What is PUWER?
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, often abbreviated to PUWER, place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment. PUWER also places responsibilities on companies whose employees use work equipment, whether owned by them or not. We show you that PUWER compliance doesn't have to be an impediment to your work.
We are different! What we give are practical solutions based on real world applications. Machinery Safety & Compliance Services consultants are engineers. We tell you what you need to do to put it right, and more importantly, what you don't need to do. What you need are safe and useable machines, not just a bunch of risk assessments. We never leave you without a solution.
Our Opto-Check gives you a quick and easy method to accurately check the operation of an opto-electronic sensing device, based on the methods as referenced by EN ISO 61496-2 and HSG180. It can be used during the design, installation, and inspection of barrier guards to make sure they operate correctly.
A Northampton-based engineering firm has been fined after an operator was crushed while making moulds for a casting machine.
The RSM Castings employee, who has asked to remain anonymous, sustained extensive injuries on 11 April 2018, including a broken neck, back fractures, broken ribs, a fractured shoulder blade, a ruptured spleen and torn liver, a punctured lung, facial fractures and loss of teeth.
He has not yet been able to return to work due the severity of his injuries.
Hendon Magistrates’ Court was told that Renault Retail Group was warned the lifts in Coulsdon and West London were defective and dangerous.
2 Sisters Food Group was ordered to pay £1.4m plus costs of £38,000 in late March after an employee sustained serious crush injuries on a poultry slaughtering line at its factory on the Foxhills Industrial Estate in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, in September 2012.
FFI was designed to recover costs incurred by the HSE during regulatory action against organisations that fail to comply with safety and health law, thus transferring the financial burden from the taxpayer to the business.
The new charge came into effect on 6 April 2019 and it is the second increase since the scheme was introduced in October 2012. The rate first went up in 2016, from £124. In a statement, the HSE said this can be attributed in part to the fact that the scheme has operated recently at a deficit.
Food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group has been fined a total of £274,000 after two workers sustained hand injuries at its poultry factory in Flixton, Suffolk.
Tarsem Singh, 52, died of a heart attack a day after the accident at Nylacast Engineering Plastic Solutions in Leicester in April 2016. An inquest heard the end cap of a pressurised moulding machine blew off and hit him at a speed of up to 80mph, fracturing his chest and jaw.
A safety expert said the machine had not been properly risk assessed.
A waste operative for B&W Waste Management Services sustained third-degree burns when he was engulfed in a fireball created when a spark from a forklift truck ignited a cloud of gas from the canisters.
He was put in a medically-induced coma for ten days on a life-support machine, has undergone several operations, and relies on medication for nerve pain. The forklift driver was also burned. The two operatives were working inside the company’s warehouse at Twinwoods Business Park in Milton Ernest, Bedford when the explosion happened on 12 July 2016.
Tyre maker Pirelli Tyres has been fined more than £500,000 after two employees were injured in separate incidents at its factory in Carlisle, Cumbria.
The in-running nip on the let-off unit was unguarded
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. Most importantly, those risk assessments must address each of the...