Banned waste exports prosecution


A banned waste exports prosecution by the Environment Agency has resulted in a company director being fined. The EA successfully prosecuted a former company director for illegally exporting banned household waste including nappies, clothing, textiles, tins and electrical items from a site in Droitwich, Worcestershire, to Indonesia in 2019. At Kidderminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday […]

Worker pulled into a lathe


A worker pulled into a lathe suffered lacerations to his forearm and injuries to his neck and face.  Kent Auto Developments Limited, a classic Mini car part manufacturing and engineering firm based in Romney Marsh, was fined following an investigation and prosecution. On 10 August 2020, the worker was completing the process of polishing brake […]

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