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WELCOME BACK

It’s been a very challenging few months here for the team, with a difficult reminder that monitoring safety in the workplace is vital to avoid the devastating loss of life. Therefore, please understand the need to reiterate this in our latest newsletter content. We try to keep our message informative and light, but at times we need to highlight the harsher reality of non-compliance on site.

 

DIRECTORS JAILED

Graham Tester, 60, died on site in Hove in July 2018 after falling two storeys from a ladder that had been secured with only two nails hammered into a timber frame on either side. An inspection by the HSE found multiple safety failings, including no scaffolding or barriers to protect those working at height.

Director Steven Wenham was sentenced to five years in prison on June 7th after previously pleading not guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence.

Both he and his company Total Contractors Ltd were also found guilty of two offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act for failure to properly safeguard against serious injury or death from a fall from height.

Director John Spiller was jailed for 15 months after being found not guilty of manslaughter, but guilty of the same two health and safety offences as Mr Wenham. Detective Inspector James Meanwell said: “The severity of these custodial sentences demonstrate the seriousness of employers failing in their duty of care to their employees and should serve as a warning to all employers that you are responsible for the safety of your employees and will face the consequences of a failure to adhere to those responsibilities.”

 

Summer Giveaway Winner!

Julia was over the moon with her barbecue hamper –
“The hamper is amazing and I think hubby is already planning what to do with it all – the crisps have already been munched by me and the kids though!” We hope you enjoyed your prize.
 
 

ITS THE BIG ONE!

Look out for our WINTER GIVEAWAY, as it’s always very special! We will be posting updates on our socials and then revealing all in our next newsletter.

You won’t want to miss it!

 

Portsmouth Company Fined

A cargo handling company has been fined after an employee was fatally crushed between shipping containers whilst working in a container park in Portsmouth.

On 25 August 2017 a 34-year-old father-of-one, was working for Portico Shipping Limited on the night shift in the container park. His job was to connect refrigerated container units to electrical supplies, which his colleague had lifted into position for him using a container stacker vehicle. It was during one of these manoeuvres that the operative was fatally crushed between two containers.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company routinely failed to provide adequate supervision of operatives and drivers working on the night shift to ensure safe systems of work were followed. This included failure to use safe walkways to segregate pedestrians from vehicles and the safe operation of container stackers by driving with shipping containers in the raised position to allow visibility.

Portico Shipping Limited, Portsmouth pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. At Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court the company was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,631.61.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Rebecca Lumb said: “Safe systems of work should be in place on sites with moving vehicles to prevent pedestrians coming into contact with traffic or moving machinery. When moving containers by container stacker, the load should be transported as low as possible whilst maintaining full line of sight.

“Supervisors must be given the necessary instruction and training to implement the safe systems of work and manage hazards during operation processes.

“This tragic incident was entirely preventable had the correct safety management procedures and supervision been in place at the site.”

 

Dyson Fined

Technology firm Dyson has been fined £1.2m after an employee 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 it landed on two toolboxes and the handle of another machine. The incident happened on August 27, 2019.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Dyson failed to provide suitable and sufficient information, instruction, and training to those undertaking the task. They also failed to adequately assess the task and devise a safe system of work to ensure the machine was moved safely.

Two employees were moving a large CNC milling machine within the engineering department of Dyson’s site at Tetbury Hill, Malmesbury. The employees lifted the machine using a five-tonne jack and were in the process of replacing two fixed roller skates with several wooden blocks when it fell.

One of the employees was struck by the machine and sustained a wound to his head and injuries to his chest.

At Swindon Magistrates’ Court Dyson pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £1.2m and ordered to pay costs of £11,511.

HSE Inspector James Hole, said: “This incident could have been fatal. Those in control of work have a duty to assess the risks, devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction, and training to their workforce.

“Had a suitable safe system of work been in place this incident and the related injuries could have been prevented.”

 

HSG168 (Third edition)

The third edition of HSG168 has been published and explains how everyone involved in construction projects can comply with their legal duties relating to fire risks. It is aimed at all those who procure, design, develop and manage construction sites, including clients and designers. It is relevant to all construction projects.

The main changes to this guidance relate to elimination, and or, reduction of fire risks at the pre-construction stage as required by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. HSE have also added a glossary.

Each year there are estimated to be hundreds of fires on construction sites, potentially putting the lives of workers and members of the public at risk.

 

 

 

WHAT’S ON

Romsey Show

10th September 2022.

One of the largest one-day country shows in the South. Dogs welcome.

www.romseyshow.co.uk

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Grange Vineyard Tour

From the 10th September 2022.

Take a tour the vineyard and then taste some award-winning wines.

www.thegrangewine.co.uk

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Pumpkin Time at Sunnyfields Farm

Opens Saturday 1st October 2022.

A pumpkin experience, a time to view and take pictures with the wonderful variety of pumpkins on display.

www.pumpkintime.co.uk

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DISPOSABLE BBQ’S BEING BANNED?

As the drought continued over the summer, everybody’s favourite al fresco sausage-charring apparatus found itself in the health and safety crosshairs, particularly the disposable sort. Tesco and Sainsbury’s joined Co-Op and Morrisons in removing them from sale on account of their being linked to a growing number of wild fires across a water-starved UK. This will be good news for many, who have seen their local landscapes devastated by these fires, but for those who enjoy this convenient cooking option, this may not have been a welcome decision.

Following a number of fires including a huge blaze in August at the Studland Heath in Dorset, the rally to ban these barbecues is getting louder, as people still ignore the advice to avoid any fires during a drought. The potential damage to wildlife, the environment and human life is too high and increasing discussions around banning portable barbecues altogether, with a petition now gathering momentum with signatures, will these barbecues be a thing of the past next summer?