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PUWER is the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and requires users of work equipment to carry out regular risk assessments which are documented and kept on file.

10th August 2017
A South Yorkshire company which specialises in manufacturing soft toys has landed a £35,000 fine after a worker at its plant lost his left hand in an unguarded carding machine.   The loose fibre enclosure (back) and carding machine tray open (front). Image: HSE  The gap which the worker's hand was drawn into. Image: HSE The worker was attempting to clear a blockage in the machine at the company’s plant in Mexborough near Doncaster when the incident occurred on 8 March 2016. Sheffield...
4 July 2017
Managers and company directors convicted of gross negligence manslaughter could face longer jail terms in cases where they have disregarded employee safety to save money, under new proposals published by the Sentencing Council.  The draft guideline covers four types of manslaughter. The first – gross negligence – occurs when the offender breaches their duty of care towards the victim, resulting in death and amounting to a criminal act or omission. In the workplace this covers employers whose...
21st April 2017
Coventry-based Beckett’s Foods was fined this week at Coventry Magistrates’ Court. The court heard that on 11 May 2016, a 22 year old worker was loading meat into the machine, when he fell and his hand was drawn into it.  The worker suffered serious injuries to his hand, later requiring surgery and skin grafts. The HSE found that the company failed implement a safe system of work for separating the meat using this machinery, and that it had failed to provide the appropriate level of guarding to...
20th April 2017
Whirlpool has revised its procedures for co-ordinating contractors’ work after a fire alarm engineer died when he fell from a work platform. Dalley was standing on an elevating mobile platform between two of the carriage baskets suspended from the conveyor. Maintenance workers could not see Dalley from the conveyor’s control panel in the middle of the factory. They started the conveyor and one of the carriage baskets caught on the platform, toppling it. Dalley fell to the ground, sustaining...
12th April 2017
A bakery that did not fit machines at its Penrith, Cumbria site with the correct guards has been fined £70,000 after two workers sustained injuries to their hands. Carlisle Magistrates’ Court was told that a Bells of Lazonby employee lost the top of his middle finger on his right hand on 26 January 2016 after it caught the moving blade of a dough dividing machine.  Two months later, on 29 March, another worker was hurt when his left index finger came into contact with the cutting jaws of...
8th March 2017
Bedmax Limited failed to protect its employee from dangerous parts of machinery. On 26 October 2015 Philip Eyers was operating the log deck, which is part of a machine that shreds trees, when his foot slipped and became lodged in a gap exposing him to the wheels of the machine which conveyed the logs. The severity of the injuries to his toes meant his big toe was cut back several times, his other four were fractured and eventually reconstructive surgery was required. A Health and Safety...
22nd february 2017
A packaging manufacturer has been served a reduced £297,000 fine after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector uncovered poor, longstanding practices involving electrics and machine guarding at the company’s premises in Northfleet in Kent during September 2014. Under the sentencing guidelines the court could have set the penalty as high as £2.5m but the company’s poor trading position and swift remedial action led to a more lenient sentence. The breaches included unsecured cabinet doors...
9th February 2017
The HSE issued a statement on 9 February outlining its plans to hold a consultation on the make-up of the panel that adjudicates on disputed FFI invoices. Health and Safety at Work understands that the statement followed a meeting between OCS Group and the HSE where the two sides came to an agreement to halt the legal proceedings. This essentially means that regulator has voluntarily taken up a position that it might have been forced into if the scheduled judicial review hearing had gone ahead...
6th Feb 2017
The full Judicial Review hearing in the High Court has been brought forward to March of this year regarding the dispute process of HSE’s Fee for Intervention Scheme (FFI). In 2011 the government published its proposals for the reform of health and safety entitled Good Health and Safety, Good for Everyone. In it, they stated that:“it is reasonable that businesses that are found to be in serious breach of health and safety law – rather than the taxpayer – should bear the related costs incurred by...
27 January 2017
When it comes to supplier risk, understanding the strength of your suppliers is crucial to managing the supply chain. Today, more businesses recognize that even small supplier disruptions can result in losses to their own revenue, customer satisfaction or credibility. When it comes to health and safety inspections, there are further considerations for you to consider. Those risk assessments often contain evidence of material breaches. This is sensitive information and data security should be of...
25 January 2017
Jaguar Land Rover have been fined £900,000 after one of its workers was crushed between two cars at its plant in Solihull. Victim Mark Widnall lost a leg as a result of the incident in February 2015. The manufacturer was also ordered to pay £49,864 after a jury at Birmingham Crown Court convicted it of breaching health and safety regulations. Birmingham Crown Court heard that on Sunday 8 February 2015 at Jaguar’s Lode Lane plant in Solihull, a Range Rover Sport vehicle was driven toward the...
16 December 2016
A textile manufacturing company and one of its directors, Wazir Hussain were sentenced after a fatal accident to the company’s Managing Director, 36 year old Nasir Hussain. On the 1 February 2012 the carding machine forming part of a production line at Felt Supplies Ltd Dewsbury, had become blocked with waste. Nasir Hussain, brother of Wazir Hussain, gained access to the line whilst it was still running. Leeds Crown Court heard how Nassir overrode the safety system using a spare key to unlock...
17 November 2016
A maintenance company has appeared in court after a worker suffered serious injuries after falling 7 metres. The worker, suffered fractures to his left foot in the incident on the 9 July 2014. The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which found serious safety failings by Valmet Limited, an embedded contractor for the paper mill where the incident occurred at Manchester Road, Carrington, Manchester. Manchester Crown Court heard today (17 November 2016) that the...
4 January 2016
We are excited to announce that our team has moved to a new location in Wellingborough. This is almost a double celebration for us, after completing our first ten years in business at our previous address, we are moving onwards and upwards. We spent the previous years in the old Unilever Research Lab in Finedon, a building about 2 miles away from our new location. Our old office served us well, and we made great memories (and an EMC lab!) there, but we couldn't be more excited about our new...
11 Jul 2015
This year we celebrated our 10th birthday at the N90 group of companies. We started out as a two person team with the hope that we could make a difference. 10 years on, we have evolved into a confident safety engineering consultancy that has helped hundreds of amazing clients create a safe and profitable working environment. During this time so much has changed but we are very proud of having more than 25 years’ experience within the Safety and Engineering sectors, supplying a complete range of...

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